A certain football tournament has kicked off. And boy are the city’s venues cashing in. With a handy (ever so mathematical) pie-chart guide, David Clack sizes up their offerings over the next month.
Did you stupidly buy a house without a living room? Fear not, some bars will let you simulate watching football at home. A private room at the Alexandra in Clapham? That’ll be £500 (including 50 beers and 23 burgers). Far Rock Away in Shoreditch: £40 a head (with four beers and food). Proud in Camden: £25 a head. Bargain.
Planning on watching it all on your 32-inch plasma? What are you, a loser? London’s boozers are in the midst of a massive game of telly-size one-upmanship. The biggest we’ve heard of is at Bar Kick: showing every match on four 80-inch screens. See Wayne Rooney mumbling ‘God Save the Queen’ in minute detail!
Want to truly show your dedication to the Japanese team? Try the ‘Junya-San’ hot dog at Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia which is topping its meat with noodles and nori. Cheering for England? Head to Far Rock Away in Shoreditch for a halftime pizza topped with bacon, eggs, sausages and beans. Or, you know, maybe don’t.
It is, of course, a scientific fact that women are biologically incapable of watching football (without crying, at least), so it’s a good job someone has their interests covered. Our fave is Goat in Chelsea which is laying on a private area for ladies to enjoy big-screen ‘Sex and the City’, cocktail masterclasses and ‘girly music’. Go, feminism!
For more World Cup activities take a look at London’s best World Cup off pitch parties.