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For all the best Champions League football, Premier League football, FA Cup football, World Cup football, European Cup football, Formula 1 Racing, 6 Nations Rugby, Heineken Cup Rugby, International Test and One-Day Cricket, masters tennis, masters golf, AFL, gaelic football, hurling, ice hockey, American football, baseball, and horse racing events from around the UK and the world, here is your guide to the very best bars and best pubs in London showing live (Sky) sports action on HDTV and plasma TV screens.
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Clapham / Bar / Club /
Live sports bar in Clapham - Fact: this is the LARGEST live sports screen in the UK (24 feet by 15 feet)! It does not get any bigger than this. There are also 6x 50in plasma screens. The entire venue is tantamount to being in a sport-mad crowd anyway, with tier upon tier of singing fans. It's as close to a stadium atmosphere as you can get without having to leave south London. There are bars on every floor too so the long lines for expensive beer at half time are a thing of the past. The big sporting events of the calendar include the NFL Super Bowl final, the 6 Nations Rugby, AFL Grand Final, NRL Grand Final, Four Nations Rugby, and the World Cup in both football and rugby.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Live sports bar in Shoreditch - Bar Kick's atmosphere is second to none when it comes to bringing different nations and supporters together over a game of football. Whether it's live Premiership football, live UEFA Champions League football, live World Cup football, or live Euro football, Bar Kick show it all. All 3D matches will be screened in the basement, next to all the fusbal tables. This is where you come to watch a football match in the same heightened, ram-packed environment as a football stadium. HAPPY HOUR every day 4 to 7pm - bottles of house beer £2, and all monthly cocktails reduced to £4.85
Bison & Bird
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Live sports bar in Clapham - This sports-friendly party bar next to Clapham Common tube station has 5x HD Plasma TVs and a new HD Projector with 2 Sky boxes able to show multiple sporting events as once! All televised Premier League games shown live via Sky or ESPN. All English Clubs represented in Champions League get preference on Tuesday/Wednesday nights and following the tournament right through to the final in 2013. There is also a 3D plasma screen with glasses available to purchase at the bar for a nominal fee. Reserve your seats on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7622 4436
Fitzrovia / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
Live sports bar in Fitzrovia - one of central London's premier bars for watching Premier League football, Champions League football, Bundes Liga football, Serie A football, Super 15 rugby, 6 Nations rugby, and Formula 1 racing on a 60" LED Screen. Alternatively, for those looking to hold a private party, the Lotus Lounge screening room has HD projection, a 15ft cinema screen, and 7.2 full cinematic surround (as well as Wii and Playstation). During the new Formula 1 season a 6-bottle bucket of American Craft Beer is only £15. click here for upcoming live sports screenings. Call 020 33 70 5838 to book
The Sports Cafe
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Live sports bar in the West End - It may be a bit cheesy, and often filled with more Essex girls (pre-drinking before a night out at Tiger Tiger) than in Essex itself, but the Sports Cafe does have three things going for it for: it's location, smack bang in central London; cheap drinks; and, a whole schwak of sports screens, spread out across its two floors. The stats alone say it all really; 3 restaurants, 10 private booths, 4 bars, 7 pool tables, 92 HD screens, 2 projectors, 8 booth TVs and over 100,000 TV channels. There is no chance of missing any live football, rugby, ice hockey, AFL, NFL or NBA games if you plonk yourself at this bar on Haymarket in central London.
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pub
Live sports bar in Fulham - This west London sports bar is popular with many of our Australian, Kiwi, and South African guests. So, alongside your regular live sport diet of football and Formula 1, the bar's big screens (HD projector) and 3D plasma screens in the bar and in the beer garden show much of the world's rugby, cricket, tennis and AFL matches - check out the line up here. Also, make sure you check out The Big Smoke BBQ whilst you're getting hungry. To reserve a booth or area, email email@example.com
The Famous Three Kings
Kensington / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Live sports bar in Kensington - With more screens than any sports fan could ever dream off - boasting access to over 71,000 TV Channels (25% of the world's satellite capacity) - The Famous Three Kings sports pub is a great choice to watch football, rugby and cricket. The pub can accommodate more than one game at a time with ease with separate areas. You can also grab two meals for £11 and drink until 1am Monday-Sunday. Now if that isn't evidence of live sports fanaticism, what is?
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: International
Live sports bar in Soho - Enjoy all the top sporting matches at Zebrano Soho in 2013. The bar will be showing all the games on big flat screens (showing Sky Sports) and you can even grab yourself a beer and burger for only £8! Or make an evening of it and get a sharing platter with wine for two for only £19.95. With a great atmosphere and even better beer, this is the perfect venue to fulfill your sporting desires! You can book tables by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 2787 5267
The Lord's Tavern
Maida Vale & St Johns Wood / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Live sports bar in St John's Wood - The sporting pub for the discerning cricket fan, this pub is located next to the home of cricket - be sure to take a tour of the ground - and boasts 3 TV screen indoors and 2 more TV screens outside on the decking (during the summer 'cricketing' months). Throughout the year, the majority of live sporting fixtures are shown during normal pub hours. Just the ticket with the range of specialty beers and locally sourced pub grub offered. Plus, there's free wifi so you can jump online at any time from your mobile to resolve that discussion about who has the highest batting average.
Broadway Bar and Grill
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Live sports bar in Fulham - being this close to Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium, it's little wonder that this west London bar is crazy about football. It has 8 HD plasma screens dotted around the ground floor area so that you can be stood in any part of the bar and not miss a single kick. There's also a screen in the private dining room upstairs in the Brasa restaurant if you want to organise your own sports party. The Sky Sports Ultimate package this bar boasts means different games can be shown simultaneously if need be. ESPN is also available.
Whitechapel & Wapping / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Live sports bar in St Katharine Docks - Cape is one of the best bars in London to watch live sport because all top sports channels such as Sky Sports and ESPN are available. 7 large plasma screens show Premier League football, UEFA Champions League football, FA Cup football, international football, rugby union, rugby league, Formula 1, golf and tennis, and if there's time for a break amongst all that non-stop sport, there are two American style pool tables to entertain you and your mates as well. Food starts at breakfast and ends with dinner, so make a day of it.
Roxy Bar & Screen
Borough & Southwark / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Live sports bar in Borough - Enjoy Premier League football, Champions League football, World Cup football, Formula 1 racing, and 6 Nations Rugby in High Definition at Roxy Bar & Screen, on the 4m cinema screen and a 1.5m screen with cinema sound and seating for over 100. Full range of beers and food available every day.
Camden / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Eclectic
Live sports bar in Camden - Proud Camden has 7 individual stables for hire all with 50" wide screen HD flat screen TVs, one with Sky 3D. You and up to 50 friends can hire a stable to watch plenty of sport matches and events. The hostess service will fetch you bottles from the bar and you can pre-order buckets of beer to be chilled and ready for your arrival. There are also PS3 video games available in case you get board.