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Where to watch the World Cup

November 2nd, 2022 | by kelly.bliss
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Where to watch the World Cup

As a football fan, there’s nothing quite like the buzz of getting your mates together to watch all the action on a big screen, and here in South Bank we’ve got an amazing lineup of places to see every game!

Things may be a little different for this World Cup as it's hosted during the chillier months. But fear not – there are still all the usual fun fan zones, themed parties and pop-up venues to look forward to. Just this time there are heaters and blankets, Christmas lights and mulled wine on the menu too.

Taking place in the run-up to Christmas, the World Cup also makes for a great excuse to get together and toast the festive season with friends, or an excellent way to do something a bit different for your work Christmas party this year.

Note that for England games you will most likely need to book well in advance and many venues are running a ticketed option for the screenings of the biggest matches.

Here’s a rundown of where to watch the games in South Bank.

 

 

  • talkSPORT Fan Zone at 26 Leake Street

    The world’s biggest sport radio station is hosting an epic World Cup fan zone, right here in South Bank. Taking over 26 Leake Street, the huge venue under the arches of Waterloo, talkSPORT presents the ultimate World Cup fan experience with live coverage of every game across huge TV screens and a video wall. 

    There's also live Q&As with football legends and talkSPORT hosts, themed parties with entertainment from the countries playing that day, loads of great food and drink deals, and so much more! 

    Tickets start from £7.50 including a free pint and their group packages are perfect for office Christmas parties.

    > Find out more and book

  • Between the Bridges

    Everyone’s favourite South Bank beer garden and street food market Between The Bridges is showing every match of the World Cup. No need to worry about the chilly weather, all the screenings take place in Between The Bridge's heated undercover venues. There are seven screens to watch on, including three huge video walls, giving this place a real fan park atmosphere plus a delicious choice of street food stalls to grab a bite from.

    Entrance is free to most match day screenings. To manage the crowds selected matches – including all England matches – are ticketed so make sure to book early to guarantee a space. 

    > Find out more and book

  • The Curling Club

    Keep up to speed with all the latest from the World Cup at The Curling Club pop-up venue who are showing all matches live on their big screens.

    Bringing some après ski fun to Southbank Centre’s 2022 Winter Festival, the festive pop-up celebrates all things Alpine. In addition to the chance to get stuck into a competitive round of curling, there’s bratwurst and ‘dirty raclette fries’, cheeky winter-themed cocktails including a super Christmassy Negron-ski, plus DJs and live entertainment. 

    If you want to get a round of curling in before or after watching make sure to book online.

    > Find out more and book

  • Bar Topolski

    For an alternative World Cup viewing experience, head to the quirky Bar Topolski set inside the Victorian railway arches just behind the Festival Hall. This historic space was once the studio of one of World War II's official artists, Feliks Topolski, whose amazing murals can still be seen inside. 

    This is a fun, off-beat cocktail bar with an interesting drinks menu. If you are feeling adventurous and want to celebrate in style, ask your bartender for the 'Smash' and see what new creations they come up with. Alternatively, they also know all the classics well too.

    Be sure to book a table for the big match days, this place gets busy! 

    > Find out more and book

  • BrewDog at Waterloo

    Where better to find a spot to cheer on the Three Lions than the biggest bar in the UK? Opened earlier this year BrewDog Waterloo has already become famous for its many attractions that include duckpin bowling, a microbrewery, co-working spaces and the BrewDog slide.

    As is to be expected with a venue this big there's a lot of space to watch. BrewDog boasts a whopping 17 TV screens. If you are actively trying to avoid watching the football, you can also find spaces to hang out here where there's not a screen in sight.

    > Find out more and book

  • Mamuska

    Join London's Polish community in cheering on the Orły while enjoying classic Polish pierogi and a pint of Tyskie. For an authentic Polish experience, you can’t beat Mamuska, the Polish kitchen and bar under the arches of Waterloo station on Leake Street. 

    For the 2022 World Cup, Mamuska are showing all England, Wales and Poland matches live on the big screen. Head down dressed in red or white and whatever team is playing that day you'll fit right.

    > Find out more and book a table

  • The Green Room

    If watching the World Cup to you isn't the same without the outdoor bar vibe, The Green Room's famous garden terrace has undergone its annual winter makeover – and they're screening the World Cup too.

    The outdoor space now has heaters, a full stretch tent covering plus blankets and even hot water bottles to keep you warm and toasty (and protected from any wintery rain). Games are shown from 12pm onwards across multiple screens in the garden. A happy hour cocktail (cocktail club runs weekdays 4pm to 8pm) makes for the ideal accompaniment.

    > Find out more and book

  • Doggett's Coat & Badge

    Looking for a classic pub experience right on the river? Doggett's Coat and Badge next to Blackfriars Bridge is definitely the place to go. This historic pub overlooking the water is showing every single fixture of the 2022 World Cup, meaning that no matter what team you are supporting you won't miss a single goal or nail-biting penalty.

    There's a fantastic range of cask ales on tap, as well as mulled wine and cider, plus a classic pub food menu meaning you won't need to go hungry when the match inevitably goes into extra time. 

    > Find out more and book

  • Limin' Beach Club

    The only Trinidadian restaurant and bar in central London, Limin' Beach Club (pronounced 'Lime-in', meaning to chill with good company) brings tropical Caribbean vibes to South Bank all year round. Located just off the riverfront in the quirky Gabriel's Wharf courtyard, Limin' has refurbed its space to be warm and toasty for winter and they'll be showing the biggest games live on the big screen. 

    In an extra fun touch, Limin' are keeping things in party mode by serving up free shots for every England goal scored! They also have their famous Caribbean rum punch on the menu, a delicious drink to celebrate a big win. Note that the bar is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but will be opening to show the England games.