Backgammon-friendly places to play League Backgammon in Central London. You'll need to bring your own board. If you would like to recommend a venue, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE NOTE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A collection of tasteful food outlets with use of an Atrium in this building, warm and covered all year round. An ideal opportunity to play alfresco in Central London. The Atrium is only available during office hours,
Ivan Scheer: The Royal Oak in Tabard Street is a 2 minute walk from Borough Underground Station. It is very small and shabby, owned by an independent brewery and it would be easy to not give it a second glance. However Eric McAlpine is a great fan of the food, quite rightly so, standard pub fare with a great specials board too. My bangers (and Mash especially) was good and his Game Pie looked great. Apparently the Sunday Roasts are fab and the place fills up, so you need to get there early. On Saturday it opens at 11am and at midday there was plenty of room for us to play undisturbed. I did not see the upstairs but the loo was better than some other pubs. Altogether a very useful location/venue for a North/South match.
The Canonbury Tavern is a short walk from Highbury and Islington tube station, on Canonbury Place. This historic pub with its large garden has been rapidly gaining a reputation for serving some of the finest British seasonal food in London.
I know it is a Wetherspoons pub, which are usually dirt cheap and full of drunks. However, this was not full of drunks or too crowded; it had enough light and was not too noisy. And it cost half the price to drink and eat in than it would do in other pubs. Very happy with the Thursday Curry Night deals.
Haven't been in this pub in decades but it is still as pleasant it has always been. Tucked away off Ken High St, this is a lovely place to play BG. Great beer and food. Tasteful music at the right volume.
As recommended by Michael Ireland: "Paul and I were made most welcome at the Milestone and although drinks are somewhat pricey, it was a pleasure to play in their drawing room, and the staff were exceptionally polite."
Ben Owen: Casa Tua is a quirky comfortable and a cosy cafe run by typical Italians - boisterous, attentive and friendly - tucked away in a hidden back street less than 5 minutes walk from King's Cross station.
Play in the basement in small alcoves sitting on sofas and armchairs surrounded by pleasant artwork. (Although we didn't eat, I know that) the food is delicious, and they serve great coffees and juices!
A useful transport hub pub in the railway station (not underground). if you head in the
direction of platforms 9, 10, 11 then you'll see it pretty easily at the top of some steps.
The pub was busy but is a good venue as there are many different sections with plenty of tables and they are nicely spaced out. Food and beer was good but it was a bit expensive.
Ivan Scheer: "The Parcel Yard is growing on me especially the Waiting Room with tables 34 - 41 ish. Big enough to get tables in corners and noisy enough that we are not a distraction or much of a curiosity to other drinkers and staff. The food is ok, but I haven't found a great dish yet. Loos just about acceptable.... Well connected for transport."
It has been confirmed that you can book tables here requesting a specific table number. Those in the know, request table 26.
An ideal transport hub to meet and play. The Hamilton Hall itself has recently been returned to its former glory and is quite an overwhelming room to play in. Best to grab a table upstairs or down the side on the ground floor where it isn't so noisy or busy.
Make a careful note of this pub's location beforehand as there was no external signage. It's a large square-shaped island bar with access passages to rear and side and seating alcoves at rear. Wooden panelling the main theme with Art-Nouveauish lighting and mirrors. Up to two real ales plus multiple keg beer fonts. Thai meals & snacks available.
Located just off the famous Bond Street, the Goat Tavern has history dating back to 1686. It lies in the very spot where the Great Mansion Clarendon House used to stand. Usually a quiet place to play BG.
Mark Dixon writes: "We played in the Monument Pub, by the Monument itself and the station. I do recommend it; lots of tables & very good size for backgammon. Also the bar manager happens to be a backgammon enthusiast and spent a large amount of his shift watching our matches, respectfully, but then chatting afterwards about the game, positions etc. ... A nice central place next to a station with great connections."
Ben Owen: The Lonsdale has comfortable seating and tables in the back, which are perfectly suited for backgammon. However, lighting could be a little improved.
The pub is unquestionably unique in that it doesn't allow mobile phones or laptops etc to be used anywhere within the pub! The benefit is that you can concentrate on your game since you will not be receiving any calls.
It's a Samuel Smiths pub, so it's basic pub grub food, and beer is cheap - £3.70 a pint in Notting Hill is ain't bad.
NO REAL ALE!!
For those that would prefer to avoid a noisy pub in Central London, try the 5th Floor bar (The View) at Waterstone's on Piccadilly. They had food and drink and a very relaxed atmosphere toward lingerers. They have many board games for people to play (the table next to us was playing Monopoly), so they don't frown at games-players. Only caveat is that they close at 10pm, so I would definitely recommend nothing much later than a 6:30 (preferably 6pm) start. Recommended by Reggie and Belinda.
Footnote: If the match is not finished by 10pm the Three Crowns is pretty quiet by that time and is 1 minute away just behind Waterstones on Babmaes Street.
I like the look of this place. There is a good atmosphere and it is BG-friendly. If like me you have this internal conflict as to whether you should drink alcohol during high-pressure league matches, this place serving coffee may be the answer.
At the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, you can mix your love of Backgammon with your appreciation of art. Quiet and open till late. Please note, one of you needs to be an "RA Friend" for both of you to gain entry.
"Situated between Sea Containers Restaurant and Dandelyan Bar, it is the perfect place to sip a cup of tea, enjoy a game of backgammon or share a bottle of wine with friends. The Den is Mondrian London's hangout parlour, offering wine, champagne and light snacks throughout the day." - Jury is out on this so would welcome more feedback on it.
There are several places along the South Bank suitable for an evening of BG and if you can get a table on a summer's evening it can be idyllic. Thanks to Peter Durrans for his review:
We mostly play in the NATIONAL THEATRE, which is a backgammon-friendly venue.
They have recently re-organised their internal layout, replacing some of the tables with lower coffee tables. However, we have still managed to find suitable ones to play on the first floor (Lyttelton Theatre level 1) or near the cafe area on the ground floor. The ground floor Espresso Bar offers a good range of drinks and other refreshments.
I have also played Mike Ireland in the Queen Elizabeth Hall (also nearby on the South Bank), which has a number of suitable tables and coffee, tea etc. Occasionally they may have an event organised.
Some people have tried playing at the Festival Hall but I would NOT recommend that as it is usually much busier and noisier. We have never needed to play there.
The Greencoat Boy was built toward the end of the 19th century. It epitomises Victorian design at its very best. The building is situated a stone's throw away from Westminster Abbey and two stones from Buckingham Palace.
Looks like a tasteful, healthy fast food joint. Apparently has plenty of space upstairs allowing you to eat well and yet play BG as well. Certainly a place I would be curious to go to next time I'm in Victoria.
Andrew Rogers: The Auberge was accommodating and comfortable, allowing us to nestle in a corner four person table in the dining room. Although Ivan had what looked like a very tasty salad, I got the impression they would not have minded if we only had drinks. It was a Tuesday which may explain the restaurant being fairly empty, but if the location works for both parties I would recommend it.
Backgammon-friendly places to play League Backgammon in Central London. You'll need to bring your own board. If you would like to recommend a venue, please email me, email@example.com PLEASE NOTE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Popular with our Iranian players, this restaurant offers a blend of Persian and Afghan cuisine. "....the staff were accommodating, and allowed us a table for 4 on a busy night so we could play and eat comfortably."
Tad Collins: The Mossy Well is the new Wetherspoon in Muswell Hill. It is bright and airy with plenty of suitable tables for BG and not very "Wetherspoony" due to a fair contingent of the posher Muswell Hillers
Ivan Scheer: Very nice typical Weatherspoons with bright lighting, no background music, even the quiz didn't distract, good loos, extensive suitable menu (with calories) and clean tables. Easy on street parking 60p for the half hour required. I look forward to going there again. Good for backgammon.
A great enormous building (2 barns) with all the usual Weatherspoon's facilities and a very high ceiling for part. Easy, cheap parking very nearby in the Civic Car park (free after 6.30pm . Definitely a recommendation for Backgammon.
Proudly announces: "NO SCREENS & NO MACHINES mean that people have more opportunity to socialise in a friendly house that provides free wi-fi, board games, darts and the daily papers. " Sounds good to me.
Great location as right next to the station. Food menu OK but it seemed like the healthier stuff was more expensive than the non-healthy. Very happy with us playing Backgammon. A couple next to us got a chess board from behind the bar and started playing.
Not quite Central London but if you were in the same division as me I might suggest this excellent pub to you as it is halfway out to where I live in Buckinghamshire. Fantastic food, real ale and decor make this a great place to play and they are game-friendly. You can go sight-seeing around Harrow School after your matches. Memorable also because I beat the legend Lawrence Powell twice here.
"A Proper Boozer" for those of us old enough to remember life before pale grey Gastro Pubs serving fancy food on roof tiles. Great beer, great landlady and a bunch of bearded old men sitting at the bar. Very happy to have us playing Backgammon. Would definitely go back.
With a handful of players in the League all living within a short distance of Amersham it is no surprise to find this pub with a great outdoor area recommended as a venue. Fantastic for the summer but equally cosy in the Winter
Backgammon-friendly places to play League Backgammon in SW London. You'll need to bring your own board. If you would like to recommend a venue, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE NOTE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Backgammon-friendly places to play League Backgammon in West London. You'll need to bring your own board. If you would like to recommend a venue, please email me, email@example.com PLEASE NOTE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Mike Ireland: They made us very welcome, and the tables and atmosphere in the drawing room are ideal for Backgammon. Given their location adjacent to West Ealing station, and their tasty, albeit slightly pricy menu, it's an ideal venue for any west-London based league players.
Lovely big pub - popular with the Ealing Yummy Mummies so there may be the odd shrieking kiddy but this is more than made up for by great beer, friendly staff and a luxurious outdoor area. Plus 3 hours free parking in the road opposite.
We stumbled across this place on a busy Sunday afternoon. It was very popular but we were able to squeeze in with our Backgammon Board. The food looked excellent and being by the river looks a great spot for some summer Backgmmon in their beer garden.
The Pub is very friendly and well suited for BG games. Easily found on one of Isleworth's key roads, The Rising Sun is a popular haunt promising a good feed and award-winning beer. A traditional ale house, the pub pulls some of London's best beer - and provides a lovely patio garden for you to enjoy it in!
Mike Ireland: Aircraft taking off were within oil-dropping distance of the beer garden where we played, but being aeroplane buffs we enjoyed the distraction of trying to identify airlines/aircraft from their underbellies between moves. Kitchen open all day, and reasonably priced grub/drinks, so recommended for other west London based league players who don't mind the decibels.
Another gem of a recommendation from Ben Owen who has a good track record on finding the most interesting places to play. "Very comfortable - perfect venue for backgammon with nice sized tables and benches. Good bar. Definitely recommend."
A few interesting articles on how to behave at and around the Backgammon table. How many impolite misdemeanours are you guilty of? Worth remembering next time you sit down to play.
You can eat up many hours trawling though the rest of this excellent Backgammon Galore website, it's well worth it.