JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

World Cup 2014: Britain's pubs to open late for England's matches

Date
A pub in London.

A pub in London. Photo: Supplied

LONDON Pubs and bars in Britain will be allowed to stay open late during England's World Cup soccer matches this year after the government reversed a decision not to grant a blanket licence to allow extended hours for late games.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a re-think in February after an outcry from the pub industry when the government initially refused permission for a nationwide extension of opening hours to accommodate late games.

On Monday a government consultation said bars could stay open as late as 0100 local time if England had a late kick off, which is two hours later than most pubs close up for the night.

"The Government believes that England playing in the World Cup is an occasion of exceptional national significance," the consultation document concluded.

"Many people will wish to enjoy watching the matches in pubs and bars and experience the atmosphere of the occasion with fellow football fans."

The time difference between Britain and Brazil, where the tournament is being held, means kick off for England's tournament opener against Italy on June 14 is 2200 GMT, or 2300 British summer time, just as many pubs without special licences start to close.

The initial decision meant pubs would have had to apply individually for late licences, but now a blanket provision will be made across the country for pubs wishing to stay open late.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) welcomed the decision after arguing for the extended hours by saying that around 4 million Britons watched England's 2010 World Cup opener against the United States from pubs.

"It's really great news, which will put pubs at the heart of a great national event," said BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds. 

- Reuters

1 comment so far

  • When i travelled to Britain in 2011, for all the great tourist attractions, old castles etc, just about my favourite memory is of the pubs. Not a big soccer fan, but i'd love to be able to have a pint in a British pub during the world cup!

    Commenter
    Aussie
    Date and time
    April 01, 2014, 9:25AM

    Make a comment

    You are logged in as [Logout]

    All information entered below may be published.

    Error: Please enter your screen name.

    Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Please enter your comment.

    Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

    Post to

    You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

    Thank you

    Your comment has been submitted for approval.

    Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

    Hyundai A-League 2015-16

    Round 1
    Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 1vs BRI 3 Stats
    Fri, 09 OctTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 0vs VIC 0 Stats
    Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 3vs PER 2 Stats
    SYD 1vs MCY 1 Stats
    Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 1vs NEW 2 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 2
    Fri, 16 OctTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 1vs WSW 1 Stats
    Sat, 17 OctTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 0vs SYD 1 Stats
    VIC 3vs MCY 2 Stats
    Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 2vs CCM 1 Stats
    PER 1vs WEL 2 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 3
    Fri, 23 OctTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 1vs VIC 0 Stats
    Sat, 24 OctTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 3vs BRI 2 Stats
    SYD 1vs WSW 0 Stats
    Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
    MCY 3vs CCM 1 Stats
    PER 3vs ADE 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 4
    Fri, 30 OctTimes shown AEDT
    MCY 2vs NEW 3 Stats
    Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 1vs SYD 3 Stats
    BRI 3vs ADE 0 Stats
    Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 1vs PER 0 Stats
    Mon, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
    VIC 3vs WEL 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 5
    Thu, 05 NovTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 2vs MCY 4 Stats
    Fri, 06 NovTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 0vs BRI 0 Stats
    Sat, 07 NovTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 1vs WSW 2 Stats
    Sun, 08 NovTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 1vs WEL 1 Stats
    Wed, 16 DecTimes shown AEDT
    PER 1vs VIC 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 6
    Fri, 13 NovTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 4vs ADE 2 Stats
    MCY 0vs WSW 3 Stats
    Sat, 14 NovTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 1vs CCM 1 Stats
    SYD 2vs VIC 4 Stats
    Sun, 15 NovTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 1vs PER 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 7
    Thu, 19 NovTimes shown AEDT
    VIC 2vs CCM 1 Stats
    Fri, 20 NovTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 1vs MCY 1 Stats
    Sat, 21 NovTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 2vs WEL 1 Stats
    PER 0vs SYD 0 Stats
    Sun, 22 NovTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 0vs NEW 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 8
    Thu, 26 NovTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 0vs WEL 0 Stats
    Fri, 27 NovTimes shown AEDT
    MCY 5vs PER 1 Stats
    Sat, 28 NovTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 1vs BRI 1 Stats
    VIC 2vs ADE 1 Stats
    Sun, 29 NovTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 0vs WSW 2 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 9
    Thu, 03 DecTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 1vs MCY 5 Stats
    Fri, 04 DecTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 1vs NEW 0 Stats
    Sat, 05 DecTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 2vs VIC 0 Stats
    WSW 2vs BRI 1 Stats
    Sun, 06 DecTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 1vs PER 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 10
    Fri, 11 DecTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 2vs SYD 1 Stats
    Sat, 12 DecTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 2vs WEL 1 Stats
    WSW 2vs VIC 0 Stats
    PER 2vs CCM 1 Stats
    Sun, 13 DecTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 0vs MCY 4 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 11
    Fri, 18 DecTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 0vs ADE 0 Stats
    Sat, 19 DecTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 1vs SYD 1 Stats
    MCY 2vs VIC 1 Stats
    PER 2vs WSW 2 Stats
    Sun, 20 DecTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 0vs BRI 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 12
    Thu, 24 DecTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 2vs NEW 0 Stats
    Sat, 26 DecTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 3vs WEL 0 Stats
    SYD 4vs CCM 1 Stats
    Sun, 27 DecTimes shown AEDT
    VIC 1vs PER 1 Stats
    BRI 3vs MCY 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 13
    Thu, 31 DecTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 3vs WEL 1 Stats
    Fri, 01 JanTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 0vs ADE 0 Stats
    Sat, 02 JanTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 2vs PER 1 Stats
    MCY 2vs SYD 2 Stats
    Sun, 03 JanTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 0vs VIC 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 14
    Fri, 08 JanTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 3vs VIC 3 Stats
    Sat, 09 JanTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 2vs NEW 0 Stats
    MCY 3vs WSW 2 Stats
    PER 1vs ADE 3 Stats
    Sun, 10 JanTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 0vs BRI 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 15
    Fri, 15 JanTimes shown AEDT
    VIC 4vs BRI 0 Stats
    Sat, 16 JanTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 3vs CCM 1 Stats
    WSW 1vs SYD 2 Stats
    PER 2vs MCY 2 Stats
    Sun, 17 JanTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 3vs WEL 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 16
    Fri, 22 JanTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 1vs ADE 4 Stats
    Sat, 23 JanTimes shown AEDT
    CCM 1vs WSW 2 Stats
    Sun, 24 JanTimes shown AEDT
    NEW 1vs PER 6 Stats
    Mon, 25 JanTimes shown AEDT
    MCY 3vs WEL 1 Stats
    Tue, 26 JanTimes shown AEDT
    VIC 1vs SYD 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 17
    Fri, 29 JanTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 4vs MCY 3 Stats
    Sat, 30 JanTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 1vs CCM 3 Stats
    SYD 1vs BRI 3 Stats
    PER 3vs VIC 2 Stats
    Sun, 31 JanTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 1vs NEW 0 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 18
    Fri, 05 FebTimes shown AEDT
    ADE 2vs SYD 2 Stats
    Sat, 06 FebTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 4vs CCM 0 Stats
    VIC 1vs WSW 1 Stats
    Sun, 07 FebTimes shown AEDT
    WEL 0vs PER 1 Stats
    NEW 2vs MCY 1 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 19
    Fri, 12 FebTimes shown AEDT
    BRI 2vs NEW 2 Stats
    Sat, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
    SYD 1vs PER 2 Stats
    MCY 2vs VIC 2 Stats
    Sun, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
    WSW 2vs WEL 5 Stats
    CCM 2vs ADE 3 Stats
    View All Fixtures
    Round 20
    Fri, 19 FebTimes shown AEDT
    VIC vs ADE 19:40AAMI Park
    Sat, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
    NEW vs WEL 17:15Hunter Stadium
    SYD vs WSW 19:30Allianz Stadium
    PER vs BRI 21:40nib Stadium
    Sun, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
    MCY vs CCM 17:00AAMI Park
    View All Fixtures
    Round 21
    Fri, 26 FebTimes shown AEDT
    WEL vs MCY 17:30Westpac Stadium
    WSW vs PER 19:40Pirtek Stadium
    Sat, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
    ADE vs BRI 17:15Coopers Stadium
    VIC vs SYD 19:30AAMI Park
    Sun, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
    CCM vs NEW 17:00Central Coast Stadium
    View All Fixtures
    Round 22
    Fri, 04 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BRI vs WSW 20:00Suncorp Stadium
    Sat, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
    WEL vs ADE 17:15Westpac Stadium
    MCY vs SYD 19:30AAMI Park
    Sun, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CCM vs VIC 17:00Central Coast Stadium
    Mon, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
    PER vs NEW 20:00nib Stadium
    View All Fixtures
    Round 23
    Fri, 11 MarTimes shown AEDT
    ADE vs MCY 19:40Coopers Stadium
    Sat, 12 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SYD vs WEL 17:15Allianz Stadium
    BRI vs VIC 19:30Suncorp Stadium
    PER vs CCM 21:40nib Stadium
    Sun, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NEW vs WSW 17:00Hunter Stadium
    View All Fixtures
    Round 24
    Fri, 18 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MCY vs BRI 19:40AAMI Park
    Sat, 19 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CCM vs SYD 17:15Central Coast Stadium
    WSW vs ADE 19:30Pirtek Stadium
    Sun, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
    WEL vs PER 15:00Westpac Stadium
    VIC vs NEW 17:00AAMI Park
    View All Fixtures
    Round 25
    Fri, 25 MarTimes shown AEDT
    VIC vs WSW 19:40AAMI Park
    Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
    NEW vs PER 17:15Hunter Stadium
    BRI vs SYD 19:30Suncorp Stadium
    Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
    ADE vs CCM 17:00Coopers Stadium
    Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
    MCY vs WEL 19:30AAMI Park
    View All Fixtures
    Round 26
    Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
    WSW vs CCM 19:40Pirtek Stadium
    Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
    WEL vs VIC 17:15Westpac Stadium
    SYD vs ADE 19:30Allianz Stadium
    Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
    BRI vs NEW 17:00Suncorp Stadium
    PER vs MCY 19:00nib Stadium
    View All Fixtures
    Round 27
    Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
    MCY vs ADE 19:40AAMI Park
    Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
    CCM vs NEW 17:15Central Coast Stadium
    VIC vs BRI 19:30AAMI Park
    Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
    WEL vs WSW 15:00Westpac Stadium
    SYD vs PER 17:00Allianz Stadium
    View All Fixtures
    Hyundai A-League 2015-16
    Overall standings
    Team P W L +/- Pts
    Brisbane Roar FC 19 10 4 9 35
    Western Sydney Wanderers FC 19 10 5 7 34
    Adelaide United 19 8 5 4 30
    Melbourne City FC 19 8 6 11 29
    Melbourne Victory 19 8 6 6 29
    Sydney FC 19 7 5 4 28
    Perth Glory 19 7 8 0 25
    Newcastle Jets 19 5 9 -12 20
    View all
     

    HuffPost Australia

    Featured advertisers