Visiting Twickenham Stadium for a Six Nations fixture? Here is our pick of the best spots to grab a pint before, during and after the game – all in easy walking distance from the ground.
Just a stone’s throw from Richmond Athletic Ground, where London Scottish or Richmond always have a game before the festivities commence at Twickenham, Sun Inn is one of London’s greatest rugby pubs (as are two of Richmond’s other top pubs, the Orange Tree and The Triple Crown). The Sun Inn’s walls are covered with rugby memorabilia and there are three huge 60-inch screens for watching the games. It’s a Fuller’s pub so there’s good beer, but there are also several guest ales available. There’s a BBQ on match days and outside seating to boot.
17 Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RG
The Daily Telegraph reckons that the White Swan is ‘a hidden gem with one of the best beer gardens in London’. Perhaps that’s the case for the rest of the year, but during the Six Nations this beautiful 250-year-old riverside pub and its picturesque gardens are absolutely packed with rugby fans – it’s one of the most entertaining and raucous of meeting places. It’s a free house so has a huge selection of beers.
Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DN
With its huge terrace and frontage onto the Thames at Twickenham, the Barmy Arms is a firm favourite with rugby folk. Just a 20-minute walk from the stadium, this Taylor Walker pub has long been a gathering place for fans before and after Six Nations games. As with the best rugby pubs, large numbers of pints are pre-poured so waiting is kept to a minimum.
The Embankment, London TW1 3DU
This Fuller’s pub in Twickenham is named after the moniker given to the nearby stadium (which was built on a plot dubbed ‘Billy Williams’ cabbage patch’). This rugby-themed pub with a huge beer garden is famous as a meeting place for the hordes of fans streaming off the train at the nearby station. It’s so full on international match days that the finer points of beer presentation get lost, but it does a nice pint of London Pride.
67 London Rd, Twickenham TW1 3SZ
The otherwise unremarkable Duke of Cambridge has several things going for it when it comes to England’s Six Nations home games, but chief among them is proximity to the ground – at eight-minutes’ walk, it’s the nearest pub to the stadium and is around the corner from Harlequins Stoop ground. It also has four screens showing all of the Six Nations games, plus four covered outside patio bars where the pints are pre-poured, cutting down on waiting time. Finally, you can also pre-book a space in the pub car park.
Kneller Rd, Twickenham TW2 7DT