Think it’s just you who loves spending an afternoon playing board games with your mates? Far from it! In fact, it’s such a popular past-time that when the people behind Draughts set up their Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to open London’s first board game café, they got over 500 backers. Draughts is now finally ready and it’s opening tomorrow in Haggerston.
Tucked just off Kingsland Road at 337 Acton Mews, the venue is located within a stylish arch that initially looks just like any other cool Hackney café-bar. However, once inside you’re greeted by a ‘game guru’ who helps you choose one of the 500 games and understand how the heck to play. It costs £5 per person but you can stay as long as you want and while away weekday evenings, or all day and night on the weekend. There’s booze, soft drinks, sarnies and snacks to keep your strength up, especially if you’re embarking on one of the epic games that can take up to eight hours.
With board game meet-ups getting increasingly popular, we reckon Draughts will be a popular destination for gaming nuts and those folks who just like a gentle game of Scrabble. We’ll see you down there on Sunday afternoon for a post-roast game of Trivial Pursuit.
We went down this morning for an exclusive advance peek and to take some photos for you.
Find out more at draughtslondon.com.
By Sonya Barber. Photos by Rob Greig.