Where to watch Joshua vs Usyk in London: The best pubs, sports bars and more

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Champ: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Kubrat Pulev in December  (Getty Images)
Champ: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Kubrat Pulev in December (Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua is gearing up to defend his heavyweight title against challenger Oleksandr Usyk this weekend.

It’s set to be a fascinating bout, with Joshua admitting earlier in the week that his Ukrainian opponent represents the second biggest challenge of his career so far, only behind the looming Wladimir Klitschko.

The match itself takes place in north London, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but if you haven’t managed to nab a ticket for that and still want to take it the fight night atmosphere, there are plenty of pubs, sports bars and restaurants around the capital that should do the trick.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch, each of which we’d recommend booking ahead, apart from where we’ve mentioned otherwise.

Brigadiers

The action in the ring is bound to be sizzling, but things should be just as spicy on the plate at Indian restaurant Brigadiers, which is hosting a fight night special for the big match-up. Tuck into the set Feast menu (£60pp), with dishes ranging from Afghani lamb ribeye kebab skewer to BBQ butter chicken wings (veggie options are available too). There’s also the option of having a private screening for you and your mates — enquire via the website for more on that.

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR, brigadierslondon.com

Boxpark, Croydon and Wembley

The football screenings at Boxpark are now the stuff of beer-drenched legend, so you can count on a lively watchalong at either of the venue’s Crodyon and Wembley venues (Shoreditch isn’t showing the fight). Tickets are £10 each, which includes a drink, but you can’t book in advance so be sure to turn up early doors.

99 George Street, CR0 1LD / 18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park, HA9 0JT, boxpark.co.uk

Greenwood

Always a popular spot, thanks in part to being in one of the best connected parts of the city, but mainly thanks to the healthy atmosphere that always accompanies the big screenings. The TVs are big and plentiful and the food is crowd-pleasing (nachos, burgers, stonebaked pizzas, chicken wings, you get the idea).

170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB, greenwoodlondon.com

Matchbox

One of the most popular spots for sports fans in Shoreditch, Matchbox is the place for no-fuss fun — spirits, shots, wine, beer, cocktails and jugs all flow freely, and there are enough screens dotted around the place to guarantee a good view. You can turn up on the night to see if there’s any space left, but entry prices will be higher, so best to book ahead.

135 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE, matchbox-shoreditch.com

Nordic Bar

Found just off Oxford Street, the four big screens here make the Scandi-themed bar a popular location for catching live sport in central. It’s happy hour on Saturdays from midday until 6pm, so head down a few hours early if you want to make the most of that.

25 Newman Street, W1T 1PN, nordicbar.com

The Dugout

Offering both an exuberant atmosphere in the main space and the “caves” — private spaces for smaller groups which offer TVs, stocked fridges, game consoles and more — this sports bar in London Bridge is a solid choice. The food certainly does the job, too, with burgers, wings and the like, with plenty to wash it down with.

161-165 Borough High Street, SE1 1HR, belushis.com

Westwood

One of west London’s best choices is Westwood, part of the Westfield complex. The deal is a good one — crowd-pleasing food, plenty of big screens and lots to drink — with a wide range of sport on the tellies, from NFL to F1. The boxing takes pride of place on Saturday, though.

Westfield, Ariel Way, W12 7HB, westwoodsportspub.com

Long Arm

Fancy watching the fight with something to drink other than the usual suspects? Long Arm, found a few minutes south of Old Street station, brews its own beer on-site, ensuring nothing but the freshest booze. It’s also a top spot for watching spot, with two projectors and more screens dotted around.

20-26 Worship Street, EC2A 2DX, longarmpub.co.uk

Famous Three Kings

Over in Fulham, this boozer is always a top choice for live sport. It was voted sports pub of the year for three years on the trot, and is now reopen after a hefty refurbishment. The food range is enticing — tacos, chicken wings, pizza, fish and chips, huge sharing plates and more — and there are more than enough screens to ensure a good view.

171 North End Road, W14 9NL, craft-pubs.co.uk

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