A Londoner’s guide: The best places to watch Le Tour de France
With cycling’s most famous Grand Tour just around the corner, the organisers of the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival, which takes place on Sunday 15 July, have cherry-picked the very best places in the Capital for you to relax and enjoy the world’s most beautiful sport. With the majority of the action happening during the work day – here’s a few ideas that could serve as alternative “meeting venues”.
Canopy Beer Co
Enjoy fresh craft beer and watch the Tour LIVE from their tap room. They’ll be showing the stages LIVE each afternoon plus the evening highlights, and for the super eager there will be fantasy Tour competitions running throughout.
Where: Arch 1127, Bath Factory Estate, 41 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AJ
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These guys are the ultimate institution when it comes to London cycle cafes. With first rate mechanics on site, a superb deli-café and craft beers, they’ve got it all covered. During the Tour they’ll be screening LIVE every day plus the evening highlights from their Old Street venue, and they’ll have a pop-up café and screen by London Bridge City Pier. You can check out the whole programme here.
Where: 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX & (Pop-up) The Pier, Hays Lane, SE1 2HB
Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival
The ultimate place to watch Le Tour outside of France is just a 30 minute train from Baker Street or Marylebone, at Penn House in Amersham. Tackle a pretty gruelling sportive (52km-161km), then come back and relax on the lawns in front of the big screen and enjoy Stage 9 (cobbles-galore!), with a local ale in hand, gourmet street food, live music and a vintage velo village. Le Tour de France fun for all the family!
Where: Penn House, Amersham, HP7 0PS
This independent worker’s cooperative will be screening the Tour every afternoon. Pop by for a first-class service from this friendly bunch! They don’t have a café anymore, but it’s still a pretty lively setting!
Where: 296-298 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6AG
Rapha Cycle Club London Café
Rapha’s Clubhouses at Brewer Street in Soho and Spitalfields will be showing every stage of the Tour de France live. With multiple screens and surround sound, and a selection of themed food and drink. It’s the next best thing to being roadside. There will be a selection of racing memorabilia on display, with bicycles ranging from the 50’s through to the 90’s, all ridden to Grand Tour success.
Where: Brewer Street, 85, London, W1F 9ZN
Seabass Cycles Peckham
Recently opened (May 2018), Seabass Cycles Peckham is a perfect venue to drop in from the CS5 Cycle Highway. Swing by to pick up spare parts and join the relaxed and friendly team for a Stage, plus a pastry and a powerful cup of Dark Arts coffee!
Where: Co Operative House 261 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UR
Rumour has it the staff here ride across London each morning to collect their days’ supply of bagels from the Brick Lane Bagel store. They’ll be showing the Tour LIVE during the day, however warning – get there early! – with limited seating and hungry locals, it’s bound to be jam-packed! It’s also dog- and vegan-friendly. What’s not to love?
Where: 18 Deptford High Street, SE8
There are still a final few places left to the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival. Enter the sportive and get FREE entry for you, friends and family to the LIVE screening of Stage 9, plus a full day of activities at the Velo Village.