Its been a bumper Summer for Great British sport this year and this month all eyes will be on Britain once again as it hosts the 2015 Rugby World Cup. London and other cities across Britain will be welcoming the worlds rugby heavyweights for over a month of first class scrum action. But dont worry if you dont have a ticket, theres more than one way to enjoy this classic British sport. From the best big screens to hosting your own private party, here are our top ways to watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 in style within the capital.
Soak up the thrill of the matches in the same spot that saw 2012s Olympic heroes going for gold. One of the official championship fanzones, the architectural Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Londons hip Hackney Wick will be a hive of sporting activity throughout the 2015 tournament. In-between hosting matches, there will be constant coverage on their big screen, live music and an array of food and drink stall vendors courtesy of Londons now legendary street food scene.
Get a bird’s-eye view
If you prefer enjoying your match with a view then Searcys offers the ideal sky-high perch for taking in those final all-important games. Nestled atop the iconic Gherkin building, here tables of 8 friends or more can warm up with Champagne and canapés served together with a 360 degree panorama of the city before settling down to a 3 course meal to watch the climatic final matches.
Hire a private room
You just cant beat the atmosphere of watching a game snug within a great British pub but if youre looking to really treat your friends then why not hire a private room? At favourite Chelsea stalwart, The Admiral Codrington, you can have their stylish Navarino Room all to yourself as well as your own bar stocked with fine ales and spirits. Or try The Club upstairs in celebrity hangout The Punchbowl in Mayfair and snack on a menu of miniature pub classics such as sliders and mini fish & chips.
You may not realise it but youre spoilt for choice for green and open spaces in Londons Big Smoke. If you want to be close to the action then lounge beside the deer in leafy Richmond, just a 20 minute stroll from Twickenham, or sink into one of the bean bags in Paddingtons Sheldon Square. South of the river you can savour great British ales, Pimms and fresh British plates and puddings among the deck chairs and picket fences of The Refinery at Bankside.
See it on the silver screen
Nothing says luxury quite like your own private cinema screening in Londons opulent Mayfair and this year The Mayfair Hotel is offering exclusive screenings of the World Cup matches in their own private theatre for up to 201 guests. Arrive to a welcome of Champagne and nibbles and catch every moment amplified by their cinema quality HD and plasma wide screens and Dolby surround sound system.
Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.
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