With the long-awaited Rugby World Cup right around the corner, it won’t be long until we’re donning the colours white and red, cheering on Stuart Lancaster’s talented rugger squad and flinching at some of those infamous, turbulent tackles. The games begin on the 18th of September and run until October 31st, where the utmost rugby champions will be crowned. It’s not to be missed, especially as we’re hosting the most prolific rugby union world championship in our very own country!
Tickets have sold (2.4m thus far!), and are continuing to sell at an almighty rate – so if you haven’t managed to get your rugby-loving mitts on any then no-fear. We’re here to assist you in locating the top, most atmospheric venues and bars around the city of London which will be as good, if not better, than the real thing!
Pies and pints at the ready! Check out this list of the best watering holes – in the city that’s kicking it all off!
1. The Sun Inn, Richmond – regular punters here are players and supporters of all great sports, particularly rugby, which The Sun Inn holds very closely to its heart and its history. You won’t be able to miss a single try thanks to their huge, 60inch TV screens and several smaller screens dotted around and about. Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a pint of their London Pride and tuck in to some home-cooked nosh!
2. At The Cabbage Patch, you’ll practically be able to smell the players’ sweat. Just a short stone’s throw away from Twickenham stadium, it’s the perfect location. Recognised as the most famous rugby pub in the world, with an unrivalled reputation, you won’t want to miss the bouncing atmosphere as rugby fans from all over the world flock here for post-match casks and critique.
3. If you’re a fan of a great half-time snack then The Orange Tree, Richmond is the place to hit up, serving up a host of delectable dishes and an assortment of guest ales. Located just a short skip away from Richmond Station, it’s easy to get to, rugby-mad, and serves up an impressive menu of British classics. Check out the RWC countdown clock on their website.
4. Head to the Porterhouse for some healthy rivalry. This pub professes Irish nationality but is frequented by all walks of life with bars located in New York and Dublin, also. This atmospheric spot is located in Covent Garden, so if it’s less of a raucous crowd you’re after, then head here for a few, more up-market beverages. Don’t hold us to that, it could be equally as rowdy – we are hosting the Rugby World Cup, after all! Rugby merriment ensues everywhere.
5. Former changing rooms for the first international rugby game between England and Wales, the Princess of Wales has a long-standing heritage of rugby history. Located in Blackheath, home to one of the world’s oldest rugby clubs, you can cheers to the games’ biggest legends as you sit back and enjoy only the most unmissable matches, shown live.
6. The Ship – boasts a pretty wonderful waterfront bar, overlooks the Thames, and provides friendly hospitality, a good spread of ales and crackin’ seasonable British nourishment. Their Instagram is full of mouth-wateringly good dishes and cosy backdrops. If you fancy gorging on a steak in front of 8 new TV screens showing the best rugby matches, then The Ship is your guy.
7. Another Irish-run pub, Faltering Fullback – where rugby is by name as it is by nature. One of the quirkiest little buildings you’ll feast your eyes on for a good while. Swathed in foliage, tucked behind Finsbury Park, you can’t not fall deep for this charming, well-loved Irish saloon. A 360 virtual tour can be found online, which lets you scope out their big sports screens and comfy corner spots, which are ideal for wiling away the hours watching your tipped-to-win player(s).
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