Planning a trip to Twickenham for the Six Nations? Here's Our Survival Guide

09th February 2018

Rugby balls laid out in a line

With the Six Nations rugby tournament upon us, Twickenham Stadium will be packed to full capacity, with over 80,000 fans making the trip to see the action up close. Among the scrum of people,  getting a pint can be challenging. But don’t panic, we’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know to tackle Twickenham.


 

Getting There


Getting the train to Twickenham means you won’t have to worry about parking, but since Twickenham station isn’t served directly by us you’ll have to change trains if you’re travelling to the rugby from another city.


You can hop on a South Western train directly to Twickenham train station from Waterloo station, which takes between 20 and 49 minutes. Getting to Waterloo is easy as pie from Euston or King’s Cross, just take the Northern or Victoria Line and you’ll be there in a jiffy. You can also take the train to from Vauxhall or Clapham junction, but these are further down the line so be prepared for a lot of hustle and bustle on the train carriages, especially if you’re travelling close to game time. If you’re coming from South West England, trains from Reading take you directly to Twickenham in under an hour too - this route is a little less crowded so it could be worth adjusting your travel plans to avoid Central London. If you’re travelling with friends, you could save money on travel through our Group Travel page. Result!


Once you arrive, Twickenham station is a short walk from the stadium, so you can soak up the atmosphere as you walk en mass with all of the other rugby fans. Bear in mind that on match days the walk from the station to stadium can take up to 30 minutes, despite their proximity, so leave plenty of time to get there if you want to grab a beer before kick off!


Twickenham Stadium

 

Getting a Beer


Once you’ve arrived, a pint is definitely on the cards.  There are bars dotted around the stadium, from formal hospitality options to no-fuss outdoor vendors offering up your standard selection of draft beer. Expect horrendous queues during half time, you should leave your seat at least 5 minutes before the whistle blows to get served before play starts again. Only the bars on the ground floor stay open for the whole game, so head to one of these when you need a top-up to avoid disappointment. If you’re getting a round for everyone, remember there’s a strict limit on one person carrying more than four drinks, so bring a friend along to help if you’re buying for the group. Twickenham serve all pints in their ‘fan cups’, which adds an additional £1 refundable deposit to the cost of your drink. To avoid this extra cost adding up remember to return your cup to one of the redemption points near the exists at the end of the game...and if there’s lots lying around nearby collect a few to take back, you’ll get £1 per cup!


When the final whistle goes, a tsunami of fans descend on the local pubs, but thankfully, there are plenty of pubs to choose from. The Cabbage Patch pub is just a short drop kick away from Twickenham station, and is perhaps the most famous for rugby fans. Arrive early to secure a booth which comes equipped with its own TV screen. The Barmy Arms is another great joint for a pre or post-match pint. The pub has a huge terrace next to the river, and is situated a 20 minute walk from the stadium. Finally, The White Swan is another riverside gem with a huge heated beer garden, and they serve hearty grub to keep you fuelled up for the match.


Pint of beer next to the River Thames

 

Finding Food


Finding a restaurant on the day can be a bit of a challenge, so if you’re getting lunch beforehand or staying on for dinner make sure you book in advance!


The Scrummery is a legendary pop-up match day venue round the corner from the stadium. They serve special rugby Bangers n Mash, complete with rugby-post-shaped sausages, a field of mash and an edible rugby ball. The sausage flavours are even chosen especially to honour the visiting team at Six Nations games! A 20 minute walk from Twickenham you’ll find the suburb of Teddington, with charming eateries for a proper pre-match lunch. If the weather forecast looks good, visit Shambles, a local Italian with a beautiful walled garden. On match days they serve a three-course lunch, designed to get you to the game in good time for kick off. Finally, visit Richmond for the usual family favourites, including Carluccio's, Franco Manca, Pizza Express, Côte and Wagamama's. Richmond is also home to charming pubs like The Cricketers and The Orange Tree, and has better transport links than Twickenham itself. The atmosphere in Richmond and Teddington is still buzzing on match days, but that extra 20 minutes walking thins the crowd a little, so you’ll get served quicker and maybe even find a seat in the pub.

 

Getting Home


After the game queues of up to an hour should be expected at the station, so it’s well worth stopping locally for a bite to eat or another beer while the crowds die down. Try one of the pit stops for match day booze and food we’ve covered here. If you’re fed and watered but the trains are still packed, consider making the 25 minute walk into Richmond, which is served by District Line and London Overground.


Feeling prepared? Book your train to London ahead of the Six Nations and take advantage of all our insider tips on match day!


Traditional English pub