Where To Watch The Rugby This Weekend | SLMan
England are but 80 minutes away from becoming rugby’s world champions for only the second time. At 9am this Saturday it is all happening and it's just the small matter of 2 times World Cup winners South Africa standing in our way. Not usual pub opening hours but of course there are plenty of venues making allowances and we’ve rounded up London’s best venues opening their doors early…

If You Want To Be Part Of A Big Crowd…

Clapham Grand

Across the way from Clapham Junction station, this vast pub is screening the game on a 24ft cinema screen. Having shown all of the big matches at last year’s football World Cup, it knows exactly what it’s doing. There will be eight additional plasma screens throughout the venue, as well as a fully stocked bar and food served throughout the game. Tickets from £11.
 
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT

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Greenwood Sports Pub and Kitchen

It has shown every match in the World Cup so far and this Saturday will be no different. An easy walk from Victoria station, it’s going to be a popular venue and worth booking in advance. As well the strong drinks selection, there’s a solid range of matchday favourites on offer from the kitchen. Start with a bacon roll and coffee – or go all in with a breakfast bap and pitcher of Heineken. Buy advance tickets to guarantee entry.
 
170 Victoria St, Westminster, SW1E 5LB

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Tooting market 

The only place to be in Tooting on Saturday morning to watch the game. South London's award winning covered market will be showing England take on South Africa on a huge projector screen, so expect an electric atmosphere and a big crowd. Enjoy breakfast from one of the many  street food vendors and get there early to ensure a front row bench.

21-23 Tooting High St, Tooting, SW17 0SN

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If You Want To Take Kids…

Twickenham Stadium

The home of English rugby is beaming the action live from Japan. Doors open at 7.30am. After a welcome breakfast cocktail or mocktail in The Live Room, you’ll be able to enjoy a breakfast bap, with unlimited tea and coffee, and a matchday atmosphere. Whether it’s for celebrations or drowning of sorrows, the bar stays open until 1pm. Tickets are £30 (£5 for under-12s).
 
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA

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Flat Iron Square

This is another one that’s shown every single game in the tournament so far. As well as a special rugby partnership with GUINNESS there are 10 food traders and three restaurants, all honouring the World Cup’s host nation with Japanese inspired breakfasts (as well as more traditional options). The atmosphere will be hard to beat – just bring coats and blankets as it is open air.
 
64 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1RU

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If You’re With Friends…

Queens Skate Dine Bowl

Catch all the live action on this bowling and games arcade’s super-sized screens, while enjoying food from MEATliquor and toasting with pitchers of beer. Afterwards, celebrate – or distract yourselves – with a game or two on the ten-pin bowling alleys. 
 
17 Queensway, Queensway, W2 4PQ

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The Prince

Much loved for its Instagram-friendly interiors and group-friendly tables, the Fulham pub is welcoming early risers for the final – it opens at 7:30am. Enjoy a morning beer from Wolfpack Lager and brunch from new restaurant Wildcard: look out for Steak & Eggs with caramelised red onion, breakfast sauce and smoked butter in an English muffin; and The Full House, including pork patty, double bacon, cheese, breakfast sauce and smoked butter, all served in an English muffin with a hash brown chaser. A vegan breakfast is also up for grabs. No booking required, but be warned this is a seriously popular spot. 
 
14 Lillie Rd, Fulham, SW6 1TT

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If You Want A Delicious Breakfast…

Hippo Inns

Across London, Hippo Inns will be opening early for the big game with special breakfast and brunch menus. Every menu offers something different, such as the Townhouse Trio Bap filled with egg, bacon and sausage at the Islington Town House; a full English breakfast alongside bottomless jugs of beer or Bloody Marys at the Grafton in Kentish Town; Back Row avocado toast at the Blue Anchor in Hammersmith; or a sausage or bacon bap with egg and a pint for £10 at the Eagle in Ladbroke Grove. At the George on the Isle of Dogs, large groups can order breakfast bagel slider sharing platters for £20. Some locations even have private rooms for hire.
 
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Brewhouse & Kitchen

All three Brewhouse and Kitchens (Highbury, Islington and Hoxton) are opening early on Saturday. Try the brew pub’s new Brunch Burger served in a ‘croll’ (a cross between a croissant and a roll), as well as buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberry, blueberry, banana & maple syrup, a B&K Full English and Smoked Bacon Eggs Benedict. All of these and more will be served alongside newly tapped low-ABV beers on draught, as well as more than 70 craft beers and ciders and an extensive range of soft drinks if you’re not feeling the early morning brewskies! For parties of 6+ they require a deposit of £5 per person to secure the booking.
 
Various locations

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If You Want To Be Outside…

Skylight Rooftop

For a morning eye-opener head to Skylight Rooftop where you can catch all the action while taking in the panoramic views of the city. The game will be screened early doors across all three floors and the bar is equipped – come rain or shine – with indoor and outdoor screens, street food, entertainment and lawn games. Brunch will be available from YIRO and Flipside, as well as plenty of morning ‘eye-openers’ to help with the bracing start time.
 
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF

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If You Want Great Beer…

Long Arm Sports Pub & Brewery

This one delivers on what you’d expect from a (classy) dedicated sports pubs: two giant projector screens; a host of other TVs; plenty of space; and good beer and food options. Guests can grab steins from the on-site brewery and choose from brunch dishes and classic pub grub.
 
20-26 Worship Street, Old Street, EC2A 2DX

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If You Want To Reserve A Table…

The Ham Yard Hotel

Watch the game with a ‘Breakfast of Champions’ in the beautiful Orangery room at the Ham Yard Hotel. Tickets cost £50 per person and include a welcome Bloody Mary or Bellini, as well as delicious food platters including smoked salmon and egg sliders.
 
1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT

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Belushi’s

It might not be flash, but Belushi’s is big on sports and has five branches, so it’s a good bet for last-minute bookings. Each of its London venues (Camden, Greenwich, Hammersmith, London Bridge, Shepherd’s Bush) is screening the final on massive HD screens and giant projectors, while serving fry-ups, breakfast burritos and vegan breakfasts from 5am and burgers from 10.45am. Tables go from £12pp, with VIP Booths from £25pp. There’s also Stadium Seating from £12pp at Hammersmith, Man Caves from £750 at London Bridge and other private areas with a £300 minimum spend.
 
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