Where To Play Shuffleboard In London
First gaining notoriety as a much-loved pastime of King Henry VIII, shuffleboard has had a bit of comeback with Londoners of late. Simple in its concept (gamers simply slide a disc along a narrow surface - aiming to land within the scoring area), the game can now be found in many boozers and bars, with sleek full-sized playing tables, outdoor play spaces and electronic scoring systems. So, if you're looking for something a little different for your next night out, look no further than our guide on where to play shuffleboard in London.
The crowd at Broadleaf is made up of well-heeled young professionals, avid sports fans and those in search of some shuffleboard-shaped fun. Head here on a weekend and indulge in the bottomless sports menu which includes arrival snacks, sharing platters and burgers all for just £25, with the option to add bottomless beer, fizz or wine for £22.50.
When it comes to playing shuffleboard in London, it doesn't get much better than The Bottomless Shuffle Brunch. Get down to London Shuffle Club for two hours of bottomless prosecco or beer, plus a mouthwatering spread of pizza and a shuffleboard session.
The much loved Bethnal Green pizzeria, Fugitive Motel, hosts monthly shuffleboard tournaments, welcoming amateurs and old-timers alike to come along and put their puck skills to the test on the 14-foot American table. Beat the rest and you'll even get to see your name ascend the community Wall of Fame or even win some prizes, exciting.
A one-stop-shop for all your sports and gaming needs, Westwood Sports Pub and Kitchen is a light and airy West London bar - adorned with huge HD screens and comfy booths. Showing all major sporting events, you'll be able to fit in a cheeky shuffle between halves on an evening, or better yet, head here on a Sunday and play the game for completely free.
Located in the heart of the City, just a short stroll away from Fenchurch Street Station and Monument, Tank & Paddle is a wonderland of craft beer, handmade pizzas and classic cocktails. Filling up on a weekday evening with the 5 o'clock crowd, the full-length shuffleboards here can be booked ahead of time.
The first Brew Pub in the BrewDog family, this sprawling Tower Hill spot is the perfect place for a slap-up meal and top quality pint (with 33 craft beer taps as well as whole load of fully-stocked fridges). The jewel in this boozer's crown, however, is the epic games room, where three full-sized shuffleboard tables take centre stage.
Traditional Bromley boozer Barrel & Horn is known for its welcoming atmosphere, legendary pub quiz and regular open mic nights. But it also happens to be home to a shuffleboard table, vintage pinball machine and well-loved Fussball game - perfect for some rainy day fun.
Located in Finsbury Square, Burdock is a contemporary bar and restaurant, with two full-sized central shuffleboard tables - perfect for a large group of friends. If you're new to the game, feel free to grab a member of staff, who will be more than happy to explain the rules and dish out some extra tips.
Located in the heart of Elephant and Castle, Spit and Sawdust is the perfect spot to hole up on a soggy Sunday afternoon. With a cracking Pieminister menu, roaring fire and huge selection of ales and wines, you won't be blamed for staying way beyond your allocated shuffleboard time slot.
One of the best bars with shuffleboard in London, Players Social is just the place if you fancy going head-to-head against your mates. And if just one game wasn't enough? There's ping pong and table football, in case anyone wants a rematch.
Electric Shuffle has bought this classic pub game into the 21st century with scores instantly appearing on interactive game screens. Head to London Bridge or Canary Wharf for quirky games, slinky furnishings and neon lighting, with lip-smacking refreshments for mid-game munchies.
Looking more like the kind of cosy country pub you'd find in the rolling hills of Devon, than in the heart of Faringdon, The Hat and Tun oozes charm and character. Whilst not widely advertised, this place offers a modest shuffleboard table - perfect for a laid-back get together with friends.
Perhaps one of the chicest-looking shuffleboard spots in London, Nine Lives is a sultry drinking den filled with low-hanging botanics and quirky antique furniture. Coming from the team behind Sweet&Chilli, the drinks here taste as good as they look (and they look pretty damn good). Hosting regular shuffleboard tournaments with cash prizes, an evening spent hiding out here, is time well spent.