Five pubs that put games front-and-centre
North: The Baring
Bored? Then climb aboard for board games on the Hackney/Islington borders. Get stuck into everyday staples or retro classics, or play a leisurely game of dominoes (55 Baring St, N1 3DS).
East: Bar Kick
Table football dominates the room at this Shoreditch spot. Eleven tables, and a happy hour (£4.95 for cocktails or £2 for house beer) from 4pm to 7pm every day (127 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE).
Pétanque is similar to French boules, and Baranis is the only place in the UK where you can play it indoors. Aim carefully so your ball doesn’t land in someone’s pastis (115 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PP).
South: The Four Quarters
Hands on joysticks, dudes! This hip Peckham bar is a boyzone of arcade classics such as Pong and Asteroids. Celebrate your triumph with craft beer and (at weekends) a hot dog (187 Rye Lane, SE15 4TP).
If ping-pong, pizza and strong drink sound like your idea of fun, Ping’s just the thing for you. Advice for would-be winners: drink less than your opponents (180-184 Earl’s Court Rd, SW5 9QG).
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