Thursday, 12, April 2018
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Where to Watch the Grand National in London
Where's best in London to watch one of Britain's most prestigious horse racing events
Watch one of Britain’s most prestigious horse racing events in the comfort of some of London’s finest pubs and bars, all of which are situated within minutes of the Doyle Collection’s outstanding hotels
The Running Horse
Just a few minutes stroll from The Marylebone lies Mayfair’s oldest pub, The Running Horse. If you are lucky enough to get the coveted spot inside this usually fully booked institution, you will quickly understand that there are few pubs in London that capture the true competitive spirit of the races quite like here. And if you are even luckier, you may even be able to reap the benefits of the pub’s personal bets with a complimentary glass of champagne if they are victorious.
If you prefer to sit in a real and authentic environment while sipping a pint amongst other true racing aficionados, this is the pub for you. An unexpected gem just minutes from The Marylebone. Run by an Irish family, Royal Exchange attracts a bustling crowd with its welcoming staff, delicious comfort food and exceptionally cheap champagne (which makes backing a winner even more cost-effective).
The Coach and Horses
Neighbouring The Bloomsbury is this well-loved Soho pub, renowned for its two most famous patrons, Peter O’Toole and racing writer Jeffrey Bernard, who have both frequented this West End Institution for years to watch the races. Whether you are a racing connoisseur, or simply planning to bet on the horse with the funniest name, you will find an unbeatable atmosphere and reasonable drink prices to match.
The Sydney Arms
A genuine racing pub where even the proprietors run their own horses and with strong links to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer. Brimming with excitement and always bursting full, guests often spill out onto the pavement, where the races will also be screened. However, if the weather doesn’t quite hold up there are plenty of screens indoors where it may even be easier to listen out for tips from the many horse-owners and insiders who frequent this pub.
The Sporting Page
Prepare to get up close and personal with your spectator peers at this cosy Chelsea pub where you’ll find good, honest pub food, and legendary cask ales on tap. Amidst the noise and excitement, you can also partake in the bar’s own Grand National sweepstake which they run almost every year. Get there early to reserve your seat.