The Best Pubs And Bars For Watching Football In London

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 22 months ago
The Best Pubs And Bars For Watching Football In London

Planning on watching a Premier League tie or blockbuster England clash? Score salubrious surroundings with a decent pint (and delish food, sometimes too), by heading to one of these football friendly pubs and bars. Back of the net.

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The best bars and pubs for watching football in central London

The Lyric, Soho
A couple of decent-sized TVs in this homey Irish pub, with gallons of respectable craft beers (cask and keg). And Guinness, of course. The Lyric, 37 Great Windmill Street,W1D 7LT

De Hems, Chinatown
Bustling multi-level pub with Dutch heritage. Cram in on match day, order a Leffe and cheer on van Dijk, van Aanholt, or whoever your Dutch hero happens to be. De Hems, 11 Macclesfield Street, W1D 5BW

Porterhouse, Covent Garden
Towering Irish pub, screens all over the place — plus its own beers on tap (try the oyster stout). As well as internationals and Premier League, it screens hurling. The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane,WC2E 7NA

Cafe Kick, Exmouth Market
Continental style cafe with fussball and cocktails. Arrive early to get a seat, and enjoy the match in style with a martini. Cafe Kick, 43 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL

Fancy football at Greenwood

Greenwood, Victoria
Contemporary gentleman's club-vibe space, plastered with 20 big screens. Pizza's worth a look-in too. Greenwood, 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB

The Dugout at Belushi's Sports Bar, London Bridge
Student-styled joint with lots of large screens, plus filling burgers and bar snacks. The Dugout at Belushi's Sports Bar, 161-165, Borough High Street, SE1 1HR

Dickens Inn, St Katherine Docks
The Tavern Bar of this characterful Victorian warehouse pub boasts five screens, plus plenty of pub grub. If it all gets a bit much, retreat to the beer garden for dock views and a breather. Dickens Inn, Marble Quay, St Katharine's Way, E1W 1UH

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The World's End: it can get busy

World's End, Finsbury Park
Sky Sports and BT Sports on the big screen, plus a fussball table on which to reenact your team's famous victory. Nice pub grub too. World's End, 21-23 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EF

Earl of Camden, Camden
Big screens, little screens... this place has it all. Add to that a variety of taps, with a leaning towards real ale, and plenty of pizza to chew on mid match. Earl of Camden, 55 Parkway, NW1 7PN

Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
Classic Irish pub cluttered with old gimcrack and the occasional TV with footie (and rugby if you're so inclined). Get a Guinness and Thai food to go with. Faltering Fullback, 19 Perth Road, N4 3HB

Hemingford Arms, Barnsbury
All the big league games screened in this ivy-ensconced, Chesterfield-stuffed class act of a pub. Hemingford Arms, 158 Hemingford Road, N1 1DF

Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington
Sizeable screens indoor and out (in the summer), accompanied by seriously good antipasti and pizza. There's table football too. Clissold Park Tavern, 177 Green Lanes, N16 9DB

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Italian beer and pizza by the slice at Golazio

The Clubhouse at Dulwich Hamlet, East Dulwich
Community Bar at Dulwich Hamlet's ground, with plenty of craft beer, pie deals... and on-screen footie. See some pretty neat footwork outside on the pitch too. The Clubhouse at Dulwich Hamlet, Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, SE22 8BD

Old Dispensary, Camberwell
Old school Irish boozer peppered with screens. Draws in an ageing barfly crowd, and trendy arts students alike. The Old Dispensary, 325 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0TF

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton
Perennially bustling backstreet boozer with multiple screens, and sometimes a biggie in the mahoosive beer garden for good measure. Jerk chicken will tide you over. Duke of Edinburgh, 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG

The Pilgrim: Sometimes even Frank turns up for the game

Golazio, Walworth
Fresh pizza by the slice, two-third measures of funky Italian craft beer and a massive screen = one of our fave places to watch the football anywhere in London. Golazio, 59 Camberwell Road, SE5 0EZ

The Pilgrim, Kennington
In the balmy days of the early season, watch the game on The Pilgrim's screens, nestled away in its cute beer garden. As the chills sets in, move inside, where big screen and sofas await. The Pilgrim, 247 Kennington Lane SE11 5QU

The Alexandra, Clapham
Spacious gastro pub with a few screens/projectors. One of the gardens shows football in the balmier months. Apparently this is a Liverpool pub, but all comers welcome. The Alexandra, 14 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AA

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Three compasses: come for Super Sunday, stay for the burgers

Bar Kick, Shoreditch
Sister to Cafe Kick (see central London) — another hip, international flag-swathed take on the football pub, and a wise call for those who want to avoid an overly ladsy atmosphere. Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

Sports Bar & Grill, Old Street
Book a table for individual screens. A bit anti-social maybe, but one way to guaranteed you're not craning your neck for 90 minutes. The food isn't cheap for what it is, mind. There are other Sports Bar & Grills across London, not all with the private TV option — which is why we winkled out this one. Sports Bar & Grill, 174-180 Old Street, EC1V 9BP

Pub on the Park, Hackney
True to its name, you can pretty much watch the footie in the park — the gardens here are furnished with TVs and heaters. Or be a traditionalist and watch indoors. Admirable range of beers for a sports establishment. Pub on the Park, 19 Martello Street E8 3PE

Three Compasses, Dalston
Craft beer, award-winning burgers (made with Angus beef) and footie projected into the wall. Hip crowd. Good times. Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH

The Leyton Star, Leyton
The "star" pubs is one of the most reliable mini-chains in London. This offering has a big projector and few smaller (but not that small) screens to watch on. Nosh on some extremely loaded fries while you do so. The Leyton Star, 116 High Road, E15 2BX

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Famous Three Kings: easily one of the best football pubs in west London

Famous Three Kings, Hammersmith
Winner of various sports pub awards. Screens everywhere you look, and a healthy measure of roistering: a solid call for Super Sunday in west London. Famous Three Kings, 171 North End Road, W14 9NL

The Wandle of Earlsfield, Earlsfield
Like a pie with your football? Order the chicken, leek & tarragon at this Earlsfield gastro, screening all the major Premier and Champions League action. The Wandle of Earlsfield, 332 Garratt Lane, SW18 4EJ

The Richmond, Shepherd's Bush
Basic but sports-obsessed boozer, screening Premier League alongside Scottish Premiership and Gaelic football. Basically, turn up, and you'll see some kind of ball being kicked around some kind of pitch. The Richmond, 55 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7LU

The Sporting Page, Chelsea
Classy gastro with a solid English menu (roasts, wellingtons, sticky toffee pud), and an all-important scattering of TVs screening the football. The Sporting Page, 6 Camera Place, SW10 0BH

Got a suggestion? Please tell us in the comments. Note: we've picked all-round worthy football pubs, rather than those with an allegiance to certain clubs. There are also establishments which focus on football from another countries e.g. Stockwell's Portuguese restaurants. We've not listed these in this article, excellent as some of these are.

Last Updated 07 August 2019