The best places to watch the World Cup in East London
It’s that time again, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is underway, with all its euphoria and heartbreak. Fortunately, for residents of East London, you don’t have to miss a single match. The east of the capital is awash with places showing all the action. Here are the top places to watch the World Cup in East London.
On Shoreditch High Street, Bar Kick started life as shoe shop but completed its transformation into one of Shoreditch’s most unique watering holes in 2001. It now has 60 television screen, table football, food options, and happy hour drinks deals.
Between May 24th and August 26th, Old Street hosts the Enchanted Garden, Shoreditch’s outdoor summer programme with food, cocktails, DJs, live music, and, most importantly, World Cup Screenings. Catch all the England games on its big outdoor screens. It even has a karaoke room for after the final whistle goes.
Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is showing all the World Cup games. Although primarily a music venue, the bar offers an extensive selection of wines, cocktails and beers, and serves food. It is known for its Wing Wednesdays when it runs a promotion. Order two baskets of wings get one free.
With venues in both Croydon and Shoreditch, Boxpark, located on Bethnal Green Road, is showing the World Cup on its large screens. You will need to purchase tickets in advance as the venue fills up, but whether England wins or loses, the venue is worth a visit for the street food alone.
The Ten Bells may be more famous for its grizzly connection with Jack the Ripper than its sport, but the historic East London pub in Whitechapel will be screening all the World Cup games on its numerous screens.
The Water Poet in Shoreditch will be showing all World Cup games on its nine screens, both inside the bar and outside in the beer garden. More important matches will also be shown on a large cinema screen set up in the downstairs cellar bar.
The Old Street branch of this iconic German beer house will be showing every England and Germany game. Book a table to guarantee a seat and enjoy the table service on offer. If you stick around after the games, you can also enjoy the live DJs on offer.
Bounce has branches on Old Street and Farringdon. The Old Street branch will show all the England games, with a focus on Spain, Poland, and Brazil. Meanwhile, the Farringdon branch will focus on the French, Australian, and German games.
The roof of the Tobacco Dock hosts Skylight, a quirky bar with excellent food and drink choices. In good weather, the roof comes alive and booking is recommended to guarantee a place.