Where to watch the World Cup

As this year’s World Cup builds arrives this June we’ve put together a rather handy lowdown of the best places to enjoy all the action from the Brazil matches, and all the venues and parties with Latin American connections or overtones, so check ‘em out below, get your mates together and make the most of it, starting with JD’s very own parties…

Jungle’s hosting the Brasil matches with some simply unmissable gigs. For the first game, at Camino, Anglo-Brasilian outfit Zeep will be livening up the night. On June 20th, we’ll welcome a special performance from the London School of Samba and Maracatu Mafuá, and on the 25th, Adriano Trindade takes to the stage, both parties being at Dingwalls. DJ D.Vyzor is performing at every game and on the 25th there’s a special set by mashup maestro João Brasil. Better still, don’t miss out on the amazing acarajé by Tia Biza! (See the colourful Copa Jungle poster for more details right here)

Perfect for those Spanish fans out there. Big screens indoors and in the yard, with JD’s Copa Jungle party on 15th June, with live music from the lovely Zeep and tunes from vinyl-junkie DJ D.Vyzor!
Table for 4 including 12 cans of Heineken beer and Paella
(Veg or Seafood) to share – £80
3 Varnishers Yard, The Regent Quarter, Kings Cross – N1 9NL

With a large projection screen and Brazil’s matches on June 20th & 25th featuring JD’s Copa Jungle party, with live music from the London School of Samba, Maracatudo Mafuá and Adriano Trindade, DJs D.Vyzor and João Brasil, and more cold beer and acarajé!
£5 (Copa Jungle), FREE for other games
Middle Yard, Camden Lock, Camden Town – NW1 8AB


Check out our best tips on where you can watch your team in the 2010 World Cup:

On Anon
The bar, in association with Candela UK, will screen all the Latino matches and follow them up with caliente after-parties. Featuring some of the top Latino DJs in UK, such as DJ Limão (Brazil), El Moreno (Spain), and Chino (Chile), they’ll also offer regional beers at very low prices. Due to its central location, it tends to attract revelers from all over.
FREE entry for early games; £5 for late ones
London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus – W1V 9LA

The popular club’ll make sure that the exciting Brazilian vibe takes over this summer. With cold beer and delicious Brazilian bites, the pounding drums of Minibloco will open the pre-World Cup party on June 10th, followed by dancers, cheerleaders and a football freestyle performance.
FREE entry
Parker Street London, Holborn – WC2 5PW

Spiritual Caipirinha Bar
With great caipirinha, traditional and contemporary Brazilian cuisine, the bar’ll offer free shots of fruit and cachaça blends for every goal Brazil score – crazy! The venue is small, so you’d do well to book a table for £15 per person, which includes 2 caipirinhas, and Brazilian snacks such as crunchy fried kassava and torresminho.
£15 per person for a table
(incl. 2 caipirinhas + Brazilian snacks)
4 Ferdinand Street, Chalk Farm – NW1 8ER

The Crabtree
The newly refurbished Victorian pub makes for a fantastic place to watch a game on a sunny day, with a beautiful beer garden that looks over the Thames. With four big-screen plasma TVs outdside (and four more inside) the venue will screen every game of the World Cup. Make the most of having a barbecue whilst watching the games right by the river.
FREE entry.
Rainville Road, Barons Court – W6 9HA

World Cup Carnival
An old cinema in Shepherds Bush will practically become a football pitch, with a huge arena and a 16m high-definition screen. To create the Brazilian atmosphere, the party’ll be completed by Samba drums, cheerleaders, popcorn stalls and even a barbecue on the terrace! And winding it up there’ll be after-parties with Brazilian DJs. Sunday 20th features very special guest Sergio Mendes (Mas Que Nada/Black Eyed Peas), who’ll be signing his new record and perhaps singing a song or two!
£5 entry
The Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion, Shepherd’s Bush – W12 8QE


Doesn’t matter what you’re after; tasty snacks or cold beers; cosy insides or wide outdoors, we’ve hunted it down to bring you the definitive guide to where you can cheer on your team in the 2010 World Cup


Bar Salsa
Although it’s well located in the centre, punters have to cheer underground – the bar has 3 big screens, and live Brazilian music and typical Brazilian food.
Various prices (from £2 entry)
96 Charing Cross Road – WC2H 0JG

Café Kick
Small but cosy spot – its floor is covered with flags and it’s filled with vintage furniture/decor, and, most importantly, has table football.
FREE entry
43 Exmouth Market, Farringdon – EC1R 4QL

Micareta party
A massive party with bands, DJs, 3 big screens and typical Brazilian food for the Brazil v Ivory Cost match on 20th June
£10 entry
171 Caledonian Road, Angel – N1 OSN
07882 039756

A Spanish Party Boat with a great view across the Thames, with 3 screens on lower deck and a big one up top, and a variety of nights with open House/Elektro parties and “El Sarao” every last Friday of the month. Paella Valenciana £11.90 per person.
Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment – WC2R 2PN
020 7836 7594


Barracuda Bar
A safe haven for the Brazilian community, with 12 plasma TVs and 2 big screens, DJs before and after the matches and a special Brazilian menu (including a vegetarian version)
£5 entry
133 Houndsditch, Aldgate – EC3A 7BX

A sure spot for cold Brazilian beer and the matches on two big screens, with a great spread of Brazilian food
FREE entry
3 Bell Lane, Aldgate East – E1 7LA

Favela Chic

Perfect if you’re into the Franco-Brazilian blend, with a large screen for their Futbol World Cup, special meal deals, post-match live music, house and guest DJs, and even commentary in different languages.
FREE entry
91-93 Great Eastern St, Old Street – EC2A 3HZ

Kick Bar

Sister bar of Café Kick, much bigger and with loads more screens and table football tables! Good if you want to carry on the celebrations when it spills out onto the street.
127 Shoreditch High Street,Old Street – E1 6JE

Rich Mix
A formidable line up of DJs and live acts to complete their month-long Afro Cup Special (11th June – 11th July), as Russ Jones, pictured above with Batmacumba’s DJ Cliffy, who also plays at some matches, hosts 25 days and nights of  live music, film, art, food and football, celebrating African culture and independence.
FREE entry
35–47 Bethnal Green Road,Old Street – E1 6LA

The Bavarian Beerhouse
The Tower Hill Bavarian Beerhouse bar is showing all world cup matches, and there is a DJ and party after the games, whilst the one in Old Street is showing just the Germany matches.
£5 entry including a glass of beer.
9 Crutched Friars, London – EC3N 2AU
0844 330 2005


Cold chopp, Brazilian beers, snacks and the special picanha, with 4 big screen TVs inside and outdoors
£12 entry/minimum spend p/person
10 Kingsgate Place, Kilburn – NW6 4TA

Made in Brasil
Live music, DJs and promotions on Sagatiba drinks, with 2 big screens and one plasma TV at this small but always vibrant Brazilian restaurant at the heart of Camden. Don’t forget to try Jungle’s favourite, the Very Berry caipirinha, it’s totally yum.
£5 entry
12 Inverness Street, Camden Town – NW1 7HJ

Ladybird Bar
Throwing their Lazybird Festival (June-July): 10 cities, 9 weeks,  over 40 DJs, live music from across  the planet, in conjunction with the World Cup. But the main action happens in Upper Street, one of London’s most buzzing roads.
FREE, RSVP advised
70 Upper Street, Angel – N1 0NY

Three stone’s throws from Kings Cross, the Brazilian pub boasts 1 big screen and 3 TVs showing the matches, plus special discounts on the menu and DJs, with live music for Brazil v Portugal. Try out their caipibeer!
FREE entry
17 York Way, Camden Town – N7 9QG

Camden’s new Brazilian bar on the block will have 5 big screens, live music and DJs ‘til 2am, plus great promotions on the menu.
FREE entry
48 Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town – NW1 8AJ

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace promises to provide the most electrifying atmosphere outside South Africa when it hosts London’s biggest pub screenings for England’s qualifiers in the World Cup. ‘Gates’ open two hours before each match.
2£ include a free first drink.
Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green – N22 7AY


Ministry of Sound
Only on June 25th, for the Brazil v Portugal showdown: 3 big screens, 7 plasma TVs, footie food, live DJ after party and loads of giveaways ‘on the pitch’ in the courtyard
FREE entry
103 Gaunt St, Elephant & Castle – SE1 6DP

Vai Vai Brasil
The Coronet Theatre plays host to this series of epic parties for each Brazilian match. Giant screens, live band, carnival dancers, DJs and mega sound creating an experience fit for any Brazilian (and football) fan.
The Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle – SE1 6TJ


For those out in Ealing, there’ll be special discounts on the menu at this rodízio joint (meat skewer), with 2 big screens for the matches.
FREE entry
45 The Mall, Ealing Broadway – W5 3TJ

Amber Grill
Tucked deep in the heart of London’s little Brazil, this rodízio (meat skewer) restaurant has one big screen, a special menu and 50% off caipirinhas until 6pm
FREE entry
47 Station Road, Willesden Junction – NW10 4UP

Notting Hill Arts Club

Quite literally the most vibrant underground arts scene in the west, with two large projector screens, 4 screens, ready to cater for groups of up to 200!
FREE entry.
21 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill – W11 3JQ

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