We’d all rather forget about 2015’s disastrous Rugby World Cup for hosts England – the first time in the tournament’s history that a solo host nation failed to progress to the knockout stages. On the other hand, we’ll never forget Japan’s stunning victory over South Africa in arguably the biggest upset in the history of the sport. The Land of the Rising Sun plays host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with 20 teams competing to get their hands on the Webb Ellis Cup. We’ve highlighted some of the best places in London to watch the action – we can’t guarantee you won’t be involved in a scrum, particularly if England progress through to the knockout stages…
Ham Yard Hotel Breakfast Series, Soho
Rightly billed as a ‘breakfast of champions,’ the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho is hosting four exclusive Rugby World Cup brunches. Held in the hotel’s light-filled Orangery room, guests can enjoy a bounty of Spanish omelettes, kedgeree scotch eggs, smoked salmon and bacon rolls, alongside flowing Bloody Mary or Bellini cocktails.
Date: 22 and 26 September; 5 October and 12 October 2019 Time: During the match Price: £50 per person including two drinks and breakfast platters Location: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus
The Prince, Earls Court
The Prince in Earls Court draws crowds for its large pergola-style woodland garden, retractable roof and impressive array of street food options. While showing the Rugby World Cup live on the big screens, The Prince is serving early morning beer from Wolfpack lager and a special rugby brunch burger from new restaurant Wildcard, which loads steak and eggs with caramelised red onion in a fluffy English muffin.
Date: Dates correlating with matches Time: During the match Location: 14 Lillie Road, Hammersmith, London SW6 1TT Closest Station: West Brompton
The Wigmore at The Langham, Marylebone
Adjoined to The Langham hotel, The Wigmore pairs heritage pub grub with pin-sharp service and plush asparagus-green interiors. The ‘posh pub’ is ideal for watching the Rugby World Cup live from Japan, with a sophisticated drinks menu overseen by the hotel’s award-winning Artesian bar. Indulgent sustenance includes a molten three-cheese and mustard toastie; Masala spiced scotch-eggs with a dahl relish and buttered crumpets with steamed cock crab.
Date: Dates correlating with matches Time: During the match Location: 15 Langham Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 3DE Closest Station: Oxford Circus Underground
The Chelsea Courtyard Bistro and Bar, Chelsea
Located a mere box kick from the King’s Road, the Chelsea Courtyard is a serene, heated al fresco space, decked out with greenery and water fountains. Throughout the Rugby World Cup, guests can enjoy unlimited tea and coffee when eating from the breakfast menu. Enjoy rustic sourdough topped with smashed avocado and beetroot puree; sliced banana with granola or butternut squash and feta. All of the courtyard’s ornaments, planters, cushions and lighting are available at the neighbouring Chelsea Gardener flagship boutique.
Date: Dates correlating with matches Time: During the match Location: 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT Closest Station: South Kensington