Draughts | London's Original Board Game Café Moves To Dalston
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Published 21/10/19

Your First Look At The New Draughts

Draughts | Board Game Café

Last Updated: 21st October 2019

Back in the day, Draughts rolled the dice on something new to London: the board game café.

And they scored a serious crit.

Five years on, their Haggerston railway arch is constantly packed with punters enjoying their indomitable combination of fast-paced tabletop strategy games and booze. And so… they’ve made a move.

For their sophomore, they’ve set up shop in an old pie and mash shop on Kingsland High Street. With room for 180, it’s much bigger than the original, but with plenty of character thanks to the original tiled walls, intimate booths, and spacious board gaming lounge out the back. There are more cocktails, food courtesy of Jones & Sons, and of course, hundreds upon hundreds of board games.

Draughts Dalston


Once you’ve scored a table, you and your friends are free to peruse the library and pick out something to play. Friendly, knowledgeable staff circulate the rooms, and are always happy to make recommendations or talk you through the rules of a new game.

The great advantage of board games over, say, crazy golf or rock climbing, is that you can have a glass of something while you’re playing (unless you’re playing You’ve Got Crabs!, in which case you’ll be temporarily indisposed by having a pair of rubber crab claws over your hands). And they’re not rolling the dice on drinks – there’s brews on draught (eh), cans of craft beer, wine, soft drinks and a couple of house cocktails, including margaritas and whisky sours.

The game choices here run the gamut from the familiar (Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity, Boggle) to the cult (Dixit, Codenames, Ticket To Ride) to games you’ve probably never come across in your life before; like Funemployed (which offers some great opportunities for some meta weekday enjoyment) and the action-packed Power Grid: North Europe/UK. There’s literally hundreds besides, including Hnefatafl (a kind of 4th century Viking Chess); Burn The Heretic; and the simple, but evocative, Beeees!*

*not a box full of bees.

NOTE: Draughts Hackney is open seven days a week. You can find out more and book, HERE. Please note that there is a £5 cover charge per person, which lets you play as many games as you like for up to 4 hours.

ALSO NOTE: People love Draughts so much, there’s also a second branch in Waterloo.


Draughts | 41 Kingsland High Street, E8 2JS

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41 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2JS
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