By Arthur Browne
Jetlag, this central London venue, is a bit like having a World Cup favourite and a minnow under the same roof: in the basement there is a jumping dedicated tournament lounge with a 15ft cinema screen plus surround sound, while on the ground floor there are more genteel surroundings which include a screen above the bar well placed for beers and analysis from a table of would-be football pundits.
There’s no doubting the owners are footie fans as the place is full of World Cup spirit. There are swathes of flags and even as I sat down to watch Cameroon vs Denmark kicking off there were many Australian fans still enjoying the atmosphere from the afternoon kick-off. It’s safe to say the World Cup lounge doubles as a party venue as day turns to night.
A man of the match award to the menus for World Cup flavour. As well as usual fare such as burgers and fish and chips, there’s Jetlag's take on street food with representation from across the groups. In Group A look out for the Chivito or “little goat” from Uruguay, a meat-tastic sandwich enjoyed in Montevideo, while from Group B there’s the Chin Chin, a sweet biscuit snack from Nigeria. You can also enjoy a beer World Cup with brews from Mexico to New Zealand.
But if you’re looking to go deep into the knockout stages you might like to consider an ‘Around The World’ ticket offering 5 cocktails for £25 – Brazil’s offering is the provocatively titled Ipanema Thong and Jetlag have even been generous enough to let cocktails from Ireland and Barbados qualify!
Cameroon 1- Denmark 2, in the actual game.