Ah yes, the timeless question. Where can I watch the rugby? With the World Cup fast approaching we’ve revisited the the best places in Bow and Globe Town to watch sport. From the cosy darkness of the Young Prince to the four screens at The Crown, the area can serve up every type of viewing experience.
448 Roman Rd, E3 5LU
This Roman Road staple has one screen tucked away in its darkest depths, so if you want to watch the rugby with absolute concentration and a pint of bitter, this old-school boozer might just be the place for you. They have a lovely beer garden as well, so there’s somewhere to clear your head if the dreadful performances are getting a little too much.
Particularly good for… cosy, quiet spectating
112 Anglo Rd, E3 5HD
Ever since its renovation in 2016, the Green Goose has become one of the most-loved pubs in the area. During sport season, it has two screens in picture perfect position so you can see the game from wherever you’re sat. Sometimes, it even has a projector in the beer garden, so you don’t miss a second. With the Six Nations approaching they say you can expect ‘homemade sausage rolls, scotch eggs, Guinness and much more.’ Seems like a good deal to us.
Particularly good for… Rugby, a pint, and a hearty meal
43 Morgan St, E3 5AA
This is a classic East End pub. The Morgan Arms was founded in 1839 and the current building has stood since 1892. It has pivoted to a more gastro pub vibe in recent years, making its family-friendly atmosphere an excellent option for watching matches with your kids. They’ll be showing ‘each scrum, lineout and kick live’, so rest assured your Six Nations needs will be met whoever you’re rooting for.
Particularly good for… watching matches with family
The Eleanor Arms
460 Old Ford Rd, E3 5JP
The Eleanor Arms is one of our favourites and is a good bet for rugby season. The community-centric atmosphere lends itself to a fun viewing experience and although there’s no food, you’ll forget your hunger pretty quickly as you get absorbed into the ambience. If you come to a match on Sunday then it’s well worth sticking around for some live jazz. How many pubs can offer rugby and jazz?
Particularly good for… community atmosphere (and jazz)
The Lord Morpeth
402 Old Ford Rd, E3 5NR
Eating a delicious sourdough pizza while watching the game? Sounds pretty good to us. Head to the Lord Morpeth to see matches in super-size, blown up on a projector. The Morpeth isn’t an out-and-out sports pub, so it’s a great fit if you prefer to watch the Six Nations over a martini instead of a pint.
Particularly good for… watching Rugby with your pinky finger sticking out
223 Grove Rd, E3 5SN
The Crown has a big selection of screens so that no one will miss out on a good viewing spot. Find three screens downstairs and one upstairs in a private room that is available for private hire. Their craft beer game is particularly good, and during Six Nations matches they provide a free round of Guinness for all dining bookings of 4 people or more. Pretty good going.
Particularly good for… sit-down viewing and private bookings
8 Coborn Rd, E3 2DA
The Coborn will be showing all Six Nations matches on their two screens. The pub accepts bookings for matches if you want to nab yourself a good spot with friends or family. There’s a good buzz here but matches aren’t too rowdy, so you can enjoy a traditional snack board while you watch.
50 Lichfield Rd, E3 5AL
If, against all odds, it’s sunny, the Lord Tredegar might be your best bet for game day. The covered outdoor area and huge screen lend themselves to outdoor viewing, while the burgers are some of the best around. If, as is likely, the weather is miserable, the Lord Tredegar has one of the cosiest interiors around. Its pristine Victorian interior is a lovely setting to soak in some sport – and locally brewed beer.
Particularly good for… outdoor viewing and comfortable afternoons
The Florist Arms
255 Globe Rd, E2 0JD
The Florist Arms is one of our favourite pubs in Globe Town, and although there is only one screen, the pub is small and everyone will get a good view of the TV. Plus, the pizzas are delicious and only cost £7. The Florist is a great option for lo-key, high-calorie rugby viewing.
Particularly good for… chilled sports viewing
277 Globe Rd, E2 0JD
The Camel is a local favourite and a relaxing place to watch matches. The only scrums here will be on the screens. If you really want an East End boozer experience it’s hard to look past the pie menu here. Rugby and pie? Bloody marvellous. Get there early, as space is limited and fills up quickly.
Particularly good for… pie & mash & rugby
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