Football pubs in London

Don’t miss a kick – find out which pubs and bars in London are showing live football

Looking for somewhere to watch the football in London? Perhaps an establishment that serves up frosty brews alongside its live sport? Take a look through our recommended pubs and bars to watch football and enjoy the game. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Anthologist

This enormous bar, fashioned like a wine cellar, is filled with City boys and girls because it’s so close to Bank station. Games broadcast on terrestrial channels are shown on one large screen, but for big games such as cup finals they provide two extra screens. Parties bigger than ten are advised to book.

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Carom

It’s not the obvious choice, but this Indian-themed venue (formerly Conran’s Meza) is a nice alternative for watching football in Soho. Watch the top Premier League, Championship and FA Cup games on four screens while sipping cocktails and tucking into Indian food. Tables can be booked, or a room with a screen can be booked for private parties.

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The Coal Hole

A great pub to watch all the big terrestrial channel games in the centre of the West End. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is great, but tables are limited, so get there early if you don’t want to spend your afternoon propping up the bar.

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Strand

Jetlag

Here, the travel joke wears thin but everyone seems to be enjoying it so much that it hardly matters. Served by an amiable antipodean, cocktails are themed from a travel agent’s atlas, so you can visit New Zealand with a Feijoa Fizz (42 Below vodka, kiwi and feijoa), Thailand with a Lady Boy (lemongrass-infused vodka, star aniseed and blackcurrant) and, ha ha, Scotland with a Big Yin (Hendrick’s gin, cucumber and raspberry); they work out cheaper if you get an ‘Around the World’ ticket (£25 for six cocktails). Beers are similarly global: Oranjeboom and Asahi on draught; Tasmanian James Bay, Catalan Estrella and Little Creatures from Perth by the bottle. Food is either ‘flip’ (international street snacks, yakitori, coxinhas and so on) or ‘flop’ (beach eats such as souvlaki, Jalisco prawns and burgers). It all takes place on two levels done up in light wood and contemporary decor.

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Fitzrovia

Maple Leaf

This Canadian sports bar is great for fans of sports beyond just soccer. Sports fans can also watch American football NFL and Canadian ice hockey NHL fixtures here too, on three big screens.

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Covent Garden

Oyster Shed

This is a great place to come and multi-task, as you can enjoy stunning views of the Shard while keeping your eye on your favourite team.This fantastic riverside bar has two ground-floor screens and one first-floor screen that showcases key fixtures of the season. Bookings are taken, but there’s so much standing space it might not be necessary. A private room with screen is also available.

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Edmonton

The Round House

This is a popular pub that overflows with customers on warm days – some watch the screens through the windows as the top games of the season are screened. There’s no need to worry about a clash of two top games, as the pub can show different games on its two screens.

Camden Head

This is a great place to come on a weekend if you want to enjoy watching your team play during the day, and then in the evening head into the function room which hosts live music, club nights and comedy events every night of the week.

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Camden

Compton Arms

This is a normally a quiet neighbourhood pub, but its location, a stone’s throw from the Emirates Stadium, means football is popular. Arsenal games take priority, but otherwise the owners try to screen as many of the top fixtures as possible.

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Highbury

Faltering Fullback

This local Irish pub (local if you’re in Finsbury Park, that is) screens many of the top Premiership and Championship games in their barn-like back room with picnic table seating. Rugby can take precedence over the round-ball game, so bear that in mind when there are international matches scheduled.

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Finsbury Park

Sports Bar & Grill Marylebone

The best Premiership games are broadcast here on HD LED screens, with the option to dine while you watch. Off to Wembley? Marylebone is en route, making this bar an ideal pre- and post- game drinking and dining venue.

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The Abbeville

This Clapham neighbourhood pub is great for sports-lovers. Games are shown on either their 46-inch HD plasma screen in the bar, or their magnificent 88-inch projector screen in the dining room. It’s advisable to book if you want a seat near the screen.

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Clapham

The Clapham Grand

Although not strictly a pub, this venue hosts the largest sports screen in the UK (40 square metres) along with six 50-inch plasma screens strategically positioned so you never miss the action. The Grand has been voted the Number 1 place to watch live sport in London, and it screens most major sporting events.

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The Sporting Page

All major games are shown at this Chelsea pub. One large screen and three small screens ensure that everyone will be able to keep up with the sporty goings on.

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Chelsea

Café Kick

Not only can you watch your team play in this Clerkenwell bar-café, you can also recreate your favourite players’ moves on one of the three football tables which play an key role here. They have regular football table tournaments, so have a go if you think you’re good enough.

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Clerkenwell

Bar Kick

Sister to Clerkenwell's Café Kick, good-natured Bar Kick is more expansive than its sibling. Mostly famous for their table football, basement events, lovingly cooked food and cocktails, they are also the place to watch live football as they now show every 3D match available in their basement.

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Old Street

Dickens Inn

This beautiful three-storey pub overlooking St Katharine Docks serves fantastic giant pizzas that you can enjoy while watching the day’s top Premier League matches on one of several screens.

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Tower Bridge

Lane Bar

An excellent place to go if you’re after a bar with sports in the vicinity of Brick Lane. It shows all the major sporting events on all the top sports channels, including Sky Sports, ESPN, Eurosport and more.

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Brick Lane

The George

The George has a lively, upbeat vibe and is one of only a few pubs near Liverpool Street station to show live games. The warm, welcoming atmosphere is only topped by the quality of the food and drink menus.

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Brasa

With eight HD plasma screens providing 360-degree viewing in the bar and one in the private dining room upstairs, this is a great bar to watch your team (hopefully) win. Only a few doors down from Stamford Bridge, the atmosphere when the Blues are playing is unbeatable.

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Parsons Green

Famous Three Kings

Head to this West Kensington sports bar for complete football immersion. 13 TVs (three of which are in 3D) and three projectors give all the football coverage you need. No bookings are taken, so just turn up to support your favourite team.

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West Kensington

Fest

This Octoberfest-themed bar shows all major sporting events on a two huge projector screens and three massive plasma screens, while beer maidens dressed in the traditional dirndl garb serve steins of ice-cold beers from around the globe a selection of 85 German beers. All major football events are shown, as well as rugby and German Bundesliga.

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Parsons Green

Comments

3 comments
Davide R
Davide R

There is also a Pub in Mayfair, really cool atmosphere with chill out music,that shows SKY sports events, football games and so on!! It's called "THE BACK ROOM", been there a couple of times during the world cup, really nice staff!!!

Al Grant
Al Grant

The Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton has two big screens and one projector. Not only do they show all sky sports and terrestrial football games, they also show the NFL games on Sundays, and the Thanksgiving day games.

Martyn Davies
Martyn Davies

The Anthologist is an awful pub to watch sport in? Its always rammed and takes 30minutes to get to the bar at busy times.