Pubs and Bars with Games in London
There are a lot of things we inevitably grow out of as we age, playing games while we drink is certainly not one of them. If you're looking for a night of pure, unadulterated fun at some of the best bars with games in London, we feel you. Whether you're looking for a classic boozer with its own vintage arcade room, a rowdy Shoreditch ping-pong bar or a basement drinking den that's home to foosball and all kinds of board games, there's bound to be something here for you. Long live competitive socialising.
Last updated on 6th September 2016
Situated right on the Canary Wharf riverfront, 28 West is a place renowned for its classic American grilled fare and continental choice of craft beers. Sort yourself out with a tasty pint or an experimental cocktail then challenge your mates to a couple of games of table football at this easy-going riverside hangout.
Reasons to visit The Four Thieves in Battersea are plentiful, but their huge Games Room is arguably the biggest draw of the lot. Found upstairs - away from the buzzing gastropub, microbrewery and heated outdoor terrace - this grand art deco music hall features a whole host of vintage arcade games, ping-pong, pool, pinball and yep, you heard correctly, mini motor-racing.
Belushi’s is a sports bar featuring an entire basement that’s dedicated to sports, fun and games. Make for The Dugout when the big sporting occasions roll around where you’ll find big screens, plenty of flowing booze and a crowd that plays beer pong and table football during half-time.
Immersive theatre meets an ‘Escape the Room’ styled vibe at Lady Chastity’s, the latest team-bonding game to hit the streets of London. Held at Hackney’s park-side gem of a pub - the People’s Park Tavern - this is an hour of fully immersive gaming which is an entertaining challenge for all; solve Lady C’s sordid secrets and you’ll win a bottle of her fabled aphrodisiac wine.
The Three Compasses is known as one of the friendliest, most unpretentious boozers in London. This local East End watering hole offers up plenty to do, with board games, darts and table football all available here. Every now and then, they'll even screen the odd film or TV show - particularly during Game of Thrones season. A genuine cracker of a pub in Dalston.
Ever wondered who would come out on top in a ping-pong showdown; man or machine? Head to Sink and settle that debate immediately. This first floor games bar upstairs from Blueberry Bar features an actual Table Tennis robot, and there’s 9-custom made tables for further table tennis and beer debauchery, too.
One of the best places to play ping pong in London is Blueberry Bar, which you’ll find on the borders of Shoreditch and the city. There’s beer pong, great drinks and gourmet burgers to make your stay a memorable one, and one of their tables gets the full UV treatment after 7pm so you can play ping-pong with a twist.
Based in an industrial plot on Brick Lane, the London Shuffle Club serve up a treat for the city's sports mad crowds, offering guests the chance to try their hand at Shuffle boarding. Combining the competitive edge of ten pin bowling with the finesse of curling, Shuffleboard has taken many of the US's trendy cities by storm. With plenty of comfort food, crafted cocktails and fun-loving DJ sets, this is definitely a quirky way to try out a new sport.
The Club Room is an ideal spot to unwind with a few games of pool or billiards away from the frenetic surrounds of the city. Set yourself up with a drink or two and relax, facilities are free to use and the whole venue can be hired exclusively on weekdays, with only a modest minimum spend to consider.
Anybody for a game of Backgammon inside one of Covent Garden’s most snug and intimate hotel bars? With leather sofas, warm lighting and eccentric artworks adding some extra character, The Den is one mighty stylish and impressive spot to unwind with a drink and a board game or two.
How’s your petanque game looking these days? There’s nowhere better to hone your skills on the boules court than Hay’s Galleria; a friendly bar and restaurant that you’ll find inside the historic Hays Wharf. Thrash all your mates at this version of boules, then make straight for the bar where you can get up to 50% off during their daily happy hours!
"We've got bowling, karaoke and delicious American food right on Brick Lane - Elvis would have rocked & rolled here too." It's a bold claim but we're pretty sure All Star Lanes are on to something, as they invite you to embrace your American alter-ego inside their original flagship venue. All of the bowling lanes and pinstoppers have been flown over from the States and there's indulgent comfort food and boozy shakes to enjoy afterwards.
We're breaking the first rule of Flight Club straight away, but when it's this much fun, we had little option. A fun and inventive bar that'll keep you entertained all night long, Flight Club brings social darts to the masses in a seriously attractive space. Games are super simple, there's real-time scoring and plenty of tasty food and delicious drinks to enjoy throughout.
Bounce is one of the best venues in London for ping-pong. It’s an underground haven just down from Old Street that’s positively abuzz with the sounds of groups of mates holding their own tournaments. Lay down the gauntlet to your mates and bring them to this ping-pong palace - there’s also a cracking range of authentic Italian pizza to munch on and a list of cocktails muddled up by some award-winning mixologists.
Full of mouth-watering burgers and exquisite locally-brewed beers, the Crown offers the residents of Battersea a cosy nook to relax in. The entire venue is wonderfully decorated; with walls covered in vintage photographs and leather sofas as soft as a cloud, there's no better place to unwind with a pint of your favourite drink. To sweeten the deal, the lounge is full of all the simple board games that defined your youth.
1920 Bar works hard to ensure pool lovers have the very best facilities available to them. With four full-sized, American pool tables to show your skills at, cloths and cushions are changed every six months to ensure those pristine orange tables are always in great shape. Come along for a couple of games with your mates then hang around for a few cocktails afterwards.
Arcade machines, consoles and retro games are the least you can expect from one of the best bars with entertainment in London. Not only does this Peckham gem provide the ultimate in gaming fun, there's an American menu, quirky cocktails and a secret speakeasy in the basement to boot.