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Five fabulous football experiences

Café Kick

Café Kick

With the World Cup coming to an end soon, it’ll be time for the footballers to return to their clubs; the Barclays Premier League will see stars from around the world return to their teams to make Britain’s pitches the next arena to watch.

There is plenty for football fans to enjoy in Britain – there’s the on-pitch action to score a ticket to, but you can enjoy the sport in many other ways, from a backstage tour of the stadium to sleeping in a hotel devoted to the Beautiful Game!

1. See Football
Thomas Cook Sport sells Match Breaks to Barclays Premier League games, as the official partner to six clubs: Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

2. Eat Football
Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville opened the fantastic Café Football at Westfield Stratford City in East London earlier this year, and it’s scored highly among critics and customers. The menu is themed around football, but novelty doesn’t mean less flavour, meals are given a gourmet twist by two-Michelin star chef Michael Wignall.

3. Sleep Football
Want to immerse yourself in the world of football? The same team behind Café Football is opening Hotel Football in Manchester, one of Britain’s key football cities and home to two of the world’s most famous teams, Manchester United and current Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Booking opens July 2014.

4. Play Football
Café Kick and Bar Kick are the best places for skilled football players – table football that is. Bar Kick is in East London’s trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood and is where football meets delicious food and cocktails, which you can enjoy in between games on high class French Bonzini Tables (posh ones, basically!), while Café Kick in London’s Exmouth Market also has the same fantastic footy tables

5. Explore Football
You can go behind-the-scenes at your favourite team’s stadium, with most clubs offering behind the scenes tours that show you dressing rooms, press rooms and the legendary players’ tunnels that the pros run through before all eyes are on them and their feet on the pitch. The VisitBritain shop sells stadium tours to many clubs, and for others you can usually book directly from the club’s homepage.