Belushi’s Camden Town
This popular late-night party spot can be found below a St. Christopher’s Inn down Camden High Street, and is one of several Belushi’s in London. With an American feel and a ‘relentless rock’n’roll attitude,’ Belushi’s are known for their varied live music and open-mic nights, buckets of beers, burgers galore, sharing dishes of Tex Mex and American diner food and, of course, large screens showing live sports.
The Steam Passage
A staple boozer on Angel’s trendy Upper Street, The Steam Passage is a traditional English pub behind a sleek, black exterior. It’s known for simple but delicious pub grub at very reasonable prices – many of the mid-week deals, such as a Pie and a Pint, rival Wetherspoons in cost – and serves a good variety of ales and lagers. A range of sports are shown daily on the pub’s many screens, including NFL Sundays.
The Steam Passage, 44-46 Upper Street, London, UK, +44 20 7226 5882
The Hercules Pillars
A traditional pub with a penchant for Ancient Greece, the Hercules Pillars is known for its value drinks prices, cheap and cheerful food, and the numerous Hercules statues behind its bar. The pub is also just down the road from the Freemason’s Hall, England’s Masonic headquarters, so who knows who you could be rubbing shoulders with as you enjoy the game.
The Hercules Pillars, 18 Great Queen Street, London, UK, +44 20 7242 2218
Riley’s Sports Bar Haymarket
When they aren’t making snooker tables, sports manufacturers Riley’s are running their chain of popular bars – housing 30 large, HD screens in a split-level bar with a 600-person capacity, their Haymarket branch stands out as London’s biggest sports bar. Established in 1848, Riley’s like to refer to themselves as the ‘original sports bar’ – although quite what that entailed in the 19th century is unclear. Inside Riley’s Haymarket there are four separate bars, pool and snooker tables, ping pong tables, dart boards and a restaurant.
Riley’s Sports Bar, 80 Haymarket, London, UK, +44 20 7930 0393
A Saturday night hotspot in cities around the country, Aussie-themed bar chain Walkabout is known for its party atmosphere, themed nights, great value drinks deals and cheap and cheerful food menu. Throughout the week, they also screen live sporting events on plasma screens and a big screen, with Sunday nights dedicated to NFL matches.
Walkabout Temple, Temple Place, London, UK, +44 20 7395 3690
Number One London Bridge
Located just seconds away from London Bridge Station, Number One London is a vibrant sports bar, and one of the area’s few nightclubs – it’s open until 6AM from Thursdays to Sundays. A giant screen and plasma TVs show live sporting events, while American and English pool tables, ping pong and foosball tables, live music and DJ sets keep revelers entertained.
Number One London Bridge, 1 Duke Street Hill, London, UK, +44 20 3291 3251
Six Yard Box
This quirky sports bar in Elephant and Castle’s Artworks Box Park is probably among London’s smallest, squeezed into a converted shipping container. The personality-filled bar is big on craft beer, with many local options, and boasts ‘the UK’s largest collection of Panini stickers,’ which coat the ceiling so as to distract from its low height – at one point they were even accepted as currency. Six Yard Box operates a BYOF policy and screens all the major sporting events, including NFL.
Six Yard Box, Unit-6, Elephant Road, London, UK, +44 7751 215572
Carlsberg Sports Bar, Empire Casino
Leicester Square’s premier sports bar, the Carlsberg Bar found within the swanky Empire Casino, boasts two giant screens and 14 additional screens beaming out live sport around the clock. The bar aims to show as many NFL games as it can, and even offers a special ‘US sports’ menu – prices, surprisingly, are fairly reasonable.
Carlsberg Sport Bar at Empire Casino, 5-6 Leicester Square, London, UK, +44 20 3642 8597