Fun London Pubs to Watch Rugby Games

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Written by Sabah Karimi

While Americans hit the sports bar to catch the latest football or basketball game, the British flock to the nearest pub to watch rugby matches and other European sports. The city of London is home to numerous locally-owned pubs and sports bars that set up a viewing area for patrons during rugby season, and some offer some great specials all day long. Watching a rugby game with some fellow fans can be a great way to meet new people and enjoy a taste of local culture during your trip to London.

Here are ten London pubs to catch the latest rugby game:

1. Barrowboy and Banker

One of the rowdier pubs in Central London, this pub is located near Borough Market and has giant screens set up for rugby matches. Head here to cheer on your favorite team with city residents.

2. The Loft

A great place to get a great deal on a Sunday roast or burgers on weekends during rugby season, this London pub is perfect for those with a hearty appetite. The pub has plenty of room for larger crowds.

3. Marquess of Anglesey

Located in Covent Garden, this is more of a traditional English pub and tends to cater to a diverse crowd. Head here for plenty of seating options and great food.

4. Cat and Canary

A popular destination for workers and residents around the Canary Wharf region, this laid-back pub is the place to watch sports and enjoy some cheap beer.

5. Octoberfest Pub (The Fest)

Famous for recreating the best Octoberfest experience outside of Munich, this pub is a fun and lively place to enjoy the game and enjoy a classic German drinking and dining experience.

6. Cock & Lion

Another tavern usually dominated by sports fans, this venue is located in Marylebone just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Street. It serves some of the best pub food around and has a warm and friendly atmosphere.

7. Famous 3 Kings

Located in Fulham, this pub is more like a sports and entertainment bar with pool tables, WiFi, three big screen televisions and 13 plasma screens. Get your fill of rugby action on 3D TV and take a break with a few arcade games.

8. The George

Housing a large screen TV, this classic British pub has a furnished area for diners and large wooden tables and bar chairs. Head here for some good food and a laid-back atmosphere for that next rugby match. You'll find this pub on Liverpool Street.

9. The Grand Union

Nestled in Camden Town, this popular sports pub is usually packed so you'll want to get there early on rugby weekend. Chow down on gourmet burgers, enjoy DJ music on weekend nights, and mingle with the diverse crowd.

10. The Waterfront

One of the more modern and stylish pubs in London, this one sits right on the Thames River and boasts plush d├ęcor with a retro vibe. Head here for some great pub food, Wi-Fi access, and to watch the game on the big screen.

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