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Where to watch the Women’s World Cup in London

The lads didn’t win last year. But England’s women are hoping to do better in 2019. Here are the best places in London to grab a pint and watch our Lionesses go for gold

By Ella Braidwood

It may not have come home last year. But now we’ve dried our eyes, it’s time for another summer of quality international football. Held in France this year, The Fifa Women’s World Cup kicks off from Friday June 7 to Sunday July 7. The England team are ranked third, so we’re all feeling hopeful. Here’s our guide to the best places in London where you can grab a pint and watch all the action play out. From screenings in small, local pubs and bars, sports bars offering World Cup themed pizzas and beers, to football parties at major alfresco spots and huge events offering up panel talks, workshops and five-a-side matches at screenings – here’s the score on the best places to catch kick-off. 

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The big one

Attractions Wembley

Remember the frenzied scenes of fans throwing pints in the air at Boxpark in Croydon when the men’s team got to the semis last year? Get ready for a repeat of that hysteria as the three shipping container venues in Croydon, Shoreditch and Wembley whack on all the  England women’s matches. Head to the huge 2,000-capacity Wembley spot to join a fan zone screening of England’s opening match against Scotland, on Sunday June 9. Expect flags, a live DJ and exciting surprises on the night. Plus, there are 27 street food stands to pick from if you need some extra stamina after all the cheering.

The foodie one

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Bars and pubs Gastropubs Victoria

You can catch every match at sports pub Greenwood, and join a fancy party for the final. It’s even prepping a special pizza menu inspired by each national team (here’s hoping for an Alex Greenwood spin-off). Keep an eye on its social channels for World Cup-themed competitions with bar tabs and brewery tours up for grabs. You can also pop down to Greenwood’s sister site, Long Arm Pub & Brewery, which is brewing a special beer called ‘The Lionesses Roar’ ready for the semis. If Phil Neville’s side win the cup, they’ll hand it out for free.


The pint-filled one

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Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Camden Town

Chug down a pint of almighty Punk IPA and catch all the England action at Brewdog’s industrial-style bars in Camden, Seven Dials, Shoreditch and Soho. The Aberdeenshire brewery will be creating a dedicated fan area at each branch, so you can make as much racket as you want. Think (craft) beer kegs and Fran Kirby.

Ku Bar

The underground one

Nightlife Cabaret and burlesque Leicester Square

Run by the people behind She Soho, Klub (the club below Ku Bar) is backing the women this year, showing every England match and all the other top games. Too hot to be in a sticky basement? They’re promising air-con, don’t worry.

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The one with the craic

Music Music venues Chinatown

The closest thing you’ll get to a hobbit hole in London, Irish bar  Waxy O’Connor’s – named after a candlemaker from Dublin – is airing all the games. Get in some pints of Irish beer (there’s Caffreys, Guinness and Rebel Red on tap) alongside some hearty grub, and wait for a Steph Houghton belter. If it all goes wrong, there’s always the ace Sunday night Irish trad sessions to dry away the tears.

The local one

Bars and pubs Pubs Stepney

The Horn of Plenty – Stepney Green’s much-loved local boozer  – is screening all of the England matches. Expect international bunting, rotating guest ales and a friendly atmosphere. They’ve also got an epic pub quiz on Tuesday nights (the rolling jackpot often goes into the thousands – it’s madness) and wicked Sunday roasts.

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