Exploring London

While I’m very familiar with the centre of London and the City, there are quite a few areas that I’ve never been.  However, with the huge number of new places opening up, I’ve finally started widening my horizons.

The new place that’s the subject of this post is Shoreditch, or as it should be called – Hipster Central.  I’d heard a few months ago that London’s first board game café was opening up just north of Shoreditch, and yesterday seemed the perfect time to go and try it out.

Draughts (as the café’s called) is located under the railway arches, just by Haggerston London Overground station.  It was pretty full, but there was a table that its current occupants let us share, which was rather kind of them.  It costs £5 per person, after which you may play as many games as you like for as long as you like, and there’s table service, so you can order sandwiches and coffees and things.  All in all there are around 500 games, with “game gurus” on hand to recommend something new if you fancy trying out a game you’ve not played before.  If there’s a game you want that they don’t have, you can email them to request they get it in.  There’s also a small area where they sell board games too, which is a nice touch.

We ended up playing a new card game – Port Royal, which was good fun and an easy game I recommend, before a quick round of Monopoly.  There were a lot of other games that looked good fun, so I’m sure I’ll definitely be back.  There’s one I played at school in the school French Club called Milles Bornes, which I’ve not played since ~2007 that they have there, so that’s definitely towards the top of my list.  There’s also a great board game they have that I backed on Kickstarter back in 2013 called Cornish Smuggler.  It’s really good, and I definitely recommend playing it.  Other games that are good that they have include the classic Settlers of Catan, (along with several of its expansions), and one I’ve been playing online with some friends a lot lately called Talisman.