Best Arcades In London

It's game on at some of the best arcades in London. Whether you're serious about Time Crisis or known to button bash on Tekken, a new era of competitive socialising is here and it includes great cocktails, must-try date nights and all the vintage machines these venues can muster. Our choice? Crazy Taxi, of course.

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Last updated on 6th June 2024


While Plonk might be known for its fun miniature golf sessions, the venue also offers some of the best arcade games for adults in London at the Hackney and Shoreditch venues. Grab a cocktail and get stuck into a plethora of machines from classics such as pinball to Point Blank and more, as well as stacks-upon-stacks of boardgames for some at-the-table action.

NQ64 Soho

Games and Crash Bandicoot cocktails (Aku Aku Fruit Punch, anyone?) are on the cards over at the neon-splattered NQ64. With sites in Soho and Shoreditch, this arcade bar in London is a hangout for really getting your performance game on across Guitar Hero and Dancing Stage. Plus, if you're more of a button basher, then there's everything from Street Fighter and other retro arcade games to retro consoles like MegaDrive, original PlayStations or Super Nintendo waiting too. 

The Four Thieves

The Kids Table

A Battersea pub with a hidden gaming secret on its top floor, The Four Thieves are great for a brunch, beer, and when that competitive spirit kicks in? One of the best indoor arcades in London. Head upstairs to the Victorian-style music hall where you can try everything from dance machines and Time Crisis to racing simulators or their famous Moonshine Raceway, where you'll speed your professional remote controlled vehicles around a proper track.

F1® Arcade - St Paul's, London

Taking the usual offering up a notch, F1® Arcade is your home of world-first, official simulation racing from Formula 1®. Thanks to full-motion and audio-visual effects, 69 state of the art racing simulators will immerse you in an experience of famous tracks across the world, from Silverstone to Suzuka. Not only will you be able to zoom around and get your adrenaline pumping across competitive meets, but also grab refreshments like cocktails, beer, sharing plates, tacos and burgers at the bar.

Babylon Park

Set across two floors in Camden, Babylon Park is a fabulous place to channel your inner kid. Along with a mini roller coaster and drop tower for the ultimate indoor theme park vibes, the venue boasts over 100 cool arcade games and classic amusements to keep everyone entertained. Entry is free, and you can use an app, card or RFID bracelets to nab your coins for each game across the cashless venue. One of the best arcades for kids in London? You betcha.

Four Quarters Peckham

Fancy retro arcades in London? Giving you old-school American vibes in various locations such as Peckham, Hackney and Elephant and Castle, Four Quarters promises themed cocktails, an impressive happy hour and gaming across a choice of 15 original, restored arcade cabs (dating from the late 70s up to the early 2000s) or 10 retro consoles. This is the ultimate hit of nostalgia, taking you back to the good ol' days of Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Asteroids.