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    Where to watch the general election in London

    30 May 2017

    If you don’t fancy staying in to watch the results roll in on election night, you don’t have to. Here’s our guide to where to head to in London on June 8 to watch the drama unfold – and other fun events to check out in the build up to the big night…

    The Lexington, Pentonville Road
    This London bar offers coverage of the election over two floors so there’s not a chance of missing a moment of the action. Award-winning food is being served all night, along with a range of craft beers to celebrate (or drown your sorrows). Open all night.

    Riley’s Sports Bar, Haymarket
    Having previously hosted a sold-out US Presidential Election Night Party, Conservative Progress will be hosting another big all-night event for the general election at the Rileys Sports Bar. This ticketed bash gives you a chance to enjoy a few drinks as well as a buffet while watching the results come in. Tickets cost £30. Opening hours: 10pm – 6am.

    The Dove, Broadway Market
    The Dove is hosting a free through the night election screening, although tickets are required to guarantee entry. The £10 veggie burger and drink deal in tribute to Jeremy Corbyn gives a big hint as to who the crowd in this boozer will be rooting for. Opening hours: 7pm – 5am

    The Social, Little Portland Street
    Simple Politics is hosting their event Snap Election Section at the Social. If politics is sometimes a mystery to you, then have no fear; the Simple Politics team will be around the whole night to explain the ins and outs. There’ll be plenty of cocktails and even a game of election night bingo. Tickets cost £5.90. Opening hours: 10pm – 6am.

    Other election events…

    Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green
    Hosted on election night eve (June 7), this one-off comedy event is for those looking for a laugh before everything gets too serious. Stand Up… For Democracy has brought together a range of satirical comedians such as Andrew Doyle, Dominic Frisby and Miriam Elia who plan to have a laugh at the expense of conventional political wisdom. Tickets cost £16, and there’s a £5 discount for students. Opening hours: 7.30pm – 10pm.

    The Silly Election Run!
    If, like many, you’re feeling exasperated by some of the politicians in this election then the Silly Election Run is for you. Taking place on the night before the general election, this 5k or 10k run gives you the chance to ‘bash’ actors dressed up as politicians including Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and special guest Donald Trump. At the end there’ll be beer and a medal waiting for you. Find out more here.