If you feel like ‘the rugby’ just happened, you’re not wrong. But that was the Rugby World Cup, now there’s another big one on the horizon: the Six Nations 2020 rugby tournament.
Yes, there are loads of rugby pubs and bars all over London showing the fixtures, but if you’re looking for big screens, guaranteed seats, cheap drinks and erm... bottomless rugby brunches (?!), then get yourself to a Six Nations party.
Whether you’re a huge rugby fan, or just want to stand in a big, chanting crowd while clutching a plastic pint glass, you can find the right match for the matches below.
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Catch the Six Nations 2020 fixtures in London
Do you hail from the other side of the Severn Bridge? Or just want to experience what it’s like watching a rugby game while sat in the middle of a fan-filled ‘choir’? Either way, if Wales are playing, the London Welsh Centre is the place to go. The venue’s 170-square-foot screen’s not too shabby either. Iechyd da! London Welsh Centre. Tube: Russell Square. Various dates from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. £5. Find out more here.
At £25 entry, the Six Nations party at Walthamstow’s Pillars Brewery might not look cheap on the surface, but the bottomless beer factor makes it a steal. The E17 taproom is serving unlimited lager for the duration of every game of the tournament, while each ticket also includes a seat reservation and a chicken or mushroom burger and chips to soak up the suds. If ‘the lads’ are losing, pop into God’s Own Junkyard opposite the brewery, if that cavern of neon lights can’t lift your mood, nothing will. Pillars Brewery. Tube: Walthamstow Central. Various dates from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. £25. Find out more here.
For those tired of cramming themselves into poky pubs, try Boxpark Shoreditch, Croydon or Wembley. Each venue will be set up with large HD screens, long trestle tables and a solid choice of street food vendors for the Six Nations. The crowds will be huge, but the indoor-outdoor set-up allows for some space to breathe, which means you’re much less likely to spend the game in the armpit of a stranger’s England jersey. Various Boxpark venues. Every game from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. Free, register in advance. Find out more here.
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Come on, pal. You know you can do better than that typical match day pint. Pick from the specially curated ales at a Draft House bar, most of which will be live-screening the Six Nations games. Life’s too short to drink a Guinness with five fingers of foam. Various Draft House venues. Every game from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. Free entry, book a table in advance. Find your nearest one here.
Get to Finsbury Park’s beloved rugby pub The Faltering Fullback at least two hours early if you want to secure a table – if not, it’s standing room only, and things get real cosy. If you lose your mates in the nook-filled three-storey beer garden, just make new ones. Much easier. Faltering Fullback. Tube: Finsbury Park. Every game from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. Free entry, arrive as early as possible.
Sitting on a rooftop might seem like an odd thing to do in February, but Pergola Paddington is completely covered, has big screens showing the Six Nations, and posh kebabs from Babek Brothers. When you’re staring wistfully out the window at a low point in the game, you’ll have a damn good view across the city. Pergola Paddington. Tube: Paddington. Every game from Sat Feb 1-Mar 14. Free entry, book a table in advance.
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