Where to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
After six weeks of intense sporting drama (and the usual hasty exit from England), two teams are within touching distance of rugby union's greatest prize. As the All Blacks resume rivalries with the Wallabies at Twickenham for the right to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, we've finalised our guide to the best places to watch the Rugby World Cup Final 2019 in London.
For what will end up being one of the most monumentally anticipated finals in the sporting world, Pause are putting on one hell of a screening to bring you every moment of the action from the comfort of their stylish bar. Drink, dine and do all your business without missing a beat.
Burgers, beers, big screens and a raucous party afterwards; The Star of Bethnal Green has everything you could need come Cup Final day, and then some. The upstairs function room can be hired out but you’ll find the real fun happens in the main bar, where there’s plenty of big screens to ensure a great view come kick-off. Get yourself in the karaoke room if there’s a victory song to be sung.
Those seeking expert analysis throughout the cup final can head to Zebrano, where their Virtual Sports Bar will offer full commentary throughout the 80 minutes. There’s burger and drink deals to set you up for the occasion, and special group packages are available on request. Selected beers are £2.95 during happy hour, and you can take advantage of all this at Zebrano’s Carnaby site if Soho doesn’t fit your plans.
They’re mad for rugby at this West End gem. Hidden away from the maddening crowds of Oxford Street, The Adam & Eve lays on a selection of World Cup packages for rugby fans to take advantage of. There’s a long list of real ales, traditional comfort food and a complimentary bottle of Heineken if you book your space 48 hours before kick-off.
With 2 HD projectors, 92” screens and a cool crowd of Hackney punters, Oslo offers a buzzing atmosphere that doesn’t become jarring. Warm up for the biggest game in world rugby with something from their burger menu, then top up with something from their craft beer menu as the match wears on. There’s a big night on the tiles to look forward to once the champions have been crowned, too.
Plating up fine gastro goods and pulling more than just your standard pint at the bar, The Oyster Shed is one of London's chicest pubbing/bar destinations. Now, everyone knows the Rugby is coming, and everyone wants a piece of that brutish action, so if you're looking for somewhere to catch the biggest and most highly anticipated sporting final event of this year, then well, come here.
The Star of Kings stretches out across three floors, so picking up a good viewing spot here is a doddle. With exciting food residencies and a big pool of beers, spirits and cocktails you might as well make a day of it; you can book out their karaoke room if you want to enjoy the match in the company of your mates. Once the trophy has been lifted it's down to the basement, where the after-party continues into the night.
A thriving Putney favourite, The Coat & Badge will be abuzz with anticipation in the lead-up to the final without losing any of its warm and welcoming character. Enjoy a couple of ales in the delightful beer garden if it’s not too chilly, then head inside and retreat to one of their bookable spaces in time for the big match itself.
Watching the final out east? The Cow is another prized gastropub with front row views of the Olympic Park. There’s plenty of space across their two floors and mezzanine to get a good view of the screens, and plenty of boozy options to keep you topped up as the drama unfolds. They’ll throw in your first bottle of beer for free if you pre-book your space.
The Bull provides respite to the weary shoppers of Westfield throughout the week, and it’s also a hotshot destination for all the biggest sporting fixtures. Get set for 80 minutes of thrills and spills from the comfort of one of their bookable spaces, with a flow of classic English eats and real ales to see you through.