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.
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 much loved Bethnal Green pizzeria, Fugitive Motel, hosts fortnightly 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, exciting.
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.
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.
Head over to London Bridge where this fun German beer hall is bringing you one of the best places to play shuffleboard in the capital. The venue fronts a set of full-size tables, perfect for staying entertained throughout the evening.
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 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.
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.
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 newest kid on the shuffleboard scene, Electric Shuffle has bought this classic pub game into the 21st century with scores instantly appearing on interactive game screens. This stunning venue is inspired by a power station, with exposed pipes, slinky leather furnishings and neon lighting. And in terms of food? Expect small plates, sharing platters and pizzas, perfect for those mid-game munchies.
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.
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.
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.