Draughts, Hackney and Waterloo
London’s first board game café, Draughts, opened in Hackney in 2014. Set up beneath an old railway arch — and more bar and restaurant than café — its trendy, underground feel is worth experiencing even if you have to be dragged along by your games-mad friends.
But with over eight hundred board games, probably the most anywhere in London, there’s something for everyone from a light bit of Scrabble to Pandemic or Settlers of Catan.
Following Draughts' success, a second followed in 2018 in Waterloo. It has less of a busy and intense feel, but booking ahead is advisable for either as games can go on for hours. Food at the Hackney location consists of open-faced sandwiches and mezze boards, whilst at Waterloo you can have tacos and burgers.
£5 to play
Restrictions: unlimited or 3 hours at peak times
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Tuesday - Thursday 4:00PM - 11:00PM, Friday 12:00PM - 11:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:30PM
337 Acton Mews, Hackney E8 4EA or Arch 16 Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN