Champions League: Where to Watch the Match

Today’s guestblogger is Andy Ha, Hostelbookers’ sports guru who specialises in football. You can add him on Twitter and check out his blog, The 12th Man. But for now, here’s his guide to the best bars in London to watch the match…

On Saturday 19 May at 19:45 UK time, all eyes will be on the Allianz Arena, as Bayern Munich take on Chelsea in European football’s showpiece event.

All tickets for the game are sold out (the cheapest tickets to the game started at a cool €200!). So for those who were not fortunate enough to get a ticket, what could be better than watching the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Frank Lampard on a big screen with a few pints instead?

Here are a selection of fantastic sports bars across the capital where we reckon the atmosphere will be just as electric as being at the game…

Famous 3 Kings, Fulham, W14 9NL

One of the most popular sports pubs in London. From the sports paraphernalia on the walls to the 13 screens showing the action, this is a sports fan’s dream.

During the 2010 World Cup, the pub was jam packed full of fans from all over the world.

171-173 North End Road. 

Nearest tube station: West Kensington.

The Sports Café, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE

The Sports Café boasts an impressive 100 screens to watch your favourite sports. It is traditionally popular with the England cricket team’s Barmy Army for major cricket fixtures, and American expats who want to watch the American sports.

There are six pool tables, free Wi-Fi access and a Nintendo Wii console to play on.

There is also a great choice of delicious food with Buffalo wings, burgers, ribs, and steaks all available in the dining area.

New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket. 

Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus

Bar Kick, Shoreditch, E1 6JE

Famous for their table football and cocktails, Bar Kick is also gaining a reputation as a great place to watch live football.

There is also a wide selection of import beers and tasty hot food. Every Sky 3D match available is shown in their basement.

127 Shoreditch High Street. 

Nearest tube station: Old Street or Liverpool Street

Red Mantra, South Woodford, E18 1AN

A brand new venue with plenty of big screens and plasma screens dotted around this spacious bar.

There are special promotions during every live football match. Selected pints are €2.50 and if you get peckish, a chicken curry with rice and naan is only €5.70. A great place to watch live sports.

103-105 George Lane, South Woodford. 

Nearest tube station: South Woodford

Accommodation

Generator Hostel has big screens for the World Cup in both the G-Lounge Cafe and the Generator bar. They also have £1 off selected drinks until 9pm. Dorms start at €18.97 pppn.

St. Christopher’s Inn Village has a huge screen and is well-known as one of London’s premier party hostels with a fantastic bar and nightclub. There are 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-and 14-bed dorms available. Dorms start at €18.39 pppn.

Thanks to Wolfie Wolf, IndieRonin, 99 James Kieran Nguyen, Revanate, BeGamer.co.uk and Ewan-M for the excellent images from Flickr!

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