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Sky 3D TV Football Coming to London Pubs

BY Boon Koh
Published 30 March 2010

Sky Satellite TV is set to launch its new 3D channels with the showing of the crunch match between Manchester United vs Chelsea in high definition 3D in pubs across the country on the 3rd April.

Theclash will be the first big Premier League match to be shown in live 3D on Sky Sports, with several other Premier League football games set to follow in the weeks ahead. Another 5 Barclay’s Premier League football matches and the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Finals will also be shown in 3D in bars and pubs across London.

4th June Update: While we don’t have any information at the moment if any of the World Cup matches broadcast live by Sky, ITV, or BBC will be in 3D, they might very well be. it is worth checking with the 3D football pubs listed below to see if they will be showing the World Cup football games on 3D TVs this June. Otherwise, check out our excellent guide on the top pubs & bars in London showing the World Cup – and which nation’s supporters will be going where in London to watch the Bafana Bafana, Azzuri, etc play!

Since Sky launched trials of its new 3D TV service, over 3,000 pubs and bars across the country have applied to be one of the first to get 3D live broadcasts. However, ordinary consumers won’t be getting 3D Sky Sports to their television sets anytime soon, with home 3D channels set to launch later this year, and only initially to Sky HD subscribers and those with a HD box.

BSkyB, the owner of Sky pay-TV, have been trialling the technology for months now, with their last public trial being the Manchester United vs Arsenal crunch game back in January. Back then, only a handful of pubs showed the game. Punters who wish to watch the 3D live broadcasts will have to wear funny looking 3D glasses, which have been reported to be slightly uncomfortable especially if worn for the entire 2 hours of the match broadcast.

The Manchester United vs Chelsea Premier League clash will be streamed live and shown in selected pubs in London on Easter Saturday, 3rd April 2010, with kickoff at 12:45pm. To get the game in live 3D, pubs have had to install special equipment, and over a thousand pubs and clubs have completed the upgrade in preparation of the first Sky 3D football game this Saturday.

While you won’t be able to watch Sky 3D on your home television (or through Sky Player on your laptop screen) anytime soon, you should pop down to your local pub on Easter Saturday, even if you’re not into football, just to see how Sky TV in 3D will look like. Getting 3D broadcasts means having to upgrade your current television to a 3D TV from like Sony, Samsung, LG, or Panasonic, and currently 3D television sets are quite pricey.

We’ve been trying to find a list of London pubs, clubs, and venues who will be showing the Man Utd vs Chelsea match in 3D, but have been unable to find many, so bookmark this page and check back closer to the date as we will be continuously updating this page with a list of London pubs showing the 3D game.

Sky have FINALLY published a full list of pubs, clubs, and bars across the UK showing the 3D match. Why they didn’t do it before really puzzles me. The searchable database can be found here. But for Londoners, below is a partial list of venues in London that will be showing the match:

Confirmed list of pubs/venues as follows:

  1. Riley’s Sports Bar at London Victoria (16 Semley Place, Victoria, Greater London SW1W 9QJ)
  2. Riley’s Sports Bar at Purley Way Croydon (31 Imperial Way off Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey CR0 4RR)
  3. Railway Tavern Pub (15 Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate, London EC2m 7NX)
  4. Metropolitan Tavern (60 Great Western Road, London W11 1AB)
  5. Angies Freehouse II (Woodfield Place, London W9 2BJ)
  6. Duke of Kendal (38 Connaught Street, London W2 2AF)
  7. BRB Thearc (Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ)
  8. Pavilion End Public House (23 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BR)
  9. Bar Kick (127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE)
  10. BRB @ The Junction (2A Corsica Street, Highbury Corner, London N5 1JJ)
  11. Tommy Flynns (203 Holloway Road, London N7 8DL)
  12. Yucatan Bar (121 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BT)
  13. Riley’s Arms (433 King’s Road, London SW1 0LR)
  14. Bootsy Brogans (1 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1AA)
  15. Elk Bar (587-591 Fulham Road, London SW6 5UA)
  16. Royal Standard (44 Vanbrugh Park, London SE3 7JQ)
  17. Rising Sun (120 Loampitvale, Lewisham, SE1 37SN)
  18. Aldgate Exchange (133-137 Whitechapel High STreet, London E1 7PP)

London Insider Tip: Get your own 3D glasses from Play.com, so you don’t have to wear the crummy ones provided at the pubs or cinemas.

  • John Beharrell


    I just thought i would let you know that there is another website that was recently launched this week.

    3D TV Pub Finder has been months in the making. The have taken all the best bits from the numerous pub directories out there and taken the best bits to give users a complete guide to all the pubs in the UK showing 3D TV.

    Please search 3dtvpubfinder.com to find out an updated list of all the pubs in London showing 3D Sports.

    It would also be kind of you to let us know what you think and if you have any ideas that could make it better.

  • Sports Bars London

    3D TV has taken off pretty well in fairness and we have an amazing selection of pubs that are showing the 3D sport all over London and the rest of the UK. Our database of pubs that are updated by the owners actually show all the fixtures these pubs are showing in real time so you know whether they have the game on. Please search Live Sports Bars in google and let us have any feedback you may have. This site will always be work in progress as we improve it’s functionality based on users advice.