Behold a brief history of shuffleboard –
It was invented in England in the early 1500s. Henry VIII played it, and its popularity spread. It became so wildly addictive that people stopped working, and so in 1542 the government had to ban it.
But now it’s back.
And the people brazenly risking our economy by unleashing this illicit pastime on an unwitting public once more are none other than The London Shuffle Club, who – having tried and tested the idea via two long-term pop ups, have determined that the masses are indeed, still very keen on shuffleboard – have settled into a permanent, two-level home in Shoreditch.
HOW TO PLAY THIS GLORIOUS GAME:
Like most competitive sports, it helps to be pushy. The court’s basically a huge rectangle, and you use a cool-looking stick (called a “tang”) to push the puck (called a “biscuit”) down into the triangular scoring zone at the end of the lane (called the “lane”). It’s a bit like curling, except fun.
And as the night wears on, you may choose to mosey downstairs to their more recently opened, dimly-lit, tabletop shuffleboard bar, ‘Crazy Eight’. There’s two miniature lanes here, as well as a ‘snapback’ table, where you’ll need to get your biscuit to rebound rather than slide to the end.
SOUNDS SIMPLE. WHAT IS THERE TO EAT/DRINK?
Glad you asked. They’re slinging pizzas from their wood-fired ovens topped with everything from roasted cajun spiced chicken to beetroot and rocket; garlic mushrooms; or mac and cheese. And on weekends, there’s a bottomless brunch on offer, at which you can flag down endless top ups of prosecco, beer and pizza as you play.
And the pièce de résistance? Their al fresco shuffleboard terrace also features a converted airstream caravan, from which they’re serving up sharing cocktails, boozy slushies, and cocktails like the Whiskey Shivers, with Bourbon, apricot, bitters, lemon, and Pilsner.
…and a little reminder that “shuffleboard is a one-handed game”.
NOTE: The London Shuffle Club is open Tues & Weds 4-11pm; Thurs-Sat noon-11pm; and Sunday 12-6pm. Courts cost £40 for a one hour slot (£20 off-peak), irrespective of the number of players you bring with you. Do note, though, that this is really a team game which works best for groups of 4-8… so don’t bring too many friends along. You can book a lane right HERE.
London Shuffle Club | 4 Ebor Street, E1 6AW
Last Updated: 23rd of September
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