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RUGBY WORLD CUP: LONDON’S BEST SCREENING VENUES

Local pubs aside, there are plenty of options when it comes to watching the Rugby World Cup in the capital. From private rooms in five-star hotels to outdoor venues with giant screens, here are 11 London locations to have on your radar during the 2015 tournament

1. 45 Park Lane, Mayfair

If crowded pubs aren’t your thing, there’s no where more luxurious to watch the rugby than in 45 Park Lane’s Media Room. Pre-order food and wine from Wolfgang Puck’s five-star steak restaurant CUT, then get waited on while you enjoy the game on a 103″ Bang & Olufsen television with surround sound. The Media Room seats 12 people and can be booked for lunch or dinner. Find out more at dorchestercollection.com/media-room-at-45-park-lane

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45 park lane

Want to watch the rugby in style? Book a room at 45 Park Lane

2. Covent Garden Hotel

The state-of-the-art screening room in this central London hotspot can be booked for up to 47 people and includes the use of a private reception room where a selection of drinks and bar snacks will be served. A minimum of 20 guests is required, £65 per person. firmdalehotels.com/rugbyworldcupscreenings

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The Covent Garden Hotel

3. One Aldwych

This five-star hotel is offering a World Cup package in three of its private theatre rooms with plasma screens. This includes a welcome drink, a three-course meal or canapés & nibbles and half a bottle of house wine per person. Rooms can be booked for 15 – 30 people, £85 per person. Find out more at onealdwych.com/world-cup-screenings

screening room at one aldwych

Book a seat inside the screening room at One Aldwych

4. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

The London Transport Museum might not be the first place you’d think of when it comes to watching rugby, but this autumn, the Cubic Theatre will be available for exclusive hire. With an HD projector and the capacity for 121 guests, it’s also set to be quite the party venue. The LTM has teamed up with caterers Searcy’s to make sure all refreshments are covered too. Expect pre-match food and drinks, finger and bowl food menus, half-time drinks and nibbles and a cash bar. The USP? You’ll get to enjoy the game from your very own tube seat. Packages start at £61 per person. Find out more at ltmuseum.co.uk/rugby_world_cup_2015

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5. The Refinery, Bankside

The Refinery transformed its terrace into an outdoor screening venue for all the major sporting events this summer – and it’s not packing away the deckchairs (and rugs for when it gets chilly) until the World Cup has finished. Just get there well ahead of kick-off to bag yourself a seat. This Bankside bar is also offering a range of World Cup packages, starting from Touch Line at £15 per head (reserved seating in the bar, 3 bottles of beer and a food platter) to The William Webb Ellis for £40 per head (exclusive area, welcome drink, three course meal, drinks and waiter service). The full restaurant and bar can also be hired out for larger groups – and the space will be decorated in your team’s colours! Find out more at bankside.therefinerybar.co.uk 

the refinery

Enjoy the games on a deckchair at The Refinery

6. Belushi’s, Camden, Covent Garden, Greenwich, Hammersmith, London Bridge, Shepherd’s Bush

Whether you want to book a table, an area or hire out the entire bar, Belushi’s is offering a variety of World Cup packages across its six London locations. Want to catch all the action from the front row? Day passes (£50 per person) with VIP treatment including drinks, bar snacks and a choice of food from the World Cup menu are a good option. Find out more at belushis.com/rugbyworldcup

7. Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, Paddington

Soak up the World Cup spirit at this giant outdoor screen in Sheldon Square. Yes, it’s one for rain-free days, but best of all, a bean bag seat at this venue is free! Find out more about the matches Paddington Central will be showing at paddingtoncentral.com or follow the venue on Twitter @PaddingtonCen, #PCSummerEvents.

paddington central

Make the most of Paddington Central’s free outdoor screenings

8. Cîroc at London Riviera, Tower Bridge

Rugby, Cîroc cocktails and Mediterranean food are all on the agenda at London Riviera, where Vodka brand Cîroc will be hosting live screenings throughout the tournament at its pop-up riverside hub. Be prepared to embrace a tropical theme, too. Palm trees, day-beds, giant pineapples and pink flamingos are part of the Cuban-inspired decor here. Find out more at londonriviera.com

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Enjoy cocktails, rugby and a view of Tower Bridge…

 9. The Northcote, Clapham

Geronimo Inns will be screening the rugby in all of its pubs across London, but The Northcote pub is offering more than most. The private room (with seating for up to 40 people and your very own bar) can be booked for each game and on Saturday 3 October, the pub will be hosting a Q&A evening with ex-England rugby player Andy Goode interviewed by sports presenter Nat Coombs. Guests will feast on a three course meal while watching the England vs Australia match, with a raffle to finish off the evening. Tickets will cost £30 and can be bought through the pub. The event will raise money for the Wooden Spoon Charity which, through rugby, helps disadvantaged and disabled children. Find out more at geronimo-inns/london-the-northcote

northcote pub

The Northcote in Clapham is hosting an evening with ex-England star Andy Goode

10. Two Ruba Bar, Hilton Tower Bridge

The Hilton hotel’s bar will be providing a 50” HD TV plus a dedicated waiter serving beers, cocktails and a grill platter in its TwoRugby suite. And the rugby theme continues with the food and drink menus. Choose from The Haka Slider or The Robshaw Dog and sip on vodka-based drinks from sports bottles fashioned into cocktail shakers. The TwoRugby room has capacity for up to 24 guests and if you book to watch three games, a screening of the final is complimentary for up to 20 guests. Find out more about booking at tworuba.com

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The TwoRugby Bottle Sharer cocktails (£15 between two) are brought to the ‘pitch’ using a bottle carrier

11. Rotunda, King’s Cross

This Regent’s Canal bar will be screening Rugby World Cup matches in its bar and private dining room with a terrace (heaters and blankets included). Groups can make the most of the Heineken kegs (which serve around 35 pints!), along with Rotunda’s own hot dog cart and bar snacks. Private Dining Room packages include the steak sharers and drinks (£60pp), build your own burger (£40pp), and bar platters (£50 serves four). For weekend games, Sunday roast sharing joints will also be available. rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk

Rotunda bar and restaurant terrace

Rotunda’s terrace overlooks the Regent’s Canal

 

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