And so it begins. This weekend the first fixtures of Europe’s biggest rugby tournament take place, kicking off with both France vs Italy and England vs Scotland on Saturday and Ireland vs Wales on Sunday. So whether you’re a massive, scrum-loving rugby head or simple like watching men with bulging thighs bending over in tiny shorts (obvs not us…), find the best place to grab a pint and watch the games in London.
Additional tip: expect all the pubs to be much busier than the pictures…
1. The Coat and Badge
This rustic pub in Putney is the perfect place if you want to make a proper day of it, grab some good, heartwarming grub and enjoy the game. And the guys there sure love their rugby, so they’ll definitely be some great vibes on the day. After the rugby final last year, the staff dressed up as zombie rugby players for Halloween…
2. The London Beer Factory, West Norwood
The London Beer Factory, near West Norwood, brews some world class craft beers – the perfect accompaniment to any match. They’re putting on quite the game-changer this weekend. Not only are they whipping out the big screen in the brewery bar, but they’re also serving up some delicious sizzling meatballs to go with your pint(s). You can buy your ticket (which includes a portion of meatballs and two pints) for only £12 on Fever!
3. The Ship
As you can tell from the picture above, taken during last year’s Rugby World Cup, they are rugby mad at The Ship. Situated on the Thames in Wandsworth, the pub is well known for its wonderful outdoor seating area overlooking the river (perfect for the half-time breathers). Also, their food is irresistible to hungry and eager mouths… for when you’re not busy shouting at the screen.
4. The Oyster Shed
If you’re heading to central this weekend, The Oyster Shed near Monument is definitely a place to get settled in before the games begin. With pretty sweet interiors and gorgeous views over the Thames, this picturesque pub will contrast the violent and muddy scenes onscreen. If you plan to make a meal of it, check out their Six Nations Rugby Packages here.
5. Cabbage Patch, Twickenham
For those who didn’t manage to bag tickets to the match, but want to be close to the action, you can soak up the atmosphere at The Cabbage Patch – a stone’s throw away from Twickenham Stadium. If the roof is open, you’ll probably be able to hear the roar of the crowd. The Patch has got that ‘proper’ traditional pub feel and will undoubtedly have a great atmosphere of its own this weekend.
6. Grand Union, Various Locations
You’ll find various Grand Union Bars across London, including in Kennington, Camden and Brixton (pictured above). The Brixton branch, with a huge beer garden and room indoors for over 600 people, is high up in our recommendations. There are also more private booths on offer, that will be screening the rugby. For more information, check out their website.