The Six Nations rugby is back to perk us up after a long January. Where better to cheer on your favourites than from one of the best rugby pubs on our route? We’ve rounded up our six favourite pubs in London, and our six favourite pubs on the Essex end of the route. Find real ales, pies and pints of atmosphere at one of these 12 beauties. Or try them all for a Grand Slam.
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Six, Six Nations pubs in London
The Railway Tavern
Nearest c2c station: Liverpool Street (10min walk from station)
Address: 15 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7NX
Touted as a ‘Traditional pub for the modern world’ it seems apt to kick our list off with a pub called The Railway! Only a 10 minute walk from Fenchurch Street Station, this pub is located just outside Liverpool Street Station. They serve lovely fresh pub grub all day, every day and boast a selection of fine ales and fine wine, plus screens for the sporting action. Nearby Spitalfields is fun to explore before or after the match.
The Tower Bridge Arms
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street station,(15min walk from station)
Address: 206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP
Wooden furniture and exposed pipes make The Tower Bridge Arms a trendy option to watch the rugby. It’s worth booking ahead to get a seat in front of the branch’s ‘monster screen’ to feel like you’re right in the action. With a wide range of beers, you’ll be able to match your drink to your team too!
Howl at the Moon
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street station (20min bus from station)
Address: 178 Hoxton St, London N1 5LH
Decorated in the artistic and quirky style you’d imagine for an independent, Shoreditch-based public house, Howl at the Moon has vibrancy, character and charm both across the walls and behind the bar. Splattered with pop culture and sports memorabilia on the walls and beers and ales from across both country and continent, it’s a great destination for the rugby. To get here, walk or take a quick bus trip from our
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street station (11min walk from station)
Address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HN
With its self-proclaimed ‘best atmosphere’ for sports, Broadleaf bar and sports lounge offers a great experience for groups of sports lovers. It’s worth booking or getting in early for this ever popular destination, with giant screens and ‘unreal group packages’ on offer, this place is definitely worth a try.
Long Arm Sports Pub and Brewery
Nearest c2c station: Fenchurch Street station (22min walk from station)
Address: 20-26 Worship St, London EC2A 2DX
The exposed pipe and brick work of this London hotspot adds a certain charisma to the consistently buzzing and popular social destination for sports viewing. The Long Arm offers an array of new drinking experiences, and with friendly staff to explain the way through the international menu of tipples galore, you can enjoy the Six Nations in all its glory.
Star of Bethnal Green
Nearest c2c station: West Ham (7min tube from station)
Address: 359 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6LG
This East London located pub describes itself as quirky and against the grain of the typical East End boozer you may find yourself in. From eccentric decorations and a fine balance between relaxed and rocking, The Star offers punters a place to experience the best food and drink when watching the sports, as well as offering more bang for your buck with DJs and karaoke booths in the evening.
Six, Six Nations pubs in Essex
Ye Olde Smack
Nearest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea (7min walk from station)
Address: 7 High St, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2EN
‘The Smack’ is situated at the end of Old Leigh, an old fishing hamlet mentioned in the doomsday book in 1068. Inside it’s warm and friendly with lip-smackingly good ales, lots of big screens with Sky and BT Sport channels, meaning you won’t need to keep pulling out your phone to check the score!
Nearest c2c station: Upminster (1 min walk from station)
Address: 70 Station Rd, Upminster RM14 2TD
A quick punt from Upminster station, The Junction serves plenty of ‘proper’ beer and has enough screens so you’ll never miss a second of the match. A favourite for those heading into London for a night out afterwards, although you may not make the conversion that far. For the Six Nations the pub is offering a discount on some drinks on the menu. Pop in and the friendly staff will be happy to line you up.
The Railway Hotel
Nearest c2c station: West Horndon (2min walk from station)
Address: 13 Station Rd, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3TL
An ankle tap from West Horndon station, The Railway Tavern sports two large screens for all your rugby needs. A village pub that’s really at the heart of the community, you’ll find it attracts a great crowd. Plus it’s got strong rail credentials as it was built in 1886, the same year steam locomotives began to run to West Horndon (formerly East Horndon) from London Fenchurch Street – so it gets our vote!
Nearest c2c station: Westcliff (12 min walk from station)
Address: 426-428 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
More of your traditional public house with an authentic working men’s atmosphere, The Plough in Westcliff welcomes a friendly crowd all keen to enjoy the sporting events on display. It’s also a great place for a pot of snooker or a throw of the darts, making it a great pitch for a pint.
Heroes Sports Bar
Nearest c2c station: Southend (7min walk from station)
Address: 14-16 Southchurch Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2NE
The real heroes here are the hard working and friendly staff, all striving to make any major sports event at this bar and grill the best atmosphere around in Southend. Decorated with plasma TVs throughout, ping pong and snooker tables and a great selection of tipples to try, you’ll do far worse than to experience the Six Nations here.
Nearest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea (19min walk from station)
Address: 125-127 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1PG
By the buzz of the Broadway, the Mariners Court is a prominent pub and restaurant dedicated to offering all of its guests a warm and welcoming experience. The service, food and drink are all of a great standard and with both Sky Sports and BT Sports available, it’s a top drawer destination for all Six Nations unmissable viewing.