The World Cup 2018 is almost upon us, and with this summer set to be a scorcher, most people don’t want to be sitting in their living room glued to the TV to watch it. One of the best things about the competition is the sense of community it inspires, as fans gather to view the matches together. Like that other great sporting spectacle, the Olympics, people make the effort to watch the World Cup matches in a social environment. For this reason, many bars, pubs and restaurants have screenings available this summer so that you can do that.
Here, we’ll explore the top places that west London has to offer if you fancy catching up with friends without missing the match. From the classic sports bar to the hipster club to the cosy gastro-pub, there’s something for everybody. And if you’re looking for somewhere to socialise, watch the game and speculate about the massive BetStars 100 Million Challenge, then look no further than this guide to the World Cup 2018 in west London.
Famous Three Kings, Fulham
The Famous Three Kings is the ultimate sports bar, with plenty of screens and space for large groups of fans to hang out. This pub takes its sports subscriptions seriously and promises punters that they’ll be able to see every second of every World Cup match, no matter which countries are playing.
With a great atmosphere, reserved priority seating available and excellent food and drink deals, this is the perfect place to gather with a group of mates and watch the beautiful game. At the Famous Three Kings, you know you’re in good company as everybody is there to share in the experience, and you won’t go hungry or thirsty, either!
Ealing Park Tavern, South Ealing
If you’re after a more refined viewing experience of this year’s World Cup, then why not try the Ealing Park Tavern. With bookable private rooms and large shared screens available, this stately gastro-pub offers an exclusive viewing opportunity. Their Oak Room can accommodate up to 70 people and comes with a semi-private projector screen to watch the game on. Or you can even book the garden for you and up to 99 friends where you can all watch on a private big screen!
The menu here is second to none as well, with a selection of fantastic craft beer on offer as a bucket bolt-on to your reservation. The World Cup sharing platters include a variety of delicious bar snacks like chili squid, haggis scotch egg and skin-on chips. This is the place to head if your group has a discerning palate and wants to watch the game in style.
Hipster hangout Lost&Co in Battersea represents the wild card in this selection. It claims a fun atmosphere without being pretentious and has an extensive menu of fancy cocktails. You have to taste their jalaberry margarita to believe it! An eclectic décor, including a phone booth and trombones, lends the place a party atmosphere, but they are open throughout the day for relaxation, food and chats with friends.
This year, Lost&Co is showing a selection of England World Cup games and various finals matches. You can either book a table to watch the game or a private room to enjoy with a group of friends. Either way, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself!
As you can see, west London offers up a wealth of different places to watch the World Cup this summer in comfort and surrounded by friends. Whatever your taste, budget or group size, you will find something to suit. Now it’s a case of figuring out how to back the winner!