Okay. The World Cup is on! And, save a vacation in Brasil, every sporty London is as excellent a place to experience the footie action as anywhere. It's also a city that likes to take the spirit of these global games and shake things up a bit, throwing in some of its own unique style. Have a look at this list of some of the more interesting ways Londoners are celebrating the World Cup.
Boteco Brasil Soho
123 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EW
The closest London Underground station is at Tottenham Court Road.
In association with Crane.tv, the Anglo-Brazilian Society, the Embassy of Brazil, The Department and The Gallery Soho, Boteco Brasil Soho the “official Brazilian World Cup experience” in London with large screen TV for live broadcasts of matches, lots of great food ingeniously presented by culinary designer Simone Mattar, an ace cocktail bar, and plenty more Brazilian and World Cup related treats and activities. More at botecobrasilsoho.com.
The Vaults World Cup Carnival
Leake Street, SE1 7NN
The closest London Underground station is at Waterloo.
“An enormous five metre wide screen, Crisp HD projection, a giant sound system, no queuing for a drink, and massive party every night” plus ping pong, table football and more … all in a cavernous location deep beneath Waterloo Station. Details at the-vaults.org.
When Food Meets Football at Harvey Nichols
109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
The closest London Underground station is at Knightsbridge.
Famed luxury department store Harvey Nichols has transformed its Fifth Floor Foodmarket into a haven for foodie fans of soccer with “a calendar of daily tasting events and exciting product launches” screenings of the 5 p.m. matches at the Fifth Floor Bar and new list of Brazilian Batidas-style cocktails. Find out more at harveynichols.com.
Far Rockaway's World Cup Pizza All Stars
97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
The closest London Underground station is at Old Street. Shoreditch Overground station is nearby as well.
New York inspired Far Rockaway pizzeria and bar in Shoreditch has come up with a World Cup Pizza All Stars menu available throughout the tournament that's “perfect to accompany the nine HD screens showing every World Cup game this summer.” Go to farrockaway.co.uk for details.
Portraits: The Homeless World Cup by Anthony Epes
Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW
The closest London Underground station is at Liverpool Street.
In 2012 and 2013 photographer Anthony Epes traveled to photograph the players of The Homeless World Cup in Mexico City and Poznan. Every year 72 teams of men and women from all over the world compete in this tournament – with the aim to transform their lives. His portraits from these games are now on view in London. Originally exhibited in early June at Downstairs at Mother gallery, the photos can now be view until the 22nd of June at Old Spitalfields Market as part of the East End Film Festival. Find out more at anthonyepes.com/homelessworldcup.