With much anticipation, the Six Nations rugby tournament is finally here! Having kicked off (literally) on Saturday 1st February, the competition will be hosted across France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England (which makes a total of six nations, fittingly).
If you can't make it to the games in person, London's got you covered for witnessing your team try and convert their way to victory, with the capital naturally having a wide variety of options for watching all the rugby union action.
Whether you want a space to hire for an exclusive screening, or just a place to enjoy a pint with some friends, we've searched our little black book to find you some great options. We've even separated the contenders by location, so whichever corner of London you hail from, you won't miss out. Even if you don't like rugby, it's a great excuse for a weekend pub session!
With 4 screens split over 3 floors, Star of Kings is a handy spot for rugby viewing, just minutes from King's Cross station. Numerous ground-floor and basement-booth spaces can be hired out for groups of 10 to 200, depending on how big the cheering crowd is likely to be. Supporters can dig into the extensive burger menu while they watch; a highlight is the signature King, which tops a beef patty with cheddar and oxtail chilli.
Star of Kings
Another North London gem is the gorgeous Abbey Tavern. Cosy pub interior and large screens coupled with a spacious terrace (with heaters - it's only February people) makes this Kentish Town watering hole a dreamy venue to cheer on our boys and enjoy a cold one on a Sunday afternoon. And don't forget the food - did we mention the incredible pub grub by Nanny Bills? With gravy-dipped burgers and deep fried croquettes, who could resist?!
Why go to a pub when you could get the real deal? Twickenham is one of our favourite venues for all kinds of events, with over 30 hireable spaces from which to choose. All home matches will be held here, the home of England rugby, and for the final day of the Six Nations, away matches will be screened in the spacious Clubhouse, allowing for the ultimate corporate or social viewing event. Who wouldn't want to see all the action play out right in front your eyes?!
The Clubhouse at Twickenham
If you can't get to the real thing, fear not, because amongst the glorious foliage and eclectic street food stalls at Boxpark in Croydon, vast screens display all the action so you won't miss a second. Able to accommodate 500 people, this venue emulates a buzzy stadium atmosphere, even bringing out a special guest for each England game to build up the hype! They're also partnering up with Doom Bar for the duration of the competition, so you can be sure not to go thirsty.
Boxpark in Croydon
Newly refurbished and back in business, Belushi's is Central London's answer to an American-style sports bar. Beers, burgers by the bucketload and our boys on the screen, Belushi's is the place to be for the Six Nations. Although there are huge screens in the venue that are perfect for sports viewing, they've also thrown together a sports package for you and your guests including a private booth with its own screen, cold beers and platefuls of yummy pub grub.
Belushi's London Bridge
At the other end of the spectrum, The Folly offers a sophisticated viewing experience in their garden-themed venue, complete with an innovative cocktail menu and large screens perfect for rugby day. This gorgeous Central London venue, which is Drake & Morgan's fourth venture in the City, also offers a special beer-and-a-burger deal so you can chow down while cheering your team to victory (but not at the same time please).
The Folly Bar
With several big screens, delicious pub grub and a whole array of choices to wash it down with, the Star of Bethnal Green is truly an East London gem. Pub vibes by day, club vibes by night, this venue has a function room for 30 people and even a private karaoke room, perfect for your national anthem efforts! Rumour has it that they do a cracking roast dinner, too.
Star of Bethnal Green
Offering a different vibe, one of our favourite street food offerings Dinerama is also putting up huge screens and showing all the ruggers action! Dig into a huge variety of amazing tucker, whether you desire chicken wings, pizza, burgers or about a million other things, Dinerama has it all. What about the drinks, you say? Craft beer, gin, wine, you can literally find anything you want under one roof. Former truck yard + great food and drink + rugby = a match made in Six Nations heaven.
Dinerama in Shoreditch
If plush privacy is what you're looking for, Beaufort House Chelsea offers several spaces for exclusive screening parties, lending its first-rate plasma screens, AV facilities and absurdly comfy leather seats to the occasion. Comfort is surely the way to go when watching England beat their rivals to victory (fingers crossed).
Beaufort House Chelsea
While we're in the neighbourhood, just down the road is The Prince. This beautiful garden-inspired venue is always a hugely popular stomping ground. Holding up to 800 people throughout the whole venue and offering multiple self-service street-food style restaurants and several bars, The Prince is one of our all time favourites to catch the latest sporting action. You'll have a royally good time belting out our National Anthem here!
The Prince, Fulham
We hope we've inspired you to dig out your dusty rugby shirts and get patriotic! For more options, head to Hire Space to see how we could help you celebrate our great nation's sporting efforts. Alternatively, you can make an enquiry by clicking the button below. Let's get ready for kick-off!
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