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Do you, like me, feel that every day you come across something new and interesting in London. Secret bars behind bookcases, speciality markets, cafes and restaurants are plentiful. What I really like about Draughts is that it combines two of my favourite things, board games and craft beers, in one warm and inviting place that is different to most places out there.
What is it?
Draughts is London’s first (and best) board game café. With a huge library of over 600 games to choose from you are certainly spoilt for choice. Imagine my joy when I discovered they had one of my favourite games of all time, Twilight Struggle, available to play. Entry into Draughts costs £5 but this small entry fee gives you unlimited play time as well as the services of a “game guru”. Draughts’ game gurus will offer guidance on which games will suit best for your group and can even help you learn the rules.
With a menu that includes a mix of small dishes such as homemade hummus, bruschetta or goats’ cheese with artisan breads, larger meals like sandwiches or salads and sharing boards for groups, Draughts can cater to almost any taste. The drinks on offer are rather decent as well. As mentioned above, I am a big craft beer fan. Not only do they serve craft beers but ales, ciders and wines as well.
Besides offering ‘hang out time’ and food, Draughts also host tournaments, themed events and even design workshops for those of you inspired to create your own games. Draughts is a superb idea that, quite frankly, I am surprised took so London to arrive in London. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere, helpful staff and a fantastically huge selection of games. So far, I have found little else like it.
Where can I find Draughts?
337 Acton Mews, Hackney, London, E8 4EA
You can get more information from Draughts’ website, their Facebook page and their Twitter. I find their Twitter particularly useful because its very active and a lot of new games are posted on there.