The much-anticipated Rugby World Cup 2019 is underway in Japan and fans not lucky enough to be Asia-bound will probably be planning their venues for the games.
With Twickenham, the home of English rugby, close-by, south west London has plenty of choice bars and pubs to watch the matches, whether you’re looking for an atmosphere that’s electric, the best crafts ales or a gastro menu.
Bear in mind that the time difference means some games will begin as early as 6am, so the full English, bacon rolls and bloody marys will most likely be the order of the day.
In a diverse city like London, there is a match for everyone in the early stages. So, whether you’re rooting for England’s roses or the New Zealand All Blacks, here are five places to enjoy the match with atmosphere, style and plenty of … beer.
The pub will be showing all the matches, even the early ones, across multiple screens and promises a scrumptious brunch menu and beer flowing all day.
The Fox and Grapes will show selected matches along with ‘awesome’ breakfasts and brunches, including bacon rolls, fresh juices and coffees – or something stronger.
According to The Alexandria’s website, there’s simply no better place to enjoy the world cup than its famous sports bar, with huge TVs, great sound and fabulous food.
A Fuller’s establishment opposite Twickenham stadium, the Cabbage Patch claims to be the most famous rugby pub in the world. Book ahead for a free coffee or pint of Guinness on arrival.
A great riverside location makes this a good spot for during and after the match. The White Hart will be showing selected matches during the tournament.
This Youngs’ landmark pub in Wandsworth Town claims rugby runs through its veins and promises an atmosphere that’s second to none. It is usually crammed on match days, but tables can be booked.
Taking its name from Eel Pie Island of 1960s music heritage, this traditional pub is also big on rugby, with walls of framed tickets, and memorabilia. It will be showing all the England matches plus knockout stages. Tables can be booked.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 runs from 20 September to 2 November. Find more places to watch the matches across London on the Time Out website.