Finding the right pub isn’t easy - we’re looking for a decent atmosphere without it becoming too, err, ‘lively’. Nobody wants to watch football in All Bar One; keep it simple, sometimes a humble pint and a packet of crisps is the ultimate combo.
Club colours not invited to the party and any mouthing off and you’re on your own, sonny. If you need more suggestions, message BarChick and we'll sort you out.
WATCH IT OUTSIDE
The dream scenario - catching some rays while watching the match. Good job there's a whole load of badass outdoor screens.
RED MARKET - 288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP
Just off Old Street is summer pop-up RED MARKET, where they’ve erected a 5m x 3m screen this year for Euro-watching and this year’s other hot sporting events (FYI it's a fiver to get in). A great place to bring that date that you double booked the football with – no need to cancel, there’s loads of bars, booze, street food stalls, and even crazy golf to keep everyone happy…ish.
THE HYUNDAI FANDOME - Lewis Cubitt Square, Handyside Street, N1C 4AB
If you wanna supersize your football telly experience, head to the FanDome at Kings Cross where there’s an epic 360-degree wraparound screen. They’re also showing all the matches – so a great backup if there’s a rugby clash at your local. There’s room for 1,000 of you, so it probably won’t be the most chilled experience, but if you’re up for a bit of rowdiness, this could be the place to go.
POP FIELDS - 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
This newish Brixton hangout has put up a big screen showing all the big matches. They’ve got everything you need here, food, drink and good times, just no roof in the screen area – so go mentally prepared for that inevitable deluge.
BOXPARK – 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
There's no danger of the cool Shoreditch kids missing out on the scores, cause you literally can’t escape football fever at Boxpark, where they’ve got screens just about everywhere, down below on the astro and upstairs on the upper decks too. Plus they’re showing all the fixtures - winning.
OTHER POP UP SCREENS
THE OTHER BREXIT AT THE VAULTS - Leake Street, SE1 7NN
Apparently underground no one can hear you cry, so head down here to find out whether it's an IN or an OUT for England in the Euro cup. Cheer yourself up (or celebrate?!) with hot dawgs and of course, loads of booze.
KOKO - 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Camden club Koko are giving over their 20ft cinema screen to the Euros this summer – go for pub prices and a seat – there’s 1,500 of them.
RICH MIX - 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Escape the hooligans and head to this east end community arts hub for a dignified screening of the football at the cinema, popcorn in hand. Then stick around for a post-football after partay with live music and DJs baby.
PUBS WITH THE FOOTBALL:
BONDS – 11-16 Dering Street, W1S 1AR
A bit on the clinical side but a decent size and within 100 yards of your Oxford Street shopping hell, Bonds is a handy escape from the hordes. All games are shown but they don’t necessarily take over the entire pub – so probably handy for watching out of the corner of your eye while pretending to listen to whomever you’re with. Large food menu and reasonable prices for the area to boot.
Local allegiance: Man United, Barcelona, you name it.
THE SHIP – 68 Borough High Street, SE1 1DX
Just at the point you think you’re getting a bit far from Borough Market and a bit close to Elephant & Castle comes The Ship. Plenty of pub properness here, Fuller’s ales and reliable food – and both Sky and BT football matches shown on the two flat screens. Darts and table football at half-time anyone? It’s better than listening to Gary and Jamie arguing.
Local allegiance: N/A (thankfully not quite close enough for Millwall).
You should also check out:
THE JUNCTION – 2a Corsica Street, Highbury, N5 1JJ
This huge place just off Highbury Corner was designed for football. A big projector, numerous flat screens at high-level for optimum nobody-in-the-way-ness… even the steps down to the front doors feel like old-school football terraces. There’s a decent range of your standard pints and food comes in the football-friendly shape of pizza. Cosy or local it ain’t, but it certainly does exactly what it set out to do.
Local allegiance: Arsenal
THE FALTERING FULLBACK – 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB
Crop out the surrounding streets and focus on the foliage-adorned pub and you could be in a quaint countryside village. You aren’t, of course. Inside are a couple of screens around the horseshoe-shaped bar, but pick a top-of-the-table affair or a rugby international and you’ll be heading through to the huge back room. Big screens, long tables and pews provide a Bierkeller-like environment for prime sports enjoyment. And out the back – lordy, beer garden does not do it justice. It’s more like the treehouse from your wildest childhood dreams, there are almost certainly monkeys running amok.
Local allegiance: Arsenal
THE COBORN ARMS – 8 Coborn Road, E3 2DA
Homely, local and comfortable, this Young’s number is tucked away neatly off Mile End Road and is a short walk from either Mile End or Bow Road station. One large screen and three other high-level flat screens guarantee a decent view from pretty much anywhere. Of course the ales are great, the food is solid traditional English fare, and the bar staff are pleasant too which counts for more than most landlords seem to think. Put your jacket back on when going for a pee though – you can see your breath in the gents…
Local allegiance: at a push probably West Ham
THE WATER POET – 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
It’s pretty quiet around this area on a weekend, so it comes as something of a surprise to find this place consistently rammed for big football and rugby matches. 5 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station towards Shoreditch, they’ve got a huge projector screen and three big flat screens each in its own room (one’s actually outside), so you shouldn’t have much trouble seeing the action. The bars get busy, but if you want to watch the games (with some hotties around for good measure), this place comes highly recommended. Pool tables and a large outside area are welcome bonuses.
Local allegiance: N/A
THE BLACK PRINCE – 6 Black Prince Road, SE11 6HS
Only 2 minutes from the busy Kennington Road/ Kennington Lane Junction, this corker’s neatly tucked away on Black Prince Road. It’s a proper pub, with good food, a decent selection of ales and – handily – three flat screen TVs. The friendly bossman advises that they show ALL (nudge, wink, cough) 3pm football matches, but his preference for rugby means the egg-ball might win should fixture clashes occur. There’s a lovely outside area too but no funny business please – you’re overlooked by a tall modern block of flats.
Local allegiance: N/A
BALHAM BOWLS CLUB – 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX
Where rustic stops just short of dilapidated (in a wonderful way), BBC is full of charm and character. It used to be a bowls clubhouse (who’d have thunk it?) and it’s comprised of various downstairs rooms of vintage and wonderfully-mismatched furniture. There’s a flat screen in one of these rooms and a projector upstairs, but it’s worth checking listings as private functions occasionally render the big screen inaccessible. Hint: book the upstairs for your footy-watching p*ss-up. Sky and BT here.
Local allegiance: N/A
THE TEMPERANCE – 90 Fulham High Street, SW6 3LF
First thing’s first: The Eight Bells down the road is nicer than this pub. However, on Fulham match days it’ll be an absolute scrum, so head to The Temperance 100 yards away instead. A massive pub with loads of screens and a good selection of beers and ales. As per Bonds off Oxford Street, the food choice is extensive and prices are reasonable, largely because it’s the same menu.
Local allegiance: Fulham
THE CROSS KEYS – 57 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG
A mile from Hammersmith but much closer to Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook sits this beauty. It’s a Petr Cech goal-kick from the A4 but, nestled down the smart residential roads off King St, you’d never know it. The Fuller’s link means solid food and an excellent ale selection, and it’s sports-friendly which means two flat screens, a projector and an additional wheelie-screen if needed. Oh, and a dartboard. The pretty outside area leads to a sweet outbuilding, suitable for anyone inexplicably not interested in shouting obscenities at 22 men who won’t hear.
Local allegiance: not really… maybe QPR