The stars and stripes will flutter over North End Road this weekend as the biggest sporting event in the United States is played out on the other side of the Atlantic.
In what has become a local tradition, the Famous Three Kings sports bar, beside West Ken tube station, hosts a ticket-only celebration of Super Bowl Llll, the game to decide the National Football League champions.
More than 300 people – the majority American – will pack into the pub at the junction of Talgarth Road and North End Road to watch the action beamed to 24 giant television screens from Atlanta as the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams in the American football showdown.
Stars and bars
Star-spangled banners are being pinned up all over the pub in what will be the climax to a hectic weekend of sport, with the Six Nations rugby championship also getting underway.
Assistant manager Sarah Sharpe said that by Tuesday 180 of the £10 tickets had already been sold, with many people booking tables and booths in the pub. Every ticket is expected to have sold before Gladys Knight sings the national anthem ahead of kick-off at 11.30pm on Sunday.
“Our kitchen will remain open until 4am,” she said. “There will be popcorn on the tables, and full table service. It’s become quite an event at the Three Kings. I was here last year, and with the Six Nations rugby on top, it’s likely to be a chaotic weekend of sport!”
Six Nations in play
The pub is also expecting full houses to watch France v Wales on Friday evening, and Scotland v Italy and Ireland v England on Saturday, before Sunday’s American football spectacular.
“For big events like this, we switch to our sports menu – sharers, combos and hand-held food,” said Sarah.
“As well as popcorn there will be little props on each table, such as helmets on sticks. I reckon around 70 per cent of the crowd will be American, with most of them booking the Monday off work to recover!”
You can also enjoy the action of Super Bowl LIII at Belushis in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith.
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