Top London hot spots to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018

Football. Love it or hate it. The World Cup is here. Howling and cheering crowds of people dressed in different national colors, the beer flows in streams and even football haters risk a glance or two at the screen. From June 14th to July 15th the Fifa World Cup 2018 takes place in Russia. Here’s our top pick of best pubs, bars and rooftop gardens in London to enjoy football with your colleagues, friends or family.

Pitch, Stratford

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At the Pitch you can tuck into some fantastic street food and wash it down with a wide selection of craft drinks while watching the World Cup. The best thing about the Pitch: Entry to most games will be absolutely FREE and, even the most popular games will be ticketed at just £5 a head, including a drink on arrival.  But don’t forget that the England games will sell out quick so get your bookings in now.

Boxpark, Shoreditch

Boxpark, the world’s first pop-up mall is famous for creating its mini foodie villages out of refitted shipping containers but did you know that they are also going to broadcast the World Cup? Get your tickets here.

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The Merchant Square Big Screen, West London

The Merchant Square Screen in West London will screen a number of the FIFA World Cup matches on their Pavilion Big Screen over June and July. Support your team and chill out on comfy seating whilst enjoying from the amazing retailers or street food vendors!

More information here.

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The Bud Boat, River Thames

We all know the problem. Your girlfriend wants to go on a romantic boat ride but you want to watch the World Cup. Why not watch the World Cup on a boat? Budweiser’s “Bud Boat” will set sail down the Thames for 14 games during the tournament, with DJs keeping the party going long after the end of the game. Pre-booked tickets start at £10, find them here.

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Subbuteo

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In the latest instalment of our regular series Beautiful Games, we get all nostalgic with these specially-crafted Subbuteo figures made by enthusiast Terry Lee. Using body parts salvaged from crushed players and with kit details painstakingly hand-painted, each model takes up to two days to create. The resulting figures, which depict classic moments from footballing history such as Roger Milla’s corner-flag celebration and Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’, are located within original Subbuteo stadiums and, of course, set on the undulating Astroturf that was the bane of every young Subbuteo fan’s life.

By Jonny Weeks

more on: http://www.subbuteo-art.blogspot.it/

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Scoring High – FRANCE

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Créteil, France, Ligne de but

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To gain official approval, Duvauchelle football stadium in Créteil needed changing rooms and a 300-seat stand, which have now been completed. Making use of the height difference between two pieces of land, the changing rooms are located underground and consequently merge into the greenery of this part of Créteil. The stand comprises an extruded concrete block, which bears a fleeting resemblance to a laptop and on which the yellow plastic seats are soberly lined up. The stand’s rear and the underside of its roof have been dressed in the same metal mesh. Accessible to spectators via a hanging walkway, the rear façade allows views over activities on the adjacent sports grounds (tennis, athletics, etc.).
Precision and technical expertise are fundaments of both architecture and sport, and are here combined in elegant simplicity. The contrast between solid concrete and transparent metal mesh brings a frankness and a sensibility that complement both the virility and the poetry of sporting events.
Beneath the stand, the changing rooms are styled in the noble Brutalist tradition of concrete undersides. Through their high vaults and the shafts of light that penetrate from above, they evoke a kind of Postmodern cathedral dedicated to new passions and new heroes.