We know. It seems like the Six Nations just finished, but we've checked and that was the Rugby World Cup apparently. So once more London's boozers will soon be brimming with rugby fans, necks craned towards HD screens and knuckles white with tension while gripping pints of ale, as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy battle it out for sporting glory.
This year's Six Nations kicks off on 1 February running until 14 March. That's a whole month and a half of mauls, rucks, offsides and tries to enjoy. If you weren't lucky enough to nab a ticket to a match, there are loads of brilliant places across the capital where you can this year's Six Nations Championships unfold from afar, to suit every spectatorial style.
Belushi's knows how to do sports. Massive HD screens, plenty of booze, American-style burgers and fries and table service so you don't have to miss a second of the match. There are usually fancy group packages on offer, but these are yet to be announced. For now just book ahead to guarantee yourself a table on match day at any one of Belushi's five London venues.
Various packages at Belushi's London Bridge, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Greenwich and Camden between 1 February and 16 March.
Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
This Finsbury Park favourite promises a good time all year long, and in our eyes it's London's number one rugby pub. The Faltering Fullback is an Irish boozer through and through, so while it's not one for those planning on draping themselves in St George's Flag, it's a brilliant option for anyone cheering on the boys in green. Line your stomach with a cracking Thai curry as you watch, and be sure to come out for air during half time — the pub boasts one of the best (and most bonkers) beer gardens in London, spread across three treehouse-esque levels.
Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park.
Premium sports lounge Greenwood hosts a Six Nations extravaganza that promises all the excitement of the stadium. It costs £5 to book ahead for entry, but that includes a pint of Guinness, so it's honestly a pretty fair deal. However, you're not guaranteed a seat, so you might still want to get there early. If you've got a group of eight or more, you can enquire about reserving a table.
Tanner & Co, Bermondsey
If you're up for a boozy one, get yourself a ticket to one of this Bermondsey gastropub's bottomless brunches, which take place throughout the tournament. Chow down on avocado sourdough while cheering on your chosen team and knocking back endless beers, bloody marys, espresso martinis, G&Ts or wine, for £42.50 a head. As a special treat, if you're booking a table of eight or more then the organiser goes free. Maybe don't let that bit onto your mates when you selflessly offer to organise an outing.
Tanner & Co, Bermondsey. Bottomless brunch available (almost) every game.
The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham
Located a mere stone's throw from Twickenham Stadium, The Cabbage Patch claims to be the most famous rugby pub in the world. There's plenty of rugby memorabilia for you to eyeball during the boring bits, as well as an enviable offering of single malt whiskies behind the bar.
The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham.
The Jam Tree, Clapham
Walk through an actual bookcase and catch a match inside The Jam Tree's hidden bar. The Clapham watering hole has massive screens, surround sound, and comfy sofas for a proper home-away from-home atmosphere, with added cocktails.
The Jam Tree, Clapham. View sports listings here.
The Ship, Wandsworth
The roasts cooked up at Wandsworth boozer The Ship win rave reviews, making it the perfect place to catch a Sunday match. It also boasts tranquil riverside views, which make the outside space an ideal place to decompress after a nail-biting game.
The Ship, Wandsworth. Click here for match info and bookings.
Both Pergola Olympia and Pergola Paddington have teamed up with Camden Town Brewery — yes you don't have to drink Guinness if you're watching rugby — to screen every single match in this year's Six Nations. Bottomless brunch is available for those able to simultaneously chant Swing Low, Sweet Chariot while knocking back the prosecco.
Pub on the Park
The most aptly named pub in London — it's a pub that's on the corner of a park (London Fields to be precise) — is an excellent choice for sports fans. It's one of those places that seems to have an infinite number of screens, so there really aren't any bad seats in the house. It's showing every single game from the tournament. An especially excellent choice if the weather is on side, with picturesque views to enjoy.
Pub on the Park, London Fields, make reservations via the website.
The Abbey Tavern
The Abbey Tavern in Kentish Town is a good shout for the tournament's 3pm kickoffs, so you can take advantage of the happy hour deals that end at 4pm. Two for £10 classic cocktails? Yes please. Another one with big screens throughout and an excellent beer garden to enjoy as long as the weather isn't playing up (which obviously isn't guaranteed in Blighty).
The Abbey Tavern, make table reservations online.
If you want more than tactical match-ups to chew on, then Street Feast might be the place for you. Its Giant Robot market in Canary Wharf is showing every game while Dinerama in Shoreditch has the late kick offs covered (see the full list here). Ideal for big groups containing people with extremely different tastes — from hardcore vegans to pizza purists, everyone is catered for here.
Giant Robot and Dinerama, Canary Wharf and Shoreditch respectively, just turn up (but maybe a bit early).