The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, taking place from 20 November – 18 December in Qatar. It’s running in the winter instead of summer this year due to Qatar’s climate, which means viewing settings here in the UK will look a little different. Instead of big screens in parks and jam-packed beer gardens, we’ll be watching from cosy winter terraces and pubs – plus the exciting new (heated) pop-ups emerging in the city.. Lots of venues across the capital are introducing new screens and offering food and drink packages to enjoy while you watch the games – here are our top picks.
When are the England Games?
England’s quarter-final against France is at 7pm on 10 December 2022. If England reach the semi-finals, they will play again on 14 December 2022. The World Cup final then takes place on 18 December at 3pm.
Where To Watch the World Cup in London 2022
- The Hideaway at Sloane Place
- God’s Garden
- TOCA Social
- Vinegar Yard
- Peckham Levels
- Market Halls
- Double Standard
- The Cadogan Arms
- The George
- Beetle Juice Brixton
- Bar Kick
- Camden Beer Hall
An art deco modern speakeasy hidden within Chelsea hotspot Sloane Place, The Hideaway is screening the England matches throughout the tournament, alongside other big games upon request. As you watch, enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails and bar food – think sake mojitos and Surrey farmed roast beef bao buns, and black pudding croquettes with a piccalilli dip.
60 Lower Sloane St, London SW1W 8BP; sloaneplace.com
A car park in Tobacco Dock has been transformed completely into a huge fanzone in central London. Enter through a player’s tunnel and with the brilliant surround sound and five cinematic screens (plus smaller LEDs dotted about), you’ll be transported directly to the stadium. Expect a lively atmosphere with drinks until 1am and half-time DJs. Plus, don’t miss out on the food: they’ve got a brilliant vegan hotdog on offer, plus more traditional Bratwurst.
Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF; tobaccodocklondon.com
Indian barbecue restaurant Brigadiers is always a popular spot for sports screenings, thanks to its lively atmosphere and City location. This November, its outdoor terrace is being transformed into the ultimate viewing venue for the World Cup, complete with outdoor screens, heaters and a bar. While you watch, you’ll be able to tuck into dishes from the festive menu, which features the likes of turkey tikka masala pot pie and South Indian pork cheek and prawn biriyani.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
If you’re after somewhere a little more chic than your average sports bar, head to God’s Garden, a brand-new pop-up found within One Marylebone Church. Accessed through a flower shop greenhouse and located within a hidden courtyard, the cosy spot will screen the World Cup throughout the tournament. Raise a toast (or drown your sorrows) with cocktails from the Moët Hennessy bar, which will be serving signature cocktails like the ‘Hot Angel’, Whispering Angel’s take on mulled wine.
God’s Garden, 1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ; godsgardenldn.com
Disappointed you’ll be missing games because of a late finish at work? TOCA Social is a football-focused venue with brilliant screens, and now is setting-up a ‘Watch + Work’ coworking area so football fans don’t miss a lick of the action. Set up in the AM, and grab dishes to keep you going through the workday from exec-chef Ross Clarke, before catching the Three Lions (hopefully) bring it home. toca.social
Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
London Bridge drinking and dining destination Vinegar Yard has huge al fresco screens, making it a great place to watch the football. It’s being decked out with a canopy cover and heaters for the winter, and there’s always a buzzy atmosphere filled with groups of friends. You’ll need to buy a ticket ahead of time, which will include a pint on entry plus a token to be used at your street food trader of choice – highlights include Nanny Bill’s, Baba G’s and Nik’s Kitchen.
72-82 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX; buy tickets at designmynight.com
Formerly a multi-storey car park, Peckham Levels is now an emporium of local independent traders, bars and cafes. This November, it will be screening all of the World Cup matches across levels five and six of the building – and during the games, you’ll be able to take advantage of Happy Hour (£4 for wine or pints). Soak up the drinks with food from one of the many street food traders: there’s Plantain Kitchen, Green Choy, 081 Pizzeria and Boxwallah.
Centre Carpark, F1-F6, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST; buy tickets at designmynight.com
Another of the capital’s leading food destinations, Market Halls is getting involved with the World Cup festivities too. Huge HD screens will be showing the games in both the Oxford Street and Canary Wharf venues – with bookable fan zones available for all England games. Viewers certainly won’t go hungry, with an array of food stalls on offer from Middle Eastern hotspot Le Bab to Black Bear Burger. Wins and losses aside, you can guarantee Market Halls will bring the party vibes with in-house DJs playing all the classic footie anthems. But if England does score gold, there will be 100 £1 pints going – so nab yours quickly, and why not pay a visit to the on-site face painter to get a flag-inspired makeover?
9 Holles St, London W1G 0BD and 25 N Colonnade, London E14 5HD; markethalls.co.uk
One of the capital’s trendiest hotels, The Standard, is home to a 70s-inspired bar and restaurant, Double Standard, which will be screening the World Cup. Alongside the games, you can enjoy American-inspired fare: hot dogs, burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and fish finger sandwiches, washed down with slushies (Aperol Spritz, Pina Colada and Frose).
10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG; standardhotels.com
The Cadogan Arms
If you’re after a classic pub atmosphere, Chelsea favourite The Cadogan Arms is sure to fit the bill, with two new screens being added to the main bar. Bookings are available for up to 15 guests, with tickets including a snack platter, a main dish and two pints for £50pp. Enjoy gourmet twists on pub classics, like The Cadogan Arms Cheeseburger, made with Longhorn quarter-pound beef patty, remoulade sauce and all the trimmings. Larger groups, meanwhile, can book The Rose Room, which features a private bar and four screens, with a capacity of up to 35 seated or 50 standing guests.
298 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UG; thecadoganarms.london
A Grade II listed, 18th-century venue in the heart of Fitzrovia, The George is a quintessential British pub – perfect for watching the England games. The tournament will be broadcast via three screens, available for up to eight guests, with tickets including a bar snack platter, a main and two pints. Private and semi-private spaces are also available for larger groups.
The George, 55 Great Portland St, London W1W 7LQ; thegeorge.london
Beetle Juice Brixton
Head to Beetle Juice’s fun new Brixton venue, where guests can experience unique VW campervan mobile cocktail bars, delicious food from neighbouring restaurants, music and, of course, the beautiful game. On the drinks menu, there’s wintery warming mulled wine, boozy hot chocolate and festive margaritas, alongside Beetle Juice classics. There will also be buckets of beer (5 for £20), bottles of prosecco, and free popcorn to nibble on.
24-25 Granville Arcade, London SW9 8PR; beetle-juice.co.uk
Bar Kick in Shoreditch is a hotspot for live sport, and will be showing all the games across 12 large screens – meaning wherever you’re sat, you’ll get a view of the action. A menu of burgers, craft beers and cocktails is also on offer, and if you’re feeling competitive afterwards you can challenge your friends to a game of table football.
127 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE; barkicklondon.com
If you’re after a restaurant where you can eat while you watch, head to Belgravia dining room Ganymede, which will be showing live screenings of all matches amid stylish settings. The chefs have created a special menu of game-day dishes for the occasion, featuring a mix of bar snacks and larger plates like steak sandwiches and buttermilk chicken burgers.
139 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QU; ganymedelondon.co.uk
Camden Beer Hall
You can guarantee a great atmosphere at Camden Beer Hall, which has capacity for 500 people and multiple screens – meaning plenty of outdoor and indoor tables are available. The clue’s in the name: there’s a lot of beer to be had here, with 24 taps on draft alongside snacks, platters and small plates.
55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, London NW5 3ED; camdentownbrewery.com