Looking to watch the NFL for week 4 in London? Not going to lie, things have changed dramatically thanks to Covid 19, so watching the NFL the way you use to is going to be tough.
Bars and pubs have to close by 10pm, which means drinks and food are cleared even earlier.
You will also need to book seats in advance, and table time is generally limited to 2 hours, which isn’t ideal for NFL fans.
The Premier League has also had to adapt to the new normal, which means there are now more games on a Sunday. In previous years the PL would be done and dusted by 5:45, which was perfect timing to get the start of the first series of games.
Now football/soccer has games at 4:30 and 7:15 pm, which totally screws the NFL over. Most pubs will be packed with punters looking to watch footie, so you would have a better chance of buying a Sun newspaper in Liverpool than you would getting them to switch channels.
Week 4 competes with Man U vs Tottenhams at 4:30pm, and Aston Villa vs Liverpool at 7:15pm, so it will be very hard to get a pub that shows the games with sound.
There are some pubs that will be showing NFL, we thought we would point you to a few we know.
Princess Alexandra-Crouch End
This North London boozer is one of our faves, and is an NFL venue with a traditional pub feel. Only 10 minutes from Finsbury Park station, this pub has 4 TVs, loads of room and two patios.
The Alex shows both the Sky game, as well as Redzone.
The owner Nick is a real gem, and his staff are very warm and accommodating. They also have two Alaskan Malmutes, who will help you clean your plate.
The pub is usually open until 1am, but with new Covid it must close at 10pm.
You will need to make a reso, and football rules, but he will deffo have Sky or Redzone up by 6:20pm.
Maple Leaf-Covent Garden
You like Canadian pubs eh? Well this little hoser is a real treat of a pub. Located smack dab in the middle of Covent Garden, this Canucklehead bar has lots of TV, and traditional Canadian fare & beer.
The pub also must close at 10pm, and you will need a reservation, but its central location means that you can meet with friends, and all split to grab the tube home.
The Maple Leaf shows the Sky game and Redzone on numerous TVs, so you have lots of angles to view the games.
Say hi to Zach the manager, he’s the man.
Sports Bar & Grill-Farringdon
Farringdon is usually a dead zone on the weekends, which makes going to the SB&G a perfect place for your Sunday Funday. Just a short walk from the tube station, this sports bar is heaving with TVs and loads of beers on tap. They also have a pool table, great outdoor space, and plenty of wings to make your Sunday stuffed.
They show both the Sky game and Redzone, and you will need a reservation. Like all pubs, it closes at 10pm, so you will need to book ahead.
Luckily they have loads of TVs, so you will be able to get a game on if you ask the manager Martin nicely.
Leicester Arms Pub-Piccadilly Circus
In the heart of central London, this traditional pub has sports galore on the weekends. It is more of a football/ soccer pub, so you will need to book ahead to see if you can secure a space to watch NFL.
The food is traditional pub fare, and they have loads of beers on tap so you can wash down your team’s loss.
The pub does close at 10pm due to Covid, so you will only be able to watch the first set of games.
Book your table here.
We will continue to update the list of bars and pubs that show the NFL. If you’re a bar or pub who shows the NFL in the UK, or would like to in the future, please get in touch.
Have a great week, and hopefully all this virus nonsense is behind us soon. Stay safe and sane!