Sports bars and big screens in London

If you're a fan of football, it's likely you'll be glued to the TV for another season's matches. And watching games is always more fun with your friends. For those visiting the city or looking for an affordable stay, there are plenty of cheap hotels in London to choose from.

Once you're settled in your budget-friendly accommodation, here are some great places in London to get together with friends and cheer on your team. We've found a range of London sports bars where you can see the matches on big screens, easily accessible from various economical hotels across the city.


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1. Belushi's - London Bridge

There are six Belushi's across London, but we recommend The Dugout at London Bridge. They've got large multi-screens across the bar along with a projector for the big games. Their burger range should sort you out for food, and the happy hours are long. 

They've also got bars in Covent Garden, Hammersmith, Greenwich, Shepherd's Bush, and Camden. For those looking to stay close to the vibrant Covent Garden area without breaking the bank, there are a number of cheap hotels in Covent Garden, offering convenient access to these popular bar locations.

Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 12pm to 1am, Fri-Sat: 12pm to 4am.

Getting there: The Dugout Basement, 161-165 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1HR.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge.

2. Sports Bar and Grill - Canary Wharf

With six locations across London, the latest bar to open at Canary Wharf is huge, set across different levels and has tables to hire for the matches. They've got a decent menu, with hot dogs and burgers. These pubs have a lot of screens, so even if you don't have a table , you should be able to get a decent view of the game.

You can also find a bar in Piccadilly Circus, Marylebone, Farringdon, Victoria and Waterloo.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 7.30am to 12am, Sun: 8.30am to 11pm.

Getting there: Crossrail Station & Retail Mall, 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR.

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf (DLR and Tube).

3. Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket

One of the oldest established sports bars in London, Rileys have 37 HD screens and four giant HD projectors to watch all the EURO 2016 games on. As one of the biggest venues in Central London expect it to be a popular spot. Time it so you'll be able to take advantage of their excellent happy hour (5pm to 7pm).

This venue isn't a members club, so you can just turn up to watch the games, or play pool and ping pong.

Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 10am to 12am, Thur-Sat: 10am till late

Getting there: 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE.

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus.

4. No1 Bar London Bridge

They've got three giant screens to show the football, along with six large plasma screens throughout the bar. If you fancy playing pool on one of their five tables, you might want to book in advance - or hire a ping-pong or football table.

Want to keep the party going post-match? Their club nights run from Wednesday to Sunday, and they're open til 6am.

Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 2pm to 3am, Thur-Sat: 2pm to 6am.

Getting there: 1 Duke St Hill, London SE1 2SW.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge.

5. Carlsberg Sports Bar - Leicester Square

If you want to watch round-the-clock sport, then try this bar in the Empire Casino. They've got giant screens as well as plasma screens dotted around, as well as extra seating. Food is available pretty much all the time.

Opening hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week - food served 6am to 4am.

Getting there: 5-6 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA.

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square.

6. Famous Three Kings - Fulham

This pub has more TV screens than you can shake a stick at, as well as giant screens for the major events. They usually have special drinks offers for the game, but otherwise you can get pints of real ale along with the lager, wine and spirits.

Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 12pm to 12am, Thur-Sat: 12pm to 1am (Food until 10am).

Getting there: 171 North End Road, Fulham, London, W14 9NL.

Nearest Tube: West Kensington.

7. Temple Walkabout - Temple / Blackfriars

Clearly the Aussies have their own football to think about however they're still happy to throw a  party. They've got a giant super screen as well as plenty of plasma's dotted around, so you should be able to get a decent view.

Opening hours: Mon: 8am to 1am, Tue: 8am to 12am, Wed-Thur: 8am to 1am, Fri: 8am to 3am, Sun: 9am to 12am.

Getting there: Temple Place, London, WC2R 2PH.

Nearest Tube: Temple and Embankment.


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8. Roxy Bar & Screen London Bridge

This is a unique sports bar and cinema in one. Watch the game on a 4m HD digital cinema screen, and get table service to boot.

Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 10am to 11.30pm, Fri-Sat: 10am to 1am.

Getting there: 128-132 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge.

9. Bavarian Beerhouse - Tower Hill

You should be able to watch all the Bundesliga matches, German National Team, Champions League games and Europe League. They've got big screens in their Tower Hill and Old Street venues to watch those games in, preferably with a stein in both hands - and they have German commentary.

Opening hours: Mon-Thur: 12pm to 11pm, Fri: 12pm to 1am, Sat-Sun: 11am to 1am.

Getting there: The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AU.

Nearest Tube: Tower Hill.

10. Bar Kick - Shoreditch

This funky cafe in Shoreditch is usually a good place to practice your table football skills, but they're also showing all the Premier League and European games. For those looking to stay nearby, there are various hotels in Shoreditch, providing easy access to this and other local hotspots.

Their sister cafe, Cafe Kick in Exmouth Market, should also have the games on. Both cafes offer decent happy hours between 4pm and 7pm, perfect for enjoying after checking into one of the nearby Shoreditch hotels.

Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 12pm to 11pm, Thur: 12pm to 12am, Fri-Sar: 12pm to 1am, Sun: 12pm to 10.30pm.

Getting there: Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE.

Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High St or Old Street.

11. The Water Poet - Shoreditch

If the sun is shining, you're in luck - this pub has screens in their spacious beer garden. There's nine TVs in total here and the food is pretty decent. You should be able to hire tables if you plan ahead. 

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11am to 11pm, Sat: 12pm to 11pm, Sun: 12pm to 10.30pm.

Getting there: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX.

Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street.

They'll be playing all the major games here on their two HD Projectors and 5 Plasma screens. Their sister bar, The Elk in Fulham, will also be showing the games on their screens 

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm to 11pm, Tue-Wed: 12pm to 12am, Thur-Fri: 12pm to 1am, Sat: 10am to 1am, Sun: 10am to 10.30pm.

Getting there: 182 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UG.

Nearest Tube: Clapham Common.

13. The Euston Flyer - Kings Cross

Beloved by commuters due to its close proximity to both Kings Cross and Euston main line stations, this pub will be showing all the major Premier League and European games on big screens. You can buy real ales in this traditional pub and they also have a full food menu if you get hungry.

Opening hours: Mon: 10am to 11pm, Tue-Wed: 10am to 11.30pm, Thur-Sat: 10am to 12am, Sun: 12pm to 11pm.

Getting there: 83-87 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA.

Nearest Tube: Kings Cross (Euston also close).

14. The Old Red Lion - Angel

This lovely pub has a theatre upstairs, but they love showing sport here. There's two large projector screens, as well as four plasma screens. They've even got a screen in their beer garden outside.

Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 12pm to 12am, Fri-Sat: 12pm to 1am.

Getting there: 418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ.

Nearest Tube: Angel.

Where will you be watching football matches in London?

We'd love to hear your top tips for following the football in London. Let us know where you'll be watching by leaving a comment below. Alternatively if you want to escape the beautiful game - we've got a guide to rooftop bars in London, pubs with beer gardens as well as some riverside pubs for a drink instead.

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