The Rugby World Cup 2011 is held in New Zealand, even I know that. But what I didn’t realise is that with the time difference it means games will be played from 6:30am London time. Yikes. Thankfully, plenty of pubs and London sports bars will be open around the city serving a full boozy menu to make sure the early starts feel a little less, early. And just think, when the game’s over you’ll still have the whole day in front of you to enjoy, if you’re still standing.
Take a look our list of where to watch the Rugby World Cup in London sports bars….
1. Roxy Bar & Screen
With a 4m wide screen, a full HD projector and surround sound you’re not going to miss a minute of rugby play at the Roxy Bar & Screen. Book your £15 advance tickets now to get a full cooked breakfast and a guaranteed seat included in the price. Otherwise it’s £10 on the door. All the booking information is here.
128-132 Borough High Street, London Bridge, SE1 1LB
Billabong is the new Walkabout so expect lots of ‘friendly’ banter among the ex-pats. The self-proclaimed ‘Number One Sports Bar in Wimbledon’ is showing all the Rugby World Cup 2011 matches on the 2 massive HD screens and they’ve also got 16 giant plasmas featuring all the rugby action from New Zealand.
74-78 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RQ
3. The Clapham Grand
They’ve got the biggest sports screen in the UK and have managed to collect the top snacks from all the participating countries to keep everyone happy – what more do you need? At The Clapham Grand you’ll witness all the rugby action on the 40m² screen along with six 50-inch plasmas strategically placed around the pub. They’re also running competitions with some great prices and they have VIP booths – could be handy for a half-time snooze…
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT
4. Bar Kick
Famous for their table football and cocktails, Bar Kick is also gaining a reputation as a great place to watch live sports, and that includes the Rugby World Cup. There’s also a wide selection of import beers and tasty hot and home-made food. Every Sky 3D game available is shown in their basement. It’s the perfect place for an early morning hot dog and beer.
127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JE
5. Jetlag Bar
You can even bring your sleeping bag the night before if you want to make a night of it at Jetlag Sports Bar. They have a huge cinema screen and comfy leather sofas to enjoy the action from. They’re serving English, American and Continental breakfasts and a range of morning cocktails including Bloody Mary’s and Boris’ Breakfasts. If you want a guaranteed seat and breakfast make your booking now!