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Where to Watch the Rugby World Cup in London

Watching the Rugby World Cup 2019 will require a little dedication, given the matches will be beamed from Japan in the early hours of the morning – some kicking off as early as 4.15am!

Fortunately, England’s earliest kick off in Pool C is 9am (versus Argentina on Sat 5 Oct), and the knock out stages won’t kick off till earliest 8.15am. Still, breakfast viewing is the order of the day, and these London venues are pulling out all the stops…

Lead image: Greenwood Sports Bar & Kitchen 

1 Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
22 September-12 October
Enjoy a Rugby World Cup Breakfast while watching the action live from Japan on a plasma screen at The Orangery at Ham Yard Hotel. The breakfast of champions comes with a choice of a Bloody Mary or Bellini alongside a breakfast platter which includes Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon and egg sliders; summer berry, coconut yoghurt sundae crunch; Spanish omelette and aioli; Kedgeree scotch eggs; and bacon rolls, plus tea, coffee and juices. The following matches will be screened (other matches available to screen on request): England v Tonga at 11.15am on Sunday 22 September; England v USA at 11.45am on Thursday 26 September; England v Argentina at 9am on Saturday 5 October; and England v France at 9.15am on Saturday 12 October. Tickets are £50 per person including two drinks and breakfast platters (only available for bookings of eight or more guests)Book via designmynight.com.
1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT; firmdalehotels.com

2 Twickenham Stadium
12 October
Twickenham is, of course, getting in on the action. Head to the stadium to watch the big one – England v France – beamed live from Yokohama on Saturday 12 October. After a welcome breakfast cocktail or mocktail on arrival at 8.30am in the Clubhouse Bar in the newly opened East Stand, you’ll be able to order a selection of hot breakfast items throughout the morning, with unlimited tea and coffee and a match-day atmosphere. Kick off is at 9.15am, and you can watch the crucial pool stage match on multiple screens. Tickets are £20. After the final whistle, you can also enjoy a trip to the World Rugby Museum for an extra fiver.
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA; twickenhamstadium.com

3 The Prince, West Brompton
20 September-2 November

The Prince is on it this Rugby World Cup, opening at 7.30am for all the big games in the group stages, plus all the knock-out matches. Catch the sunrise with brunch, beer and big screens, kicking off with the opening game, Japan v Russia, on Friday 20 September at 11.45am (doors open at 11am). 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. Opening weekend fixtures: France vs Argentina at 8.15am & New Zealand v South Africa at 10.45am on Saturday 21 September; Ireland vs Scotland at 8.45am & England vs Tonga at 11.15am on Sunday 22 September. Find the full fixtures list here.
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com

4 Brasserie Blanc, various locations
20 September-2 November
Crank your rugby breakfast up a notch with a trip to Brasserie Blanc restaurants at Threadneedle StreetSouthbankTower 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 from 20 September till 2 November until 1pm on match days.

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5 Skylight Rooftop, Tobacco Dock
20 September-2 November
Skylight will be 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 (find the full calendar of screenings here, too).
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com

6 Belushi’s, across London
21 September-2 November

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. Belushi’s Hammersmith is pulling out all the stops for the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup 2019, screening the first games of the competition, where the biggest teams in the world go head to head, on massive HD screens and a giant projector, alongside a big bottomless brunch on 21 & 22 September. Located right outside Hammersmith station, you’ll get two whole hours of unlimited beer or prosecco, plus a choice of fried chicken waffles, breakfast burritos, veggie brekkies and more for brunch, for just £30pp. The venue also has new stadium-style seating. Fixtures: France v Argentina at 8.15am on 21 September; New Zealand v South Africa at 10.45am on 21 September; Ireland v Scotland at 8.45am on 22 September; England v Tonga at 11.15am on 22 September. Selected matches will be screened at all Belushi’s venues following opening weekend.
28 Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 7AB; belushis.com

7 Youngs Pubs, across London
20 September-2 November
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
22 September-2 November
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 during the early morning home nation games and final stage matches. From eggs Benedict to Full Englishes, Bloody Marys to alcohol-free beers, kombuchas to cocktails, breakfast matches are very well catered for – 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
From 22 September
Brewhouse and Kitchen, with locations in Highbury, Islington and Hoxton, will be opening early for every England game, kicking off with England v Tonga on Sunday 22 September at 11.15am. 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!
brewhouseandkitchen.com

Rugby World Cup screenings in London: Brewhouse & Kitchen in Islington, Highbury and Hoxton is opening early for the rugby

Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched new breakfast dishes to celebrate the Rugby World Cup (photo: Justin De Souza)

10 Hippo Inns, across London
From 22 September
Hippo Inns pubs across London will be opening early to show live screenings of the home nation fixtures during the Rugby World Cup, 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.
hippoinns.com

11 Boxpark Wembley and Boxpark Croydon
20 September-2 November
Boxpark in Croydon and Wembley will be showing the majority of early morning matches during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The first match, Japan v Russia, will run from 11.45am-2pm on 20 September, followed by more than a month’s worth of fixtures, all shown on the big screen alongside plenty of street food and bars to keep you fed and watered throughout the games. You’ll also find special guest hosts, live music, giveaways and one or two additional surprises all in association with Coors Light. Tickets are free and can be found here for general entrance. Opening weekend fixtures: Japan v Russia at 11.45am on Friday 20 Sept; France vs Argentina at 8.15am & New Zealand vs South Africa at 10.45am on Saturday 21 Sept; Ireland v Scotland at 8.45am & England v Tonga at 11.15am on Sunday 22 September. Full fixtures here.
boxpark.co.uk

12 Greenwood, Victoria
20 September-2 November

Of course Greenwood Sports Pub & Kitchen is showing the Rugby World Cup – it’s screening every match! 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
20 September-2 November
Embrace the spirit of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with live screenings of unmissable matches 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 from 20 September till 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
20 September-2 November

The Gallery in West Hampstead is screening Rugby World Cup 2019 matches throughout the tournament, right up until the final in November. The Gallery has quite the whiskey collection – with 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, whether you are cheering on England, Ireland, Scotland or the USA? 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
20 September-2 November
West London drinking and dining spot The Chelsea Courtyard will be screening all of the home nation Rugby World Cup matches and finals 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 The Refinery, Bankside
22 September-12 October
The Refinery is screening all the England games during the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019. Head to the Bankside bar for a breakfast of champions, complete with pint of Guinness or Asahi, priced £11.95 per person. For those late morning matches (hallelujah!), 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. Scheduled screenings: England v Tonga at 11.15am on Sunday 22 September; England v USA at 11.45am on Thursday 26 September; England v Argentina at 9am on Saturday 5 October; and England v France at 9.15am on Saturday 12 October. Additional matches may be screened on request.
110 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 0TF; drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-refinery

17 Rotunda, King’s Cross
20-28 September
Rotunda on Regent’s Canal opens at 10am, so it will be screening the later morning Rugby World Cup matches in its bar with picturesque waterside views. Gather friends, book an area in the bar, and order brunch between 11am-3pm on Saturday and 11am-1pm on Sunday. Dishes include classic dishes like a Full English breakfast or eggs Florentine, to something a little more fancy like fried duck eggs with Wye Valley asparagus and burnt caper butter. You can go bottomless for an extra £20. Fixtures: Japan v Russia at 11.45am on Friday 20 September; New Zealand v South Africa at 10.45am on Saturday 21 September; England v Tonga at 11.15am on Sunday 22 September; Wales v Georgia at 11.15am on Monday 23 September, Russia v Samoa at 11.15am on Tuesday 24 September; England v USA at 11.45am on Thursday 26 September; South Africa v Namibia at 10.45am on Saturday 28 September.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG;
rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk

18 Darby’s, Nine Elms
22 September
Darby’s, the oyster bar, bakery and grill at Embassy Gardens, part of the Nine Elms regeneration project, will be screening the Rugby World Cup 2019, kicking off on Sunday 22 September with the Ireland v Scotland game. Doors will open at 8am, when guests will be invited to the bar to indulge in Darby’s signature oyster bar snacks for one morning only, perfectly paired with pints of the black stuff. Before the match starts at 8.45am, guests will be invited to take part in a panel discussion with ex-Irish player Geordan Murphy and television presenter Ayo Akinwolere, who will be on hand to discuss the proceedings throughout. Throughout the morning, you can indulge in a breakfast offering with the likes of steak with eggs and crispy beef fat potatoes; smoked haddock with Cacklebean egg, Hollandaise and brown butter waffle; and the signature Full Darby’s breakfast. The 11am England v Tonga game will also be screened, and an afternoon of live music – part of Darby’s regular Sunday Sessions – will round off events.
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, Battersea SW11 7AY; darbys-london.com

19 Ichiba, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
From 20 September

Japan Centre’s Ichiba – Europe’s largest Japanese food hall – will be showing all the England and Japan games during the Rugby World Cup 2019, with a happy hour on Asahi beers – two for £7 – during the games. Screenings will kick off with Japan v Russia on Friday 20 September at 11.45am, followed by England v Tonga at 22 September at 11.15am. 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 dedicated to freshly prepared and cooked food including ramen, curries and sushi, and there’s 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



 

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