The Women's World Cup 2019 takes place 7 June-7 July 2019 in France. If you've not tickets to watch the action on the continent, there are places to watch it — particularly the England squad — here in London.
When are England playing in the Women's World Cup?
The England team — nicknamed the Lionesses — are in Group D along with Scotland, Argentina and Japan. Their first three games are as follows:
- 9 June, 5pm: England vs. Scotland
- 14 June, 8pm: England vs. Argentina
- 19 June, 8pm: England vs. Japan
Sadly, it's not nearly as widely screened as the men's World Cup was last year, but we're not here to discuss gender politics, we're here to show you the best places to watch the football. So here they are:
London sports bars showing the Women's World Cup
We've already told you about London's best sports bars. Sadly, not even all of those are showing the women's world cup, but here are the ones which've confirmed that they are:
Rileys Sport Bar Haymarket
One of London's best-known — and therefore busiest — sports bars, Rileys screens the international friendlies (Denmark on 25 May and New Zealand on 1 June), as well as the three group stage matches.
It's free to reserve a table for the group stage matches (do so here), and the usual food and drink menu is available throughout the games, including burger, pizza, chicken, salads and nachos.
A bit fancier than your average sports bar, Greenwood has something of a gentlemen's club vibe about it — but don't let that stop you watching the ladies in action. It's screening all of the group matches across its many, many screens, and you can book a table for free.
Bar Kick, Shoreditch
This retro hangout in Shoreditch packs in foosball tables, international football team scarves, and a lot of Formica... but most importantly, it's screening (some of the) England World Cup matches, including that New Zealand friendly on 1 June.
It's also one of the few places in London showing Women's World Cup matches beyond just the England matches — see the full schedule.
Where to watch the Women's World Cup in central London
Waxy O'Connor's, Piccadilly Circus
Irish pub Waxy O'Connor's has four bars spread over six floors, so is probably your best bet for finding a seat. The full sports schedule is online, and includes the New Zealand friendly on 1 June, and England's group matches on 9, 14 and 19 June. It's also showing several other, non-England, matches from the Women's World Cup.
Nordic Bar, Fitzrovia
Both of England's pre-competition friendlies (25 May and 1 June) are shown, as well as the three group matches, and several other games from the competition including, unsurprisingly, Norway's matches. Full schedule here.
The Barley Mow, Westminster
You can book an area in the main bar, or even hire a private room, to watch the games at The Barley Mow. No pre-season friendlies here, and it's only the England matches being shown. Full schedule here.
The Speaker, Victoria
Relaunched in November 2018, The Speaker is tucked away down a side street, its generic pub exterior giving little away about how fancy it is inside (your need to know: there are chandeliers, so be careful with your goal celebrations). The screen's not the biggest, so we'd recommend arriving in plenty of time. England's two international friendlies and three group matches are on the schedule.
Where to watch the Women's World Cup in east London
The Book Club, Shoreditch
Hats off to The Book Club, which is screening every match from the World Cup — and offering free shots to anyone dressed in an England shirt. It also hosts several Festival of Football events — see events section below for details.
Skylight, Tobacco Dock
This rooftop bar in Wapping is showing the Women's World Cup Final on 7 July across a number of screens throughout the venue, including under the pergola, and on the all-weather level 9. Table bookings and packages are available.
Where to watch the Women's World Cup in north London
The Euston Flyer
Fuller's pub The Euston Flyer is screening the first two England group matches on 9 June and 14 June. No mention of the Japan match on 19 June, but they encourage people to ask if something they want to watch isn't being shown — so try your luck.
The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill
To watch in a style, head to The Old Dairy, a Grade-II listed building in a former creamery — although hopefully the on-screen action will be too gripping for any of that to matter. England's two pre-competition friendlies and three group matches are shown.
Where to watch the Women's World Cup in south London
The Wellington, Waterloo
Part pub, part hotel, The Wellington is located conveniently close to Waterloo station, and has several screens dotted around the place. The first friendly on 25 May, and first two groups matches (9 and 14 June) are being screened — others have not yet been confirmed.
The Windwill, Waterloo
Just around the corner, The Windmill also screens the matches, with a decent pub food menu. It's a Fuller's — as is The Wellington — so the same matches are shown here.
Dulwich Hamlet FC, East Dulwich
Londonist's drinking buddies, Deserter, host a footie/beer festival at the Dulwich Hamlet FC bar. All first round England matches are screened, alongside the tournament opener, and other major fixtures, including quarter, semi and final. There are lashings of local brews to go with (look out for a specially-brewed Deserter session IPA). Dulwich Hamlet FC, free, just turn up
Where to watch the Women's World Cup in west London
Belushi's, Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush
Both the Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush branches of Belushi's are showing every Women's World Cup game live on HD TVs and large projectors. Country flags will be part of the decor and there's live commentary on all England matches.
Other venues showing the Women's World Cup
- Certain branches of O'Neill's Irish bar (check with individual venues)
Women's World Cup events in London
Clare Balding at The British Library, 20 May
In advance of kick off, Clare Balding hosts a panel event about the history of women's football, and its recent increase in popularity. Panelists including Baroness Sue Campbell — Director of Women’s Football at the FA— and Kelly Smith — retired Arsenal and England striker — discuss the fact that women weren't allowed to play at professional grounds between 1921 and 1971.
Festival of Football at The Book Club and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Run by Goal Diggers FC, the Festival of Football is a series of events celebrating increased participation in women's football. Most events take place at The Book Club and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in Shoreditch, including panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitions.
Know anywhere else in London that's screening the Women's World Cup, or any other themed events taking place? Let us know in the comments below and we'll add it to this article.