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Six Nations Rugby 2023: The Best Places to Watch in London

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The capital's top spots for watching sport

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Whether you’re a die-hard rugby fan or simply love an excuse to go to the pub, we’ve rounded up the best places in London to watch the Six Nations 2023, which kicks off on 4 February. From cosy pubs to lively food markets and pizza restaurants, these spots feature big screens showing the games, plus that all-important buzzing atmosphere – and of course drinks aplenty.

Six Nations Rugby 2023: The Best Places to Watch in London

  • Gibney’s London
  • Homeslice
  • M Restaurants at The Exchange, Twickenham
  • The Lillie Langtry
  • Peckham Levels
  • The Cadogan Arms
  • Big Penny Social
  • BOXPARK
  • Vinegar Yard
  • Rose & Crown
  • The Prince
  • Brigadiers
  • Flat Iron Square
  • The Leather Bottle
  • The Abbey Tavern
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Gibney's London

Gibney’s London

This is the London outpost of renowned Irish pub Gibney’s, tucked away beneath Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan in Old Street. Its Irish roots mean a lively atmosphere is guaranteed, and while you watch the games you can tuck into bar snacks from upstairs – think salt chilli pork nuggets, and deep-fried durrus (a type of Irish cheese), paired with a pint of Gibney’s Stout.

70 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ, gibneyslondon.com

Homeslice

Homeslice

Looking for somewhere you can have a sit-down meal while you watch? Beloved pizza spot Homeslice will be screening the Six Nations across its three London restaurants. If you’re with a big group, opt for one of the enormous sharer pizzas, which feed two to three people, with toppings like salami, rocket and parmesan; and chorizo, corn and coriander. 

Locations in Neal’s Yard, the City and Marylebone, homeslicepizza.co.uk

Wagyu scotch egg at M Restaurants

M Restaurants at The Exchange, Twickenham

Serious rugby fans should head for a pre-match feast at M Restaurants’ pop-up in The Exchange, Twickenham, where sports stars will be discussing match predictions. Simon Shaw MBE will host a series of interviews with rugby legends, ahead of a three-course lunch featuring dishes like the M Wagyu Scotch Egg and a Highland Tomahawk Steak. Next, head over to the stadium to catch the game live (note tickets to this will need to be bought separately). 

200 Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA, mrestaurants.co.uk

The Lillie Langtry, a pub in Fulham

The Lillie Langtry

Fulham’s Lillie Langtry pub is a neighbourhood favourite, with stylish interiors (think dark wood pannelling and chandeliers) and an impressive menu of British dishes. It will be showing all the games during the Six Nations, with a special food offering featuring the likes of buttermilk fried chicken, smoky bacon cheeseburgers, beer-battered fish and chips, and chocolate chilli pie. 

19 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1UE, thelillielangtry.co.uk

People watching football at Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels

The ever-buzzing food and drink space on the sixth floor of creative hub Peckham Levels will be screening all Six Nations games, with some special table drinks packages on offer. There are a wealth of street food traders to choose from too, including Korean street food brand Green Choy, Indian favourite Boxwallah and West African curry specialists Plantain Kitchen.

Centre Carpark, F1-F6, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, peckhamlevels.org

The Cadogan Arms bar

The Cadogan Arms

King’s Road hotspot The Cadogan Arms is one of London’s cosiest pubs, complete with fireplaces and velvet bucket chairs to sink into. Head here if you’re after a more civilised rugby viewing experience, plus some great British food. The special Six Nations menu includes a bar snack platter made up of treats like buttermilk fried chicken and Cornish lamb ribs, followed by hearty mains including a cheeseburger with a Longhorn beef patty and slow cooked Guinness braised oxtail, served with skinny chips. All 15 games are being shown here – and if you want privacy, there’s also a private room which comes equipped with a screen.

298 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UG, thecadoganarms.london

Big Penny Social

Big Penny Social

Walthamstow’s Big Penny Social is enormous, and was designed with sports viewing in mind. There’s capacity for over 1,400 people, meaning ample space for big groups, plus two massive HD screens to ensure you can see the action from wherever you’re sitting. Plenty of food is on offer here too, whether you’re in the market for brunch or pizza, alongside a wide selection of beers on tap and wine and spirits from local distilleries. 

1 Priestley Way, London E17 6AL, bigpennysocial.co.uk

BOXPARK

BOXPARK

Across all of London’s BOXPARK sites (Croydon, Wembley and Shoreditch) a lively atmosphere is guaranteed. The venue has plenty of practice in hosting sports screenings, having hosted over 20,000 England fans during the 2022 World Cup, with plenty of pre-match entertainment and an array of street food traders serving everything from pizza to burgers and steaks. 

Locations in Croydon, Wembley and Shoreditch, boxpark.co.uk

Six Nations, Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

London Bridge’s buzzing eating and drinking space Vinegar Yard is always a popular spot for watching sports. It’s home to one of the biggest screens in London, with plenty of tables which can be reserved for up to 29 guests. You’ll also be spoilt for choice food wise, with residencies with street food favourites like Baba G’s and Nanny Bill’s.

72-82 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX, vinegaryard.london

Rose & Crown

Rose & Crown

Clapham’s oldest drinking establishment, the Rose & Crown has been serving locals since 1870. A cosy spot with walnut panelled interiors and plush booth seating, it’s the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the rugby. Fuel up pre-game with traditional pub dishes: the menu offers dishes like BBQ rib croquettes and burgers and chips, plus an excellent Sunday roast.

2 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG, roseandcrownclapham.com

The Prince

The Prince

A huge garden sat beneath a floral pergola, The Prince in Fulham is always buzzing. Home to a number of street food stalls and four bars, it’s a great spot for weekend afternoons – particularly when the rugby is on. All Six Nations games will be screened here, alongside Guinness food specials, and there’s capacity for 800 guests. It’s hugely popular, so booking ahead is recommended, with sharing tables ensuring a fun match-day atmosphere.

14 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1TT, theprincelondon.com

Brigadiers

Brigadiers

Barbecue restaurant and sports bar Brigadiers is inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments gather to eat, drink and socialise. This means the restaurant has a lively, sociable atmosphere which bodes well for watching live sport. For the Six Nations 2023, it has teamed up with Guinness to create the ultimate match day experience, complete with special menus. You can either set up camp in the Blighters bar area or go all out and book one of the three private dining rooms, each of which come with their own TV screens.

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, brigadierslondon.com

Flat Iron Square

For a stadium-style atmosphere, Flat Iron Square is your best bet. The London Bridge market will be showing the games on three large screens alongside a number of smaller ones, plus hosting post-match DJs and rugby-themed events. There’s always space for standing walk-ins, but if you want to secure a table it’s best to book.

45 Southwark St, London SE1 9HP, flatironsquare.co.uk

 

The Leather Bottle pub garden, Earlsfield

The Leather Bottle

Earlsfield pub The Leather Bottle is home to one of the city’s largest beer gardens, kitted out with HD screens, tented covers and private huts. Watch the game with craft beers and food from The Burger Shack – with the option to pre-order a special sliders package for the Six Nations.

538 Garratt Lane, London SW17 0NY, leatherbottlepub.co.uk

Abbey Tavern

The Abbey Tavern

This Kentish Town hotspot is known for its lively atmosphere, with a large beer garden complete with a big screen. It tends to show all the Six Nations games, and serves food inspired by Kansas City, Missouri, which means BBQ favourites like hot dogs and burgers. Watch out for the Happy Hour deals too.

124 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9QB, abbey-tavern.com

Main image: Rose & Crown