Let your inner nerd free.

Cakes & Ladders @salesofsoffles

It’s not all scrabble and monopoly anymore.

When you hear the word ‘gamers’ most people think of a socially-awkward male in his mid-twenties still living at home. That’s not always wrong, but on a whole is a huge misconception; gamers come in all shapes and sizes.

So, pause for a minute, grab a pen and paper and get ready to take down the details for five absolute must visit bars specialising in board and arcade games.

Draughts is set in an old railway arch in Haggerston offering minimalistic yet rustic interior with exposed brick. Home to an exquisite library of games. Offering four hours limited sessions in the evening where you can enjoy as many games as you want for just a fiver (per person). Book in advance.

Escape bar, previously known as Secret Weapon goes independent in Stratford. Grab a drink, settle at a table with your friends and pull out a board game. Or if you rather have a friendly battle on the consoles, hop on one of the sofas. Ready? Set. Game! Additionally, if you love a pun then this cocktail menu is for you. Anyone fancy a Temple Rum or Zeldaflower spritz?

Loading bar is a good location for an after work social or university social. Grab an Assassin’s Mead and head downstairs for the arcade and game consoles. Don’t want to be disappointed? Book a table to secure a place.

Fancy feeling nostalgic with these iconic arcade games such as Pacman and Donkey Kong? Or just a good old classic game of Mario Kart? Then head over to The Four Quarters. Feeling slightly peckish? Well, you’re in for a treat with their US-style grill menu. Yum.

Lastly, does anything else scream London to you than having a gaming session and drink on a double decker red bus? No? Didn’t think so. Cakes & ladders located in Wood Green is the place to be. All your needs met with 300+ games to keep you entertained, some of London’s finest beers to quench your thirst and locally sourced sweet and savoury treats to ease the hunger. Best of all it’s all in one of London’s biggest icons: a red bus.

We all know gaming is a universal way of bringing people together; it’s evident through the number of people who have online gaming friends and attend gaming conventions. So, pick up the phone, it’s time to call up an old pal or arrange a family social and get down to one of these establishments.

See you there.

Draughts: 337 Acton Mews/ E8 4EA /Open Daily/ draughtslondon.com

Escape bar: 25 West Ham Ln/ E15 4PH/ Open Daily/ http://www.escapebarstratford.com

Loading bar: 97 Stoke Newington Rd/ N16 8BX/ Open Daily / http://loading.bar

The Four Quarters: 187 Rye Ln/ Peckham / SE15 4TP/ Open Daily / fourquartersbar.co.uk

Cakes & Ladders: 5 River Park Rd/ Wood Green/ N22 7TB / http://cakesandladders.co.uk

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