Where To Watch The Six Nations 2022 In London

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Where To Watch The Six Nations 2022 In London
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It's safe to say that last year's Six Nations Championship lacked the usual sense of occasion. Lockdown rules meant rugby fans had to watch England secure a disappointing fifth place at home, rather than down the pub, as nature intended.

But — barring another last-minute COVID-shaped curveball (quick, everybody touch wood) — Six Nations 2022 will be different. Soon, London's boozers will once again be welcoming white-knuckled punters watching England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy battle it out for sporting glory on HD screens.

This year's Six Nations kicks off on 5 February running until 19 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 — and if these don't take your fancy, try one of London's best sports bars instead.

4TheFans at Oval Space

Revellers outside Oval Space. Image: DesignMyNight

Giant anti-glare screens, a world-class soundsystem, and appearances from rugby legends like Andy Goode and Dean Richards — 4TheFans aren't mucking about with their new pop-up fan park at Oval Space. You catch all five England games at the Bethnal Green venue, plus a handful of other matches, and early bird tickets start at £17.50. That includes a pie and your choice of beer, cider, wine, or soft drink, so it's far better value than it might seem — and with a live band, snazzy lighting, and prizes to be won, you'll be getting the kind of party atmosphere that your local boozer can't quite provide.

4TheFans at Oval Space. Book here.

The Abbey Tavern

Bar at The Abbey Tavern
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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. It's got 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, Kentish Town. Book ahead here.

The Aeronaut

The gardens at The Aeronaut

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to Six Nations screenings at sprawling, circus-themed pub The Aeronaut. See the action unfold inside the Acton boozer or under a heated marquee in its festival-themed garden, or treat yourself and the gang to your very own private viewing pod in the form of a heated and furnished igloo. All three viewing options include full sound, and the pub is big enough to accommodate legions of fans on match day.

The Aeronaut, Acton. Book ahead here.

BOXPARK

Image: BOXPARK Wembley

BOXPARK goes hard with its sports events (just look at how fans celebrated here during the Euros last year). This year, its Croydon and Wembley venues are screening every single Six Nations match, which you can enjoy alongside street food from your favourite shipping container trader.

It's free entry, with "pre-match entertainment, guest speaking from rugby legends of yesteryear and all the Doombar you can handle" promised. At the time of writing, that's all we know, but previous special guests have included former England player and 2003 World Cup winner Kyran Bracken MBE and former rugby pro, Freddie Tuilagi.

BOXPARK Croydon and BOXPARK Wembley. Book for both venues here (NB: registration doesn't guarantee entry, so get down to your chosen location early to avoid disappointment).

Belushi's

Belushi's Shepherd's Bush. Image: Belushi's

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

Faltering Fullback

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. Though they haven't yet announced specific details for Six Nations screenings, we'd be shocked if they don't show the matches. Also worth noting that they don't take bookings, so you'll want to get there in plenty of time to be in with a chance of getting a seat.

Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park.

Greenwood, Victoria

Premium sports lounge Greenwood's wealth of giant HD screens — the upstairs lounge alone has seven of them — makes it perfect for anyone who cares about getting a properly decent view of the match. Fair warning, though, it can get very busy, so getting down early is recommended in order to secure a seat. Better still, book a table or area while they're available.

Greenwood, Victoria.

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham

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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. Probably best left to English fans, rather than fans of the other nations who find themselves in London on match day.

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham.

The Ship, Wandsworth

Image: The Ship

The roasts cooked up at Wandsworth boozer The Ship win rave reviews, making it the perfect place to catch a Sunday match. This year, special Six Nations packages are also available — choose either dinner and Guinness or beer and burgers. Oh, and we can't forget the pub's tranquil riverside views — its outside space is the perfect place to decompress with a pint after a nail-biting game.

The Ship, Wandsworth. Click here for match info and bookings.

Pub on the Park

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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.

Pub on the Park, London Fields. Book here.

The Rose and Crown

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Clapham Old Town's oldest drinking establishment, the female-led The Rose and Crown, invites rugby fans to enjoy the Six Nations alongside a scrum-ptious (see what we did there) menu of refined pub classics — think belly pork and sausage scotch eggs, and Guinness and mustard welsh rarebit — and Sunday roasts. Inside, it's all walnut-panelled walls, plush booth seating and marble fireplaces — a much cosier alternative to a sports bar.

The Rose and Crown, Clapham.

Last Updated 20 January 2022

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