Where To Play Pool In London
Whether you’re the Ronnie O’Sullivan of the pool world or still unsure exactly which end of the cue to hold, there’s nothing like a bit of competitive socialising on your night out. We’ve drawn up a list of recommended places with pool tables in London, and we’ve even let you know which ones serve food, are open all night, turn into nightclubs and have ping pong tables, too.
Serving thirsty Londoners since the 1800s, this southeast boozer is one of Peckham's finest. Go for the tasty dining offering and stay for a pub quiz and pool table. If you're after something a bit more musical, then it's live jazz or DJs for you.
Based in London's Victoria, Greenwood has drawn in crowds from across London with its offering of great food, ice-cold craft beer and a handful of fun pool tables. The food and drink menu is, of course, the headliner here, but it's the sports bar that's really caught out attention. With pool tables, big screen TVs and all your favourite drinks at the bar, you'll struggle to find a better place to shoot some pool with your mates in London.
Styled like a New York pool house, 1920s Bar is a chilled bar with decking, lipstick red furniture and a fun-time party vibe. Their DJs kick up a storm on the decks with a mix of your favourite tunes from all genres, while you get competitive on their 8ft American pool tables.
Calling all sports enthusiasts and those who love a game of pool or two, Rileys sports bar in Haymarket is the ultimate late night den for drinking, socialising and playing pool in London. Cotchin' in the heart of the West End and decked out with pool tables, table tennis, darts and HD screens to lap up all the sports, Rileys is the one for activities.
Offering a stunning interior design that features hunting lodge antler furniture, 1950s stained glass and an antique, silver-leafed billiard table, this is one spectacular place to play some pool (well, billiards to be precise). If only the most refined surroundings for your pool antics will do, The Billiard Room at the Sanderson Hotel is a must.
Not only does this new sports bar boast one of Europe's biggest sporting screens, but it's also a hotspot for a little competition of your own. There's three pool tables available for hire, so you can have a drink, a bite to eat and a tournament or two.
South London's Catford Bridge Tavern not only has a pool table, but also a huge beer garden come summer months. If the weather isn't playing ball, head inside for open fire places, cosy seating and a Caribbean twist on traditional menus.
Looking for a friendly pub with games in Hackney? Okay so it's not exactly a pool table, but for those wanting to try a cue based game with a little bit of history behind it, playing some games of billiards at the People's Park Tavern should do the trick. Come for a few games in the summertime then head out to their suntrap beer garden on the fringes of Victoria Park.
This Indian barbecue restaurant in the City has a pretty unique pool room with its very own self-serve whisky dispenser to sip form at you battle it out. To top it off, their menu of mouthwatering grilled eats includes a butter chicken wings and their iconic tandoori lamb chops.
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If you're looking to enjoy a few games of pool over a couple of pints close to Victoria, it's all about Riley's. One of the leading sports bars in the city, there's no less than 5 snooker tables as well as 4 English and 12 American pool tables; plus, plenty of TV screens to catch all the professional action.
A haven of all things round, The Bat and Ball in Stratford has got ping pong tables, table football, and more importantly, a pool table. When you're not potting the black, check out the live sports on TV or crack out some tunes in the karaoke room.
Located in Vauxhall, the Griffin Belle is a flower-filled spot that's home to pool tables, pub quizzes, darts boars and more. Whether you came for a few games or fancy tucking into burgers and wings, there's a little bit of everything.
A private members club in the heart of London, Eight Bank has three Championship Brunswick tables to have a go on. When you're not playing, curl up on one of the comfy armchairs and work your way through their bar menu.
Number 1 London offers quite a lot for the avid pool player: three American sized pool tables, two English pool tables, 12 50” Sport screens, great beer and wonderful cocktails. At night, they bring out their talented DJs for a genuine club experience, while they also have a foosball and ping pong tables for extra competitive entertainment.
Inspired by one of the greatest American movie stars, McQueen in Shoreditch is a venue that's got it all. Along with a late-night club, swish restaurant and smart cocktail bar, the revamped space also has an American pool lounge and casino.