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Rugby World Cup: The Best Places to Watch in London

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Couldn’t make it to Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup? Not to worry. We’ve rounded up some of the city’s best spots to catch the games, from a quirky cultural hub in Brixton, to Islington’s littlest Irish pub…

Brigadiers

Brigadiers

Watch England fight for the World Cup title at Bloomberg Arcade’s Brigadiers. Guests can enjoy an exclusive Rugby World Cup breakfast menu, unique Guinness butler service and array of sparkling wines and cocktails, all served within the contemporary Indian restaurant’s sophisticated settings. 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com

QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl, Bayswater

QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl

For an entirely unique viewing of Saturday’s exciting rugby final, head to Bayswater’s QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl for burgers, ten-pin bowling and, of course a super-sized LED screening of the highly anticipated game. The leisure hub has partnered with London premium screening event company Big Screen to ensure an unforgettable rugby final experience on Saturday 2nd November. With live music, delicious cocktails, and fantastic packages available for exclusive front row seating, complimentary beer and delicious MEATliquor dishes, this is one pop-up sports screening you won’t want to miss. 17 Queensway, London, W2 4PQ; tickets from £27.50 via queens.london

Homeboy, Islington

Homeboy

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Watch the Rugby World Cup while hidden away at the back of Homeboy, London’s cosiest Irish pub, where the games can be enjoyed alongside hearty Irish dishes and signature whiskey cocktails. Starting with the Ireland vs Scotland match on 22nd September, the speakeasy bar – ranked 11th in the UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2019 – will become an Irish scrummers paradise, with all key matches showing and plenty of Guinness flowing. Comfort and Spice author Niamh Shields has even curated a special brunch menu to be served throughout the tournament, inclusive of moreish potato cakes and delicious buttermilk waffles. 108 Essex Rd, Islington, London N1 8LX; homeboybar.com

Ekte

Ekte

Jade Nina Sarkhel

This buzzy Nordic restaurant will be hosting the ultimate rugby final match day experience, providing all the 9am morning essentials; free flowing Bloody Marys, coffee and a full English breakfast, all just for £25.00 per person. You’ll be more alive than Thor’s hammer in a thunderstorm. 2 -8 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR; ektelondon.co.uk

The Gipsy Queen, Kentish Town

The Gipsy Queen

One of city’s last surviving independent pubs, The Gipsy Queen in Kentish Town is offering a World Cup watching experience to envy all those traveling to Japan. The one-of-a-kind Victorian pub will be showing every game on a large projector screen inside, as well as in their ‘secret’ sun-trap beer garden, splashed with colour and in-keeping with the bar’s Mexican residency, Luardos, which serves up flavourful Mexican street food. From pale ales to milkshake IPA’s, the bar offers an overwhelming variety of drinks (with an impressive 18 keg lines), so you’ll never have to watch empty handed. 166 Malden Rd, Belsize Park, London NW5 4BS; thegipsyqueennw5.co.uk

No 11 Pimlico Road, Chelsea

No 11 Pimlico Road

For those looking to juggle fine-dining with the family whilst catching the games, No 11 Pimlico Road might just be the place to go. Just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square, this sophisticated and contemporary gastropub, located within the upscale district of Belgravia, will be showing a range of selected matches within its spacious and airy interior. While you’re there, delight in the restaurant’s modern European menu, which features an array of pub favourites with a sophisticated twist such as grilled sea bass and chips, and chicken, leek and new potato pie. 11 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NA; no11pimlicoroad.co.uk

No 1 Duke Street, Richmond

No 1. Duke St

Located within the beautiful suburban town of Richmond, No 1 Duke Street will be serving up delicious seasonal cocktails – delight in a Ketel Botanical spritz from their botanical drinks menu – as well as locally-sourced dishes from their impressive sustainably-led food menu. The elegant neighbourhood pub will be showing a number of World Cup games, so sit back, tuck in and pray for a try… 1a Duke street, Richmond, London TW9 1HP; no1adukestreet.co.uk

Blue Anchor, Hammersmith

The Blue Anchor

West London’s beloved historic pub (first licensed in 1722), the Blue Anchor, boasts glorious riverside views overlooking the Thames and a spectacularly cordial atmosphere; the perfect spot to settle and enjoy a drink while watching the rugby. In celebration of the World Cup, the restaurant-come-pub will be offering live screenings of all England matches while serving up a new brunch menu inclusive of ‘Back Row’ avocado toast. 13 Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9DJ; blueanchorlondon.com

Pop Brixton

Pop Brixton

The quirky South London hub which transforms unused spaces into cultural havens, Pop Brixton will be showing an extensive range of selected games via their two impressive outdoor screens. Watch the matches while delighting in an array of street food stalls and retailers, including Halo Burger (for ‘bleeding’ plant based patties), vintage boutique Make Do and Mend, and Share a Slice for fantastic share-worthy pizzas. 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org

Brook Green, Hammersmith

Young's Brook Green

Another Hammersmith gem, the Brook Green Hotel’s cosy bar will be fulfilling every fan’s match-day desires with live screenings of the games and an abundance of tasty food and drinks. In honour of the tournament, the pub will be serving up a complimentary pint of Guinness or a spicy Bloody Mary with all orders of their Rugby World Cup brunch when booking through the website, featuring hearty dishes such as breakfast pie and baked eggs on sourdough toast. 170 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, W6 7PB; brookgreenhotel.co.uk

The Chelsea Courtyard

Chelsea Courtyard

This beautiful and botanical brunch spot situated within the heart of Chelsea will be joining the match-day mania, screening all home games from their spectacular and stylish drink-and-dine setting. Delight in unlimited tea and coffee accompanied with any breakfast item (ideal for those early matches), and with an array of delectable dishes such as smashed avocado on rustic sourdough, there will be plenty to fuel up on. 151 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT; thechelseacourtyard.com

The Prince, Hammersmith

The Prince

With big screens, brunch burgers and beautiful botanical settings, Hammersmith’s The Prince is an ideal place to get into the Rugby World Cup spirit. The pub garden will be screening all of the major group stage games, as well as the all-important knock-out matches, and even opening early for those 7.30am matches where Wolfpack Larger will be serving up pints from the crack of dawn. If you needed any more reason to attend, the pub-come-restaurant will be also be dishing up a delicious array of brunch plates including a classic ‘full house’ and sophisticated steak and eggs with caramelised red onion. 14 Lillie Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com

Skylight Rooftop, Tobacco Dock

Skylight

Watch the World Cup sky-high in East London’s latest rooftop bar, Skylight Rooftop. With panoramic views and plenty of drinks flowing, as well as an array of entertainment and lawn games, the three-storey bar will be showing a range of anticipated games, including the early morning starts, where resident restaurants YIRO and Flipside will be serving up delicious brunch dishes worth getting out of bed for. Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF; tickets £3, designmynight.com

The Gallery, West Hampstead

The Gallery

A sensational spot for rugby and drinks connoisseurs alike, The Gallery in West Hampstead boasts over 100 exceptional world-wide whiskies, along with nine rotating beer taps and an array of exquisite wines and cocktails. The lively bar will be screening an extensive selection of World Cup games, including the November final, where rugby fans can celebrate in style with a top-grade whiskey in hand. 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London NW6 3AY; ilovethegallery.com

Flat Iron Square, London Bridge

Flat Iron Square

Though you’ll be watching the rugby on a big screen in the heart of London Bridge, you’ll certainly feel like you’ve been transported to Japan at Flat Iron Square. In celebration of the World Cup, the buzzy street food market is being transformed into a Japanese wonderland, with an array of East Asian decor, drinks, food (including early morning match breakfasts), merchandise and more. A collaboration with beloved Irish brewery Guinness, the South London space will be showing every single match throughout the tournament, as well as hosting an array of exciting events including an exclusive Q&A with former rugby players and sporting legends Andy Goode and Nick Easter, and a rugby-inspired pub quiz to be enjoyed every Monday. 64 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk

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