London is buzzing with excitement from Rugby World Cup 2015. Everyone is watching and rooting on their team, but the question is: where? Even if you haven’t been lucky enough to secure tickets to any of the games, there’s no need to worry, because there is a great selection of venues with Rugby World Cup 2015 screenings around London for all the games. Here’s are some of the best places to watch.
Weather permitting, there are a number places to watch Rugby World Cup 2015 outdoors. Surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans, you get all the excitement of the stadium without actually being there. In Sheldon Square you can watch on the Paddington Central Outdoor Screen, a giant screen streaming all the games for free. And, you can also enjoy a full programme of other activities, like the Innocent Smoothie Bike Challenge. Or there’s the Broadgate Summer of Sport. Pull up a deck chair, grab some food and a drink, and make yourself comfortable to watch Rugby World Cup 2015 on the big screen in the heart of the city at Exchange Square. The surrounding restaurants, cafés, and bars are also in the spirit with themed menus and outdoor BBQs, or you can grab a bite from one of the excellent street food vans around the area. A third option is at Regent’s Place Plaza. Head over to London’s famous West End where Regent’s Place Plaza hosts live outdoor screenings of the games as part of their Summer Live programme. Grab a blanket or get in early to secure a deck chair, and enjoy the match under the autumn sky.
If you’re worried the weather might let you down or in the unlikely event that you get too much sun, there are plenty of venues screening matches indoors. Linked to the Blackheath Rugby Club, the oldest in the world, you can really soak up the full atmosphere of the World Cup at Princess of Wales in Blackheath. Grab a drink and tell your fact loving friends that the Princess of Wales pub once served as a changing room during the first ever international between England and Wales. Or journey to Jetlag Sports Bar, right outside Regent’s Park. You’ll almost feel like you’re at the game when you watch a match at this popular sports bar, with its fantastic cinema screen and full-surround sound system. What more do you need? At The Porterhouse, you know you’ll find fans to cheer (and to boo) with, as this enormous Central London venue is well-known for live-streaming all the top sporting events. Grab a drink from the huge selection at the bar, order a quality pub meal if you get hungry, and pull up a table to enjoy the live matches in comfort.
Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzones are being set up around London, and they’re the perfect place for you to join in the nationwide celebration of rugby and soak up the exciting atmosphere with other fans. Most Fanzones will have a big screen showing live matches, and in-between games there will be food and drink, as well as plenty of rugby-related activities and entertainment to keep you busy. Nothing compares to rooting for your favourite team, but with so many different options for Rugby World Cup 2015 screenings around town, it’s almost as if you’re there with the other fans in the stadium.