With two of the pub's five screens residing on the walls of their fabulous beer garden, when the sun's out, it won't only be the guns that are getting out in the heat ("sun's out, guns out"... just me? Alright guys). Few better places in London to catch the cricket when it's on.
"Big on Beer. Big on Sport." So says the Merchant's website. To that you can add "Big on the Ashes" for the summer of 2013 and "Big on Cricket" for the summers beyond... An awesome selection of drinks including various lager and ale offerings from Britain (at least one of which comes from their sister pub - the Florence - in Herne Hill. With 25% off food between 12 and 4 during the week, you'd be a bigger chump than Rodney Marsh if you missed it.
Yager Bar2 Old Change Court
Peters Hill, St Paul's
London EC4M 8EN
02072 365 318
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A fired-up BBQ - check. The biggest LED screen in central London - check. A convenient spot 50 metres from the Thames - check. Two things happen when the sun comes out. First, all the guns come out (unless you're Jonny Bairstow, in which case the factor 50 sun screen comes out). Second, cricket loving guys and gals flock to Yager's outdoor courtyard to catch some play during lunch or after work. Go join them.
Tuck into the Ashes, the World Cup or any other six-hitting malarky at Australia's premier sports venue in London. The 2012-renovated beach club in Temple Underground Station has been serving up the good times for as long as we can remember. If you're lucky, you might even get to cop a look at David Warner and young Joe Root coming to blows and fisty-cuffs on a night out.
To finish our list of the best cricket pubs we've got one of the best sports bars in London ' Riley's Victoria. During those breaks for Lunch, Tea and drinks, you can play some pool or snooker on one of a huge number of tables, though given that there's a screen by every table, you could probably relax at the table while Cook, Pietersen and co are knocking it about anyway. There are great offers on for their members (easy to join on the website) or you can get a day pass and get the most out of it that way.
What do you you want from a cricket pub in the heart of London? Good food and drink, a guarantee that the cricket will be on and a beer garden if it gets hot right? Even better, a beer garden with a TV so you can enjoy your Pimms in the sun. The Hoop and Grapes does all that for you but still remains an almost village-worthy traditional pub.
Slug and Lettuce, Leicester Square5, Lisle Street
London WC2H 7BG
02074 373 335
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Right in the heart of town, Slug and Lettuce in Leicester Square is beginning to get quite a name as a bar showing cricket. Due to the two floor layout, they often put Test Matches and ODIs on the three screens upstairs whilst the bar continues to function normally downstairs. It's a big venue so there's plenty of room, but crucially, the new manager is a big cricket fan so it's a first point of reference if you're after live cricket on TV! As with any Slug and Lettuce, there's a very decent food menu so you don't need to worry that the game might have you there all day!