One for playing as much as watching, Bar Kick has an outpost in Shoreditch, in East London, and one in Clerkenwell. Best known and loved for their array of table-football/baby-foot/kicker (depending where you’re from) provisions, the bar also puts on stand-up comedy and speed-dating events in the basement, serves up freshly cooked food and expertly mixed cocktails and, of, course, has enough mega screens to catch the match on regardless of how busy the bar is. Shabby-chic, fun and spacious, this is your home-from-home-team next time you’re in town.
In what might just be the biggest sports bar in London, The Famous Three Kings is a sprawling, occasionally raucous pub in West Kensington that boasts 13 TV screens, 3 projectors and broadcasts sport from over 71,000 channels – this is the superlative of the super sports spots.
If your palate is a little more demanding than the regular pints-and-a-packet-of-crisps provisions, Jetlag in fancy Fitzrovia is your port of call. Set over two levels, the ground floor is given over to proper dining tables for globally-influenced street-food such as Lebanese chicken skewers, Spanish chorizo hotdogs, Quesadillas and Schnitzel, paired with craft beer and specialised cocktails to savour while you cheer. The downstairs Lotus Lounge meanwhile features sofas and a refined atmosphere, but whichever one you choose, they have 10 screens (including a 15ft cinema one) plus any of their tables can be booked ahead of time for the biggest games and keenest crowds.
For a classic British pub experience and a side of history with your main sports event, the Freemasons Arms in Covent Garden is hard to beat: this is after all where the Football Association itself was founded, over a few rounds and six evenings in 1863, resulting in the laws now strictly governing the beautiful game. The technology has moved on a little since, with six high-definition plasma TV screens (set up to broadcast 2 games simultaneously, even) and they serve up a comforting range of international beers alongside traditional cask ales and solid pub grub.
Now you’ve got a sporting chance of not missing your home or away team no matter how long you’re in town – and they’re all within easy reach of every hotel Piccadilly.