Worth A Try: Where To Watch The Rugby World Cup

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
13th October 2019

The rugby world cup has just got to the interesting bit. After all the pool stage fun (watching the USA valiantly losing all their games, notably making it a World Cup hat-rick as they’ve lost ten games in a row over the last three tournaments), not to mention a natural disaster in the form of typhoon Hagibis, we’re not down to the final eight teams. England are in with a shot, but up against some stiff competition. So where will you head to watch the remaining fortnight of the rugby world cup? Here are some options!

The Clapham Grand

The Clapham Grand

Always ones for a party, The Clapham Grand are putting on Rugby World Cup viewing parties for all the egg-shaped-ball lovers out there. Right in the heart of rugby-loving country, The Clapham Grand promises some of the best atmosphere out there away from the stadium experience. As well as a huge 24 ft screen, they’ll be showing the games on a further six plasma screens and two more on their balconies, making it impossible to miss a single second of the action.

Where: The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1TT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Clapham Junction (0.1 miles)
Website: Get tickets here...

Skylight

Skylight

Here to spread the rugby cheer is Skylight at Tobacco Dock! Following the successful World Cup and Wimbledon viewings, Skylight has been pumping out the Rugby World Cup matches too so you can soak up the atmosphere of all the action of the tournament while taking in the panoramic views of the city in the former carpark-turned-foodie-entertainment-centre, play lawn games and wake up to all the live action as you enjoy brunch from YIRO and Flipside to get the day going.

Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine's and Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: Tickets available here...

Flat Iron Square

Flat Iron Square

All games, all nations. No matter what game you’re trying to catch, Flat Iron Square has you covered. They’ve created the ultimate destination to experience the Rugby World Cup, allowing you to celebrate an incredible fusion of cultures that span food, drink and of course, sport!

Where: 53B Southwark Street, Southwark, SE1 1RU
Website: www.flatironsquare.co.uk

Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel

There’s more to rugby than cauliflower ears, or so thinks Ham Yard Hotel who will be laying on a genuine ‘breakfast of champions’ during the rugby world cup. Celebrate (or commiserate) with Champagne, Bloody Maries, bellini breakfast platters, smoked salmon and egg sliders, kedgeree scotch eggs and much more.

Where: One Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT
Website: www.firmdalehotels.com

Oslo

Oslo

Let’s head to Oslo! No, not the Norwegian capital (though, count me in!) but Hackney Central’s live music venue and restaurant. The venue will be rolling out their 92″ screens and HD projectors to do the rugby action taking place in Japan proud.

Where: 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Website: www.oslohackney.com

The Prince London

The Prince London

West London’s The Prince will be kicking off their Rugby World Cup with a series of big screen early morning screenings (with early morning beer thanks to Wolfpack Lager and a burger brunch from their are restaurant Wildcard (hello steak, eggs, caramelised red onion, something called ‘breakfast sauce’, smoked butter in an english muffin or their The Full House, which involves a pork patty, double bacon, cheese, more of that ‘breakfast sauce’, smoked butter again all served in an english muffin but additionally supplied with a hash brown chaser).

Where: 14 Lillie Rd, Hammersmith, London SW6 1TT
Website: Book tickets here...

The Chelsea Courtyard

The Chelsea Courtyard

All the Rugby World Cup home games will be shown at The Chelsea Courtyard and, caffeine monsters that they are, will be accompanied with unlimited teas and coffees with any breakfast item purchase. Start the day a shaking, palpitating mess after nine coffees and an England defeat only at The Chelsea Courtyard. Food options include rustic sourdoughs like smashed avocado and beetroot puree; sliced banana with granola or butternut squash and feta.

Where: 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NT
Website: www.thechelseacourtyard.com

Faltering Fullback

Faltering Fullback

London is brimming with quirky pubs trying to look a little shabby chic, but finding a traditional pub where you can grab a proper pint of ale is becoming increasingly more difficult. That’s where Faltering Fullback comes in. These guys certainly know a thing or two about booze, and you can guarantee you’ll find the match playing here. Grab a pint, soak up the atmosphere and let’s bloomin’ hope England wins the game (otherwise there’s gonna be some angry blokes)!

Website: www.falteringfullback.com

The Adam & Eve

The Adam & Eve

Would you Adam and Eve it? There’s a new pub on the block! Oxford Street just got a new refuge from the incessant shopping and tourist hordes in the form of this new gastro pub that’s just off the main drag and moments away from Tottenham Court Road Station. And this new, stylish, venue will, of course, be throwing open its doors to rugby fans for every single Rugby World Cup match, screening them on their six HD Screens, all equipped with Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Where: 77A Wells Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3QQ
Website: www.theadamandevew1.co.uk

The Gallery

The Gallery

West Hampstead’s The Gallery will be following all the ups and downs of the Rugby World Cup throughout the tournament and will be celebrating the global nature of the competition with over 100 whiskeys from around the world, including American Whiskies and lesser known scotches, not to mention the nine rotating beer taps and craft beers by the bottle.

Where: 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY
Website: www.ilovethegallery.com

Boxpark

Boxpark

Oh, you can’t help but love Boxpark! And where better place to cheer on the Brits than at one of Boxpark’s venues, of course! With now four venues across the city, it doesn’t matter where you live, you can always grab yourself a beer (or coffee, the games are pretty early), some dreamy street food-esque grub and catch the game. Come on England!

Where: Various locations
Website: www.boxpark.co.uk

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