The 2018 World Cup in Russia has been controversial, to say the least, but if anything it promises to bring fantastic entertainment, hope and success to at least one nation. Every England fan is hoping to repeat the famous success of 66 but with the Three Lions’ young squad, the team is in the unknown. We’ve put together a blog with our favourite venues to watch the world cup and a few facts that will impress your mates.
The Tower of London is constructing a pavilion on the grounds where you can book tables to watch the match. The pavilion can hold up to 950 guests and you even get a delicious 3-course meal and unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks!
The London craft pub offers a good selection of beers at a fair price. There are a few big-screens available to watch the game from but if you are wanting a seat then it’s best to book in advance as they tend to fill up fast during the big matches.
Rileys have two sports bars in London that are of equal quality. The bars tend to get extremely busy on match days but there are a number of pool tables and dart boards to entertain yourselves with if you want to turn up a bit early. The beers are fairly priced and the bars have plenty of wide-screens to watch the action.
Greenwood in Westminister is one of our favourite places to watch the football with some high-quality pub grub. With easy access to the station and a good selection of brews on offer, the pub offers plenty of space to watch the game – although expect it to become rather busy come the world cup!
Located in St Katharine’s Docks the Dickens Inn is a traditional, three-storey pub. The venue is very popular with the locals and the Tavern bar has 5 large flat screen televisions that will be showing the England matches. The bar also extends out into a beer garden so you can relax in the sunshine afterwards.
The Clapham Grand features a gigantic 24ft cinema screen which often hosts major sporting events such as the rugby and football world cup. There are also a few popcorn and hot dog machines on standby just in case you get peckish at half time.
If Carlsberg did sports bars they’d offer wall to wall sports on 14 widescreen televisions and two giant ones. Watch the world cup in the contemporary bar in the Empire Casino in Leicester Square, they have ample seating and a wide selection of beers – it’s not all Carlsberg.
The Bavarian Beerhouse is one of two of the UK’s only German-themed pub. The menu includes wine, schnapps and beers served in traditional steins. They serve traditional snacks such as bratwursts, pretzels and potato dumplings and regularly show the Bundasliga.
In London’s Shoreditch, Bar Kick is the home to local football fans looking for delicious food, a wide range of beers and cheap foosball tables. The quirky bar has a good reputation for friendly staff and the raised screens allow everyone to see the football regardless of how busy it is.
The Coat & Badge is a traditional English pub with a large beer garden. It’s one of our favourite pubs in Putney and the large TV screens show football regularly and the kitchens consistently provide high-quality pub grub.
Tucked away down Perth Road the Faltering Fullback is a must-go around Finsbury Park. Time Out has recently rated it as one of their top 10 pubs in London and for good reason. The pub is often full and that is due to the delightful gardens and fairly priced pints. The venue offers live sports every week and is perfect for watching the World Cup with other avid football fans.
Belushi’s have a few different venues in London with our personal favourite being the London Bridge Dugout. The pub is a fantastic hit with young football fans looking to kick back and watch the match on large 4K screens that are dotted around the venue. There’s a large selection of international beers and if you’re quick enough to get a table they offer table service so you never need to miss a second of the action.
Details are yet to be released for this year’s screenings but Somerset House often hosts what is widely known as the most beautiful open-air cinema in London. They’ve previously hosted the Rugby world cup and other global events as well as film festivals. If it’s sunny, then this is the place to watch the football.
This London boozer is super busy on a hot, summer’s day and there are even projector screens so that you can watch the game in the sunshine! If the English weather decides to turn up then you can head inside and watch the game on the widescreen televisions. The kitchen is headed by Andy Evans and there are always a good selection of ales on tap so worry not, you will be fed & watered.
The Lighthouse pub and gardens regularly show live sport so come the world cup, the venue will be ecstatic. They have fantastic pub grub, a great selection of beers and a beautiful garden to relax in after the match.
It may seem rather early to book a Christmas party but London’s top exclusive venues sell out their key dates (Thursdays & Fridays) in January! If you have over 200 people you will most likely need a large private venue to host your office party and London has plenty to choose from. This year we have compiled a list of the top exclusive Christmas venues in London so you don’t have to.
Billingsgate Vaults is located on the river Thames, underneath Old Billingsgate, opposite London Bridge. This Christmas party is capable of hosting between 300 – 800 guests in the historic basement. The venue is divided into three sections so that the party continuously has a good atmosphere. The drinks reception is held in the right-hand side of the vaults and waiters will be serving sparkling wine to your guests. The night then progresses to the right-hand side where a sumptuous three-course dinner is served by award-winning caterers. Both sections of the venue overlook a stunning dance-floor where a live-band or DJ plays. The venue is subtly themed with traditional decorations but the venue truly is the wow-factor for this Christmas party.
Bloomsbury Big Top is a temporary Christmas structure which is constructed every November – December near Brunswick Square, London, in the shape of a giant circus tent. The venue is then decorated with the year’s theme along with thousands of LED lights to create a starlit ceiling. The Christmas venue can hold up to 800 party-goers and offers a sit-down dinner and also bowl food. The seating arrangement is based around the stage where live entertainment can be performed. This area is then transformed into a state of the art dance-floor with sound directional speakers!
If you’re looking for an iconic venue then it doesn’t get much better than the Tower of London. The pavilion is based around the East side of the tower offering a beautiful backdrop to your xmas party. The hosts can even project your company logo onto the walls of the Tower!
Cutty Sark is the world’s last tea clipper. The 19th Century venue now offers traditional company Christmas parties for all of London to enjoy. The vessel has been raised above ground and now offers a unique event space beneath the berth of the ship to eat, drink and dance the night away.
If you’re looking for a different work Christmas do, London Zoo offers a Christmas party that includes a meet and greet with the animals! The party is then moved to one of the zoo’s event spaces for either a seated dinner or bowl food style meal, which is followed by a DJ & disco.
Earth Halls within the Natural History Museum offers a stunning Christmas party for Christmas party goers that are looking for a unique, party venue in the centre of London.
Battersea Evolution is the go-to place for West London Christmas parties. The theme changes every year but the party includes stunning live entertainment, delicious seated meals and a large, state of the art disco.
Widely known as the Christmas party in the sky, Landing 42 provides a view of the London skyline, located just behind the Gerkin, 500ft in the sky. The dedicated event space is on the 42nd floor (hence the name) of the Cheesegrater. The venue can be split to hold between 40 – 300 guests exclusively, at any one time.
Located just 5 minutes from London Bridge, the Hop Exchange is one of London’s newest & hottest Christmas party venues. As you enter the venue you will be greeted with a chilled glass of prosecco and then the curtains will drop to announce dinner. The multi-storey building has twinkling lights falling from the ceiling and traditional ornaments to mark the Christmas season.
This chic riverside venue is perfect for Londoners wanting to stick to the centre of the city. Located on the second floor of the Oxo Tower, the space boasts river views throughout the entire room and can be dressed in a bold theme or can be tailored to your request.
If you’d like to see more Christmas party ideas please check out our London page.