The Rugby World Cup kicks off this Friday and for the next six weeks, the games will be shown in packed pubs and homes all over London. If the bar snacks at your local aren’t up to scratch, here are seven restaurants where you can enjoy fantastic food without missing a minute of the action.
Heddon Street Kitchen – Watch the games at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant just off Regent Street and enjoy a pint of Heineken with fish and chips or one of four burgers for £15. Choose from pork belly with black pudding; haggis with single malt gravy; salt beef brisket; or fiery Welsh lamb and rarebit.
M Grill – This Friday, head straight to M Restaurants near Bank for their World Cup opening party. There’s live music after the England v Fiji match and tickets are £25 (including a drink on arrival followed by a beer and a burger), with £10 going to City charity The School of Hard Knocks.
Paternoster Chop House – This popular restaurant behind St Paul’s Cathedral will be screening the matches and offering two pints of London Meantime with their Ultimate Cure Board (piled high with cured meats) for just £20. (You might recognise the restaurant from Channel 4’s First Dates.)
Ealing Park Tavern – This West London gastropub is throwing an opening party complete with a 72 inch screen and a BBQ up and running from 6pm. (Get the special – the Rib ‘n’ Shin burger with a bottle of Long Arm for just £15). They’ll be showing all of the World Cup games so you won’t miss any of the action while you’re tucking into fish and chips or one of their delicious venison Scotch eggs.
Broadgate Circle – If the sun’s out, watch a match on the Summer Live screens at Exchange Square and then head to Broadgate Circle for a bite to eat. Choose from Spanish plates at Jose Pizarro, dim sum at Yauatcha City, a French feast at Aubaine, Sunday lunch at The Botanist and lots more!
Smith & Wollensky – Get some friends together to dine in style and watch the rugby on big screens at this steakhouse in Covent Garden. Carnivores will love the 24oz bone-in rib eye with a side of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, while seafood fans can tuck into grilled lobster or herb-crusted tuna.
York & Albany – Watch the games in Camden and show your support by ordering one of the dishes matched to each nation. Will it be the ‘All English’ pizza with cured ham, Berkswell cheese and truffle oil? A Scottish beef burger? Or maybe a classic Welsh rarebit with beer pickled onions?