The 2022 World Cup takes place 20 November-18 December 2022, in Qatar. It's different from usual World Cups, taking place in the winter, due to Qatar's climate. The usual sprawling beer gardens and open-air fan parks, then, are less likely to happen. But there will still be plenty of places to watch the World Cup in London — particularly if it's England you're supporting.
England matches in the World Cup 2022
England are in Group B, with their initial matches scheduled as follows (UK time):
- 21 November, 1pm: England vs. Iran
- 25 November, 7pm: England vs. USA
- 29 November, 7pm: Wales vs. England
Where to watch World Cup matches in London
Boxpark (Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley)
All three Boxpark venues are showing World Cup games — not just the England matches either, so this might be one to keep an eye on if the Lions aren't your team. Full details TBC but sports screenings are usually free yet ticketed, and things tend to get pretty lively (think beers chucked around when England score...).
City Taverns pubs
Aldgate's Three Tuns, Smithfield's The Hope, and The Three Kings in Clerkenwell are among the venues in the City Taverns chain screening World Cup matches. Book ahead with the individual venue to guarantee a seat.
Belushi's bars in London Bridge, Hammersmith, Camden, Greenwich and Shepherd's Bush are showing every 2022 World Cup match live, using HD screens and projectors to ensure no-one misses a second. Various food and drink packages are available to book in advance, featuring burgers, sharing platters and drinks tokens.
Nordic Bar, West End
Though Nordic Bar's Fitzrovia venue is currently closed for a refurb, the Nordic team are hosting a World Cup pop-up. Exact details are TBC, but it'll be somewhere in the West End, screening every game across multiple screens.
Tiger Tiger, Haymarket
Central London nightclub Tiger Tiger turns sports bar for the duration of the tournament, with every game being shown. Bookings are now being taken — but be aware that your booking doesn't guarantee you entry, it just gives you priority on the day.
Where to watch World Cup matches in north London
The Hive London, Edgware
The Hive London is the only place in London that we know of where you can watch the England matches in an actual stadium — albeit on a screen. Capacity for the events is 4,500, so you'll have plenty of company in your rendition of Three Lions.
Where to watch World Cup matches in south London
Multi-purpose events venue Clapham Grand is showing every England match of the tournament, on a 25ft screen, plus eight smaller screens dotted around. As you'd expect if you've ever set foot in the place, they're going full-on party mode, with live DJs, singalongs, a photo booth, confetti and balloon drops — plus plenty of food and drink available to buy on the day. (Be warned: it'll be hard to do a thorough deconstruction of Southgate's latest tactics with a mass singalong taking place around you and confetti dropping into your pint.)
Another legendary nightclub-turned-temporary-sports-bar, Infernos is hosting The G.O.A.T World Cup pop-up. England matches are shown on a large screen, accompanied by a live brass band leading you in all those classic footie anthems.
Flat Iron Square, London Bridge
Southwark's semi open-air food and drink venue Flat Iron Square is selling tickets to its World Cup screenings, available from 21 September. Current traders include Good Slice pizza, Gamekeeper BBQ, and Latin-inspired Streat Arepas, so you'll be well fed while you watch the action. There are two bars on site as well.
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The Prince of Wales, Brixton
An extra-large indoor screen, group booths and after parties are on offer at Brixton's POW, which hosts football fans in the club section of the venue. It's showing all England group matches, plus the semis and final.
The Devonshire, Balham
November is largely dominated by the Autumn Internationals (that's rugby, FYI) at The Devonshire, but the Young's pub does manage to squeeze in all of the England games, as well as a few other group matches.
Where to watch World Cup matches in east London
Skylight Tobacco Dock
Wapping's Tobacco Dock is opening what it claims is the UK's biggest sports bar, especially for the World Cup. Pitchside takes over level 2 of the former car park, with five huge LED screens, and space for 500 fans. General admission tickets go on sale some time in the autumn.
TOCA Social at The O2
It's no surprise that football-centric venue TOCA Social is screening the World Cup action — and if you're taking things seriously, this is the place to head as one of the offerings is a private box with a screen just for your group. Otherwise, book yourself a table or standing spot in the main bar and lap up the atmosphere with the other footie fans. Whichever ticket you go for, food and drink is available to buy throughout, or you can book a food and drink package in advance.
Where to watch World Cup matches in west London
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes
Usually associated with comedy shows and small-scale theatre, OSO Arts Centre is screening all of England's matches, as well as the quarters, semis, and final — aimed at those who want to watch with others, but don't fancy the raucousness of a pub. If you book for all of the Group B matches, you'll get a free ticket to watch the final. Screenings take place on a big screen in the theatre, making use of the high-tech projector and sound system.
The Aeronaut, Acton
Circus may be the main focus of The Aeronaut, but this venue is no one-trick pony. All World Cup matches will be shown on two large screens inside the pub.
Know somewhere we've missed? Let us know in the comments.