Places to watch Poland

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Places to watch Poland
Places to watch Poland
Places to watch Poland


About a decade ago, no stand-up comedy routine was complete without a few quips about Polish plumbers in London. While the recent recession has seen almost a half of the estimated 700,000 Poles in the UK return home to Poland, there remains a significant Polish population in London with around 75,000 Poles said to be living in the capital, concentrated predominantly in the west around Acton and Ealing. In fact, there are so many Poles in London that Polish TV runs a drama series called Londynczycy (Londoners) which follows the lives of Polish immigrants in London. Poland are, of course, the co-hosts of Euro 2012 and despite the national team's poor history (their Euro best was making the last 16 in 1960) expectations will be high for Franciszek Smuda's side. Arsenal fans will vouch for the safe hands of Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – but the team's star player is Borossia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, whose performances last year for the German champions may see him tracked by numerous Premier League clubs this summer.

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Poland Games


Friday 8th June, 5pm – Poland 1-1 Greece

Tuesday 12th June, 7.45pm – Poland 1-1 Russia

Saturday 16th June, 7.45pm – Czech Republic 1-0 Poland



Polish White Eagle Club

Tel: 020 8672 1723

211 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BQ

Tube: Balham Station , Tooting Bec Station


The large Polish community in London means there will be huge support in the capital for the co-hosts and the Polish White Eagles Club might just be the optimum place to watch Franciszek Smuda’s side in action. This dilapidated old Victorian Hall isn't a destination bar but it is mighty authentic – especially the determinedly traditional food (think unfussy cooking and generous portions). For over 30 years the White Eagle Club been the epicentre of the Polish community in south London – and the huge function hall means it's a popular spot for viewing football. There are no plasma screens or professions of modernity here - just a single screen. But there is genuine Polish spirit and a lip-smacking selection of Slavic lagers and vodka galore. There's a £6 entry charge for matches during the Euros – but for the atmosphere alone it will be well worth it.



Tel: 020 7928 111

74 Blackfriars Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8HA

Tube: Southwark Station


The swish Baltic Restaurant between Waterloo and Southwark is showing all Euro 2012 games but promises an extra special atmosphere for Poland's group games (and free shots of vodka should things go the way of the co-hosts). Formerly known as Wodka, the delightfully renovated and revamped Baltic can seat 150 and stand 400 under a wonderful 40-foot-high roof, meaning it has the right ingredients (not to mention acoustics) for live sport. Of course, this isn't footy viewing in a dingy basement bar – but doing it in style, with owner Jan Woroniecki's modern take on classic central and eastern European cuisine coming with high praise. What's more, Baltic boasts over 60 varieties of vodka (including some intriguing home-made flavours) so you'll be spoilt for choice come the celebratory shot at the final whistle. Now all we need is for Poland to win...


Polski Bar Sportowa

Tel: 020 8888 2000

88 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London, N13 5UT

Tube: Bounds Green Station


A popular venue with Polish ex-pats is the Polski Bar Sportowa, roughly translated as 'Polish Sports Bar'. Serving traditional Polish stew or goulash at very affordable prices, the bar will be showing all of Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland's games at the tournament and you can expect a sizeable Polish following. There are 12 pool tables, an outside drinking area and a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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