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I will be in London for the next two Bills games.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where to see the game?   

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I was just there last weekend and watched the Bills game at the Hippodrome Casino near Leicester Square. They have converted the "Lulu Bar" downstairs into a huge room to watch all the games at once. They had about 10 screens showing all the 1 pm games. There were a handful of Bills fans there, which made it fun (lots more Jets fans who were obnoxious and got shut up by the end of the game...it was awesome). They have food and drink specials (wings weren't bad, but lots of good options) with waitresses coming around taking your order, or you can go to the bar to order. It was loud, but lots of fun, especially hearing all the different fans cheering (or moaning) as their team made plays. I'd get there at least an hour or 45 minutes before the game to get a seat.

 

Another option that is right next door is the Empire Casino about a block away. Or, if you're not near central London, might want to check out or call some of these places - https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/london-bars-to-watch-nfl-games-in/?fbclid=IwAR04fnB5lu4ljIqzd9lYVPg3L93JeGeR8IfM5AEELi04R8iWHFTxWdu3iqk

 

Best part was watching the games with Bills fans from the UK...regardless of where we live, we all feel the same anxiety-tempered optimism and live/die by the team...very cool.

I sat with Paul, Jen and Brigid when I went...look for them...and enjoy! Go Bills!

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I was in London for the game in 2015. There are an impressive amount of Bills fans. Also the fact that Wade is some semblance still with our team could also increase the Bills fandom over there. You should have a great time wherever you go to watch the games plus it will kind be like a prime time game for you.

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6 hours ago, SlimShady'sGhost said:

@Blokestradamus @GunnerBill May know.  

 

 

 

@CoachWiley has already nailed it. The Hippodrome, Leicester Square is the place to go. There are a lot of nicer, more traditional pubs that show the NFL but they only show the main broadcast game that SKY are showing which in the early slot this week is Green Bay and Minnesota. 

3 hours ago, Leonhart2017 said:

I was in London for the game in 2015. There are an impressive amount of Bills fans. Also the fact that Wade is some semblance still with our team could also increase the Bills fandom over there. You should have a great time wherever you go to watch the games plus it will kind be like a prime time game for you.

 

We have a decent fanbase over here. It stems from the fact that the initial exposure to the NFL in the late 80s and early 90s coincided with the Bills Superbowl runs. However, that fanbase tends to be 45+. There are fewer of us 35 and under (and I just about sneak under the wire of that group) that are Bills fans. A lot of Patriots, Steelers, Giants and Seahawks.... and, increasingly, Jaguars too. 

 

But Wade has created a new buzz and interest. I wore my Bills hoodie to the gym last Sunday morning and both a guy in the coffee shop and one of the guys at the gym struck up a Christian Wade conversation. 

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Used to have a great time with Wade and Ryan at the Hippo. Haven’t been in a few years. 

 

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27 minutes ago, GunnerBill said:

 

@CoachWiley has already nailed it. The Hippodrome, Leicester Square is the place to go. There are a lot of nicer, more traditional pubs that show the NFL but they only show the main broadcast game that SKY are showing which in the early slot this week is Green Bay and Minnesota. 

 

We have a decent fanbase over here. It stems from the fact that the initial exposure to the NFL in the late 80s and early 90s coincided with the Bills Superbowl runs. However, that fanbase tends to be 45+. There are fewer of us 35 and under (and I just about sneak under the wire of that group) that are Bills fans. A lot of Patriots, Steelers, Giants and Seahawks.... and, increasingly, Jaguars too. 

 

But Wade has created a new buzz and interest. I wore my Bills hoodie to the gym last Sunday morning and both a guy in the coffee shop and one of the guys at the gym struck up a Christian Wade conversation. 

 

Dont worry there will be a ton more fans as we take over the next 20 yrs.

 

 

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The Rileys sports bar on Haymarket is the best place to go. They have so many screens they'll generally turn one over to anything. Always chosen it over the Hippodrome 

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6 minutes ago, Mountain Man said:

The Rileys sports bar on Haymarket is the best place to go. They have so many screens they'll generally turn one over to anything. Always chosen it over the Hippodrome 

 

I have only ever seen them put the live SKY game or redzone on there. 

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Sounds like the Hippodrome then.   I'll be there tomorrow!  Now I just have to figure out how to get there :)

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First choice would be Buckingham Palace. I hear the Royal Family loves football.

 

If that does not work, try Palace of Westminster. They have lots of rowdy people there. You could get into some scrums.after each play.

 

Third choice. Wembley Stadium. They watch American Football on big screen TVs there I think, as their Monarch football team has been disbanded, over a few decades ago, and as they are hoping to see Wade this week on the practice field.

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1 hour ago, SMAKCruiser said:

Sounds like the Hippodrome then.   I'll be there tomorrow!  Now I just have to figure out how to get there :)

Image result for london tube

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11 hours ago, SoCal Deek said:

We’ll be in London in a month. Do you have to make a reservation at The Hippodrome? 

 

I don't think they take reservations...first come, first served. They will have chairs set-up around the different TVs, with each TV showing a different game. The Bills-Jets game had 12 seats set-uo, but people moved them around to face the game they wanted. The Jags were on the main screen, so the most seats were there. You might want to go a few hours early just to scope it out (that's what I did) and then get there about 45 min - hour before kickoff to get your seat. It's a fun atmosphere and the food/drinks are reasonable. 

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Leicester Square tube station is just over the road from The Hippodrome. 

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20 hours ago, Cripple Creek said:

@Blokestradamus is MIA. What's the British equivalent of the bat signal? 

 

He is of no use here anyway. He thinks of anything south of Macclesfield as exotic. 

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On September 14, 2019 at 7:31 AM, SMAKCruiser said:

Sounds like the Hippodrome then.   I'll be there tomorrow!  Now I just have to figure out how to get there :)

London is 5 or 6 hours ahead right?  Can you let us know how the game is going?

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On 9/13/2019 at 6:45 PM, SMAKCruiser said:

I will be in London for the next two Bills games.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where to see the game?   

 

On the telly?

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1 hour ago, 4merper4mer said:

London is 5 or 6 hours ahead right?  Can you let us know how the game is going?

 

If only that were the way it works...... would be very helpful for my sleep pattern. 😂

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On 9/14/2019 at 7:31 AM, SMAKCruiser said:

Sounds like the Hippodrome then.   I'll be there tomorrow!  Now I just have to figure out how to get there :)

Take to the tubes old boy!

 

 

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On 9/14/2019 at 8:04 AM, GunnerBill said:

 

I have only ever seen them put the live SKY game or redzone on there. 

Not from my experience. 

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