Top 10 Board Game Pubs and Cafés in London

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Where to head in London for a decent dice-roll...

The days of board games being relegated to the Christmas family reunion are over, my friend, because in London, rolling the dice and sipping on a pint is as socially acceptable as pondering over a pub quiz or sharing a meal. So, if your idea of a perfect night out involves asking your friends, "Shall we meet for a game of Cluedo?" – you're in the right place. Welcome to the ultimate guide to the best board game cafes and pubs in London, where the games are hot, the drinks are cold, and the good times are guaranteed to roll!


Draughts via Facebook

Multiple Locations

Draughts, London, is a mecca for Competitive Socialising that's been revolutionizing how Londoners enjoy their leisure time for nearly a decade. With multiple locations, this iconic board game haven has been drawing in a diverse crowd, from seasoned strategists to those nervously rolling their first dice, and from first dates to lifelong pals and visiting families. With a colossal library boasting over 500 games, ranging from beloved classics like Monopoly and Cluedo to offbeat gems like Cockroach Poker and the wild, wild west showdown of BANG!, there's something for everyone. And when your dice-rolling arms need a break, Draughts offers a menu that's as strategic as the games on the table. From delectable small plates, including dreamy halloumi fries and popcorn shrimp bites, to sweet treats like chocolate-soaked churros, this menu is freshly prepared in-house. Plus, they've got some fantastic sharing platters for the whole crew. If you're thirsty for more than just victory, their bar stocks a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders, wines, and snacks to keep the fun going. 

Bad Moon Cafe

Bad Moon Cafe via Facebook

159a Great Dover St, London SE1 4GZ

Bad Moon Cafe is a haven for those who revel in the realm of roleplaying, RPG, and all things D&D. While its board game collection might be more compact compared to others, it's here that the magic truly happens with Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer enthusiasts. For the devoted Warhammer players, Bad Moon Cafe isn't just a cafe; it's a treasure trove stocked with figurines, starter sets, rule books, dice, and all the dice accessories a dungeon master could dream of. But what makes this spot extra special is that you can sip on a cocktail or a tipple while you strategize your next move, all while indulging in a variety of delicious pizzas. And if you're seeking a top game recommendation, it's not just about Warhammer; the classic world domination adventure of RISK awaits you in their library. At Bad Moon Cafe, their mission is to provide an inviting, well-lit space where you can enjoy hours of tabletop gaming, complete with a substantial selection of food and drink. So, whether you're summoning mythical creatures or conquering continents, there's no better place in London to roll the dice and embark on an adventure. And remember, if you're under 18, be sure to bring along an adult over 18 for your quest. 

Player's Social

players social via facebook

1 Crispin Pl, London E1 6DW

Players Social isn't just a bar; it's the board game paradise. This is where you'll find yourself engaged in epic battles of shuffleboard, ping pong showdowns, and table football clashes, all while perusing a menu that's nothing short of extensive and a drinks list that's a game-changer in itself and the best part? From 10 am to midday, there are free games (subject to availability), making it the perfect spot to kickstart your day with a dash of competition. With an excellent wine menu, draft beers to keep the camaraderie flowing, and dedicated hosts to take care of your every event need, Players Social is the ultimate playground for group gatherings, corporate events, and birthday bashes. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, they've got you covered. So, if you're in the mood for cocktails, small plates, and games galore, this Spitalfields gem with a covered outdoor terrace is the place to be. 

Loading Bar

129 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0PH

Loading Bar, the lovechild of Tokyo's gaming cafes and London's penchant for a great time, first set up shop in Soho back in 2010 before leveling up to a new location in Dalston last year. With a treasure trove of over 100 games, from the tried-and-true classics to hidden gems like The Walking Dead Card Game, inspired by the hit TV series, you'll never run out of adventures to embark on. And what's a game night without the perfect drink in hand? At Loading Bar, even the cocktails are game-themed, with concoctions like Hades' 'nectar' (white rum, mango, and passionfruit) and Portal's 'Orange and Blue' (vodka, orangina, and blue curacao). You'll also find classic bar-style food like chips, crisps, and pretzels to fuel your gaming prowess.

The Crown and Two Chairmen

The crown and two chairmen. via facebook

31-32 Dean St, Greater, London W1D 3SB

Sundays just got a whole lot better with The Crown & Two Chairmen Pub in the picture. If you're seeking the quintessential lazy Sunday afternoon, look no further. After savoring a delicious home-cooked roast lunch, why not shake things up with a round of Cranium and cocktails? This charming pub takes your typical Sunday to the next level with a collection of classic games like the Logo Board Game, Scrabble, and Monopoly.  Whether you're after a leisurely lunch or a family dinner, The Crown & Two Chairmen serves up tempting and flavorsome food, accompanied by an explorative drinks menu, all within an authentic and welcoming atmosphere. 


63-67 High St, Croydon CR0 1QE

Ludoquist! is a haven for board game aficionados, and it's well worth the journey south of the river. With a staggering collection of over 1,400 games, it might just boast one of the most extensive selections in all of London. Every game genre under the sun is covered, from classic strategy games to thrilling role-playing adventures, social deduction showdowns, drawing challenges, and more. But it's not just about the games; Ludoquist! knows that even game masters need a little sustenance to fuel their strategic brilliance. With craft beers on tap, a tempting array of cocktails, and bottles of wine and bubbles, paninis and pizza Ludoquist! provides the perfect solution for an easy bite between moves. And with a welcoming price tag of just £7 per person for three hours of gameplay (with the possibility to play longer if space allows), it's a bargain that no board game fanatic can resist. Plus, kids under 14 can join the fun for half the price.


D20 via Facebook

87 Queen's Rd, Watford WD17 2QN

D20, the delightful double act of board game cafes, takes you on a gaming journey from the outskirts of London, gracing Watford and Uxbridge with its charming venues. With a passionate gaming community at its core, D20 is where the dice are always ready to roll. They're not just about casual gaming; D20 sets the stage for competitive spirits too, hosting tournaments like Yu-Gi-Oh and Marvel Champions, as well as welcoming newcomers to the world of Dungeons & Dragons during their D&D nights. And when it's time to refuel, this cafe has got your back with a menu packed with carb-loaded, gloriously cheesy delights, from burgers to quesadillas. Thirsty? Whether you're in the mood for a glass of wine or a teetotal slushy, D20's got you covered. 

The Den at St Martins Lane

45 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4HX

Step into The Den, a modern haven and the perfect spot to decompress after navigating the bustling streets of London. The ambiance is a splendid mix of sophistication and cheeky British charm – the art on the walls itself is an invitation to lightheartedness, with larger-than-life portraits and visual puns that animate the space. Sink into plush leather sofas, bask in the cozy lighting, and you'll find yourself at ease in no time. The Den beckons from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm daily, offering an array of delectable options to savor, from Tamarind Octopus to the Classic Club Sandwich, complete with a vegan twist for the discerning palate. Their wine list is nothing short of sophisticated, and the signature cocktails, like the Kew Garden, are nothing short of temptation personified. If it's a special occasion, they've got a Modern British Afternoon Tea to delight you and your guests. But what truly sets The Den apart is its stash of board games and other activities, making it the ideal destination for a night out with friends. So, whether you're in the mood for creative cocktails, relaxing with friends, or simply a game of Backgammon in one of Covent Garden's coziest spots, The Den has you covered.

Spit & Sawdust

Spit & Sawdust via Facebook

21 Bartholomew St, London SE1 4AL

When the skies turn gray, and you're seeking shelter from London's rain, Spit & Sawdust is the place to be. This Borough-based boozer is like a craft beer lover's dream, boasting an impressive selection of brews that'll have you sipping and savoring. But that's not all; it's also a treasure trove of retro games, inviting you to bring your crew and relive your youth. And if you think that's all they offer, think again. With a tiered beer garden, an affordable wine list, tasty tacos, regular live music nights, 'disco Saturdays,' live sporting events on the big screen, and an arsenal of board games, Spit & Sawdust has it all. Plus, they're known for their authentic shuffleboard, making it the perfect spot for a day of fun and games. 

The Gallery

The Gallery via Facebook

190 Broadhurst Gardens, London NW6 3AY

Venture to West Hampstead, where The Gallery beckons as your cozy basement escape. When the skies weep, and you're craving some friendly competition over a pint or two, they've got you covered. With board games aplenty, this charming brick-clad pub is not your run-of-the-mill watering hole. It's a snug haven, complete with a record collection that could rival a vinyl enthusiast's dream. As a fixture in West Hampstead, The Gallery offers more than just a wide range of Whiskies (a staggering 101, to be exact). It's the sort of place where you can effortlessly while away an afternoon, making it perfect for those wet weather days when you just want to gather your friends and engage in some board game battles.