It’s that time again; mothers call in your sons, fathers lock up your daughters and somebody put away the dog as the world descends upon London for the Rugby World Cup 2015. The greatest Rugby Union teams from the world over prepare to cross oceans and deserts to play it out for the chance of winning the cup, creating an international spectacle of epic proportions! But as the sweat drips, the scrums collapse and the kicks convert, the question is, “Where will YOU be?”.
London is one of the host cities, with the competition running between 18 September and 31 October. The capital will be filled with events, fans and plenty of footballers jealous about the loss of attention. On that note, and with the excitement of a fantastic tournament creeping around the corner, here’s all you need to know about where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 in London.
A three minute walk from Fulham Broadway Tube Station, this impressive music venue/club is pulling out the stops for RWC 2015 viewings. The vibe is a bit industrial, but decked out in the colours of the home team (and boasting a 500 fan capacity), the raucous rugby atmosphere is bound to grow. Under the Bridge is offering a great package for the games – £20 per person gets you Entry to Under the Bridge, one drink voucher, a choice of pulled pork or veggie burger and access to all the entertainment on the night. Throw in a well-stocked cash bar and EIGHTEEN screens on which to watch the game and I think you have a winner.
This pub isn’t joking when it comes to RWC service – offering a Marquee and screen, outdoor barbecue, face paint for team colours and TWO BARS (inside and outside), The Aeronaut has left little wanting. However the price makes the deal even sweeter: non-England games are free, and while England games require tickets at £6 per person, those include a seat for the game and two bottles of Heineken!
The Draft House – City Wide
With eight venues across London, the Draft House venues will be open for every World Cup Match. With a passion for beer, service and a location almost certainly near you, two of the Draft House establishments offer a little something extra for your viewing pleasure- the Monster Screen at Seething Lane and the Son of a Monster at Westbridge. While you should be able to find standing room for every game, we suggest booking a space in advance to secure a seat in front of the massive screens.
London Fan Zones – Citywide
Want to join thousands of other passionate, screaming rugby fans but didn’t manage to score a ticket? Seems like one of London’s Fan Zones will be right for you. With four venues across the city – Trafalgar Square, Wembley Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Old Deer Park in Richmond – each fan zone (or fan park) will be broadcasting the live games on big screens, accompanied by food stalls, beer gardens, entertainment and “rugby related activities.” The Fan Zones are free entry and will be hives of activity and excitement for those who crave a truly electric World Cup Experience.
This one is especially for the Antipodeans out there. Saffas, Kiwi’s and Aussies will be descending on one of London’s most well-known night clubs for the Rugby World Cup games. Aside from selling Expat snacks from down South, at 40sqm (24 feet by 15 feet) the Grand also boasts the largest sports viewing screen in the United Kingdom.
The Grand is my Top Spot for watching the Rugby World Cup Final too – tickets cost £10 for entry. See you there!