The Best Spots in London to Watch Live Sports this Summer

June 8, 2016

We round up some of the best and most atmospheric places to watch Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics in London this summer. Queue the sporting action...

If you end up watching Wimbledon home alone or the Euros in a pub with a faulty TV no bigger than the guy's head in front of you, don't come crying to us saying you didn't know where else to go. Everyone knows watching the major sporting events with your mates on a big screen is the next best thing to being in the stands. Whether you're looking for a unique venue to watch the football, a spot in the sun to drink your Pimms while watching the tennis or a top sporty hangout to get your Rio Olympics fix, we should have you covered.

From outdoor screenings to the best sports bars, these are our picks of the best places to be in London for watching this summer's sporting action.  

Outdoor Screenings

A large crowd watching live sport outside in the sun.

LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL

Showing: Wimbledon and the Olympics
Price: Free
Where?: London Bridge City
Nearest Tube/Station: London Bridge

London's largest outdoor free festival runs between June 1st - October 31st and boasts a jam packed schedule full of events that range from fitness classes to live theatre and music. And a huge part of the festival this summer will involve some sporting action on the big screen in The Scoop. Visitors will be able to enjoy strawberries and cream and a jug of Pimm's in true British style while watching Wimbledon, before the venue (the official Team GB fan zone for the Rio Olympics) shows live coverage of the games from August 6th. Situated right beside the Thames with a view of Tower Bridge, the scenery isn't bad either. Fingers crossed for sunshine.


POP FOOTBALL KENNINGTON PARK

Showing: Euro 2016 (knockout stages) and Wimbledon
Price: Free
Where?: Kennington Park
Nearest Tube/Station: Oval

Pop Football is a concept developed by the Six Yard Box Bar which aims to bring sporting events to unusual spaces in the UK. As we and many of you may have found, finding a large outdoor screen that's showing the Euros this year has been a challenge in itself. Step forward Pop Football in Kennington Park which will be one of the hottest venues in town to watch your nation if they reach the knockout stages. Here you're sure to find a buzzing atmosphere as hundreds flock to watch Rooney and co on the five-metre screen. And you can even catch the Wimbledon action on offer too. We should also mention the ping pong and foosball tables, country cider bar, craft beer bar and tasty street food that's here too (just in case you're not into the sports).


GREAT BRITISH SUMMER ONE NEW CHANGE

Showing: Wimbledon
Price: Free
Where?: The City
Nearest Tube/Station: St Paul's

Great British Summer presents three fantastic outdoor London locations for this year's Wimbledon tournament, each featuring a giant outdoor screen housed in a retro caravan, cosy deck chairs and giant union jack cushions. One of the venues is based at Cardinal Place near Victoria tube station where as another can be found at New Street Square near Chancery Lane. However, our favourite of the three is situated on the sixth floor roof terrace of the One New Change building in the heart of London. And yes, our opinion does have something to do with the stunning skyline views of the city and beyond. Even during the most important matches, we can forgive you for taking your eyes off the screen for a few seconds.

Sports Bars

Friends drinking, celebrating and watching live football in a sports bar.

CARLSBERG SPORTS BAR

Showing: Sport on demand
Price: Free
Where?: Soho
Nearest Tube/Station: Leicester Square

If Carlsberg did sports bars... well, they do. And even though we can't vouch for this one in Leicester Square being the world's best, it's certainly one of London's. Located at the emphatic Empire Casino, Carlsberg's 24/7 sports bar loves its football, showing all the major tournaments, as well as many other sports like F1 and golf. A recent refurbishment saw a state-of-the-art 3x3 screen and more seating installed to keep this hangout a cut above the rest. Food and snacks are reasonably priced and the Carlsberg Sharing Deals are perfect for a group of mates watching the game. Our favourite is the Football Fan Sharing Deal for Six where for £100 you'll get six burgers, two chicken bites and two pitchers of... you guessed it - Carlsberg. Not bad for a bar in Soho.


BELUSHI'S THE DUGOUT

Showing: Sport on demand
Price: Free
Where?: London Bridge
Nearest Tube/Station: London Bridge

Belushi's is a renowned brand with venues popping up not just all around London but elsewhere in the UK and even across Europe. One of its draws is its affiliation with live sports and the London Bridge branch is hugely popular with sports fanatics because of the acquisition of their American themed bar down in the basement called The Dugout. This man cave has been kitted out with countless screens, gaming machines, beer pong, projector viewing and a private living room area complete with an Xbox and your very own beer fridge. And don't worry, this pad might be American-themed but they know all about the kind of football (or soccer) that involves using your feet rather than your hands, so you can expect this place to be packed for the Euros. 


RILEYS

Showing: Sport on demand
Price: Free
Where?: Soho
Nearest Tube/Station: Piccadilly Circus

Hailed as London's biggest sports bar, Rileys' Haymarket branch is littered with 34 screens showing more than 70 sports channels alongside American and English pool tables, foosball tables, ping pong tables, a restaurant and four bars. With huge screens creating an electric atmosphere for all the big sporting events and matches, Rileys is easily one of the best ultimate sports venues in London. And if you've had a few beers and are starting to feel hungry, it delivers on food too with lots of hearty grub to help line your stomach. Plus this particular Rileys isn't a members club so there's no need to join.  

UNIQUE SPORTING VENUES

Three friends supporting different nations, Germany, Spain and Italy at Euro 2016.

HYUNDAI FANDOME

Showing: Euro 2016
Price: Free but you'll need a ticket. Book here.
Where?: King's Cross
Nearest Tube/Station: King's Cross

The Hyundai FanDome will be one of London's most unique venues where you can catch every minute of Euro 2016 this summer. Promoted by ex-football hardman Vinnie Jones, the venue is located in Lewis Cubitt Square just a ten minute walk from King's Cross Station. Event organisers are claiming the dome will present a live, multi-sensory football experience with 360-degree wrap-around screens putting you as close to the game as possible. Every match can accommodate 1000 fans who will pack the dome creating a great atmosphere but you'll need to purchase a free ticket in advance. Just head to Ticketmaster and get yours for your chosen game before they get snapped up.


THE GRAND

Showing: Euro 2016, Wimbledon, the Olympics and more.
Price: Free
Where?: Clapham
Nearest Tube/Station: Clapham Junction

Thinking of heading to a bar but worried you won't get a good view of the action? Opt for The Grand instead with the largest HD sports screen in London at an enormous 24ft wide, two 8ft x 6ft HD screens and six 50 inch plasmas, all making sure you won't miss a second. Showing the big matches and events at Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics, this 1,250-capacity venue is one of Clapham's nightlife hotspots. Theatre-style seating around the big screen should ensure a great view and with popcorn and hot dog machines at your disposal, The Grand has every chance to become one of London's most popular sporting venues this summer.


POP FIELDS

Showing: Euro 2016, Wimbledon, the Olympics and more.
Price: Free
Where?: Brixton
Nearest Tube/Station: Brixton

On an empty piece of land adjacent to Pop Brixton, a temporary hub for this summer's sporting action will be created and called Pop Fields. It will aim to bring the local community together and emphasise the importance of fitness through a number of sports-related events and classes. Plus, the likes of Harry Kane, Andy Murray and Usain Bolt will all take to the screen to entertain the crowd. Pop Brixton's community of traders and a new partnership with Brixton Brewery, will ensure the food and drinks are flowing as you sit back and enjoy one of South London's best venues to watch the major sporting events this summer.

Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.