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Where to watch the World Cup 2022 in London

Never miss a game with our guide to the best indoor and outdoor World Cup 2022 screenings across the city

India Lawrence
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India Lawrence
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It seems like the dust has barely settled since the Lionesses brought football home for the first time in over 50 years this summer. But strap in, because it's time for another nail-biting round of international football.

And this is going to be a biggie, because after four years of waiting, the World Cup is back, baby. The month-long carnival of heroic performances, career-defining cock-ups, and TV camera cutaways to fans on the edge of euphoria (or despair – who doesn’t remember the crying old man from Brazil?) has rolled back into town and will most likely be making up a large proportion of your daily conversations between November 20 and December 18. 

Following our heartbreaking near-win in the Men’s Euros 2020, England are actually third favourites to bring the trophy home at Qatar 2022, coming behind five-time winners Brazil and current title holders France. We don’t want to get our hopes up too much and have to deal with the likely subsequent devastation, but the Three Lions are already off to a smashing start, beating Iran and Wales and drawing with USA. Immaculate scenes.  

There is a list of giant screens and parties as long as David Seaman’s ponytail all vying for your attendance during the World Cup’s biggest games. Fortunately, we’ve whittled it down to the best, so all you have to do is turn up, quickly google the offside rule and watch the action unfold.

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When are the England matches?

Whether you're tuning into the whole tournament, which runs November 20 – December 18, or if you’re only here to see when you’re going to get a view of Jack Grealish’s formidable calves, this is the date you need to remember.

Following a convincing 3-0 win against Senegal in the Round of 16, England will face the defending world champions, France, in their quarter final on Saturday December 10 at 7pm. 

How can I watch England's next match at home?

England vs France will be shown live on ITV1, or you can stream it live on ITV X. Coverage begins at 6pm. If you can't make it to a screen, BBC 5 Live and talkSPORT will broadcast the action on the radio. 

World Cup outdoor screenings

Boxpark Shoreditch and Boxpark Croydon
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Box-to-box action is the order of the day at the Shoreditch and Croydon branches of the shipping container constructed sites. Both will be projecting all of the action in their main event spaces (outdoor at Boxpark Shoreditch, and a covered outdoor space at Boxpark Croydon), and you can even reserve a space ahead of each game. Book your spot here

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  • Southwark

Huge outdoor screen (with heaters) if there’s some rare winter sun? Tick. Multiple indoor screens if there isn’t? Double tick. Borough’s Flat Iron Square has a back-up plan whatever the circumstances this World Cup – let’s just hope we can say the same for the England team. Find out more here

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Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden
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  • Vauxhall

Catch the games at the massive beer garden while chowing down on Wagyu Burger or French Tacos. Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden will show every single World Cup match, not just the England ones, on one of its three massive LED screens. Two huge bars mean there’ll be plenty of beer to go round, for celebrations or commiserations.

The urban garden hangout near London Bridge will be showing all the England games on its huge alfresco screen, now with heating a covering so you can stay cosy this winter season. There will be Bacardi-based cocktails and slices from Bad Boy Pizza Society to keep you fuelled for all the cheering. Vinegar Yard. 

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4TheFans is putting on a series of epic events for up to 300 punters on the roof bar in Dalston, showing England and non-England matches. Here’s the real treat – footie heads will be able to watch the games alongside a Sky Sports presenter and football legends (details TBC), providing exclusive match analysis. And if England score, there’ll be pyrotechnics and a CO2 cannon. Just try not to get caught in the crossfire.
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  • Canada Water

The immersive western-themed park will be hosting a stand alone fanzone for viewing England’s matches on November 25 and 29. The LGBTQ+ owned and run venue has created a safe and inclusive space for all people to enjoy the footy and share the love. A £12 ticket will get you a free drink, plus there’ll be drag queens at half-time. 

World Cup indoor screenings

Budweiser X Fifa Fan Festival
Photograph: Budweiser / AB InBev

1. Budweiser X Fifa Fan Festival

This World Cup, Budweiser are bringing a brand new party where you can actually watch the football in a nightclub. Fans can two-step to DJs like Joel Corry while the England games blare on giant LED screens with 4D audio. And there'll be guest appearances from England football legends David Seaman and Fara Williams. Book here

2. Big Penny Social

This cavernous beer hall, formerly known as Truman's Social Club, was billed as ‘the UK’s biggest’ when it opened in 2020, so it should be spacious enough to pack in plenty of screaming football fans. The east London hangout will be showing the all the matches on its ‘big screen’. 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL. Entry free.

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Clapham Grand
Photograph: The Clapham Grand

3. Clapham Grand

South-west London’s red-brick party palace is screening all the England World Cup matches on its massive 25ft cinema screen. To get you well and truly in the sporting spirit, there’ll be buckets of beer, the venue’s famed ‘Hot Beige’ food selection available and DJs soundtracking the matches with fan anthems. Clapham Grand, SW11 1TT, £5. 

The three-storey Wapping space is home to ostensibly the UK's biggest sports bar. It will be screening matches to over 20,000 guests throughout the World Cup. The rooftop area also offers great views of London’s skyline, so at least there’s something nice to look at if you can’t handle watching penalty shoot outs. Book your spot here

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If you’d rather not spend the World Cup being jostled by crowds and pelted with plastic beer glasses, book a booth at the O2’s football and dining experience (supposedly the world’s first immersive gaming restaurant). You’ll be able to watch the match on your own private screen and get food and drink delivered directly to you. Win or lose, you can unleash all that pent-up post-game anxiety by having a go at striking yourself on one of the flashy games. The O2. Book in advance. 

Inspired by the flamboyant style of its namesake, iconic Colombian football star Carlos Valderrama, this is a bar that shows sport but that promises to be much more than your average sports bar. Watch the Euros surrounded by a retro interior painted with specially commissioned murals while snacking on tasty chicken dishes from chef James Cochran (of 12:51 fame) and sipping Frozen Margaritas. In Cochran’s words: ‘This is a game-changer. It’s a sports bar, but we’re inclusive – there’s no discrimination here, just good drinks, great food and an amazing atmosphere.’ *Chef’s kiss*. 163 Upper St, N1. 

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Head to Westfield Stratford City for a humongous choice of places to watch the big game: there are a whopping 23 screens to choose from. Plus, if you’re inspired to get active after all that footie watching, there’s ample opportunity to have some ball-based fun at the venue’s five ping-pong tables. Bat & Ball

This Shoreditch High Street bar and café is the sister venue to the popular Clerkenwell haunt, Café Kick. It'll be showing the games across 4k screens across two floors. And if we lose, take out your aggression on one of many the foosball tables. Book here.

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9. Infernos

Yes, you can watch the world cup at the infamous home of sticky floors and nightclub aquariums, Infernos in Clapham. The G.O.A.T. World Cup pop-up will have a massive screen, football decor and a brass band belting out football anthems. We expect it to be carnage. Book here. 

POW Brixton is showing all the England fixtures, plus the semis and final. The iconic south London venue will transform its club space into a screening room, with a massive 2x3m LED screen. Book here

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The club will be screening England matches at all three of its venues in Shoreditch, Camden and Brixton. Expect southern barbecue eats and the Blues Kitchen's signature soul band performing some of your fave footy anthems, with a twist. Sweet Caroline, anyone?

One for the foodies, Arcade Food Hall will show all the matches throughout the tournament on six big screens. You can splash out on the World Cup Menu (£45pp) which includes smash burgers, shawarma wraps and waffle fries, or book the Games Room for you and up to 40 pals – that's big enough to fit the England squad almost twice over. Book here

 

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A ticket to any World Cup match at Pizza Pilgrims might set you back £45, but it will include bottomless Neopolitan pizza. HD screens will be set up at the Liverpool Street, West India Quay, Hyde Park, and Camden branches of the restaurant. You can get up to six on a table and everyone has a guaranteed view. Scream at the players through cheesy mouthfuls of some of the best pizza in town. Book here. 

Ensure you get a beer-y good view of all the missed penalties, fouls and inevitable tears at the massive 500-capacity beer hall which will have at least 10 screens. Sip crafties – there'll be some limited edition ones on offer – as you watch the Three Lions (hopefully) bring it home.

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15. Market Halls

There'll be bookable fan zones, huge HD screens and beer kegs on every table at Market Halls, guaranteeing you only top vibes if you decide to watch the footy at either the Oxford Street or Canary Wharf venues. But that's not the best bit, if England win, you'll be able to cop 100 pints for £1, and DJs will carry on the party late into the night. Book here

16. Proud Cabaret

A combo we didn't think we'd see... cabaret and football. Cabaret clubs Proud City and Proud Camden will be showing the matches on big screens at two of their London venues. Tickets start at £39 and include food and arrival drinks. Fabulous! Book here

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Everyone's favourite Rye Lane multi-storey car park will show all the matches live on level 6. You can book in advance and there's space for walk-ins. There are also special offers for cheap scran from vendors 081 Pizzeria and Boxwallah. Grab a £4 pint or a £5 Duppy Punch and settle in for a tense night of goals, penalties and red cards. Book here

The Cadogan Arms and The George
Photograph: Courtesy of The Cadogan Arms

18. The Cadogan Arms and The George

If you're looking for a proper pub to watch the action in central or west London, The George in Fitzrovia and The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea will be screening the games. Slightly more sophisticated than some of the rowdier options, footy fans can book a table in the dining room and enjoy a set menu or feast menu while they wince at all the missed goals and fouls. Bookings open from November 21.

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19. Design District Canteen

The futuristic cloud-shaped building in Greenwich will turn the upper-floor terrace into a dedicated fan zone for the competition. Forking out for a ticket will guarantee you a seat with a vantage of the screens. DJ sets, a 'Beat the Keeper' game and food from the global street vendors will keep fans sustained throughout the nail-biting and beer-throwing. 

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The new 8,500 sq ft restaurant and bar in London Bridge will have numerous screens across its two floors showing all the action. There'll also be a DJ on hand to curate vibes whether England win or lose.  

 

Forget lager, this World Cup sophisticated football fans can drinks cocktails and prosecco at Beetle Juice Brixton as they watch out lads attempt to bring it home. There will still be beers for sale, and free popcorn. The tropical surroundings and pink VW campervans will transport you away from deary old England and for all you last-minute planners who forgot to book, this one's walk-ins only. 

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