The Six Nations kicks off again this Saturday when Wales take on Scotland at the Principality Stadium. Unlike football, there’s always a great atmosphere at the pub for international rugby, and London has some of the best ruggers-ready drinking haunts in the country. With that in mind, here’s some of the best pubs in the capital to watch the Six Nations 2018.
Location: 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB.
Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park
Tucked away behind Finsbury Park on the unassuming leafy street of Perth Road, you’ll find perhaps the most charming pub in the capital and a perfect spot to watch the day’s rugby. The name along should make this top of your list for rugby viewing but the Faltering Fullback is loved by many for various reasons thanks to its snug front bar, superb Thai food, and an incredible winding multi-level garden. But as a sports pub it’s hard to beat with various screens dotted around the pub as well as a giant one in the back room. Expect a lively atmosphere and a fight for seating in this always popular Irish pub.
The Cabbage Patch
Location: 67 London Road, TW1 3SZ.
Nearest Station: Twickenham
If you can’t make the game but want to get as close to the action as possible, look no further than Twickenham’s own The Cabbage Patch. The self-confessed ‘most famous rugby pub in the world’ is not just about the location, however. It offers traditional pub fare with good grub, good beer and a great pub garden, but it’s the atmosphere on match day which keeps rugby fans flocking whenever a game is on. There’s often live music after 80mins too!
Location: Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ.
Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central
For something slightly different, Pillars Brewery in Walthamstow will be showing all of the Six Nations fixtures this year right inside their taproom on an impressively sized projector. As well as brews from East London newest brewer, there’ll also be regular food pop-ups, starting this weekend with Linnets Kitchen who’ll be serving up their Loaded Chips on Sunday – hand cut, rosemary salted chips topped with homemade casseroles, gravies and sauces.
The Orange Tree
Location: 45 Kew Road, TW9 2NQ.
Nearest Tube: Richmond
With two drop down screens and surround sound at each end of the pub, Richmond’s The Orange Tree is always a safe bet for the rugby. The pub’s Patio Bar will be open from 10am on match days accompanied by their BBQ which will be lit throughout the day selling classic Young’s burgers among other meaty trees. They’ve also got a 65 inch TV outside which is perfect for when the sun pops out. It is traditionally a Scottish pub, but all fans are welcome.
Crown & Shuttle
Location: 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
For those in East London, Shoreditch’s Crown & Shuttle will have six screens showing every drop, tackle, scrum, maul and try during the Six Nations. If the weather allows it, the pub has a great garden with a large outdoor screen and their awesome food truck will also on hand. Naturally there’ll be plenty of craft beer kicking around to boot.
Location: 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB.
Nearest Tube: Victoria
One of London’s newest and best premier sports lounges, Greenwood, will be screening all of the action this year with sixteen large viewing screens dotted around the pub, so you’ll have a great view wherever you are. To celebrate the rugby, as soon as the first whistle blows to start the match, Greenwood is offering a succulent burger and a pint of Long Arm beer for £15 until the final whistle sounds. The bar also features American 8 Ball pool and excellent grub to help you through the day when the going gets tough.
The Jam Tree
Location: 541 Kings Road, SW6 2EB.
Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway
For you trendy West London types, the Loft Bar at Chelsea’s Jam Tree is perfect for some Six Nations viewing thanks to its array of comfy sofa, as well as its giant screen with surround sound. They’ll be screening every game during the tournament and if the match is rubbish, you can always just jump on their ping pong table instead!
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