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28 July 2014

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Where to watch the World Cup: exclusive hire

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It might be in Brazil, but corporate groups can get their own slice of World Cup action here at home.

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If you and your mob fancy taking over a venue, try Covent Garden’s London Transport Museum. Its 121-capacity Cubic Theatre – featuring tiered seating, that looks like it’s been pulled straight out of a tube carriage – guarantees spectators a good view of the beautiful game. For £54pp food is included, along with drinks right up to the half-time whistle.

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For big groups, The Brewery is worth a look-see. Up to 400 people can be accommodated in its 18th-century Porter Tun. £75pp includes drinks during the match, along with half-time pie and mash.

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Stationers Hall is thinking big, with plans to set up a giant plasma screen, erected specially for the tournament. Up to 400 guests will be able to enjoy food offerings that include either a BBQ in the courtyard garden or canapés. It’ll throw in unlimited drinks to boot.

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The auditorium at The Mermaid is another one in that part of town, holding up to 600 guests for screenings.  Its packages start at £60pp, which includes BBQ-style food and/or canapés and bowl food, along with unlimited drinks.

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For somewhere with a little more ambience, try Marks Bar at Hixter. Chesterfield sofas, smoky mirrors and sepia lighting sets an urbane atmosphere for up to 100 guests. Food and beverage options include canapés and group drinks, while there’s is a minimum spend required for exclusive bookings.

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Over at 11 Cavendish Square bookers can hire the Orangery and adjoining Courtyard Garden. From £89pp, guests will be able to roam back and forth between the action and the sunshine, while enjoying barbecue or bowl food and bottomless Pimm’s.

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The list goes on, but if you’ve got the numbers, check out the Metropolitan by COMO. It’s offering a feast of food and drink, for a minimum of 75 guests. Its Met Bar can be hired for £100pp, or for something extra special, consider the COMO penthouse suite, for an additional surcharge. Fancy.

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The Shadow Bar at The Casino at The Empire, despite being a bit of a mouthful, is keeping its offerings simple with straight-up hire for £2,500, which includes food and drink thrown in. The space accommodates 150 guests and has three screens on which guests can catch all of the action.

A home game

If getting your lot together for the big game proves to be a task, you could always host a screening in the office. Get Purple Grape in to sort out the food, with its specially created Brazilian menu.

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Other caterers with their eye on the ball this summer are Ampersand, Party Ingredients and Alistair Hugo.

If you’re considering decorating your event, check out Event Prop Hire and Wow!Grass! who can easily help you turn your space into a football-themed extravaganza.