World Cup Watch Part 1!
In case you hadn’t noticed, the football World Cup is well underway in Brazil and if you’re not a fan of the beautiful game, you might be forgiven for thinking there is little or no escape from it. For everyone else it’s a festival of football everywhere you look. The national team colours and shirts of each of the teams contesting the finals are visible every day all over London as Brazil 2014 captures the attention of the Capital’s residents and visitor population. As the tournament moves into its second week, the stakes are suddenly higher and the spectre of elimination looms large for half of the 32 teams contesting the Finals. And, as ever, some of the teams in most danger of the dreaded early exit are not always as predicted. Among the favourites, the holders Spain tasted defeat in their first game. Portugal too suffered a loss in their opener as did England and South American hopefuls Uruguay. These positions are all recoverable but the pressure is on. Not least for those last two because England play Uruguay next in Group D. This time the Group of Death has the initial to prove it. The losers will almost certainly be heading
home! It is certain to be an intense evening to test the nerve of even the most casual England supporter.
Thursday afternoon’s events at The Arena de Sau Paulo will for so many millions of viewers be at times unbearable to watch but resolutely impossible to miss. Dejection and misery would surely follow defeat and an early exit from the big party after the third and final group games. On the other hand, a victory over Luis Suarez’ team will mean England are right back on track and the feel-good factor will return to inspire both team and nation. With the match itself set for such high intensity drama then the choice of where to watch is important too. This isn’t something to be endured at home in small numbers. London has thousands of venues to watch the match across the city. All are equipped with big screens and suitable quantities of refreshment but here are five that caught the eye!
Well for outright commitment The Carlsberg Bar in Leicester Square takes some beating. This place is open 24/7, has a multitude of screens and is a haven for fans of all big sporting events not just the World Cup. It’s certain to be full of big match atmosphere come Thursday afternoon! The Shoreditch Arts Centre on Bethnal Green Road E1, will set the mood on Thursday with a Brazilian DJ and food and cocktails from the host nation as part of a wider celebration of Brazilian Culture. England’s big game will be shown on a jumbo 20 ft screen and there’s even a £35 VIP mezzanine gallery if you’re feeling first class!
Speaking of which, SushiSamba at the top of Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate will be showing matches on big screens accompanied by a £75 per head champagne and sushi platter. Staying City-side, Fat Ronaldo’s is a spectacular pop-up attraction on Old Street, Shoreditch.The game will be shown on 3 giant screens, but the entertainment doesn’t end there. Samba bands, palm trees, DJs, Messi Burgers and a beach bar make the headlines but there’s even a Panini sticker swap shop to enjoy. Entry packages start at £10 but are selling out fast! Finally for this edition, Fever Pitch, another pop-up bar but this time in Fulham at Broadway Bar and Grill. They’ll have capacity for 400 and more than a dozen screens covering very wall.
Whatever the team, whatever the game, these venues have already proved to be worth a visit during this World Cup!
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