Wales have made it to the semi-final, so at least one of the home nations are still in it to win it (we would imagine the England team’s gone to Iceland with mum). There’s still a week left of footie action until the final on Sunday 10 July, so we’re here to guide you through the semi-finals. Don’t forget that this feature is tailored to those of you who love the beautiful game, as well as those who just wish to go into hiding until it’s finally over...

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Wednesday 6 July: Wales vs Portugal

Love it: The Chancery (below) is giving you the opportunity to hire its private room and watch the game on an exclusive 60-inch plasma screen while you enjoy your lunch, dinner or even just a few drinks.

The chancery London restaurant bar private dining

Hate it: If you haven’t already been, this is a good excuse to visit Nuno Mendes’ ode to Portugal, Taberna do Mercado. We recommend the satisfyingly plump scallops with brown butter and walnuts, although readers have also praised the "very tasty" cuttlefish in pig's trotters and the runner-bean fritters with clam and coriander juice.

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Thursday 7 July: France vs Germany

Love it: Fitzrovia’s French burger joint Big Fernand (above) has transformed its upstairs dining room into a dedicated fan zone for the entire tournament. Expect a huge screen, along with table football and loads of seating.

Hate it: It doesn’t get much more un-footbally than a Corbin & King restaurant, with Fischer’s on Marylebone High Street also doing a fine trade in German food: there’s a whole Würstchen (mini Frankfurter) sausage menu here, including Nürnberger pork and marjoram, and Käsekrainer pork with garlic.

Harvey Nichol's London shop restaurant bar

Sunday 10 July: ???

Yes, the final match is in sight. You’ll be needing a balls-out footie fanzone for that, so below you’ll find five more options that will welcome you with open arms, across London. Oh wait, you hate football? Then you’ll be please to hear that on Sunday, a brand new pop-up alfresco piazza is launching on Harvey Nichols’ fifth floor for four weeks. Find out more here and relax: football can’t get you five floors up.

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Draft House, 10 locations across London (above)

Powerhouse pub chain Draft House is showing every game live at each of its 10 London locations (except for Draft House Chancery, which is available for exclusive hire). Get into the true Irish spirit with a Hop Trick session IPL, created especially for the tournament by London locals Fourpure.

The Exhibit, Balham

This Balham all-day restaurant and bar has turned its garden into a football lover’s paradise. Kitted out with TVs, a beer-bursting outdoor bar and kitchen, this it’s the perfect place to peacefully watch the tournament.

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Hack & Hop, City (above)

Feasting on traditional Austrian pork schnitzel just off Fleet Street. You’ll be pleased to hear that you can even ask to hire the upstairs space, which has an HD projector screen – perfect for your football-viewing needs.

The Marksman, Hoxton

This Hackney local is gearing up for a win by throwing dinners to accompany each of the England matches. The £35, three-course menu includes curry buns, oysters, steak, fried potatoes and ice-cream sandwiches. All this is, of course, accompanied by a screening of the game. Make sure to book tickets in advance.

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Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden (above)

Just off the Strand, head to steakhouse Smith & Wollensky and feast on prime, dry-aged sirloin. If you hire one of its private dining rooms to watch the game, you’ll be entitled to a feast of steak, chips, a side of spinach and a pint of your choice for just £38. Great value and perfect for watching the game in a group.


This article was modified 6 July 2016


Yasmin Godfrey and Neil Simpson