5 of the best... London venues to watch the Rugby World Cup

As the 2015 Rugby World Cup sweeps the nation, C&IT gives the lowdown on the best places for groups to experience the action in London.

5 of the best... London venues to watch the Rugby World Cup
5 of the best... London venues to watch the Rugby World Cup

The Refinery Bankside

This chic, modern Bankside venue can be found inside the stunning Blue Fin Building on Southwark Street and is a hidden gem for groups wanting to watch the rugby in an exciting setting.

The venue offers three Rugby-themed packages: the £25pp Touch Line, which includes finger food and beer; the £25pp Try Line with reserved seating and standing space, as well as food and drink; and finally The William Webb Ellis, at £40pp for minimum sized groups of 30. In addition to a three-course meal before the match, delegates are given a drink on arrival and an exclusive area or private room to enjoy the match as it is projected onto large screens and 50" plasma TVs.

If that's not enough, the venue offers flexible, bespoke packages that allow groups to book out the restaurant or hire out the bar exclusively. In return, The Refinery can be decorated in company colours entirely, in addition to food and beverage, wi-fi and A/V equipment.

Late Night London

With 45 venues dotted around London, Late Night London (LNL) has groups of all sizes covered for this year’s Rugby World Cup, from ten to 2,500.

Four packages are available, starting at £10pp, which includes a beer or wine and a burger. The mid-range option offers bowl food and drinks vouchers at £35pp and £50pp.

Package number four, at £60pp, includes a Champagne reception and canapés, a three-course meal and a sports personality speaker to entertain the guests.

The catalogue of LNL venues offering these experiences include The Sterling, which sits at the foot of The Gherkin and host groups of up to 300 in its newly revamped indoor and outdoor areas, while Sway in Covent Garden includes three bars and a nightclub ideal for celebrating a home nations victory.

A major renovation at West End party venue Tiger Tiger has finished just in time for the Rugby World Cup, introducing a new dining and nightlife concept at the 1,630-capacity event space, giving large groups a chance to truly get into the rugby spirit.

Richmond Hill Hotel

Situated just three miles from where it all kicks off tomorrow in Twickenham is the Richmond Hill Hotel, which at the beginning of September completed a £4.7m redevelopment, enhancing its meetings and event spaces.

The hotel’s Pembrokes Bar is the place for groups to watch the tournament this autumn, with an exciting package that includes a special pre-match, three-course meal and exclusive screening of the games. Group packages are priced at £35pp and the hotel has even put together a map of the best pubs in the area for the obligatory pre- or post-match bar crawl.

Brooklyn Bowl

The O2 in North Greenwich has been a hub of excitement for all England fans in the build up to the World Cup, having hosted Wear the Rose Live, headlined by Take That, and a huge social activation that projected the country’s support onto its enormous white roof.

Two of its venues within the complex are offering exciting packages for groups wanting to make an event of their own around the World Cup. Brooklyn Bowl will screen 12 of the tournament’s group games, including tomorrow's opener of England v Fiji, South Africa v Scotland, and Australia v Wales, on a six-metre screen and six additional plasmas.

The packages include discounted drink offers and live music and entertainment after the matches. Furthermore, sponsors Heineken will be giving away prizes at the venue throughout the tournament.

Groups wanting to incorporate the venue’s main attraction into the evening can do so, with 96 guests able to hit the lanes all at once. In total, the venue can hold up to 500 guests.

All Bar One O2

The second of The O2’s venues that will be hostng corporate groups during the World Cup is All Bar One, located directly to the left of the main entrance.

Group bookings of more than ten will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne and sharing nachos. Additional drink packages starting from £10pp include a range of wine, beers and cocktails. VIP cocktail masterclasses can also be arranged as a quirky extra. 

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