Regular readers of Diary will know that we like nothing more than mixing a bit of football with an equally on-target bit of design, so the Spurs v Arsenal game last week saw us hot-footing it to new London eaterie Football Football, designed by architectural practice Murdoch Bowers.
Excitement mounted as we walked through the tunnel to emerge – blinking – to the roar of the crowd. Jumbo screens and football paraphernalia surrounded us as we settled into the beech chairs at the modernist tables. We admired the restraint of the decor and the delicious smell of the food.
Then we asked a waiter why they weren’t showing the build-up to the game on the screens.
Football, Football, it turns out, gives you all bar its namesake.
“Game? Ooh no, we don’t show live football here. We don’t want to attract the wrong sort of crowd. We do have an Eric Cantona lookalike waiter though. He was on Fantasy Football last week,” he responded proudly.
You’d be forgiven for thinking he could perform as well as the real thing and deal with any unpleasant footie fans.
So we hot-footed it to the Sports Bar down the road… shite design, but it does show live football.