If watching the FIFA World Cup action from Russia leaves you feeling competitive, there’s a fun new activity coming to the capital that could be right up your street. This summer, QUEENS is launching London’s first human football zorbing on ice. This special World Cup edition sees players getting to climb into 12ft tall inflatable footballs and compete against each other on the ice. Players will be challenged to battle each other out to be crowned the winner’s of the QUEENS’ World Cup. People can play in two teams of three players with ‘normal’ football rules applying.
Once you’ve bounced and steered your way around the ice rink, you can head to the on site MEATliquor bar for a refreshing post-match glass of Prosecco or beer. Each player ticket includes gaming sessions and one free beverage. While you’re there, you can also take advantage of some of QUEENS’ other attractions, including bowling alley, curling, arcades or dining at MEATliquor.
- Queens, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4PQ. Nearest stations: Queensway or Bayswater. Zorbing on Ice is available on 22 June, 6 July and 13 July 2018. Booking slots from 4pm-11.20pm. Tickets: £29.99 per person. For more information, visit the Queens website.
For a guide on where to watch the World Cup on the big screen in London, click here.
For the 2019 guide, click here.
It’s that time again… The FIFA World Cup kicks off on 14 June until 15 July, while Wimbledon is on from 2 – 15 July. They’re not the only sports on this summer, with the Tour de France, British Grand Prix and Royal Ascot also taking place. Around the capital, venues and parks are transforming into spectator villages with big screens broadcasting all the action live. Be aware, these screenings are likely to be incredibly busy, especially during England football games and finals, so get there early to guarantee a seat or entry. Here’s a guide to some of London’s alfresco sports screenings this summer.
Now updated with even more venues (1 July 2018)
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Skylight London
Watch the football on the big screen against the backdrop of the London skyline. Skylight features three bars, street food, law games and DJs. Undercover areas too in case of bad weather. Open Thu-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. Free entry, but table bookings recommended during the games. Skylight, Tobacco Quay (Pennington Street entrance), Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For more information, visit the Skylight London website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Skylight.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Merchant Square
Watch the action beamed live from Russia by the waterside on comfortable seating. There will be food and drink available from the on-site bar, street food stalls and nearby restaurants. Free. The Lawn, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS. Nearest station: Paddington. For more information, visit the Merchant Square website.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Flat Iron Square
Head to Southwark’s street food hub to watch the matches on a 100in big screen in the garden. Free entry. Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, Bankside, SE1 1TD. Nearest station: Borough, London Bridge or Southwark. For more information, visit the Flat Iron Square website.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup & Wimbledon @ Spritz & Giggles pop-up
Watch the action beamed live from Russia and SW19 at the Aperol Spritz pop-up in Broadgate. Book a table for the indoor screenings, enjoy a game of table tennis or foosball during the breaks and drink from the full menu, including wine, beer, and Aperol cocktails. Times vary. Spritz & Giggles, 37 Broadgate Circle, City of London, EC2M 2QS. Nearest station: Liverpool Street or Moorgate. For more information, visit the website. Read Metro Girl’s blog post on the pop-up.
- 14 June – 15 July : World Cup @ Vauxhall Street Food Garden
Check out all the matches on large outdoor screens at this hidden urban garden in Vauxhall. Also featuring a street food market and licensed bar serving wine, beer and cocktails. Bookable areas for large groups. Opening hours vary. Free entry. Vauxhall Street Food Garden, 6 South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Vauxhall Street Food Garden website.
- 18 June – 14 July : Wimbledon & World Cup @ Plateau
Football and tennis fans can enjoy the action while sipping on refreshing summer cocktails on the terrace at Plateau. Booking in advance advised. Plateau, 4th Floor, Canada Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5ER. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information and booking, visit the Plateau website.
- 18 June – 22 July : Summer Screens @ Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf will be hosting open-air screenings of many sporting events over the summer, including Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, Royal Ascot, Tour de France, Wimbledon and the British F1 Grand Prix. Times vary. Free. Cabot Square and Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- 18 June – 31 August : Big Screen @ Broadgate
Broadgate as hosting a bumper summer of sports screenings, featuring the Wimbledon, Grand Prix, cricket, golf, rugby, Championship Athletics (but not the World Cup). The Hamptons pop-up bar will be serving drinks. Times vary. Free entry. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BR. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Broadgate website.
- 19 – 23 June : Royal Ascot @ Bluebird
Watch the horse-racing on the big screen in the courtyard of the Bluebird. The café will also be serving cream teas and champagne. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website. Read the rest of this entry
World Cup fever has officially hit London. Although we’re nearly 6,000 miles away from the action in Brazil, plenty of pubs and other venues are getting in on the action with screenings. Although it’s been a long time since football was just considered a game for men only, sometimes the viewing experience of the World Cup can be a bit… let’s say ‘uncouth’ for a finer breed of lady.
This is where Gabbi’s Head fills the void. The team behind cosmetics brand Benefit have opened a pop-up pub in the heart of London’s West End where women can enjoy the beautiful game in a pretty environment. Football fans and Benefit lovers will be able to watch the matches, while sipping beers or special cocktails. Benefit make-up artists will also be on hand to provide makeovers, including complimentary brow waxes, skin care sessions, tanning and make-uppers. Over the next few weeks, aside from all major World Cup screenings, there will also be wine tasting, bingo, comedy nights, poker and film screenings.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the press preview night of Gabbi’s Head this week and had a fabulous night. The venue looked like a fusion of members’ club-meets-traditional boozer, with celebrity guests Kirsty Gallacher, Diana Vickers, Samantha Barks and Matt Richardson, among others in attendance. With a mix of pink stools and plush sofas, there was plenty of seating to rest your derriere, or a pink table football game if you’re in a playful mood. Watching Brazil beat Croatia in the opening game of the tournament while sipping on cocktails such as the Rasp-Bene Mojito or Bene-Berry Bellini and nibbling on yummy canapés was a different from the usual football watching experience I’ve had. I’ll definitely be back for some football fun in the next few weeks.
- Gabbi’s Head, is open from 13 June- 13 July 2014. Located on the 1st floor above the Prince of Wales, 150-151 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5TD. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Holborn. Free entry. For more information, visit the Benefit UK Facebook page.
For a guide to open-air World Cup and Wimbledon screenings in London this summer, click here.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.
For the 2018 guide, click here
This summer is a bumper for big sporting events – as well as the annual Wimbledon tournament, we also have the football World Cup and Commonwealth Games taking place. Thanks to geography, finances and boring old work spoiling the fun, most of us won’t get the chance to see the games in person. However, big outdoor screens will be popping up across the capital giving you the chance to watch the sporting action with like-minded fans, providing a lot more atmosphere (and hopefully sunshine) than you would get in your own front room. Here’s a guide to the outdoor big screens in London this summer.
FIFA World Cup Brazil (12 June – 13 July)
Wimbledon (23 June – 6 July)
Commonwealth Games Glasgow (23 July – 3 August)
- Summer Of Sport @ Broadgate
An outdoor screen in Exchange Square will be broadcasting the World Cup, Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games and other sports between 12 June – 5 September. As well as free screenings, there will also be sporting events you can take part in. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, there are plenty of options for refreshments, with some establishments serving themed menus and hosting outdoor BBQs. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BQ. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, check out the Broadgate website.
- Summer Of Sport @ Regent’s Place
Outdoor screenings and sport-themed activities at Regent’s Place in the West End, including the World Cup, Ascot, Tour De France, Grand Prix and Wimbledon. Regent’s Place, NW1 3HF. Nearest tube: Warren Street. For more information, visit the Regent’s Place website.
- Great British Summer @ St Pauls, Victoria, Holborn and St Katherine Docks
Great British Summer are hosting free screenings of Wimbledon tennis at four venues across the capital. Sit in complimentary deck chairs and watch the action on screens housed in customised retro caravans. Includes the 6th floor roof terrace at One New Change (Cheapside, EC4M 9AF. Nearest tube: St Pauls), 1st floor roof terrace at Cardinal Place (Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JD. Nearest tube: Victoria), New Street Square (located off Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A. Nearest station: Chancery Lane or City Thameslink) and Thomas More Square (just east of St Katherines Docks, E1W 1YY. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Wapping). Open daily during the tournament from 12-10pm. For more information, visit the Great British Summer website.
- Canary Wharf Summer Screen @ Canada Square Park
There will be a free big screen in Canada Square Park broadcasting Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, various Grand Prix and the Commonwealth Games between 19 June until 4 August. Canada Square Park, Docklands, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.
- World Cup @ Egg London
Kings Cross nightclub is hosting open air screenings on its new roof terrace and also inside for all England games and select matches. Free entry and Brazilian BBQ and special drinks deals will be on offer. Timings vary. Egg London, 200 York Way, N7 9AX. Nearest station: Caledonian Road, Kings Cross or Camden Road. For more information, visit Egg London website.
- World Cup Final @ Netil360
The roof terrace at Netil360 in London Fields will be hosting an open-air screening of the World Cup final on 13 July. It’s BYOB, but there will be a service charge. Free to members, £5 to non-members. 4-11pm. Netil360, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Nearest train station: London Fields. For more information, visit the Netil360 website.
- Wimbledon @ Bluebird
Bluebird in the King’s Road will be hosting screenings of Wimbledon on a giant outdoor screen in their courtyard. You can watch the action while sipping champagne or Pimms from the bar or eating from the café menu, including the BBQ. On the Men’s Finals day, they will be serving a special three course menu created by head chef Robert Izdebski. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
- Wimbledon & World Cup Final @ The Refinery
The outdoor terrace at The Refinery bar and restaurant will be transformed with deck chairs, white picket fences and big screens to watch Wimbledon and the World Cup Final on 13 July. There will also be film screenings in the evening too. The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 oTF. Nearest tube: London Bridge or Southwark. For more information, visit the Refinery website.
- Wimbledon @ The Scoop
More London presents open air screenings of the games in The Scoop – a concrete amphitheatre near Potters Field Park by the River Thames. Free. Food or drink will be on sale. Cushions available for hire for £1. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.
- Strawberries & Screen : Wimbledon @ Granary Square
Big screen erected in Granary Square in King’s Cross will screen the tennis. Green & Fortune will be serving Pimms, strawberries and sandwiches. Deckchairs provided. Free. Granary Square, N1C. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.
- Wimbledon @ Lyric Square
Lyric Square in Hammersmith will be hosting open-air free screenings of the tennis during their Summer Festival. Deck chairs provided. Noon-8pm daily. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.
- Alternatively, for a female-friendly World Cup pop-up pub (indoors), read Metro Girl’s blog post on Benefit’s Gabbi’s Head here.