Best Pubs to Watch the Rugby World Cup in London

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks-off on Friday 20 September, which will see 20 national teams travelling to Japan to try and score the world title.

In case you can’t make the 5,870-mile journey to Japan to watch the action, we’ve put together a list of the best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup matches live in London.

The pubs listed below are either the best rugby pubs in London or will be hosting live-screening events throughout the Rugby World Cup. Each pub is also offering one free Guinness or coffee per person when you book ahead.

You can also find your closest pub showing the Rugby World Cup games live here: Find a Rugby World Cup pub near me.

England’s Match Schedule for the Rugby World Cup 2019

England is in Pool C, along with France, Argentina, USA and Tonga. England’s matches for the 2019 Rugby World Cup are as follows and are displayed in United Kingdom time:

  • Sunday 22 September, 11.15am: England V Tonga
  • Thursday 26 September, 11.45am: England V USA
  • Saturday 5 October, 9am: England V Argentina
  • Saturday 12 October, 9.15am: England V France
  • Saturday 19 October, 8.15am: Quarter Finals, Winner Pool C V Runner Up Pool D.
  • Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October, 9am: Semi Finals 
  • Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November, 9am: Finals

View all the Rugby World Cup fixtures.

Best Pubs to Watch the Rugby World Cup in London

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019

Watch the Rugby World Cup rugby live on screen at one of London’s best rugby pubs – each of which are offering a great selection of beer and pub food, a lively atmosphere, and quality banter with fellow rugby fans as you watch the action live.

If you’re asking yourself, ‘Where can I watch the Rugby World Cup in London?’ You will find your answer below.

The Pavilion End, Saint Paul’s

The Pavilion End is the home of sport in the city. Sat right in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, the pub is one of London’s best spots to watch live sport. Multiple TVs and big screens mean you won’t miss any of the action, and there’s a classic British menu with all your favourites – best washed down by a pint or two of the pub’s extensive range of cask ales and craft beer.

The pub will be screening the Rugby World Cup games and will also be hosting rugby events. Keep an eye on the pub’s events page for event information and tickets. The Pavilion End is located at 23 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BR. Visit The Pavilion End’s website for more information and to make a booking.

Pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup in London, The Pavilion End St Paul's

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham 

The Cabbage Patch is a famous rugby pub in Twickenham that comes alive on game days. Inside you’ll find rugby-themed décor and large beer garden, which is filled to the brim with avid rugby fans when a match is on.

With Sky Sports and BT Sport channels, an array of rugby history and an outdoor bar open on international rugby days, The Cabbage Patch offers the ultimate Rugby World Cup experience. The pub food menu and drinks list have plenty to choose from, too.  

Located at 67 London Road in Twickenham, London, TW1 3SZ, visit The Cabbage Patch’s website for more information and to book a table for screenings of the Rugby World Cup games.

London's best rugby pubs The Cabbage Patch

The Turk’s Head, Twickenham 

Twickenham is a prime location for great rugby pubs, and another great rugby pub in London’s rugby heartland is The Turk’s Head. With old rugby memorabilia covering the walls and live sport on TV, it’s a popular spot to watch sport with your favourite pint. It will also host a number of screening events throughout the Rugby World Cup.

The family-friendly pub has a children’s play area in the beer garden and plenty of hearty British classics on the menu – making it a suitable place to watch the games for the whole family.

Located at 28 Winchester Road in Twickenham, London, TW1 1LF, visit The Turk’s Head’s website form more information and to book a table. Please be aware that some RWC screening events may be ticketed. View the pub’s events page for more information.

London's best rugby pubs The Turk's Head

The Prince Blucher, Twickenham 

The Prince Blucher is another great rugby pub in Twickenham, best-known for its sunny beer garden, real ales and traditional pub meals.

The pub’s proximity to Twickenham Stadium has made it a favourite spot for a pre-match pint for stadium go-ers, as well as a lively place to watch the game live on screen – meaning the Rugby World Cup will be a particularly lively time for the well-loved pub.

Located at 124 The Green in Twickenham, London, TW2 5AG, visit The Prince Blucher’s website for more information and to book a table for the Rugby World Cup. 

London's best rugby pubs the prince blucher

The Admiral Nelson, Twickenham 

A friendly, no-nonsense local, The Admiral Nelson is a popular rugby pub in Twickenham for watching live-sport. Promising to be a great spot for supporting your favourite teams in the Rugby World Cup, settle in and tuck into gourmet pub classics from the pub’s menu, or choose a sharing board to nibble on while you watch the games with friends. 

The Admiral Nelson is located at 123 Nelson Road in Whitton, Twickenham, London, TW2 7BB. Visit The Admiral Nelson’s website for more information and to make a booking. Keep an eye on the pub’s events page for RWC events.

admiral nelson london rugby pub twickenham

The George IV, Chiswick

The George IV in Chiswick is a vibrant pub off Chiswick High Road that serves premium pub food and all your favourite beers. There are plenty of screens for watching live sport, including a courtyard garden with an outside TV, and the pub’s Boston Room, which has a capacity of 200 people, will host screening events throughout the Rugby World Cup.

The pub will be opening early for the games and will be serving up delicious breakfasts. Rugby World Cup packages are available for early bookers. The George IV is located at 185 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2DR. Visit The George IV's website for more information and to make a booking for the Rugby World Cup. 

Best pubs to watch the rugby world cup the George IV Chiswick West London

The Counting House, Bank

Watch the Rugby World Cup matches live in a Grade II listed building in the heart of London. The Counting House is an opulent old bank turned Ale & Pie pub with a central London location that will be showing all the games live, alongside a special breakfast menu.

Near Bank Station, the pub is perfectly positioned for local professionals and is taking corporate bookings for breakfast screenings. Get in touch with the pub directly to enquire.

The Counting House is located at 50 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3PD. Visit The Counting House for more information and to make a booking for the Rugby World Cup.

Best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup games, The Counting House London

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross Station

The Parcel Yard in Kings Cross Station has teamed-up with Asahi to transform one of its spaces – The Atrium – into a fan zone for the Rugby World Cup. There will be a large projector screen, easy access to the bar, and delicious breakfasts and snacks on the menu.

The pub will be screening all games live during its normal business hours, and fans can pop-in, or book in advance. There are also private corporate screening packages including breakfast available in its private function rooms. Contact the pub directly to enquire and secure your spot.

The Parcel Yard is located inside London's King's Cross Station, near the Harry Potter shop. Visit The Parcel Yard’s website for more information and to make a booking. 

Best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup The Parcel Yard Kings Cross Station

The Chamberlain Hotel, City of London

The Chamberlain Hotel is opening brand new function rooms late August which will be the perfect place to book private screenings for the Rugby World Cup games.

The pub, restaurant and hotel in near Tower bridge is taking group bookings for the games, with breakfast and lunch packages available. If you work nearby, get a group together (4-80 people) and enjoy your own private (or semi-private, depending on numbers) Rugby World Cup experience in the heart of London.

The Chamberlain Hotel is located at 132-135 Minories, London, EC3N 1NU. Visit The Chamberlain Hotel's website for more information and to make a booking.

Best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup The Chamberlain Hotel, City of London

The Tokenhouse, Moorgate

The Tokenhouse is a lively pub in London’s Square Mile that will be open bright and early on weekdays to show the Rugby World Cup games live on its big projector screens.

Perfectly placed for local workers, there will be breakfast deals (breakfast meeting, anyone?) and special drinks offers. Although the pub is closed Saturdays and Sundays, it’s offering affordable private hire on weekends for large groups that want to host an unforgettable private screening experience.

The Tokenhouse is located at 4 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6DA. Visit The Tokenhouse's website for more information and to make a booking for the Rugby World Cup.

Best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup The Tokenhouse, Moorgate

The Ship, Southwark 

A great spot for watching rugby in London, The Ship in Southwark is a popular spot for seasonal cask ales, regular live sport and a hearty menu of British classics. The pub’s secluded beer garden has covered tables to make it usable in any weather, and the dart boards will keep you entertained during half time.

The Ship is located at 68 Borough Road, Southwark, London, SE1 1DX. View the pub's website for more information.

London's best rugby pubs The Ship

The Wheatsheaf, Ealing

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Ealing Boradway, The Wheatsheaf has been long known as Ealing’s best sports pub.

With live sports showing on the big screen, as well as screens scattered throughout the pub with BT Sport and Sky TV sports, The Wheatsheaf is one of Ealing’s best places to watch the game. Nestle in with your favourite beer and admire the sports bric-a-brac and collector’s items that adorn the walls. The pub will be showing all the Rugby World cup matches live.

The Wheatsheaf is located at 41 Haven Lane in Ealing, West London, W5 2HZ. Visit The Wheatsheaf’s website for more information and to make a booking.

The Wheatsheaf pub Ealing

The Barrowboy & Banker, London Bridge

A popular pub in London Bridge perched right next door to Southwark Cathedral, The Barrowboy & Banker serves fresh ales, craft beers and hand-made pies in stunning surroundings near Borough Market. There’s nowhere better in London Bridge to soak up some big-match atmosphere.

A former bank building, the characterful pub is the annual home to the NFL where it transforms into a hub for sporting fans. The Rugby World Cup will be no different – with the pub putting on special screening events during the championship.

The Barrowboy & Banker is located at 6-8 Borough High Street in London Bridge, SE1 9QQ. Visit The Barrowboy & Banker’s website for more information and to make a booking for the RWC2019.

Pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup in London, The Barrowboy and Banker London Bridge

The Windmill, Lambeth 

The Windmill is a lively pub in Lambeth and is a popular haunt for rugby fans due to the regular live sport on-screen. Located between Waterloo and Southwark stations, it’s a handy spot in Central London to pop in and watch the Rugby World Cup, with all your favourite drinks at hand.

The Windmill is located at 86 The Cut in Lambeth, London, SE1 8LW. Visit The Windmill’s website for more information and to reserve a table.

London's best rugby pubs The Windmill

The Prince Albert, Twickenham 

The Prince Albert is a traditional, family-friendly pub near Twickenham Stadium, which has a great reputation for friendly service, classic pub food and great beer. With Sky Sports and BT Sport channels available, they are one of the best pubs in Twickenham to catch the latest live sports action – especially for the Rugby World Cup.

Located at 30 Hampton Road in Twickenham, London, TW2 5QB, visit The Prince Albert for more information and to make a booking.

London's best rugby pubs The Prince Albert

The Admiralty, Trafalgar Square

The Admiralty is a Central London pub overlooking Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, making it the perfect London pub for bringing together different nationalities to embrace the true spirit of rugby.

The pub will be hosting screening events for the Rugby World Cup with delicious food and cask ale at hand – including its famous hand-crafted British pies. Best devoured alongside a pint of Fuller’s ale, or a coffee if you need to head back to work afterwards.

The Admiralty is located at 66 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS. Visit The Admiralty’s website for more information and to get tickets for RWC events. 

Pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup in London, The Admiralty

Great pubs outside of London to watch the RWC

The Prince's Head, Richmond

Just outside of London sits The Prince’s Head, a 300-year-old pub in Richmond that has an energy like no other on game days. The pub is a popular spot in Surrey to watch live-sport while enjoying a few pints of perfectly conditioned cask ale, and a tasty pub meal. 

Attracting people from all walks of life, its it a warm and friendly spot to catch the Rugby World Cup action. The Prince's Head is located at 28 The Green in Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1LX. Visit The Price’s Head’s website for more information and to book a table.

Pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup in London, The Princes Head Richmond

The Three Guineas, Reading Station 

For those commuting to and from Reading, The Three Guineas at Reading Station will be showing all the Rugby World Cup games live. Handily located in the station, it’s the perfect place to grab breakfast and watch the game before your commute.

The Three Guineas is located at Station Approach, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1LY. Visit The Three Guineas' website for more information and to make a booking.

Best pubs to watch the Rugby World Cup games, The Three Guineas Reading Station

The Paper Mill, Apsley Lock

If you’re venturing outside of London and want to catch the Rugby World Cup games in Hertfordshire, The Paper Mill on the Grand Union Canal in Apsley will be screening most of the games live on its projector – with tasty breakfast baps, pastries and beer.

View a full list of the games showing at The Paper Mill through the Facebook event.

The Paper Mill is located at Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RH. Visit The Paper Mill's website for more information and to make a booking for the rugby.

Best pubs to watch the rugby world cup, The Paper Mill, Apsley Lock

Watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup games live

Don’t miss out on any of the Rugby World Cup action – get along to one of the great rugby pubs on this list to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with your favourite pint in-hand.

If you’re looking for a great place to watch the RWC games, each of the pubs on this list will be participating. Simply contact the pub you’d like to visit to book and secure your spot.

Also, be sure to check out the pubs ‘what’s on’ pages to see what screening events they have coming up for the Rugby World Cup. Please be aware that the events may require pre-purchasing a ticket.

Be sure to get there early to grab yourself a good spot on game days, as all the pubs mentioned above are guaranteed to fill up by kick-off! 

Free Guinness or coffee when you book ahead

Find a pub, pick your games, book ahead and get a free coffee or pint of Guinness on arrival to help fuel you for the big rugby day ahead. This deal applies to all the pubs on this list.

Can't make it to one of the pubs listed above? Click here to find your nearest pub taking bookings for the Rugby World Cup.

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