With England’s hopes resting on a precarious ankle ligament, the World Cup will dominate the lives of many Londoners over the next few weeks. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or you’re being dragged along kicking and screaming, Emyr Thomas, founder of Bon Vivant, London’s most affordable and personal concierge service, shares his tips on where to watch the action unfold in style.
Eight Club, The City
Eight Members’ Club offers unrivalled facilities for the sophisticated football fan. Eight Bank has a private screening cinema available for up to 50 guests, as well as 6 other private rooms each with their own private maxi-bar and plasma screens. At Eight Moorgate there will be screenings of the most important matches in the members’ lounge, Quiet room and the Library.
Dockmaster’s House, Canary Wharf
Dockmaster’s House, located within a listed three-storey Georgian building in Canary Wharf, offers classic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist, with cool bars, private rooms and a lovely garden. They will be installing indoor and outdoor screens for all World Cup games as well as offering a BBQ at £12 per person. They also offer rooms for private hire with special dinner and drink packages.
Hurlingham Club, Fulham
On the 23rd June, the England vs. Slovenia match will be screened at the impressive Hurlingham Club, with a Pimm’s reception, big screens, complimentary house drinks, munchies, steak BBQ and live post match entertainment. This is an elegant alternative for corporate groups and individuals to watch the England game with great hospitality.
Regular tickets are £150 + VAT; Premium tickets are £250 + VAT including prime sofa seating and Champagne.
Fever Pitch, Fulham
Billed as London’s only pop-up World Cup venue, Fever Pitch, on Fulham Broadway, will offer 13 screens spanning 360 degrees covering every wall of its 400 capacity venue, with large French door opening up on to an outside space with ample seating. Fever Pitch will open from 11am until midnight every day until the day after the final, where the bar will be entirely dismantled.
Tuatara is a new exclusive members’ club on King’s Road in Chelsea. For the England vs. USA match on June 12th, Tuatara will be hosting a special World Cup event with access to the roof deck where they will be accepting Pounds or Dollars, offering Tea infused cocktails and lollypops, offering access to a ‘bookies’ onsite and offering a complimentary glass of World Cup Fever Cocktail at half time.
Quo Vadis, Soho
Throughout the competition the private rooms at Quo Vadis will be available for exclusive hire. Menus can be tailored specifically to meet your needs, whether you want sharing platters from the club menu or a full three-course meal from the restaurant. The matches will be screened on a large projector and groups of up to 24 can be catered for.
Albannach, West End
Located right in the heart of the West End on Trafalgar Square, matches will be shown on screens in the converted bank vaults in the A-Lounge, and there will be buckets of beer and platters to share. For those fans who would prefer to watch the match away from the crowds, their private dining room will be available for hire, with seating for up to 22 or standing room for 30.
The Tommyfield, Kennington
Featuring a colossal 96-inch screen in the main room it is the ideal spot to while away the afternoon and evening watching the game. Focusing on fresh produce cooked simply, the menu is divided into fish, meat, pie and chips – perfect food to watch the footie with.
You can also gather 30 of your closest friends for your own screening on the 47-inch plasma in the upstairs private room.
ETM Group Pubs
All of the ETM Group’s pubs will be showing the football this summer, including The Cadogan Arms on King’s Road, downstairs at The Well in Clerkenwell, The Gun in Docklands, The Prince Arthur in the heart of London Fields, the private boardroom upstairs at The Hat and Tun in Hatton Garden, The White Swan in the City and The Empress of India by Victoria Park.
Each venue will have a 42-inch plasma screen and a ‘beautiful game’ style buffet menus showcasing the best dish from each of England’s group opponents, including lamb stew with couscous, chickpeas and harissa for Algeria; beef goulash for Slovenia; hot dogs with fried onions for the USA; and English classics such as beer battered fish and chips with pea purée. There are many private spaces available, with packages starting at £30 per person.
The Avalon, Clapham
The Avalon has 3 impressive outdoor spaces, including a front terrace, a side garden and a beautifully landscaped rear garden, which features an al fresco Mediterranean menu complete with charcoal barbecue and rotisserie.
The Avalon will offer a variety of screens and packages for the World Cup, including three 50 inch plasma screens in the bar inside as well as outside on the 47 inch plasma screen in the courtyard, which is also available for up to 50 people for private hire.
The Blue Room is also available for private hire for groups of up to 20, with a 50-inch plasma screen with surround sound. Non football fans can escape to the rear garden, which will be a football free zone.
Battersea Power Station, Battersea
This is a unique chance to watch the England games inside the iconic Battersea Power Station, where all the action will be shown on a large LED screen. There will be unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks before and during the match, live entertainment, music and competitions. Tickets are £125 for England vs. USA on 12 June and England vs. Algeria on 18 June.
For England vs. Slovenia on 23 June, there will be an event with a four-course meal courtesy of Gordon Ramsay by Absolute Taste as well as cocktails made by the legendary mixologist, Salvatore Calabrese. All the action will be shown on a large LED screen with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks during the match, live entertainment, music and competitions. A table of ten costs £3,000 +VAT.
Avoiding the World Cup
For those who want to avoid the World Cup, we have a list of London’s best cocktail bars, most of which will be a football free zone. To view the list, please click here.
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