Where To Watch The Rugby World Cup 2023 In London

Where To Watch The Rugby World Cup 2023 In London

This article is sponsored by SOUND Sports Bar.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in London: A player in blue scoring a try
Check out our pick of pubs and bars screening the international rugby this autumn. Image: iStock/simonkr

The 2023 Rugby World Cup takes place in various French cities from 8 September-28 October — but there are plenty of places to watch it on the screen in London. Here's our pick of venues for catching the action.

Watch the Rugby World Cup in Central London

A bar area with two screens shoeing the rugby
Clubhouse 5.

Adam & Eve, Oxford Street

Six screens at the Adam & Eve broadcast every tackle and try of all 48 World Cup matches — a handy spot to know if you're in the centre of town.

Adam & Eve

Clubhouse 5, Leicester Square

There's an all-American vibe to the newly minted Clubhouse 5 in Leicester Square — TVs galore above the bar, and a menu of burgers, wings, loaded fries etc al to chomp on while you watch.

Clubhouse 5

Tyrwhitt Arms @ Nags Head, Covent Garden

Mens clothing brand Charles Tyrwhitt takes over the Nags Head in Covent Garden for two special screenings: England Vs Argentina on 9 September and England Vs Samoa on 7 October. Ahead of each kick-off, there's a special pub quiz hosted by pundit Andy Goode. Tickets are free, but you'll have to book in advance.

Watch the Rugby World Cup in north London

An old pub with various gimcrack including bikes hanging from the ceiling
Image: Faltering Fullback

Vine, Kentish Town

Come for the World Cup, stay for the shuffleboard at this perky north London pub — it's showing all the rugby action, from the inuagural kick-off to the final broken nose.

The Vine, Kentish Town

Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

This Finsbury Park stalwart is one of the great London rugby pubs, so it's little wonder they're screening the whole World Cup tournament. Line your stomach with a cracking Thai curry, and be sure to step out for air during half time — the pub boasts a veritable Ewok's Village of a beer garden. FYI: they don't take bookings, so arrive in plenty of time.

Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

The Gallery, West Hampstead

More of a bar than a pub vibe, The Gallery serves up fried chicken, cocktails — and a dizzying list of 101 whiskies — alongside its comprehensive World Cup coverage. Sound is up except on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gallery

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Watch the Rugby World Cup in south London

A rugby match plays on a screen in the taproom
Belleville's taproom is a fine place to watch the rugby. Image: Londonist

Belleville, Wandsworth

A smashing brewery tap serving up fresh 2/3 measures of pales, IPAs and plenty other brews, Belleville is screening every England match (whether or not it's outside normal taproom opening hours). All other matches will be screened, so long as they fall within usual taproom opening times. In short: they're showing loads of rugby.

Belleville Brewing Co

England Rugby Fanzone @Vinegar Yard

For those wearing their red rose on their sleeve, Vinegar Yard, near London Bridge station, has created an England Rugby Fanzone — with packages staring at £10 inc. a "free" drink, available for each England match. There's also a shop selling official England merch, and appearance from former England players. Otherwise, the al fresco screens here — scattered around the covered, heated terrace — is screening every match in the tournament (you don't need to book tickets for these — at least until it get to the finals).

England Rugby Fanzone @Vinegar Yard

People watching rugby on a screen screen, beneath an outdoor covering
Vinegar Yard has big screens in covered, outdoor terraces near London Bridge.

Camden Clubhouse @ Flat Iron Square

North London brewery Camden Town have set up their own 'clubhouse' at Flat Iron Square (close to London Bridge) for the duration of this year's World Cup. An improved experience has been promised for this year, meaning more screens, and more bars. Packages are available to buy.

Camden Clubhouse @ Flat Iron Square

Princess of Wales, Blackheath

This somewhat upmarket Blackheath boozer promises to keep 'glasses and bellies full' throughout the tournament; a good shout if you want to pair the match with good gastro grub.

The Princess of Wales, Blackheath

A crowd of people, with a TV screen showing sport behind them
Peckham Arches can cater for up to 600 rugby fans.

The Exhibit, Balham

If the weather plays ball, The Exhibit will be a smashing place to watch — they're screening the rugby on their rooftop (although you can watch inside too). £10 tickets (inc. burger and beer) are already selling fast, with some dates sold out.

The Exhibit

Peckham Arches

Multiple screens are showing all the action at this 600-strong venue — and if the weather's fine, you can watch in the beer garden. Cocktails, local beers and wood-fired pizza are in the offing too.

Peckham Arches

Watch the Rugby World Cup in east London

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Expect electric vibes at Big Penny Social. Image: Big Penny Social

Big Penny Social, Walthamstow

Expect electric vibes at what is surely London's biggest beer hall — Big Penny Social will broadcast every match of the tournament on massive screens, served up alongside their own beers, and a solid food menu, featuring pizzas, porchetta sandwiches, and sundry sharers.

Big Penny Social

Dockside Vaults, St Katharine Docks

We can practically hear the cheers and jeers ricocheting off the brick walls of this new subterranean venue a stone's throw from Tower Bridge. 10 HD screens have been set up in the cellar-esque bar — each with seating for 36 — so if you've got 35 rugby-loving chums, this one's worth looking into.

Dockside Vaults

People drinking out in the sun on a tearrace
Hackney Bridge is a good shout if the weather's playing ball. Image: Benedict Priddy

Hackney Bridge, Hackney Wick

A garden on the canal makes a rather pleasant spot to watch the rugby on the big screen at Hackney Bridge — otherwise, there's an indoors screen in the Hanger Bar. Walk-ins welcome.

Hackney Bridge

Mrs Fogg's Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, Liverpool Street

If you're hankering for a good cocktail while you watch — and don't fancy your chances asking the barman at O'Neill's to mix you a Midori sour, Mrs Fogg's could be the place for you; the nautical-themed bar is showing all the games.

Mrs Fogg's Dockside Drinkery & Distillery

Watch the Rugby World Cup in west London

A group of people in the pub - some wearing Wales rugby tops
Find somewhere to watch the rugby, such as The Cabbage Patch in Twickenham (pictured)

Prince, West Brompton

Every tackle and try is screened at this rugby-mad (and foliage-strewn) boozer — with a liberal scattering of big screens, plus special drinks promotions and match day menus. It's recommended you book tables, especially for England matches, but walk-ins are available. The final coincides with the pub's Halloween party, which you'll need to book for.

The Prince, West Brompton

Cabbage Patch, Twickenham

Located a rugby ball's throw from Twickenham Stadium, The Cabbage Patch is stuffed with rugby memorabilia and is a shoo-in for watching the rugger with a pint (or maybe a scotch from its impressive stock). Unsurprisingly, they're screening every World Cup match; when England are playing, expect the atmosphere to be very... English.

The Cabbage Patch

Orange Tree, Richmond

Rugby runs through the veins of the Orange Tree — another boozer situated in the upmarket, rugger-loving environs of west London. It goes without saying that every game is being screened, with 'the best match day atmosphere in Richmond' guaranteed.

The Orange Tree

Broadcaster, Wood Lane

Two floors of this four-storey White City boozer are screening the World Cup — including the rooftop bar (so pray for sunshine). They've got some decent beers on tap her, from breweries inc. Crate and Five Points.

The Broadcaster

Other bars screening the Rugby World Cup in London

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Two of the three Boxparks are screening the rugby. Image: Boxpark Wembley

Boxpark Wembley and Croydon

Two of the three Boxparks are firing up their big screens to show every World Cup match. If you like to watch your sport surrounded by hundreds of other voracious fans — and potentially end up with half a pint of Guinness in your hair — you've found the venue for you. Like other places on this list, entry is free — although you can also buy a ticket which gets you a £10 food voucher.

Boxpark Wembley and Croydon

Various 'Star' pubs

Every England match (and plenty of others besides) are broadcast in these voguish collection of London pubs, which dish up burgers as a speciality:

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in London: A bar area with lots of chairs, and three screens showing sport
Northwood is opening just in time for the start of the World Cup. Image: Northwood

ETM Group pubs, across London

The ETM chain — great for watching any sport, thanks to an abundance of screens, and decent food — will likely be screening all of the World Cup action. These days, you'll find them across most of London:

Skylight, Wapping and Peckham

Hit the rooftops of Skylight's brace of venues, for five screens apiece showing every game. Selected pints are £4.95 throughout the day, while £7 tickets guarantee you entry and your first drink.

Wolfpack, various

So far as we can tell, all three Wolfpack bars (or 'dens' as they like to call them) will be screening matches — an opportunity to choose from 20+ craft beers, while you cheer on your team. The bars are:

Twickenham Stadium

The home of the England rugby team is screening each England group match (and we presume subsequent matches too, should the team progress). Note that screenings take place inside, NOT on a big screen in the stadium itself (although there is, apparently, a chance to go out and see the hallowed turf). There's plenty to keep you occupied pre and post match, including a pool table, arcade games and live music.

Twickenham Stadium

Last Updated 26 September 2023

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