The many towns on the c2c route offer more than just picturesque views and seaside charm; they’re home to some of the best pubs in the country, perfect for catching every thrilling moment of the Olympics. From equestrian to 100m sprints, and water polo to skateboarding, there’s bound to be a sport that captures your interest and there’s plenty of places along the c2c line to soak up the Olympic atmosphere.

To help get the full Olympic experience (without going to the Paris games), we’ve collated a list of London and South Essex’s best pubs to catch the action this summer.

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Boom Battle Bar Southend

Quickly becoming one of the most popular venues in the UK, Boom Battle Bar has over 30 locations up and down the country (and Dubai). Not only do they have a huge projector to catch all the events, but the Southend venue has some great food and a plethora of activities. You can battle it out with your mates on pool tables, augmented axe throwing, ‘crazier’ golf, and more. This bar is the perfect all-rounder.

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The Alex

Situated in the heart of Southend High Street (but tucked away enough to feel like a secluded spot), the Alex is one of the places to be for the Olympics and will be showing every second of the games. They have plenty of special offers throughout the summer, including limited edition exclusives for their bottomless brunch. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

The Meadowlark

The Meadowlark is a great pub for all occasions. Great food, a wide selection of drinks, pool tables, live music, and most importantly a beer garden and TV’s, perfect for the Olympics. 

Located in between Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness stations, it will take a little under 30 minutes to walk from either station.

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The Junction

A short walk from Upminster station, The Junction offers a wide selection of quality beers and numerous screens to ensure you never miss a moment of the Olympics. It’s a popular spot for those planning a night out in London afterwards, though you might find it hard to leave.

Mariners Court

Are you fancying a classic pub vibe? The Mariners Court is the perfect place for you. A traditional pub nestled in the centre of Leigh-on-Sea Broadway, this is a calmer spot to watch the Olympics with a premium food menu and a wide array of drinks available.

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