Football pubs in London

Don’t miss a kick – find out which pubs and sports bars in London are showing live football, including World Cup 2018 matches
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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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Looking for some of the best pubs to watch the football in London? Perhaps an establishment that serves up quality craft beer alongside its live sport? Take a look through our list of recommended pubs and sports bars for watching football, where you’ll find an atmosphere almost as good as you would on the terraces – ideal for all World Cup 2018 fixtures.    

North London football pubs

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Actress

icon-location-pin East Dulwich

This East Dulwich pub has a strong sports focus, so expect the full roster of fixtures to be screened here throughout Russia 2018. The sourdough pizza menu is worth a look at half-time, too.

South London

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Bars and pubs

Bar Kick

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Sister to Clerkenwell's Café Kick, good-natured Bar Kick is more expansive than its sibling. Mostly famous for its table football, basement events, lovingly cooked food and cocktails, this is also the place to watch IRL football – World Cup included. 

East London

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Restaurants, German

Bavarian Beerhouse

icon-location-pin Aldgate

Normally you could count on Bavarian Beerhouse for all the Bundesliga action. But the lively German-themed bar is also screening World Cup games, with special deals on steins. Make a booking and make some room for commiseratory/celebratory sausage.

Central London

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Black Horse

icon-location-pin Deptford

The Black Horse is commited to screening European and international football matches from a projector. Pair the sporting action with a pizza from the pub's own 'Sourdough Saloon'.

South London

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Café Kick

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell

Not only can you watch your team play in this Clerkenwell bar-café, you can also recreate your favourite players’ moves on one of three football tables. They also have regular foosball tournaments, so come have a go if you think you’re hard enough.

Central London

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The Coal Hole

icon-location-pin Charing Cross

A great pub to watch all the big games in the centre of the West End. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is great, but tables are limited, so get there early if you don’t want to spend your afternoon propping up the bar. 

Central London

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Compton Arms

icon-location-pin Canonbury

This is normally a quiet neighbourhood pub, but its location, a stone’s throw from the Emirates Stadium, means football is popular. Arsenal games take priority, but otherwise the owners try to screen as many of the top fixtures as possible.

North London

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Cross Keys

icon-location-pin Ravenscourt Park

This Fuller’s pub shows just about as much sport as you could ask for, with the football matches proving a bit of a draw. That will be no different once the World Cup kicks off in June. 

West London

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De Hems

icon-location-pin Chinatown

This orange-hued West End boozer is big on atmosphere and plays all the big games – if you’re backing Holland for the World Cup, think of this pub as your spiritual home throughout June and July. 

Central London

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Dickens Inn Pizza

icon-location-pin Tower Hill

This beautiful three-storey pub overlooking St Katharine Docks serves a fantastic pizza menu that you can enjoy while watching the day’s top Premier League matches on one of five screens. A twee olde English tavern from which to back The Three Lions.

East London

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Duke of Edinburgh

icon-location-pin Brixton

The atmosphere is surprisingly electric in this pub down the Brixton back roads, where they'll be showing all of Russia’s fixtures across four screens. If England look like a flop on the pitch, take consolation on the crazy golf course in the garden outside.

South London

Bars and pubs

Famous Three Kings

icon-location-pin West Kensington

Head to this West Kensington sports bar for complete Olympic immersion. 13 TV screens (three of which are 3D) and three projectors will be showing around-the-clock Games coverage. No bookings are taken, so just turn up for your favourite competition.

West London

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Faltering Fullback

icon-location-pin Finsbury Park

This local Irish pub (local if you’re in Finsbury Park, that is) screens many of the top Premiership and Championship games in their barn-like back room with picnic table seating – and it’ll be no different for the World Cup. Word of warning though, rugby can take precedence over the round ball.

North London

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

The Grafton

icon-location-pin Kentish Town

This welcoming spot near Kentish Town has two 7-ft HD screens across two floors, as well as smaller TVs. As the tournament rolls on in Russia, you’ll be able to make advance bookings to ensure a front row seat for all of the action. 

North London

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The Hand in Hand

icon-location-pin Wimbledon Village

This venerable old pub, dating from the early nineteenth century, is now a Young's pub serving a selection of their beers and a menu featuring standard pub fare. It's got a great location on Wimbledon Common, and proves popular with footie fans catching the weekend games.

South London

Bars and pubs

Hemingford Arms

icon-location-pin Barnsbury

This brilliant backstreet boozer shows all manner of sporting action throughout the year across both Sky Sports and BT Sports. That will definitely be the case for the World Cup, too, with all matches being screened as they happen. Make it your go-to local.

North London

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The Kings Arms

icon-location-pin Ealing

This Ealing pub has darts and a games room if you fancy making your own entertainment. Otherwise, stick with the footie on TV screens. Usually, it's a trusty rugby pub to locals, but that's sure to change when World Cup fever hits London.

West London

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Mabel's Tavern

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury

A popular Shepherd Neame pub close to Euston and King's Cross. Expect a good range of beers, pub grub and plenty of sport on the big screen.

Central London

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Lauriston

icon-location-pin South Hackney

The popular corner boozer near Victoria Park pulls down its big screen for the footie. Come by for pizzas, pints and a roaring crowd of east London dwellers getting behind... well, whoever they're behind.

East London

Bars and pubs, Beer hall

Octoberfest Pub

icon-location-pin Parsons Green

This Octoberfest-themed bar shows all major sporting events on two huge projector screens and three massive plasma screens, while beer maidens dressed in traditional dirndl serve steins of ice-cold beers from around the globe.

West London

Venue says Every Thursday night come enjoy all-you-can-eat sausage night from 5pm to 9.30pm. £15pp including a pint of Kaltenberg.

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Old Dairy

icon-location-pin Crouch Hill

Watch the international stars of footie milk that foul for all it's worth at the Old Dairy. They're going football crazy for Rusia ‘18, with a big screen for matches and areas available for advance bookings – they’ve teamed up with Camden Town Brewery to provide beery group packages, too.

North London

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Bars and pubs

The Old King's Head

icon-location-pin The Borough

A traditional old boozer close to London Bridge. Expect real ale and plenty of big-screen football action – they show most of the important matches and more drama unfolding on the pitch than in one of former local Shakespeare’s plays.

South London

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Oxford Arms

icon-location-pin Camden Town

A family-run pub in Camden with food, booze, special events and all the big football matches, played out on a number of large screens. Every World Cup match will get an airing here.

North London

Bars and pubs

Pub on the Park

icon-location-pin Hackney

In summer, you can catch a tan and catch the action at this London Fields pub's outdoor area where screens show all the biggest and best sporting events, like a certain international football tournament. Luckily, it's fully heated and covered in winter too, ideal for when the Premier League gets under way. Fixtures are aired indoors on LED screens though, should you be feeling the chill regardless.

East London

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Bars and pubs

Round House

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

This is a popular pub that overflows with customers on warm days – some watch the screens through the windows. Expect an international crowd for World Cup screenings.

Central London

Bars and pubs

Rye

icon-location-pin Nunhead

While the spacious beer garden is a big draw, the Rye's sizable projector screen also makes it a steady favourite in the area. All eyes will be fixed to it during the World Cup. Football fans can make quick work on scotch eggs and sausage rolls while the action unfolds.

South London

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Restaurants, British

The Salutation

icon-location-pin Hammersmith

The Salutation Inn is one of the very few Hammersmith pubs which appeals to all comers. Some of that appeal comes from showing more live football matches than you can throw a stick at. Plus there's a great garden, too. 

West London

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The Shipwright Arms

icon-location-pin London Bridge

A Tooley Street pub located in a gorgeous Grade II listed building. It's a great place to watch the football, with a number of screens showing all the big games.

South London

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Bars and pubs

The Sporting Page

icon-location-pin Chelsea

All major games are shown at this Chelsea pub. One large screen and three small screens ensure that everyone will be able to keep up with the sporty goings on. Rugby and cricket draw a big crowd, but the World Cup should guarantee just as big a local crowd.

West London

Venue says A local treasure: delicious pies, classic drinks, the best in sports TV and Chelsea’s best sun terrace.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Star of Kings

icon-location-pin King's Cross

Owned by the same team as The Star of Bethnal Green and the newer Star by Hackney Downs, this tucked away pub north of King's Cross has a real buzz about it and you can hire an area for match day ease. They're showing all World Cup fixtures, and will be pulling down the projector screens for England games.

North London

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The Temperance

icon-location-pin Fulham

A popular pub close to Putney Bridge. It can get very busy when the football is on – all of the big matches are going to get an airing here, so bring your best chants.

West London

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Water Poet

icon-location-pin Spitalfields

The Water Poet goes above and beyond other pubs with its nine screens, including a cinema. Every single match during the 2018 World Cup tournament will be shown at the Bishopsgate boozer. 

East London

Venue says Nothing like whiling away a Sunday in one of London's best beer gardens, with roasts from Ginger Pig and amazing drinks. Now taking bookings

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

White Hart

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

Expect this pub to be heaving during the World Cup, since it has all the games on its TV screens as well as a massive beer garden for half-time pint perfection.

North London

Bars and pubs

World's End

icon-location-pin Finsbury Park

A huge pub close to Finsbury Park, this place is very popular when it comes to showing the football. They've got a bunch of big screens and an HD projector, so wherever you find yourself you should be able to see the action.

North London

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Yucatan

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

A Stoke Newington pub that has nothing to do with Mexico, from what we can gather. It does a roaring trade when the football is on – they've got a number of screens showing the big games.

North London

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