It’s been quite a tournament, with England knocking out rugby giants New Zealand to make it to the Rugby World Cup Final! And so, its time for The Big Game – ENGvRSA – on Saturday 2 November, and these are the best best places in London to watch it…
Lead image: Greenwood Sports Bar & Kitchen
1 Clapham Grand, Clapham Junction
Clapham Grand, the vast, iconic venue across from Clapham Junction station, is screening all the weekend games on a 24ft cinema screen. The Grand, established in 1900 at the height of the Music Hall, has been a cinema, bingo hall and nightclub – and also screened the big games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so it has previous in Big Game screenings. As well as the main 24ft cinema screen, The Grand will also have eight additional plasma screens throughout the venue, as well as a fully stocked bar and food served throughout the game. 7am-12.30pm. Tickets from £11.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com
Head to the Home of England Rugby stadium to watch England in the Rugby World Cup Final, beamed live from Yokohama on Saturday 2 November. After a welcome breakfast cocktail or mocktail on arrival (doors open at 7.45am and the bar opens at 8am) in The Lock or the British Airways Rose Garden, you’ll be able to enjoy a breakfast bap, with unlimited tea and coffee and a match-day atmosphere. Kick off is at 9am, the bar closes at 12.30pm and the event finishes at 1pm. Tickets are £30 (kids under 12, £5).
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA; twickenhamstadium.com
3 The Prince, West Brompton
The Prince is on it this Rugby World Cup, opening at 7.30am for all the big games including the England vs South Africa final. Catch the sunrise with brunch, beer and big screens. Enjoy an early morning beer from Wolfpack Lager and a brunch burger from new restaurant Wildcard, including Steak & Eggs with caramelised red onion, breakfast sauce, smoked butter in an English muffin (£9), and The Full House including pork patty, double bacon, cheese, breakfast sauce, smoked butter, all served in an English muffin with a hash brown chaser (£8). A vegan breakfast is also up for grabs.
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
4 Brasserie Blanc, various locations
Crank your rugby breakfast up a notch with a trip to Brasserie Blanc restaurants at Threadneedle Street, Southbank, Tower of London or Fulham Reach. Alongside live screenings of unmissable matches, you can enjoy a delicious limited-edition breakfast/brunch menu inspired by the host nation. Kick start your day with a spicy Kasai Bloody Mary (with a dash of fresh wasabi to heat things up), and order a breakfast butty with the option to add a side of Executive Chef Clive Fretwell’s homemade zingy umeboshi sauce on a bed of shiso leaves for an extra £1. Enjoy these bespoke breakfast creations as a bundle, with a bacon, sausage or egg muffin and a Kasai Bloody Mary for only £11, or pair your morning butty with an Asahi Japanese lager instead for just £7. You can also order a bucket of eight Asahi beers for £30. The limited-edition menu is available until 1pm.
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Skylight is opening its doors early throughout the Rugby World Cup 2019, so you can catch all the action while taking in the panoramic views of the city. Skylight is equipped come rain or shine, with three floors of bars, both indoor and outdoor screens, street food, entertainment and lawn games. Brunch will be available from YIRO and Flipside, as well as plenty of morning ‘eye-openers’ to help with the morning starts. Tickets are £3 via skylight.designmynight.com.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
6 Belushi’s, across London
Belushi’s might not be flash, but it’s big on sports and has oodles of branches, so it’s always a good bet for rugby fans. The pub chain is screening the entire Rugby World Cup on massive HD screens and giant projectors and serving fry-ups, breakfast burritos and vegan breakfasts from 5am and burgers from 10.45am. Various table packages are available too with tables from £12 per person, VIP Booths with on HD TV from £25 per person, Stadium Seating from £12 per person at Belushi’s Hammersmith, Man Caves from £750 (London Bridge only) and private areas from £300 minimum spend.
7 Youngs Pubs, across London
Youngs Pubs will be screening the Rugby World Cup in may of its pubs across London – just check this handy search function to find your nearest. A number of pubs are also offering Rugby World Cup Brunch Packages, including famed rugby pubs like The Alexander Pope in Twickenham (because you want to be close to the beating heart of English rugby, right?), The Ship in Wandsworth, The Windmill in Clapham, The Alexandra in Wimbledon, The Roebuck in Hampstead and plenty more. Again, check Youngs’ handy search function where you can plug in your location and the kind of pub you’re after. There are also a few special offers running: Head to Brook Green in Hammersmith for a free pint of Guinness, Ketel One Bloody or Virgin Mary with the set brunch menu; The Waterfront in Battersea for a complimentary first round of Heineken when you pre-book a table for four or more; or enjoy indulge in a Full English breakfast and a pint of Heineken for £16 at The Adam and Eve when pre-booking a table.
8 Three Cheers Pub Co, various locations
Three Cheers Pub Co pubs, which include The Bedford in Balham, The Avalon in Clapham and The Rosendale in West Dulwich, will be showing all the action this Rugby World Cup (with the exception of The Bolingbroke, which remains a sports-free zone). The pubs will open at 8am for breakfast for the Rugby World Cup Final, serving eggs Benedict to Full Englishes, Bloody Marys, alcohol-free beers, kombuchas and cocktails, and all breakfast dishes are just £10 each. The Bedford will have three HD TVs and three giant projectors, The Avalon will have two HD TVs and two giant projectors, The Abbeville will have a large screen and 100” projector, The Latchmere will have three HD TVs and two giant screens, The Princess Victoria will have a large projector in the dining room and two large HD TVs in the bar, The Stonhouse will have two HD TVs, The Tommyfield will have a 12 foot projector and two HD TVs, and The Rosendale will have a large HD TV and one large projector screen. Most venues even have the option to book a private room.
9 Brewhouse and Kitchen, Highbury, Islington & Hoxton
Brewhouse and Kitchen, with locations in Highbury, Islington and Hoxton, will be opening early for every England game – including the Rugby World Cup Final! Try the brew pub’s new Brunch Burger served in a ‘croll’ (a cross between a croissant and a roll), as well as a brunch burger, buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberry, blueberry, banana & maple syrup, a B&K Full English and Smoked Bacon Eggs Benedict. All of these and more will be served alongside newly tapped low-ABV beers on draught, as well as more than 70 craft beers and ciders and an extensive range of soft drinks if you’re not feeling the early morning brewskies!
10 Hippo Inns, across London
Hippo Inns pubs across London will be opening early to show the Rugby World Cup Final, served up alongside new special breakfast/brunch menus. Every menu offers something different, such as the Townhouse Trio Bap filled with egg, bacon and sausage at The Islington Town House, a full English breakfast alongside bottomless jugs of beer or Bloody Marys at The Grafton in Kentish Town, Back Row avocado toast at The Blue Anchor in Hammersmith, or a sausage or bacon bap with egg and a pint for £10 at The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove. At The George on the Isle of Dogs, large groups can order breakfast bagel slider sharing platters for the table for £20. Private rooms are available for hire with breakfast/brunch options across selected locations.
11 Boxpark Shoreditch, Wembley & Croydon
Boxpark in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley are showing the Rugby World Cup Final. Opening from 8am, you can choose from a number of street food vendors and bars, before the action – shown on the big screen – kicks off at 9am. At Boxpark Wembley, you’ll also find special guest hosts, live music, giveaways and one or two additional surprises all in association with Coors Light. Tickets at the Shoreditch and Wembley sites are free, but free tickets have sold out at the Croydon site and only £10 tickets are left.
12 Greenwood, Victoria
Of course Greenwood Sports Pub & Kitchen is showing the Rugby World Cup Final! If you were there for the Six Nations, you’ll know you’re in for big matches, big hits and a big atmosphere – opening as early as 4.30am depending on the game. During the World Cup, the pub, located just across from Victoria train station, will be serving a selection of some of the best beers in London, alongside a fantastic selection of breakfast and brunch special packages, for groups and individuals. Choose from a bacon roll and coffee or go all in with a breakfast bap and a pint of Heineken, or try the new Full English Breakfast pizza or breakfast pie, available exclusively throughout the tournament. Buy your tickets in advance to guarantee entry (Beer, Bap and Entry is £10; Bacon Roll, coffee and entry is £5).
170 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB; greenwoodlondon.com
13 The King’s Head, Teddington
Embrace the spirit of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final alongside a delicious limited-edition breakfast/brunch menu inspired by the host nation at The King’s Head, a White Brasserie Co. pub. Kick start your day with a spicy Kasai Bloody Mary (meaning fire in Japanese, the ‘kasai’ Bloody Mary has a dash of fresh wasabi to heat things up), and oder a breakfast butty with the option to add a side of Executive Chef Clive Fretwell’s homemade zingy umeboshi sauce on a bed of shiso leaves for an extra £1. Enjoy these bespoke breakfast creations as a bundle, with a bacon, sausage or egg muffin and a Kasai Bloody Mary for only £11, or pair your morning butty with an Asahi Japanese lager instead for just £7. You can also order a bucket of eight Asahi beers for £30. The limited-edition menu is available until 2 November until 1pm on match days at all White Brasserie Co. pubs nationwide.
123 High Street, Teddington TW11 8HG; kingsheadteddington.com
14 The Gallery, West Hampstead
The Gallery in West Hampstead is screening Rugby World Cup Final 2019, and it’s a great one for whiskey fans… The Gallery has more than 100 whiskeys from around the globe, including impressive American Whiskies, lesser known scotches and, of course, some Japanese specials – as well nine rotating beer taps and a strong selection of craft beers by the bottle. So why not raise a glass of your nation’s favourite tipple? You can also enjoy a bottomless brunch with waffles and breakfast cocktails galore from 10am on Saturdays and midday on Sundays.
190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead NW6 3AY; ilovethegallery.com
15 The Chelsea Courtyard
West London drinking and dining spot The Chelsea Courtyard will be screening all of the home nation Rugby World Cup matches – including the England vs South Africa final – on the large screen. Far from your average sticky-tabled sports bar, The Chelsea Courtyard has comfy sofas and stylish interiors, plus unlimited teas and coffee for those who order breakfast items during the game. Choose from a selection of rustic sourdoughs including smashed avocado and beetroot puree; sliced banana with granola; and butternut squash and feta.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 6NT; thechelseacourtyard.com
16 Flat Iron Square, Southwark
Flat Iron Square and Guinness have curated a great destination to catch all the action this Rugby World Cup. Several of Flat Iron Square’s vendors have put together some epic Japanese-inspired breakfast dishes worth getting out of bed for, such as takoyaki (octopus balls) from Tatami Ramen and an ‘Eddie Jones’ breakfast bun from Edu (a chorizo patty topped with fried egg, bacon, smashed avo, wasabi, shiitake mushrooms and Guinness jam). Katsutopia, a new dedicated Katsu concept from the team behind Rainbo, will also be serving up Breakfast Bao’s throughout the tournament, including vegan and vegetarian options, and anyone ordering a breakfast dish from Katsutopia pre-9am will get a free non-alcoholic Guinness coffee. The site opens at 8.30am for the final.
Flat Iron Square, Southwark SE1 1TD; flatironsquare.co.uk
17 Ichiba, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
Japan Centre’s Ichiba – Europe’s largest Japanese food hall – has been showing all the England and Japan games during the Rugby World Cup, and while they must be gutted that Japan didn’t progress further, they are still screening the ENGvRSA final. You can also enjoy happy hour on Asahi beers – two for £7 – during the game. Located at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Ichiba is the first joint venture between the Japan Centre Group and Cool Japan Fund, which helps support businesses to promote Japanese food and culture overseas. The flagship store features food stations serving ramen, curries and sushi, s well as a food hall offering Japanese staples and kitchen essentials from rice, miso and tea, to sake, books, beauty products and ceramics.
Level 2, Westfield London, White City W12 7HB; ichibalondon.com
18 The Refinery, Bankside
The Refinery is screening all the England games during the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019, including the England vs South Africa final. Head to the Bankside bar for a breakfast of champions, complete with pint of Guinness or Asahi, priced £11.95 per person. Gather a group together and pre-order a Winner’s Wheelbarrow of 40 Asahi or London Pride cans. Plus, for every Rugby World Cup pre-order placed, you will be entered into a draw to win a weekly drinks package complete with rugby goodies.
110 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 0TF; drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-refinery
19 QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl, Bayswater
QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl, central London’s only all-year round ice rink and bowling alley, is partnering with premium screening event company Big Screen to host a pop-up screening of the Rugby World Cup Final. Taking over the whole diner at MEATliquor, the viewing experience will feature a line-up of cracking burgers, rocking cocktails, bowling and cool tunes, all centred around the England vs South Africa final on a super-sized LED screen. Packages available for the day include complimentary beer, priority front row seating, breakfast baps and MEATliquor burgers. 8am till mid-afternoon. Tickets from £27.50.
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london/rugby
20 M Restaurant, the City
M Restaurant on Threadneedle Street EC1 is opening its Private Members Lounge – ‘the M Den’ – to non-members for the duration of the Rugby World Cup, screening games on its huge 5 x 3 metre wide TV – the biggest screen in the city. The World Cup Breakfast menu will include firm favourites such as the Firecracker Scrambled Eggs with chorizo or, for those with a heartier appetite, the big ‘M Breakfast’ with all the traditional accompaniments. To book a table or enquire about private hire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP; mrestaurants.co.uk
21 Brigadiers, the City
Rugby fever is sweeping across Brigadiers, which has teamed up with Guinness to create the ultimate match day experience. The doors will open early for key games, with a dedicated Weekend Sports Menu – served with a Guinness Butler Service, free-flow sparkling wine, or cocktails. Plus, for die-hard rugby fans, Brigadiers is hosting a series of Legends Lunches with a three-course lunch feast, beer pairing and some of rugby’s biggest names, priced £120pp. The final event takes place on Friday 1 November with Andy Goode & Ben Foden. Book online, email email@example.com or call 020 3319 8140.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
22 The Epicurean Collection Pubs, south west London
The Epicurean Collection, which has five pubs in south west London (The Cross Keys and The Admiral Codrington in Chelsea, The Sands End and The Brown Cow in Fulham and The Punchbowl in Mayfair, will be open for brunch with a brand new menu during the entire Rugby World Cup. The new menus offer everything from a boozy breakfast with drinks deals on prosecco and buckets of beer to the simple but heard to beat eggs on toast your way, and healthy coconut porridge with banana and bee pollen. The Brown Cow even has a breakfast called The tackle, featuring Scotch egg, sausage roll, spicy chicken wings, fried calamari, mac & cheese and sweet potato fries for £30 – treat yo’self!
23 Heddon Street Kitchen, off Regent Street
Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, located in the Regent Street Food Quarter, is screening the Rugby World Cup Final from 9am, although it’s worth noting that alcoholic beverages won’t be served until after 10am. Enjoy the England vs South Africa stand off alongside a bumper breakfast offer – choose any breakfast main, a hot drink, juice, and a beer for just £20.
3-9 Heddon Street, off Regent Street W1B 4BE; gordonramsayrestaurants.com
24 The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich
The Great Exhibition in East Dulwich, which has just undergone a refurb, is opening early to show the England v South Africa Rugby World Cup Final. The pub will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday for the 9am kick off. You’ll be able to enjoy the game with sausage and bacon baps, specially whipped up for the occasion, and following the game, the pub will be hosting a Rocky Horror Bottomless Brunch from 12pm. Booking is recommended for both.
193 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich SE22 9EP; greatexhibition.pub
25 Rotunda, King’s Cross
Rotunda on Regent’s Canal is opening early to screen the Rugby World Cup Final – in its bar with picturesque waterside views. Gather friends, book an area in the bar, and order a full English and or Rotunda breakfast burger while watching England take on South Africa from 9am.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG; rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
26 The Blue Posts, Soho
The Blue Posts on Rupert Street in Soho is also opening early to show the Rugby World Cup Final from 9am. You can get yourself a breakfast pint, choosing from the pub’s range of craft ales and Evelyn’s Table Beer, and grab yourself one of their famous sausage rolls.
28 Rupert Street, Soho W1D 6DJ; theblueposts.co.uk
27 Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia
Percy & Founders in Fitzrovi is opening from 8.30am this Saturday to show the Rugby World Cup Final on the big screen in the lounge. Walk-ins are welcome, so if you’re not big on organisation – or committing to an early start – head to Fitzrovia with the gang for beers and breakfast in style.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia W1W 7EY; percyandfounders.co.uk
28 The Lighterman, King’s Cross
The Lighterman, sister venue to Percy & Founders, above, will also be opening early to show The Big Game. Head for the venue’s Canalside Bar from 8am to order breakfast, and maybe a cheeky morning lager, and get settled in for the game.
3 Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4BH; thelighterman.co.uk
29 The Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich Village
The Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich’s grand dame of pubs, will of course be showing the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday. Doors open from 8am and you can get a cooked breakfast and plenty of tea and coffee while watching the game in the Billiards Room.
73 Dulwich Village SE21 7BJ; thecrownandgreyhound.co.uk
30 The Princess of Wales, Blackheath
A huge rugby pub – The Princess of Wales served as the changing room for the first-ever England-Wales international, which was played on the heath – The Princess of Wales is showing the Rugby World Cup Final on two large screens with the sound played a stereo system. Larger groups can book the snug for a private viewing near the bar, and all are welcome to indulge in a big breakfast and a pint from 10am. Doors open from 9am, when there’ll be plenty of hot drinks available.
1A Montpelier Row, Blackheath SE3 0RL; princessofwalespub.co.uk
31 Fuller’s Pubs, across London
Fuller’s – which, incidentally, sold its London Pride beer business to Asahi, inextricably linking it with the host nation, Japan – has always had strong rugby links, so heading for your local Fuller’s pubs is a good bet. Most are showing the Rugby World Cup Final on 2 November, including The Half Moon in Herne Hill, The Lord Northbrook in Lee, The Masons Arms in Battersea, The Crown in Islington and The Mawson Arms in Chiswick. Plus, you can get a free coffee or pint of Guinness on arrival when you book ahead.