Well, armchair rugby supporters, it’s time to go full-on ‘rugger-bugger’, England’s in the world cup final! After all the drama of fighting through the pool stage fun and quarter finals, facing off the All Blacks and their pre-match dance, not to mention a natural disaster in the form of typhoon Hagibis, we’re down to the final two – us and South Africa. So where will you head to watch the last match of the rugby world cup? Here are some options!
Let’s assume that you’re not going to be able to make it to International Stadium Yokohama, a pretty decent second choice would be the Japan Centre. Clue’s in the name. Ichiba, within Westfield’s Japan Centre will be playing every point, try and (England) victory in glorious HD. To celebrate (or, if you’re South African) commiserate, they’ll also be offering two pints of Asahi beer for just £7 (that’s £3.50 per pint, for all the mathematicians out there).
The final starts at 9am this Saturday
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...
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.
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!
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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!