Central London football pubs
The Round House
This is a popular pub that overflows with customers on warm days – some watch the screens through the windows.
North London football pubs
Venue says: “Visit our award-winning pub.”
This welcoming spot near Kentish Town has two 7-ft HD screen across two floors, as well as smaller TVs. During big tournaments, they're take advance booking for keen footie fans in east London, or put on private parties in the boardroom avec beer keg. That'll shorten that queue at the bar come half-time.
A mix of vintage furniture, dimmed lighting and candles make for a cosy atmosphere at this Stoke Newington boozer, but on match days it's all about crowding round to watch the footie screened from a projector. You mostly find fans rooting for Spurs, unless it's a European championship, in which case Italian teams get the loudest cheers from bar staff.
East London football pubs
Sister to Clerkenwell's Café Kick, good-natured Bar Kick is more expansive than its sibling. Mostly famous for their table football, basement events, lovingly cooked food and cocktails, they are also the place to watch live football as they now show every 3D match available in their basement.
In summer, you can catch a tan and catch the action on this London Fields pub's outdoor area where screens show all the biggest and best sporting events. 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.
South London football pubs
West London football pubs
This Octoberfest-themed bar shows all major sporting events on a two huge projector screens and three massive plasma screens, while beer maidens dressed in the traditional dirndl garb serve steins of ice-cold beers from around the globe a selection of 85 German beers.
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The Tale Bar
There can only be a few work-related things that have you beaming from ear to ear and rubbing your hands with glee. The prospect of two weeks’ annual leave on the horizon, possibly. An unexpected pay rise, certainly. A call to review the new cocktail bar at the Playboy Club? Definitely. All teal, black and gold with curtained walls, smoked mirrors, and leather and velvet vying for attention, it’s a homage to the club’s past – and exactly how you would imagine a swinging ’70s cocktail lounge to have been in Hugh Heffner’s heyday. And yes, there are still Bunny Girls fitting the traditional brief: long-legged, thin-waisted, ample-bosomed and stuffed into tight-fitting costumes, all topped off with that bunny-ear headband. The cocktails, you say? Yes, nearly forgot. All brand-new creations made well, with emphasis on flavour rather than strength. Collars and Cuffs (£13) washed the roof of the mouth with lime, moved to chocolate and finished with rose syrup, while 14 Old Park Lane (£11) was a refreshing passionfruit and apple drink that dissolved into a hint of Disaronno. Both came with inexhaustible bar snacks and a service charge. All worth it to finally work out where my headband fetish comes from, though.