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A guide to the best sports bars in London for live TV coverage of UEFA 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 such as the England Vs Australia Ashes, masters tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon, masters golf like the Scottish Open, AFL, gaelic football, hurling, ice hockey, American football, baseball, and horse racing events from around the UK and the world. London's top bars and best pubs for screening live Sky Sports action on HDTV and plasma TV screens, and occasionally in 3D.
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Victoria / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
This Sports Lounge in Victoria is a sports fan's field of dreams - boasting five screens (including two mega screens), screening all competitive domestic and international sport (football, rugby, cricket, tennis, formula 1, you name it) throughout the day and night. Plus, there's an American 8-Ball pool table and two Shuffleboard tables - the perfect entertainment for half time and pre- and post-match. The bar menu features delicious croquettes, pizza, burgers and so much more, served all day long.
Riley's Sports Bar, Haymarket
St James / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Possibly Central London's best sports bar, Riley's on Haymarket provides three ping pong tables, seven pool tables, four bars, one of the largest sports screen in London plus 34 TVs screening 70 different sports channels from around the world. If they're not showing it, then the match probably never happened.
Sports Bar & Grill
Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Head to the Sports Bar & Grill in Marylebone to watch your team play on an array of LED HD TV screens conveniently placed all around the venue's two floors. Whether you are a football, tennis, golf or Formula 1 fan, you won't be disappointed. Situated inside Marylebone's station, the Sports Bar & Grill is easy to reach - a perfect spot to catch some action from the Olympics too. Its wide choice of burgers will keep your protein level just right.
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 foosball 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 £2.50, and all monthly cocktails reduced to £4.95
Carlsberg Sports Bar
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
Carlsberg actually DO sports bars, and while they may not necessarily be the best in the world, their flagship London venue located in Leicester Square's Empire Casino combines televised sport, casual gambling and hearty food with an admirable deftness of touch and a fantastic Central London atmosphere. Book ahead before major sporting events - World Cups, Premier Leagues, Champions League - to gain access to the exclusive inner circle, featuring table service, comfy sofas and one of the biggest plasma screens to ever grace the West End. Plus, it's open 24 hours so maybe book the next day off work.
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.
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. Also, make sure you check out The Big Smoke BBQ whilst you're getting hungry.
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 three tapas dishes for £11 and drink until 12am Sunday to Wednesday and 1am Thursday to Saturday. Now if that isn't evidence of live sports fanaticism, what is?
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 9 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.
Clapham / Bar / Club /
With a gigantic 24ft wide-screen, this is the ideal venue to enjoy the ultimate live sport experience. They also have two 8ft x 6ft HD screens and six 50 inch plasma televisions. They show a whole multitude of sporting action with the main focus being on football and rugby. With popcorn and hot dog machines and a massive pie warmer, alongside well-priced drinks, the Grand is perfect for an afternoon to evening of sports viewing pleasure.
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