With the Six Nations set to kick off on Saturday, February 4, it’s well and truly time to start thinking about which pub to head to so you can soak in every tackle, kick, and try. The five weekends of rugby action will commence with a face-off between Wales and Ireland, as well as a match pitting England against Scotland, so we’re in for some thrilling games from the get-go.
Regardless of whether you’re supporting England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, or Italy, there’s one thing we can all agree on: there’s nothing like watching with a big group of fans. So here are our picks for some of the best places in London to watch the Six Nations 2023. (Besides Twickenham, obviously…)
1. Northcote Records, Battersea
Battersea’s “home of live music, cocktails & good times” will be showing all of England’s Six Nations action throughout the five weekends, and they’ll be capping the fun off with live tunes after the games. They’ve also got a killer deal on pizza and a pint for just £15. Head there for the rugby, stay for the after party with the energetic vibes, ice-cold beer, and top-notch cocktails. Book your place here.
📍 8-10 Northcote Road, SW11 1NT. Nearest station is Clapham Junction.
2. Big Penny Social, Walthamstow
For the ultimate viewing experience, head to one of the largest, if not the largest, beer halls in the UK. Conveniently situated on the Blackhorse Beer Mile, Big Penny Social will be showing all the games from February 4 – March 18. Two massive screens, and more TVs dotted around the venue, will ensure you don’t miss a single second of the action. And you’ll be kept plenty watered and fed thanks to 20 taps of beer to choose from and a food menu that ranges from brunch to pizza and more. Head here to grab your ticket!
📍 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL. Nearest station is Blackhorse Road.
3. Greenwood, Victoria
Name a sporting fixture, any at all, and you’ll probably find it showing at the Greenwood sports pub and kitchen. So of course they’re gonna be showing the Six Nations too. With a handy central location and a cracking atmosphere, Greenwood boast their very own sports lounge, as well as VIP spots with a brilliant view to watch those penalties fly through the posts. You can even order your food and drink straight to the table, so you can kick back and take it all in. Find out more and book here.
📍 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB. Nearest station is Victoria.
4. Hope & Anchor, Brixton
A mainstay for sports watching in the capital, the Hope & Anchor is here to provide the goods for the final weekend of Six Nations action. With 24 screens in total, alongside 12 private heated ‘sports huts’, this is one spot you absolutely have to try. (Psst, they’re also offering up free Guinness to those that grab a meal while they’re there!) Find out more here.
📍 123 Acre Lane, SW2 5UA. Nearest station is Brixton or Clapham Common.
5. The Ship, Wandsworth
With its unmatched riverside location, you’ll be praying for the sun to come out as your team kicks the ball into touch with minutes to spare. A day of celebration (or drowning your sorrows) can then be spent on their trusty deck. Check out their listings and book your spot here.
📍 41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB. Nearest station is Wandsworth Town.
6. The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea
The Cadogan Arms is yet another London venue promising to show ALL of the Six Nations games across the five weekends. And they’ve even got a special Six Nations Menu just for the occasion. They’ve added two screens to their main bar, so everyone can see, and they also offer up The Rose Room for special hire. There, you and your friends can take advantage of a private bar and four screens, with capacity for up to 35 seated or 50 standing guests. Find out more here.
📍 298 King’s Rd, SW3 5UG. Nearest station is Sloane Square.
7. Long Arm Sports Pub & Brewery, Shoreditch
You know what goes great with rugby? Beer. So why not have some of the freshest beer you can, while you cheer on your team? Head to Long Arm in Shoreditch where they serve tank fresh brews from an ever-changing line-up of classic craft beers to experimental styles. It doesn’t get any fresher than the stuff that’s been brewed just steps away from where you’re drinking it! Make your bookings here.
📍 20-26 Worship St, EC2A 2DX. Nearest stations are Shoreditch High Street, Moorgate, and Liverpool Street.
8. The Canonbury Tavern, Islington
Why wouldn’t one of the biggest beer garden in north London be a prime location to watch all the action unfold? With multiple screens, sharing platters and special packages for groups, you’ll be well looked after over at The Canonbury Tavern. Plus, if you choose to dine with them this Six Nations period, you’ll receive a Guinness on the house! Find more info here.
📍 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS. Nearest stations are Highbury & Islington, Canonbury, and Essex Road.
9. The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town
This iconic Victorian pub is well stocked up to provide you with the perfect Six Nations watching experience. Expect mouth-watering sharing boards, magnums of bubbly to celebrate results and, like many places on this list, plenty of Guinness! They’re also one of the venues offering up free Guinness to those grabbing a meal during the games. Check it out here.
📍 389 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ. Nearest station is Kentish Town.
10. BOXPARK, multiple locations
BOXPARK goes all out with their live sports viewing experiences, and as a result the three venues have all but become the home of live sporting entertainment. Outside of, you know, actually going to the live sport itself. The best part? You can book a free ticket to enjoy the incredibly lively experience. Find out more here.
📍 BOXPARK Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Grn Road, E1 6GY. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
📍 BOXPARK Croydon, 99 George Street, CR0 1LD. Nearest station is East Croydon.
📍 BOXPARK Wembley, Wembley Park, HA9 0JT. Nearest station is Wembley Park.
11. The George, Fitzrovia
The George is opting for an all-in package, allowing you an upfront purchase so you can focus on the game on the day. Bookings for up to 8 guests come in at £50pp and include an ultimate bar snack platter, a main dish, and two pints of your choice. Alternatively, you can also book out their special rooms – The Snug, The Green Room, or the Private Dining Room – for a truly special viewing experience. Secure your place here.
📍 55 Great Portland Street, W1W 7LQ. Nearest station is Oxford Circus.