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Best football pubs in London

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

By Laura Richards and Nisha Woolford
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Looking for some of the best pubs to watch the football in London? Perhaps an establishment that serves up quality craft beer alongside its live sport? Take a look through our list of recommended pubs and sports bars for watching football, where you’ll find an atmosphere almost as good as you would on the terraces...    
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The best London pubs for football fans

The Actress

Bars and pubs Pubs East Dulwich

This East Dulwich pub has a strong sports focus, so expect the full roster of fixtures to be screened here. The sourdough pizza menu is worth a look at half-time, too.

South London

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Bar Kick

Bars and pubs Shoreditch

Sister to Clerkenwell's Café Kick, good-natured Bar Kick is more expansive than its sibling. Mostly famous for its table football, basement events, lovingly cooked food and cocktails, this is also the place to watch IRL football – Premier League included. 

East London

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Bavarian Beerhouse

Restaurants German Fenchurch Street

You can count on Bavarian Beerhouse for all the Bundesliga action. But big international games are screened here too, often with special deals on steins to coincide. Make a booking and make some room for commiserative/celebratory sausage.

Central London

Belushi's

Bars and pubs Sports bars Borough and London Bridge

Despite the party vibe and the huge basement club open until 4am, Belushi's also offers a wide range of sports screenings - if it's on, there's a good chance they'll show it. One for those who enjoy a tequila sunrise and a peanut butter jelly shot with their footie.

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The Black Horse

Bars and pubs Pubs Deptford

Deptford's own Black Horse is committed to screening Premier League and international football matches from a projector. Pair the sporting action with a pizza from the pub's own 'Sourdough Saloon'.

South London

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Café Kick

Bars and pubs Sports bars Clerkenwell

Not only can you watch your team play in this Clerkenwell bar-café, you can also recreate your favourite players’ moves on one of three football tables. They also have regular foosball tournaments, so come have a go if you think you’re hard enough.

Central London

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The Cross Keys

Bars and pubs Hammersmith

This Fuller’s pub shows just about as much sport as you could ask for, with the football matches proving a bit of a draw. Follow up international games with a Continental cheeseboard. 

West London

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Crown & Anchor

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Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Stockwell

The rotating cask ales this pub offers makes it a perfect spot to have a pint. Be sure to get down early and bag a spot when they show the big games.

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De Hems

Bars and pubs Pubs Chinatown

This orange-hued West End boozer is big on atmosphere and plays all the big games – if you’re backing Holland, consider this Dutch pub as your spiritual sporting home. 

Central London

Dickens Inn

Things to do Pizza St Katharine Docks

This beautiful three-storey pub overlooking St Katharine Docks serves a fantastic pizza menu that you can enjoy while watching the day’s top Premier League matches on one of five screens. A twee olde English tavern from which to back The Three Lions.

East London

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Duke of Edinburgh

Bars and pubs Brixton

The atmosphere is surprisingly electric in this pub down the Brixton back roads, where they show fixtures across four screens. If your team looks like a flop on the pitch, take consolation on the crazy golf course in the garden outside.

South London

Famous Three Kings

Bars and pubs West Kensington

Head to this West Kensington sports bar for complete immersion. 13 TV screens (three of which are 3D) and three projectors show around-the-clock sports coverage. No bookings are taken, so just turn up for your favourite competition.

West London

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Faltering Fullback

Bars and pubs Pubs Finsbury Park

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. Word of warning though, rugby can take precedence over its rounder cousin.

North London

The Grafton

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Kentish Town

This welcoming spot near Kentish Town has two 7-ft HD screens across two floors, as well as smaller TVs. For big tournaments, you’ll be able to make advance bookings to ensure a front row seat for all of the action. 

North London

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The Hand in Hand

Bars and pubs Wimbledon Common

This venerable old pub, dating from the early nineteenth century, is now a Young's pub serving a selection of their beers and a menu featuring standard pub fare. It's got a great location on Wimbledon Common, and proves popular with footie fans catching the weekend games.

South London

Hemingford Arms

Bars and pubs Barnsbury

This brilliant backstreet boozer shows all manner of sporting action throughout the year across both Sky Sports and BT Sports. All major matches will be screened as they happen. Make it your go-to local.

North London

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The Kings Arms

Hotels B&Bs Ealing

This Ealing pub has darts and a games room if you fancy making your own entertainment. Otherwise, stick with the footie on TV screens. Usually, it's a trusty rugby pub to locals, but that shifts whenever big footie tournaments take over.

West London

The Lauriston

Bars and pubs Pubs Victoria Park

The popular corner boozer near Victoria Park pulls down its big screen for the footie. Come by for pizzas, pints and a roaring crowd of east London dwellers getting behind... well, whoever they're behind.

East London

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Maple Leaf

Bars and pubs Covent Garden

This Canadian sports bar may be more inclined to showing the ice hockey, but they're a pretty trusty bet for most footie matches too. Settle in to watch your team with a bowl of poutine and a Bloody Caesar. But maybe Google it first.

Octoberfest Pub

Bars and pubs Beer hall Fulham

This Octoberfest-themed bar shows all major sporting events on two huge projector screens and three massive plasma screens, while beer maidens dressed in traditional dirndl serve steins of ice-cold beers from around the globe.

West London

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Old Dairy

Bars and pubs Finsbury Park

Watch the biggest Premier League stars milk that foul for all it's worth at the Old Dairy. For large fixtures, you may find a big screen and areas available for advance bookings, plus beery group packages, too.

North London

Oxford Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Camden Town

A family-run pub in Camden with food, booze, special events and all the big football matches, played out on a number of large screens.

North London

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Pub On The Park

Bars and pubs Hackney

In summer, you can catch a tan and catch the action at this London Fields pub's outdoor area where screens show all the biggest and best sporting events. Luckily, it's fully heated and covered in winter too, ideal for Premier League fixtures. They're also aired indoors on LED screens, should you be feeling the chill regardless.

East London

The Rye

Bars and pubs Peckham

While the spacious beer garden is a big draw, the Rye's sizeable projector screen also makes it a steady favourite in the area. Football fans can make quick work on scotch eggs and sausage rolls while the action unfolds.

South London

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The Star of Kings

Bars and pubs Pubs King’s Cross

Owned by the same team as The Star of Bethnal Green and the newer Star by Hackney Downs, this tucked-away pub north of King's Cross has a real buzz about it and you can hire an area for match day ease. They pull down the projector screens for larger games.

North London

Temperance

Bars and pubs Pubs Fulham

A popular pub close to Putney Bridge. It can get very busy when the football is on – all of the big matches are going to get an airing here, so bring your best chants.

West London

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The White Hart

Bars and pubs Pubs Stoke Newington

Expect this pub to be heaving during the big Premier League fixtures, since it has all the games on its TV screens as well as a massive beer garden for half-time pint perfection.

North London

The World's End

Bars and pubs Finsbury Park

A huge pub close to Finsbury Park, this place is very popular when it comes to showing the football. They've got a bunch of big screens and an HD projector, so wherever you find yourself you should be able to see the action.

North London

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