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Matthew Pearson

The Best Football Pubs in West London

Now that the Premier League season is up and running again (will it ever end?), we thought we’d give you a rundown of the best West London pubs where you can catch games this season. From small neighbourhood boozer with welcoming atmospheres, to bigger sports-oriented bars with more screens than the HQ in The Truman Show, this list has it all. So, the best football pubs in West London, coming up. Including...

  • A multi-award winning sports pub
  • A Chelsea classic
  • And a Bavarian-themed boozer

Famous Three Kings, Fulham

Voted UK Sports Pub of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Famous Three Kings is where many searches for the best football pubs in West London start. Often, it’s where the search for the best Football pubs in West London ends. It’s a perfect venue to watch football, with a cheery and lively atmosphere and a wealth of HD TVs and pulldown screens. It’s the positioning of the screens that makes it so well-suited for sports-watching though, with screens high up on the walls and round every corner. There are loads of different seating and standing areas, so you never feel like you’re stuck with an immovable mass of people between you and the bar. When it comes to drinks, they’ve got an especially good selection of gins to go with the massive amounts of craft beer they pump out. So if you feel like mixing things up...you could do worse than turning up at the Famous Three Kings for a night on the G&T’s. They have regular drinks deals on each week too. The food menu is a dream for those coming in a group...there’s a hell of a lot of choice. They’ve got separate burger and pizza menus with a lotta, lotta toppings to choose from. And they do a whole range of mains, including gooey Mac and Cheese, Katsu Chicken and a number of mouth-watering pies. 171 North End Road, Fulham, London W14 9NL [caption id="attachment_4747" align="alignnone" width="1000"]


The Cross Keys, Hammersmith

A good looking pub with a great atmosphere, The Cross Keys has long been a popular place to watch the footy (and rugby, but that’s for another article) when match day comes around. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, with a small but pretty entrance allowing it to blend in with the style of this rarefied neighbourhood. There’s a large TV showing the football, and a lot of different seating areas to choose from. The good size beer garden is a particular treat. It’s well-known for having friendly, attentive staff, and a pleasant set of locals. So don’t expect to leave The Cross Keys without having thoroughly set the world to rights. As a Fuller’s pub, you know the menu is going to focus on pub classics and that the food is going to be reliably tasty and affordable (particularly for this swanky part of town). 57 Black Lion Lane, Hammersmith, London W6 9BG [caption id="attachment_4748" align="alignnone" width="1000"]


The Sporting Page, Chelsea

This is a fun and welcoming place to watch a game, and very popular with the locals. It’s also a nice place to hang out if you’re looking at a full program of games on a Sunday, because of its fine setting and excellent food menu. Grab some snacks before the game: The Sporting Page has a great set of freshly made bar bites, including delicious chorizo scotch eggs, calamari and chicken goujons. Drinks-wise, they have a wide selection of draught beers and an extensive wine list. Sometimes wine is nice with football. You don’t have to miss so much of the game in the loo. They’ve got a good number of TVs and a big screen, so you’ll be hard pushed to get a bad view in this place. Rumour has it Mick Jagger was a regular here in the 70s, and the place still has some sprinkle of celebrity in the air. It attracts a nice mix of football-crazy locals, families and well-to-do folk looking for a reliably good pub lunch. They’ve got a fabulous sun terrace too, for when extra time’s nearly over, you’ve bitten your nails down to the quick and you just can’t watch the shootout. 6 Camera Place, Chelsea London SW10 0BH

The Kings Arms, Ealing

OK, so this is more of a rugby pub, but it’s a great place to watch association football on the weekends. It’s a lovely neighbourhood boozer with a good choice of beers and pleasant atmosphere. It’s a very family-friendly place too, with good kids menus offering a large selection of little bites for the little ones. Their fajitas are something special too. On Sundays, The Kings Arms really comes into its own, with a great Sunday Lunch menu and all the football action you could need. It isn’t a ‘cram them in and let them fight amongst themselves’ kind of place, either. It’s got a few rooms and some nice outdoor areas which really eases the flow, even at the busiest of times. And, if you think you’ll need to bed down immediately following a tense game, they even have hotel rooms onsite. 55 The Grove, Ealing, London W5 5DX [caption id="attachment_4750" align="alignnone" width="1000"]


Octoberfest Pub, Fulham

Say hello to the wildcard. Or, actually, say “Hallo!” This is one of the funnest and most unusual football pubs in West London, that’s for sure. It’s Oktoberfest-themed, and boasts the largest selection of German beers in the UK. Yep, there are over 60 imported German beauties available here. They’ve got a superb menu of Bavarian delicacies to choose from, including pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzels. You’ll need something to soak up all the alcohol once you’re doing guzzling from one of their massive beer steins, full to the brim with ice cold German beer. When it comes to sport, they show pretty much anything that’s on, with two giant pull-down screens and a number of widescreen TVs to plop down in front of. It’s the home of the official Bayern Munich UK Fan Club too. 678-680 Fulham Road, London SW6 5SA

So that's where to go when the game's on in West London. But where do you go for a little bit of history with your pint? Here is where.

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