South Bank London

Where To Watch Sport in South Bank

Whether it's rugby or football, Wimbledon or the Ryder Cup, if you're a sports fan then a friendly pub with good TVs showing all the sports is an essential venue to have on your radar wherever you happen to be in London.  

So that you never need worry about where to watch the sports, we've rounded up the best South Bank pubs and bars known for being lively places to watch the big match.

Fountain & Ink

This stylish modern pub is an airy hangout that attracts the crows for its large craft beer selection, tasty gastropub grub and buzzing after-work atmosphere. There’s also a selection of TVs showing the biggest matches and on Tuesdays and Thursdays (which are, in case you hadn’t noticed, the new Fridays!) in particular this pub is an especially lively spot to catch the big match live.

BrewDog Waterloo

Where better to find a spot to cheer on your team than at the biggest bar in the UK?! Opened in summer 2022, BrewDog Waterloo is massive. In fact it is the biggest bar in the UK! In addition to a whopping 17 TV screens, there are a variety of other attractions that include duckpin bowling lanes, a microbrewery, a secret cocktail bar (look for a phone box and place a call to find your way in) and the famous BrewDog slide. Despite the size, it is still worth booking ahead to secure a table on big match days.

The riverside terrace at the Doggetts

Doggett’s Coat & Badge

For a classic pub experience right on the river, Doggett's Coat and Badge next to Blackfriars Bridge is the place. The name is a tribute to Thomas Doggett, the organiser of the London Bridge to Chelsea rowing race. First held in 1715, it is said to be the oldest continuous sporting event in the UK. A Nicholson's Pub, Doggett's has a fantastic range of cask ales on tap and a classic pub food menu. Note that 'the Doggett's' is undergoing a substantial renovation and will be closed from 19 Jan to 15 Feb 2024.

The Thirsty Bear

Located on Stamford Street, a short walk from the Oxo Tower and Blackfriars Station, The Thirsty Bear is a friendly sports pub with eight TVs and a large projector showing all the big sporting events. If you can't miss a minute of the game, the pub also has a handy ordering system with iPads installed on the tables so you can place an order from your seat. The Thirsty Bear is known for staying open later than most (until 1:30am most nights) as well as for it's interesting draught craft beer selection.

Hole in the Wall

Opened in 1947 in a railway arch opposite the entrance to Waterloo Station, the Hole in The Wall is a local institution. A firmly independent pub, they offer one of the most interesting selections of cask ales from across the UK with regularly changing guest ales. Combined with its old-fashioned decor that has barely changed since it opened, it all adds up to a quirky, cosy spot with a charming dive bar feel.

If you are a rugby fan you'll find good company here, as despite being firmly Not a Sports Pub, over the decades it has become an infamous pit stop for rugby fans hopping on trains to and from Twickenham. There are TVs in the back room where you can watch the big games, while the quaint front room (pictured above), retains its firmly old-school atmosphere.

The Mulberry Bush

Situated just behind Gabriel's Wharf and a stone's throw from the river, this colourful local pub is known for its proper British roast lunches served on Sundays with the fluffiest yorkies, crispy roasties and of course lashings of proper gravy. The Mulberry Bush is a Young's pub and behind the bar is a choice selection of Young’s cask and local ales. This is also a dog friendly pub, so bring your pooch along with you to watch the big match.

Passyunk Avenue

Enjoy the relaxed vibe and frank and friendly service of this all-American Philly dive bar, located inside one of the arches in the Leake Street graffiti tunnel. A popular venue for American expats, and fans of American sports from elsewhere in the world, to come together and guzzle down some all-American beers and wings while watching all the biggest sports live from the US – especially NFL, college football, basketball and baseball. And yes, that means they open late for those red-eye matches too!

Victory Pub

A great spot to meet for drinks before or after a journey, this is a chic, lively and spacious pub with a broad choice of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as all the most popular craft beer options.For sports fans there are tons of screens and a huge bar which generally means wherever you sit you should be close enough to the action.

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