We’re only a few weeks away from the last-ever episode of Game of Thrones airing in the UK – and if you’ve been invested since the beginning, we imagine you’re already blocking out the evening in your diary. Ahead of the season 8 finale, a raft of Game of Thrones events in London will allow fans an extra opportunity to celebrate-slash-commiserate the show’s passing.
SPOILER ALERT. These are the best places to watch the finale of Game of Thrones live in London, while also enjoying a great evening of pub food and craft beer.
Marlborough Arms, Bloomsbury
What’s the deal? On Monday 20 May (and every Monday evening in the run-up for the rest of the series), book a table at the Marlborough Arms for the best centrally-located viewing experience. The pub’s great for rounding up groups of friends from all over town – everyone can make it to Bloomsbury, right?
Why go? The Marlborough Arms has waiter service for the duration of the evening, so you needn’t miss a second of the action – just order food and drinks to your table instead of going up to the bar. There’s a good range of craft beers on tap, and someone mentioned something about themed food. Even better, entry’s free.
From 8pm every Monday, 36 Torrington Place, WC1E 7LY, greeneking-pubs.co.uk
World’s End, Finsbury Park
What’s the deal? Finsbury Park bolthole The World’s End is a short walk from the Tube. There’s usually plenty of room inside on Monday nights too, and a couple of giant screens mean there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Why go? The size of this pub, and its location right by the train station, means you’re guaranteed good atmosphere. The burgers are also worth your time, as are the sharing plates – which mean less fuss to distract you while you’re watching the show. Entry’s free too, just make sure to book in advance to be sure of a spot.
What’s the deal? This Camden Lock pub seems to be building itself a niche as the place to go for screenings – Ru Paul’s Drag Race is also screened here. For Thrones, the show will be screened every Monday until the finale on, and we quote the website here, a ‘huge projector’.
Why go? If you missed last week’s episode, that’s no problem: show up for 7.30pm and catch it before the screening of the latest episode at 9pm. You’ll need to book your space online beforehand, but entry is free .
The Horse Hospital Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AH, festcamden.com
King’s Arms, Chelsea
What’s the deal? Fulham pub The King’s Arms is a more intimate place to watch the finale. Also screening every episode on Mondays in the run-up, the show is screened after the regular Monday night pub quiz for those who can stay from 9pm onwards. There’s an energising array of artisanal drinks behind the bar, and the team confidently pits its in-house burgers as among the best in West London.
Why go? There’s an entry price of £12, but that buys you access to an exclusive Feast table to book with a group of friends and other Thrones super fans. Plus there’s an actual Throne chair which is the best seat in the house. Fight it out between your group to work out who gets to sit there.
190 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PN, thekingsarmschelsea.co.uk
Three Crowns, Old Street
What’s the deal? City workers and Shoreditch creatives come together at this historic pub, which has bucketloads of charm. Every person that books gets a pretty good Thrones finale evening starter pack, featuring a stein of beer and a midnight feast.
Why go? This one’s for the true die-hards: rather than watching the British screening on the Monday evening, the Three Crowns is bravely attempting a live screening direct from the US when it airs on the Sunday. This means an 11.30pm kick-off on Sunday evening with themed activities and a Game of Thrones quiz until 2am, followed by the actual screening. It’s ambitious, but true fans won’t be able to sleep with excitement anyway. Entry costs £12.
8 East Road, Shoreditch, London, N1 6AD, thecrownsshoreditch.co.uk
More Game of Thrones related things to do…
There’re a load of other London events and activities celebrating the end of Game of Thrones in the capital. The Vaults, a subterranean theatre space below Waterloo station, is throwing an immersive Game of Thrones spoof experience including dinner in their atmospheric tunnels (see pic from the event, above, until 14 July), where key scenes from the show’s past will be recreated and celebrated. Then there’s the Feast of Thrones on 17 May at the Jugged Hare pub-restaurant in the City which combines more immersive acting and food. A series of pub quizzes are also running, including a pub quiz at The Albany on 14 May and at The Drapers Arms in Ealing on 6 June.
The Game of Thrones airs finale on HBO in America 19 May, and on Sky and Now TV in the UK on 20 May