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Best Places to Watch the World Cup!

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The wait’s over, the squad’s acclimatising in Miami and you’re planning a few sneaky sick days to get the best of the action uninterrupted. All that’s left to do is decide where you’re going to watch the biggest games of the 2014 World Cup. Fancy taking advantage of late kickoff times to get in the carnival spirit? We’ve hunted down the country’s most impressive public screens. Grab your cheap train tickets, courtesy of, and don’t forget the face paint!

Cocobananas, Battersea

Join the trendy SW set in Battersea’s Cocobananas for a Brazilian flavoured sendoff for the likely lads. No, we’re not saying the boys will be back home as soon as the group stages are done, but those 30 years of hurt are now more like 50 and we’re still not getting any closer to victory. So lap up the atmosphere while you can, with massive cocktail deals, Brazilian snacks and post-match DJs. Si, si, si!


The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

London’s homeliest hidden pub has played host to football fans of all stripes for decades. The Fullback wins on two levels: it’s more jovial than Alan Hansen after a go at the vino, and it’s got a massive screen in the back bit. Always heaving, it’ll be twice as busy for the World Cup. Question is, can you find it in time? Snag some cheap train tickets from and get down there early. Just don’t tell the boss.


ITV Fever Pitch Fan Park, Manchester

The ITV Fever Pitch Fan Park is pulling out all the stops for its Brazilian job. We’re talking live beach footie matches, a place for fans to show off their own ball skills, and an actual beach bar. And that’s before England have so much as kicked a ball! Expect squillions of fans to make the pilgrimage to this free venue – we’d advise you to get your car hire or train tickets sorted well in advance and stake your claim!


Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. If you’re going to the Isle of Wight festival, you won’t just be seeing some of the summer’s hottest gigs: you’ll get to scream and shout alongside thousands of music fans as England’s squad forgets to use its wingers again. England against Italy is on the cards for the festival, so stop moshing and grab a bullhorn. can sort you out with cheap train tickets and car hire to get there, too.


O2 Academy, Newcastle

For the 2014 World Cup, the O2 Academy’s combining the Toon’s two favourite things: footie and beer. You’ll get the latter at a staggering £2.50 a pint, making the Academy one of the most cheerful big screen venues in the country – and the former, well, that’s courtesy of Roy Hodgson and the boys. Hope springs eternal for a good showing, but at least you’ll have plenty of booze to numb the pain! can help you out with cheap train tickets or car hire to all these destinations. When you book, you’ll be awarded loyalty points for future purchases. Who knows, if England surprise the critics you might be redeeming them quicker than you thought!

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