16th July 2019


The best pubs to watch rugby matches during the Rugby World Cup 2019

16th July 2019

As if we haven’t been spoiled enough this summer with sport, it’s nearly rugby’s time, with the Rugby Summer Internationals and Rugby World Cup soon to be gracing our screens this August and September respectively.  Rugby legends will be made, beers will be drunk and we will be celebrating all things rugby as we charge head first into all the nail-biting action. Get ahead of the scrum and plan your Rugby World Cup turf at your local Young’s and celebrate every tackle, try and tremendous game of rugby.

London’s pubs will soon be brimming with rugby fans, craning their necks towards TV screens, clutching pale ales with pale knuckles whilst soaking up that unbeatable rugby match-day pub atmosphere.  To help you decide which pub to secure your rugby turf at, and so you don’t miss any of the front row action, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite rugby pubs to enjoy every rugby game from!

The Alexander Pope, Twickenham

Whilst rugby is at the heart of all of our pubs, it doesn’t get much closer than this Twickenham pub.  The Alexander Pope is a stone’s throw away from the home of rugby, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, and you can often hear the crowd roaring from their outdoor garden terrace, fitted out with a mouth-watering Burger Shack.  A firm favourite for rugby fans on their way to rugby matches, and for their legendary post-game parties, with live music in their pub garden, and happy rugby fans making the most of the long summer nights!

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The Hope & Anchor, Brixton

In the heart of Brixton this rugby loving pub will be showing every triumphant (or trying!) rugby match, serving hearty brunches and pouring the perfect pint – all in all providing an unbeatable match-day atmosphere for any rugby fan to soak up.  With their stunning, newly refurbished garden shacks, which are bookable and come with their own Sky Sports TV screens so you and your squad can watch every rugby game in style. There isn’t a more enviable turf in South London!

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The Ship, Wandsworth

Famously known among Londoners for being not just a pub, but an institution – it doesn’t get much better than The Ship for sports fans.  When it comes to the rugby especially, there couldn’t be a truer word. Perched proudly on the River Thames, with views for days, The Ship has long been a go to destination for rugby fans from home and abroad. With multiple TV screens, a huge, buzzing riverside terrace, a tantalising outside Burger Shack to keep you sustained and enough beer to sink the HMS Belfast, rugby fans – it’s time to climb aboard!

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The Park, Teddington

Another neighbour to the home of rugby; Twickenham Rugby Stadium, is the Park Hotel.  For those who love the thrill of match-day atmosphere, head down to cheer on your country in this South West London pub and be wowed by the grandeur of the grade II listed Victorian building.  Not only do they have multiple screens showing each game and a newly jazzed up beer garden, but they are famous locally for their delicious brunch menu, with innovative twists on British brunch classics. Whoever said breakfast was the most important meal of the day had clearly never had brunch in London. Thanks to Japan being the Rugby World Cup host this year, morning matches mean brunch will be an important part of every rugby fan’s day, so head down to The Park and set yourself up for the big day of rugby ahead.

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The Orange Tree, Richmond

This pub is sure to be every rugby fan’s dream during the upcoming Rugby World Cup this September.  With not one, but two drop down screens with surround sound at each end of the pub, a huge TV upstairs in the restaurant and a unique private area, there isn’t a better spot to watch a rugby match.  Nestled in the heart of Richmond, close to Richmond overground and tube stations, this pub is easily accessible for rugby loving friends coming from all over London. Plus, if all the cheering leaves you tired out, their selection of luxury hotel rooms upstairs could provide you the relaxing respite you need (and deserve!).

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The Alma, Wandsworth

Rugby runs in this Wandsworth pub’s veins! A flagship pub since 1872, The Alma has built a reputation in South-West London and beyond amongst rugby lovers and locals alike for offering arguably one of the best atmospheres to soak up a rugby match, and this year’s Rugby World Cup is set to be no different.  With an impressive array of craft beers and ales on tap, a menu serving food all day and a location a drop-kick away from Wandsworth Station, it’s time to gather your rugby team mates, beat the ruck and scrum to this pub to catch all the rugby action.

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With our whole squad of rugby pubs all over London and the South of England, whether you want to be around rugby fans as rugby mad as you, or prefer to watch in the comfort of a snug pub corner, with the rugby game on in the background – there is a rugby match day pub for all spectator styles! To find your local Young’s pub or one that matches your desired rugby criteria, along with the rugby fixtures and our Rugby World Cup viewing experience competition, click the link below.


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