You may have noticed a little thing called the Euros making headlines in recent days. Literally everybody is excited to cheer on teams in a (Covid-friendly) crowd, smash pints of beer in jubilation and wave a flag in complete and utter excitement… whether they have any idea about the off-side rule or not. But it’s not just football that is bringing smiles back on people’s faces – tennis, golf, hockey, ping pong, tiddlywinks… we’ll take any communal sport with a crowd to make us feel like life is normal again.
Sports screenings are back with a bang and London’s hospitality experts have never been more prepared. Dedicated outdoor areas are popping up with massive projectors and cocktails by the jug. So whether you care about Novak Djokovic reclaiming his Wimbledon title or not, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Where to watch… The Euros
The Euros start on 11 June and consist of 51 matches in 12 cities across Europe. The highlight of the group stage will culminate on Friday 18 June when England host Scotland at Wembley. Wales, semi-finalists in 2016, have also qualified and are in the same group as former winners Italy… so there are plenty of tensions. If you’re already lost a this stage, then there’s no need to panic. A host of venues are providing much more than football screens – there are DJs, terraces and food pop-ups. To see the full list, take a look here.
Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square in Borough venue is screening all the games from the Euros, kicking off with the opening Turkey vs Italy on a massive garden screen. The electric atmosphere (that’s what they’ve promised), delicious food and plenty beer will be available. Tuck into delicious dishes from endless food pop-ups including, Mexican tacos from Breddos, southeast Asian inspired dishes at Ekachai and stone-baked pizza from Baz & Fred. Wash it all down with guest beers, craft ales and zingy cocktails.
When: From 11 June
Where: Flat Iron Square, Southwark Street, SE1 1TD
From giant screens, private rooms and sport packages to halftime grub and chin-dribbling burgers, Young’s have all goals covered. Why not start with the Euros Burger Shack slider sharer? Scoff down 12 mini-burgers and a bucket of 12 Camden Hells or Heineken. From the large beer garden of The Hare & Hounds in East Sheen to the indoor screens and craft beers at The Plough in Battersea, they have the whole of the city covered.
And keep your eyes peeled. Young’s are also giving away two tickets to a UEFA Euro 2020 game at Wembley Stadium, courtesy of Heineken and a stay at one of the Young’s hotels,
When: From 11 June
Where: Various locations
4TheFans at Oval Space
4theFans Euro has created a purpose made fan village’s where we will be screening the very best of the Home Nations key Euro 2020 matches throughout June and July. The idea is to take people as close to a match day experience as they can in these socially restrictive times.
The London event is taking place at Oval Space in Bethnal Green with huge anti-glare screens and a world-class sound system. Some events even have match analysis from football legends like Tony Cottee and Paul Merson. Still not interested? There’s also DJ sets, competitions and plenty of food.
When: From 12 June
Where: Oval Space, 29 – 32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT
Vinegar Yard has teamed up with Adidas installing a giant screen in their huge outdoor beer garden. There will be a giant anti-glare LED screen with high-quality audio playing from their PA system. And you can reserve a table up to two hours before kick-off and get table service throughout the game. What more could you want?
Ticket are free, but a minimum spend applies for all the home nations games. These games are priced per table, for up to eight guests and the price includes drinks packages. But make sure you pre-book as they don’t sell tickets at the door.
When: From 12 June
Where: 72-82 St Thomas St, SE1 3QX
Where to watch… Wimbledon
Strawberries, champagne, checking out who is in the royal box – those are the only reasons people watch Wimbledon right? Well, whether you’re a die hard fan of the tennis championships or merely along for the sense of occasion, there’s a pop-up or restaurant for you. After being cancelled last year, the tournament is making a welcome return on 28 June. Although, beware, the men’s final is being played on 11 July, the same day as the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. Who’s going to win that argument in your house?
The Sipping Room
Don’t miss an ace or serve this summer with the screens at The Sipping Room. Screens, sound, cold beer… there’s no better place to watch! A few moment’s from West India Quay station and with beautiful views over the docks, The Sipping Room is a gorgeous bar and restaurant in a Grade II listed building. The large alfresco terrace is the perfect place for all day dining and sophisticated Wimbledon watching.
When: From 28 June
Where: West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
London Restaurant Festival
The London Restaurant Festival is launching its first summer edition this July. London’s greatest culinary talent has been invited to create over 50 exclusive experiences alongside over 250 menus. Let’s hope the government stick tot he reopening schedule or things could get awkward.
London’s top chefs and restaurants are taking part, including Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught and Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. Alongside all of this gastronomic excitement, there will be ‘Tennis at the Marina’. The pop-up pontoon restaurant will be floating by St Katharine Docks where you can watch the Wimbledon Finals and sip on endless glasses of Moët Hennessy. Watching sport is always so much better than playing it.
When: 11 July
Where: St Katharine Docks
Where to watch… The Olympics and Paralympics
Will it go ahead? Won’t it? Will there be protests? Or will the world let Tom Daly dive in his skimpy swimming trunks? Who knows… but we might as well plan ahead just in case. Tokyo is setting the stage for the opening ceremony (although there won’t actually be one). The 32nd Olympic Games is going to look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. After all, we need to do our bit to support Team GB in beating their 67 medals – and 27 golds – from Rio in 2016.
Summer by the River
London Bridge City’s Summer By The River is returning on the 10 June for three months of warm weather festivities. The riverside between London Bridge and Tower Bridge will be home to al-fresco drinking and eating pop-ups – before (hopefully) opening up with a full-packed programme of free entertainment, screenings and activities from 21 June.
The Olympics and Wimbledon will be screened from The Scoop, designed to represent a collage of Mediterranean coastal towns. And you can indulge on food aplenty while you’re there. Piazza By the Pier is hosted by British chef Jimmy Garcia to deliver pizzas cooked over open fires in three-course interactive pizza party dining experience, or book for a mediterranean-themed pagoda. There’s also ice creams, tapas and fruity cocktails.
Bored of the sport? Never fear. London Bridge City will screen Hollywood classics, family favourites and singalong movies. And there’s also karaoke, open-air fitness classes, live music and dance classes planned.
When: From 10 June to 28 September
Where: London Bridge City, SE1 2DB
Where to watch… The Lions
While the Olympics are in full swing, rugby union’s British and Irish Lions will be heading out to South Africa (perhaps, or perhaps not…. who knows these days?). They will be flexing every muscle, grabbing every crotch and rolling around in the dirt to beat the world champions South Africa in a three-Test series (on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August) for the first time since 1997. It’s going to be big. Unless they can’t go of course…
The Orange Tree Richmond
With the home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium, just across the river The Orange Tree has always had rugby at the heart of its offering. It’s the starting point for any rugby day out and they have two drop down screens at each end of the pub with surround sound, so you don’t miss a thing. There’s also a large television in the restaurant and private area so you you don’t have to miss anything while you eat. The patio bar will also be open, serving up a sizzling BBQ which will be lit all day, serving mouth-watering burgers and meaty treats. Keep an eye on their website for updates.
When: From 24 July
Where: 45 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2NQ
Where to watch… The Tour de France
Cycling events are never without controversy. There was the doping scandal. And then another doping scandal. Oh and another doping scandal. But it’s all part of the intrigue of the event and the fascination with how fast these cycles can go (really, really fast). The event kicks off on 26 Jun and doesn’t finish until 18 July, so there’s plenty of time to get some good viewing in.
The Clubhouse is nestled in Old Spitalfields Market and any cyclist worth their weight in lycra, will know that they take cycling very seriously. Just a five-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, The Clubhouse is located in a former bank.
The venue hosts a regular schedule of events and rides, but most importantly, they have a café that serves the finest food and coffee. They have multiple screens to show live racing and an outside space for a great viewing platform when the weather is nice.
When: From 26 June
Where: Brushfield St, 61-63, London, E1 6AA
Where to watch… The Golf
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that they will be hosting the 149th British Open in July. As well as this, there’s the important Ryder Cup in September, which sees all the big names in Europe and the US play against each other to gain the winning title. Watching golf always seems a little bit disappointing, so it’s best to make sure you have the right food and drinks menu to hand.
Okay, so it’s not quite in the summer, but The Ryder Cup will be teeing off in its delayed slot in September on the 21st to the 26th. It’s a year late, but hopefully, Rory McIlroy will be able to sharpen as his swing.
At Urban Golf, you can not only watch the Ryder Cup but you can play in it too. Test your swing on one of the 11 simulators, that bring up the Wisconsin backdrop in intricate detail. After you’ve finished playing, sit in the lounge with some cold craft beers and burgers to watch the experts at work on a large projector.
When: From 21 September
Where: 12 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LA
Where to watch… the Cricket
There’s plenty of cricket going on too. In case you were worried. There’s a test match between England and New Zealand as well as the new Hundred format. The latter is a new action-packed 100 ball cricket competition that’s basically trying to bring cricket to the masses. It sees right new city-based women’s and men’s teams competing over five weeks every summer. The squads come from all over the UK from Manchester and Wales to London’s very own Lord’s and the Oval. So if you can’t find a pub to watch it, you can just go straight the cricket ground.
The King’s Arms Chelsea
The King’s Arms in Chelsea is not only a fan of cricket, but shows pretty much every other sport too, including rugby, tennis and football. So you’ll need to check that they’ve got the right channel on and then you can head on down to watch cricketers in action at the comfort of a table that is piled high with food and drink.
Expect platters of great British food, from brunch sandwiches, and seasonal lunches, to Sunday roasts, and most importantly, juicy burgers.
When: Various dates
Where: 190 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9PN