Euro 2012 — A London Bar For Every Nation’s Games

Where will you be watching the European Championships this summer, at home, down the pub, or heading or to Poland and Ukraine? In the office, we have been discussing where to watch the matches and — having a multi-cultural team — we’ve come up with a great list of venues.

So, as we did for the 2010 World Cup we have put together a handy map of pubs and bars to watch the Euros in London:

Full sized map.

The Academy Bar — Holland Park

Czech Republic:
Czech House — West Hampsted

Nordic Bar — nr Oxford Street

The Nag’s Head — Islington
Roxy Bar & Screen — London Bridge

Le Bar des Magis (at Le Bouchon Bourdelais) — Clapham Common

Bavarian Beerhouse — Old Street & Tower Hill
The Octoberfest Pub — Fulham

Halepi Restaurant — Bayswater

Bar Italia — Soho

De Hems — Soho

White Eagle Club (Polish Club) — Balham
Baltic — Southwark

Bar Kick — Shoreditch & Exmouth Market (Cafe Kick)
Bar Estrela — Stockwell

Republic of Ireland:
Phibbers — Islington

Sobranie Bar & Restaurant — Victoria
Nikita’s Restaurant & Bar — Chelsea

San Miguel’s — Edgware Rd
Bradley’s Spanish Bar — nr Oxford Street

The Harcourt Arms — Marylebone

The Ukrainian Club — Holland Park

If you happen to have any great suggestions for other pubs or venues that could, or should, be on this list, tweet @stephen_adam.

If all else fails, here are a couple of good sports pubs that will be showing all the games:

Famous Three Kings (F3K) — Kensington
Walkabout — Temple

Recycling the London Olympic Stadium

Plans are being considered to allow a 55,000 seat tier of the London Olympic stadium to be shipped over to Chicago after its use.

London Olympic Stadium

The stadium as it is, is made up of several layers, which includes a base of 25,000 seats, an upper framework and a top tier of 55,000 seats. The idea is that the top level can be removed, split into sections and transported to Chicago for reuse. This would leave a 25,000 stadium for further use in London and allow Chicago to reuse those 55,000 seats for their stadium expansion.

It’s a great idea for lots of reasons. There’s no need to mention the environmental benefits of reusing a seat tier of that size, but it would save both cities a significant amount of money. Chicago would save more on their building works, whilst London could recuperate some of that hard Olympic pound they’ve been flaunting.

The reason Illinois has come into play is because they’re currently favourites to host the 2016 Olympics. However, in reality it could easily go to any of the Olympic bidders. I particularly like the idea that it gives poorer countries a much greater chance of hosting, as there would be a significant reduction in the costs of running the events.

So how well will all this go, and just how likely is it to happen? Well, it’s certainly not the first case of stadia reuse. The Cricket World Cup in Barbados reused some 16,000 seats from one of Germany’s World Cup 2006 stadiums to great success. The project needs to be carefully planned to ensure it can easily be taken apart and all the different sections fit easily onto cargo ships. A nice aside is that construction has started ahead of schedule. It’s easy to be cynical of England’s flagship building-work, but let’s hope it all goes to plan.