Draughts

Draughts, London: Hours, Address, Draughts Reviews: 4/5

12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Jonny_Chanook
Glasgow, UK14 contributions
Unexpected fun for a few hours
Oct 2021 • Family
We are a family of 4 (kids aged 7 and 9) who stumbled across this place. We didn't realize what it was all about but within 15 minutes the very knowledgeable Brad had worked out a great game for us to play and gave us a rapid tour through the rules, saving the headache of reading the instructions. 3 games and 3 hours later, with some expert guidance from others and we had experienced some wonderful family fun. Not what we would have had on our to do list when visiting London, but we'll definitely go back the next time we are in town. If you were wondering, our favourite new game was Tsuro, closely followed by Ticket to Ride (London edition)
Written October 13, 2021
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Sandra F
3 contributions
Not recommended for a game night
Jul 2021 • Friends
We came in and settled down. When we started the first game just then we were informed for the 6£ fee per person. If I knew before I wouldn't have stayed. The session is timed so you have time for trying max 3 games. On top of that they charge you for the service. The idea of this place is great, but you can certainly play the same amount of board games in London for unlimited time, without this money grabbing situation.
Written August 5, 2021
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Hi Sandra, Thank you for taking the time to post a review - We’re really sorry to hear that your Draughts experience wasn’t up to scratch. Our cover charge is there in order for us to provide the best possible gaming experience to all our customers. We hope that you still had great fun during your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Many thanks, Draughts Team
Written August 11, 2021
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drsallylaila
London, UK28 contributions
Food delicious
Nov 2020 • Couples
Amazing selection of board games, the food was also delicious, good place for chilled out night with friends or a relaxed date
Written November 3, 2020
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Hello! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on our delicious food and amazing board games. We look forward to welcoming you back - until then, take care!
Written December 7, 2020
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cinnamon
1 contribution
service charge on the ' Game session' !!!!
Nov 2020
So the location is very lovely and no problems with the game layout. However, the fact that you guys charged us an extra 12.5% for the service charge on the ' gaming session' side is just appalling. It was only the 2 of us so we tried to ignore some of the small things until the end. I ordered a latte in which the latte was very cold. My boyfriend wanted to order a certain beer in which he was told it was not available so he had to pick another. There was a way too many staff members chatting their life away while we were trying to play our game. But what topped everything off was the fact that you not only charge £6 but also on top that you also add the extra 12.5% for the ' service' part of it in which we did not receive.

My friends were asking me how it was but the honest truth is it was not a great place to go when all you are doing is trying to charge us extra for giving zero services. Appalling and not happy
Written November 2, 2020
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Jae Bear
3 contributions
An enjoyable evening!
Oct 2020 • Friends
My friend and I wanted to do something a little different for our regular catch up, and as the 10pm curfew is killing most social options in London, we did a little Googling and found this place.

The guy who welcomed us was excellent - very polite and friendly, and made us feel very comfortable from the moment we entered. To be honest, all the team that we encountered were very friendly and were all covid-19 compliant at all times, which might be an important factor for those reading these reviews and worried about what they have in place to ensure this.

We ordered some food and drinks, and this came out promptly - I’ve seen other reviews say otherwise, but I only have positive things to say about their service, personally. The squid was especially tasty, If I do say so myself!

There’s a huge choice of games here, which just means that we will definitely have to come back in the near future... I do believe they’d be something for everyone here, and the time passes so quickly, which just shows how much fun it was.

The only reason I haven’t given them a 5* review is because we came down in the evening, and the area that was was seated in didn’t seem to have heating. To be fair to them though, we didn’t mention this until we was leaving. I wasn’t able to pick a 4.5 rating, so my hand was forced to choose 4 out of 5! (Please forgive me Draughts!)
Written October 30, 2020
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ArturoRocha
London, UK7 contributions
Nice ambiance, extremely SLOW
Oct 2020 • Friends
Nice ambiance but you have to be extremely patient! 10 minutes to pour a pint and over 40 minutes to serve a plate of nachos and 7 halloumi nuggets. One other table had ordered food only.
Written October 7, 2020
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Hi there, We’re really sorry to hear that your experience wasn’t up to our usual standards. We always strive to ensure customer happiness at Draughts. We’d love to put things right, please can you email us on info@draughtslondon.com and we will be in touch. Many thanks, The Draughts Team
Written October 12, 2020
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paul s
London, UK12 contributions
Good food & Good service
Sep 2020
I actually went in here by mistake, me and my brother went out to have some pie n mash in Hoxton but they were closed, so we driving along down Kingsland road and we noticed the old pie n mash sign back after years of it being a Chinese restaurant. I used to go there with my dad in the early 80’s.

So we went in, it wasn’t the pie n mash shop back after all this time but it was Draughts and I have to say it was a nice place, same décor and it was a nice trip down memory lane.

We had a home-made beef pot pie with mash which was really nice, the service and the staff were good, polite and friendly couldn’t ask for more, I’m sure I’ll be back.
Written September 10, 2020
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Dear Paul, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We’re thrilled to hear you had a good time at Draughts and hope to see you back here soon! The Draughts Team
Written September 11, 2020
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JourneyWithUss
Dubai, United Arab Emirates841 contributions
QUIRKY LITTLE GAMES RESTAURANT/BAR/VENUE WITH EVERY BOARD GAME UNDER THE SUN!
Mar 2020
Draughts is a cool little venue situated in Hackney - it's quite easy to miss if you don't know it's there, as the front looks like a low-key little bar for old biddis.

Little do you know, if you walk through, it opens out into a huge venue with around 50-100 tables and chairs and 1000's of board games (it is a typical 'hipster' venue and very quirky).

The food here is delicious and not too OTT - it's the perfect place to visit with friends for a relaxed, chilled afternoon or evening of playing board games. Yes, it's slightly nerdy, but who doesn't like board games and drinking?

It's not too overpriced and drinks are around £6, food around £15 per main and the have a typical bar menu (quesadillas, burgers etc).

Overall a slightly weird but wonderful venue that is not too overstated and flashy.

Instagram: @journeywithuss
Written March 25, 2020
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hanalise0890
Sheffield, UK21 contributions
Poor customer service and missing game parts
Jan 2020 • Friends
We have been to Draughts before it moved the last time we visited family and decided to go again based on that postive experience. When we got there we were sat at a table right by the front door (which people kept leaving open) and it was too cold. We asked the guy who showed us to the seats if we could move and he declined because they were fully booked. We went to have a look at the games and saw there were several tables free further inside so asked another member of staff if we could move to one of them. She again declined saying they were fully booked. She was abrupt and rude about our request even though we had booked 2 weeks prior and clearly there was space for us to move. She walked off saying nothing further. 5 minutes later once we had some games in front of us, the woman told the original guy we spoke to to move us to another table. We thanked him for this and asked if he could recommend a good co-op game for us to play. He replied "Connect 4". We laughed thinking he was joking, but he simply turned and walked away without further comment. It was such a contrast to the help we had received in our previous visit from some great staff!
We spent a while finding a co-op game to suit the time limit we had because we each complex one we took had pieces or instructions missing. The guy who gave us our bill at the end said someone should have directed us to the games which could be played in under 2 hours from the beginning!
They then put a service charge automatically onto our bill which we asked to be taken off because of the rude service. The guy asked us to clarify this and agreed that our experience had been bad and apologised which we appreciated. It is a shame and I think we got unlucky with the staff who served us at the start, but this has certainly put us off going there again !
Written January 18, 2020
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EttieAH0lland
St Ives, UK18 contributions
Fab visit, wish we'd had longer than a few hours.
Jan 2020
I brought my boyfriend here as part of a birthday day out, and we both had an amazing time. The staff were warm and welcoming as soon as we walked in, and helped us choose a game that we'd both enjoy (we chose Ticket to Ride, Europe).

The guy who helped us choose came over and spent 10/15m talking us through the game, which was SO helpful compared to just reading the rules and trying to pick it up. We instantly got the gist and could start playing immediately, which was great. We felt everyone working there was super attentive, and we only had to look slightly confused and someone would pop over and check on us!

We also ordered some of the small bites and a few drinks, and they were great. We weren't expecting great food because that's not really the main point of the cafe but it was fab - especially the BBQ ribs and halloumi fries.

The games we saw were in really good used condition. They obviously make a huge effort to keep the games nice and I think they do a great job given how many people play.

We had a great time and could happily have stayed for hours longer.
Written January 9, 2020
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Hi Ettie, Thank you so much for visiting us and leaving such a good and detailed review! We are very glad that our staff was attentive and that you enjoy our games! Draughts is not a restaurant but still aim to serve simple but yet good nibbles and we're pleased to read that you've enjoyed it! We would happily welcome you back, Have a lovely week, Draughts Team
Written January 13, 2020
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