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The best sports bars in London

18 April 2022

England is the very essence of a sporting nation. And with incredible venues like Twickenham Stoop, Vitality Stadium, St. Mary's Stadium and Fratton Park hosting the biggest games in London and the South West, there are plenty of places for sports fans to get in on the action.  

Of course, stadiums and arenas aren’t the only place you can watch live sports. Perhaps you’re the type who prefers to cheer on your team from the corner of a bar or pub instead, surrounded by friends, family, and plenty of comforts. Whether you’re a football fanatic, rugby reveller or tennis enthusiast, there’s always a sports bar or pub for you.

Ready for the big match but not sure where to catch it? We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best bars to watch sports in London, categorised by location to make planning all the easier. We’ve even included a family friendly section for those who want to bring the kids along. Plus, when you buy your rail tickets online with us, our SWR Rewards scheme could help you get a round in for next to nothing.

Best bars and pubs to watch sports in Waterloo

The Hole in the Wall

5 Mepham St, London SE1 8SQ

This institution of a pub is set under Waterloo’s railway arches. A bustling commuter hangout, it offers something a little different to other sports bars. With its cheap and cheerful menu, always-on atmosphere and a fantastic selection of beers and ales, The Hole in the Wall is a great spot for sports watching.

Beer garden? No

Price range: £

How to get there: Hole in the wall is a three-minute walk from Waterloo station.

The Windmill, Lambeth

86 The Cut, London SE1 8LW

An atmosphere is guaranteed at this lively Lambeth spot. Having recently undergone a full refurb and menu refresh, The Windmill serves up a great selection of food and drinks, including non-alcoholic beer on tap, a great shout for those early morning matches. If you’re feeling peckish, choose a bite to eat from the pub’s generous menu (with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) as you enjoy the game.

Exterior of the Windmill, Waterloo

Beer garden? No

Price range: ££

How to get there: It takes four minutes to walk to The Windmill from London Waterloo.

Waterloo Tap

Sutton Walk, London SE1 8RL

Chilled music, a laidback vibe and a super handy location? These are just a few of the reasons the Waterloo Tap is one of the best places to watch football in London. Take advantage of the vast selection of cask and keg beer as you kick back and enjoy the match from the comfort of this quirky pub. But you may prefer to make the most of the nicer weather from the covered outdoor seating area.

Interior of the Waterloo Tap

Beer garden? No

Price range: ££

How to get there: Tap Waterloo is just a three-minute walk from Waterloo.

Best bars and pubs to watch sports in Vauxhall

The Black Dog

112 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5ER

Classically styled but with a distinctly modern edge, The Black Dog’s cosy interior is a metaphor for London itself. But sports fans will no doubt be keeping their eye on the game, which is extra easy thanks to the supersized screens dotted about the place. With a great choice in beers and the option of a roast dinner option on Sundays, this popular and charming pub can be enjoyed year-round.

Interior of the Black Dog pub, Vauxhall

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: Vauxhall station to The Black Dog takes just six minutes by foot.

The Beehive

51 Durham St, London SE11 5JA

There are plenty of sports pubs in central London, but The Beehive is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Set in a striking mock Tudor building, The Beehive offers up delicious English pub grub, beer options aplenty, and all-day sporting action on the big screens. What more could we ask for?

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: The Beehive is a short and handy six minutes’ walk from Vauxhall.

Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden

6A S Lambeth Pl, London SW8 1SP

If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to catch the game, head to the food market at Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden. Here, you’ll take your pick from delicious worldwide cuisines including American, Greek, Asian, and Italian, then settle down at a spot in the market’s vast beer garden. All sorts of sports get their turn on the big screens, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the action.

Beer garden at the Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is directly outside Vauxhall station, so it takes less than a minute to walk there.

Best bars and pubs to watch sports in Clapham

The Alexandra

14 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA

There’s nothing worse than a blocked view leaving you to lean side-to-side to get a glimpse of the screen, but at The Alexandra, this simply isn’t an issue. Boasting five TVs and even a projector screen showing live sports, you can guarantee a front seat view every time. And with a regular DJ and a darts club, the fun doesn’t have to end when the whistle blows.

Beer garden? No

Price range: ££

How to get there: The Alexandra is 30 minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction, or you can catch the Overground towards Dalston Junction, getting off at Clapham High Street.

Sports Bar and Grill Clapham Junction

4 St John's Hill, London SW11 1RU

Looking for somewhere to watch Wimbledon? Or perhaps you’re more into your NFL? Well, it’s a guarantee that the big games are always going to make it onto pubs’ screens. But if you’re supporting a smaller team or follow a more niche sport, it can be hard to find a watering hole that’s televising whatever you love most. At Sports Bar and Grill, you get your own personal TV where you can choose from any sport and game currently being broadcast – promising there’ll be no fighting over the TV remote!

Interior of the Sports Bar & Grill, Clapham

Beer garden? No

Price range: ££

How to get there: Sports Bar and Grill Clapham Junction is, as you might expect, right outside Clapham Junction station. That’s how you know it couldn’t be easier to get here using public transport.

The Coach & Horses

173 Clapham Park Rd, London SW4 7EX

With plenty of screens and a projector, The Coach & Horses is a great pub to visit to watch a big game with friends. This quaint little spot is also known for its mouth-wateringly good sourdough pizzas, so why not grab a bite to eat at half time?

Beer garden? No

Price range: ££

How to get there: The easiest way to get to The Coach & Horses Clapham is by bus. From Clapham Junction, get on the number 37 bus towards Peckham, ride for 10 minutes and get off at Bedford Road, Stop E.

Family-friendly places to watch sports in London

The Rosendale, West Dulwich

65 Rosendale Rd, Norwood, London SE21 8EZ

So committed to spots is The Rosendale that this pub has been known to shift its opening hours to cover big international events like the Football and Rugby World Cups. What’s more, this Dulwich spot also offers a huge beer garden with adults' and kids' games, ideal for entertaining family members who may not be as interested in the match.

Interior of the Rosendale pub, Dulwich

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: The nearest station is London Waterloo. From here, head to stop D and catch the X68 bus towards West Croydon. Get off at Norwood Road stop P, before Walking for 10 minutes to reach The Rosendale.

Mommi, Clapham

44-48 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UR

Kids will love the carnival vibe and bright colours of Mommi. This vibrant Clapham venue promises an arty vibe alongside a delicious menu – and it’s one of few pubs to actively invite children along.

Seating is available indoors or outdoors, including designated kids’ tables so your little ones can feel right at home. There are even supervised crafts activities every activities every Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00 – so all that’s left for you to do is relax, order a beverage and enjoy the live sports on Mommi’s TVs. 

Interior of Mommi restaurant, Clapham

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: Mommi is a 37-minute walk from Clapham Junction, or just 12 minutes if you use the Overground. Catch the Overground towards Dalston Junction and hop off at Clapham High Street.

The Eagle, Hammersmith

215 Askew Rd, London W12 9AZ

With Sky Sports’ full package of entertainment, an affordable kids’ menu and a laidback atmosphere, The Eagle is a favourite of families all over London. What’s more, the multicoloured beanbags and zingy outdoor seating area is sure to be a hit with the kids.

The beer garden at the Eagle pub, Hammersmith

Beer garden? Yes

Price range: ££

How to get there: It takes 35 minutes to walk here from Chiswick, or you can travel on the 237 White City bus via Turnham Green Church (Stop DD). You’ll be best getting off at Askew Road Stamford Brook.

A city of sporting giants, the capital is a great place to catch the next big clash. From football to rugby, tennis to athletics, catch all the action from the comfort of a London pub. And thanks to South Western Railway’s network, it’s never been easier to get to your destination. Plan your trip in advance and book your tickets online, where you can choose from a range of ticket types to find the best price. Looking for an even bigger saving? Check any railcards and discounts you may be eligible for.