Where to play pool in London
Discover bars and pubs where you can play pool in London with our definitive guide! 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.
Last updated on 1st March 2018
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 just a lovingly restored East End boozer, also a neighbourhood gem, The Heathcote and Star is bringing all sorts of fun to Leyton. Whether it's a casual date night or catch up with your mates, the pub has games, craft beer and hearty dinner plates.
Hidden beneath Jamie's is a neat wee games room and private hire space for all your pool hankerings. A 60 capacity hang-out with pool tables, darts and billiards to boot, not only can you head down for a corker of a match with your mates, there's drinks deals and craft beer to boot.
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.
Laid-back and inviting, the Ludgate Club Room offers a chilled out place to enjoy a few games near to St. Paul’s. There’s a good flow of craft beers and cocktails and the venue can be hired exclusively, free of charge on weekdays with just a modest minimum spend to consider.
With its massive cheesy tunes and tropical cocktails, The Love Shack is all sorts of '80s fun. Join them for club nights and two brilliant pool tables.
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, 1920's Bar is a chic cocktail 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. Available to private hire for awesome nights of pool with your friends in a unique London bar, for a cool night out head to 1920's Bar.
Looking for a place to enjoy a few bevvies and play a couple of games of pool? Look no further than The Chelsea Pensioner. Take advantage of their happy hour to get some great discounted drinks and then A game of pool accompanied by quality drinks, what more could you need?
Head over to West London to discover quirky and cool venue, Heist Bank, a spot that mixes up industrial with homely touches. Located in Paddington, the bar serves stone-baked pizza, ice cold craft beer and has a pool table for a few games.
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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 for you to deliver a pool masterclass to your mates on. There's live sports on the screens, plenty of boozy options and a league if you fancy turning out regularly.
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.
Head down to Proud East on the banks of Regent’s Canal for a beautiful restaurant bar with an amazing pool room. At one point, you can be drinking and eating in the updated 17th century coffeehouse interior, the next you can be chilling out with your friends playing some much-needed games of pool.