London pubs that show foreign football matches

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What better way to celebrate the city‘s rich multicultural mix than by drinking and watching football? Time Out blows the whistle on boozers dedicated to the world‘s best teams. And Cardiff City

  • London pubs that show foreign football matches

    Allez les bleus: fans outside Le Bar des Magis (© Oliver Knight)

  • Bar Estrella

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    Porto Stockwell has long been the capital’s Little Portugal, and this charming local bar is the community’s hub. Expect to hear plenty of expats nattering in Portuguese to the waistcoated bar staff, admire the range of scarves hung behind the bar, and possibly nip into the adjoining restaurant for mussels after the final whistle. Next fixture Aug 18, v Maritimo. What to drink Super Bock (£1.30). Bar Estrella, 111-115 South Lambeth Rd SW8 (020 7793 1051) Vauxhall tube/rail.


    F3K

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    Cardiff City It’s actually slightly cheeky to whittle down the Famous 3 Kings’ coverage to just one team, since it pretty much shows every game it can (up to 16 at any one time). But since it did win an award for being the best Welsh pub in London it’s ideal for watching Wales’ most successful team (sadly, they’ve stopped doing Cardiff-brewed Brains beers on tap). Next fixture Aug 18, v QPR.What to drink Bombardier (£2.40). F3K, 171-173 North End Rd, W1 (020 7603 6071) West Kensington tube.Bavarian Beerhouse

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    Bayern Munich Claims to be the capital’s only authentic Bavarian pub and shows regular Bundesliga action including local heroes Bayern, aka FC Hollywood. Excellent choice of beer as you’d expect and lots of dumplings to soak it all up.Next fixture Aug 18, v Werder Bremen. What to drink Paulaner (£6.90 for a litre). Bavarian Beerhouse, 190 City Rd, EC1V (020 7608 0925/www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk) Old St tube/rail.

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    Trade at the Harcourt picks up when Sweden play (© Ed Marshall)

    Harcourt Arms

    Team ElfsborgAll Swedish football fixtures are shown at the Harcourt, which also screens Swedish internationals and ice-hockey matches. Note: Henrik Larsson is worshipped as a god so don’t keep pointing out he only turned it on in Scotland.Next fixture Aug 18, vs Gais.What to drink Kopparberg Päroncider (pear) or Äpplecider (apple) (£3.25). Harcourt Arms, 32 Harcourt St, W1 (020 7723 6634/ www.theharcourt.com) Edgware Rd tube.

    The Albion

    Team West Bromwich AlbionNamed after the club and run by a devoted Baggie, the Albion wears its colours proudly (the WBA crest is the pub sign), but most London-based supporters’ groups don’t like to advertise where they drink in town for fear of attracting the wrong type. To be honest, just about every pub becomes a Cockney Red enclave when either United or Liverpool are playing, but if you’re an exiled fan of another club you should get in touch with the Association of Provincial Football Supporters Club in London (www.apfscil.org.uk).Next fixture Aug 18, v Preston North End. What to drink Coors Sub Zero (£3.60). The Albion, 94 Goldsmith’s Row, E2 (0871 984 3403). Bethnal Green tube.

    Le Bar des Magis

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    Olympique Lyonnais Genuine French bar in Clapham with dedicated football following that proved very popular during the last World Cup. Also has a soft spot for Le Arsenal. The bar’s neighbouring restaurant, Le Bouchon, sponsors local Gallic-tinged Sunday league side the Mavericks. Also has acrèche, which isn’t something you’d find in many English-themed bars.Next fixture Aug 18, v Lorient.What to drink Kronenbourg 1664 (£3.30).Le Bar des Magis, 7-9 Battersea Rise, SW11 (020 7738 0307/www.lebouchon.co.uk) Clapham Junction rail.

    The Cock Tavern

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    Rangers/Celtic.Okay, now be very careful here. Gers fans collect at the Cock in meat-lover’s heaven Smithfield, while Hoops head to the Cock at Euston. Do not by any means go in the wrong one if you are wearing any clothing that has even the merest glint of green or blue on matchdays, and especially if you are clad in your favourite ‘I like the pope, the pope smokes dope’ T-shirt.Next fixture Aug 18, Rangers v Falkirk; Aug 15, Celtic v Spartak Moscow. What to drink Mortlach (£2.95) for the Light Blues and Magners (£3.60) for Bhoys.Rangers: The Cock Tavern, East Poultry Avenue, Central Markets, EC1 (020 7248 2918) Farringdon tube/rail. Celtic: The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd, NW1 (020 7387 1884) Euston tube/rail.

    Marino’s

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    JuventusThe venue of choice for London’s Juve-supporting community (and also harbouring a now deeply unfashionable affection for Chelsea), this Italian bar/restaurant is one of many in the area that regularly shows Serie A fixtures. Another good bet is Italia Uno up the road on Charlotte Street. A great place to watch Champions League matches if you want to get away from one-eyed English supporters.Next fixture Aug 26, v Livorno. What to drink Nastro Azzuri (£3).Marino’s, 31 Rathbone Place, W1T (020 7636 8965) Tottenham Court Rd tube.

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Bini
Bini

Milan London Supporters – Comedy Bar 7 Oxendon Street, Piccadilly Circus, SW1Y 4EE Would be good to get an update esp for World Cup please.

Maria
Maria

We spent 45 minutes walking up and down Rathbone st and Rathbone Place only to discover that the bar has closed. You should remove the reference to Marino's.

Rob
Rob

The One Bar in Lewisham shows all Everton matches.

matt
matt

hi, does anyone knows where i can watch brazil france sunday 9th june? thanks

Allison
Allison

If anyone is looking for where to watch the 2013 Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday 25th May, you can check out The Craft Beer Social Club's beer tasting party. Ticket includes two British welcome beers (inspired by the teams in the final); snacks and the screening of the match in an private TV room. Lots of beer and footy enthusiasts! it's on at the Savoy Tup just off the Strand in the West End. Can book at championsleaguebeertasting.eventbrite.com or go to http://www.thecraftbeersocialclub.co.uk

Allison
Allison

Looking for somewhere to watch the 2013 Champions League Final on Saturday 25th May? Come to The Craft Beer Social Club's Beer Tasting Party! Ticket includes two British welcome beer samples inspired by teams in the final, snacks and screening of the match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Book at http://championsleaguebeertasting.eventbrite.com/

Michelle
Michelle

Rileys Fanzone has the biggest screens in London, making it a really great place for watching football

stephen Keenan
stephen Keenan

Henrik Larsson won the European cup for bacelona changing the game when he came on and setting up 2 goals (Henry said he was incredible when he came on and made the difference between the 2 sides). He was Idolised by Barcelona fans who regularly voted him one of the players of the season. He also was nominated for player of the tournament at Euro 2004 scoring the goal of the tournament (as voted by the BBC) with a stupendous diving header. he also made a telling impact at man u when ferguson said he was instrumental in helping them win the league that year despite his short loan spell. On the road to the uefa cup he scored against blackburn and liverpool never mind scoring 2 goals in the Uefa cup final almost single handedly taking on a porto team that would win the Champions league the next season. Oh and finally, when samuel eto was asked if he was nervous about Henry joining Barce a few years ago he said why should I be nervous i have played with the best striker in the world for the pasrt 2 seasons - Henrik Larsson.

Bostero
Bostero

Hi Pepa, Maybe try contacting John the owner of 'Buen Ayre' an Argentine grill on Broadway Market, Hackney for info if he's showing a particular game. Boca v. River games are often shown in Zoo Bar at Leicester Square, but good idea to check the arenin.co.uk website beforehand to make sure.

Kim
Kim

If you an Aberdeen fan head to the Rob Royon Sale Place off Edgware road. Great for Scotland matches too.

Pepa
Pepa

Hi! I want to see the Barcelona-Bayern Champions match in a pub in London next 8th April. I think everybody will see the Liverpool-Chelsea. Is it impossible? Is there a place that shows Barça matches?

Chris D.
Chris D.

Hey now !! I'll be enjoying London this coming few weeks........ Visiting from Los Angeles but I'm originally from Colombia. So, where does one enjoy some good ol" south american futbol in London? (River PLate, Boca, Santos, Corinthias, America de Cali)

Nathalie
Nathalie

There is the Dutch pub 'De Hems' that shows Dutch football matches (national and league matches) with Dutch commentary.