We’ve all been there. You work so hard during the week that come Friday ahem, Thursday, you’re ready to well and truly obliterate the senses. Instead of mindlessly knocking back pints and wallowing in your work woes, instil some friendly competition to your night out instead.
Once an illicit pastime banned for being so addictive, Shuffle-boarding is the latest trend sweeping London. Here are some of the capital’s best places to try this retro game…
The Vine, Kentish Town
North London’s first shuffleboard venue, The Vine is now home to two 12-foot boards, each with a ‘Ring for Service’ bell to save valuable minutes of interruption from all-important shuffling! Don’t go hungry whilst playing, enjoy fresh, modern and colourful dishes and an extensive selection of gins alongside a varied wine list and craft beers. This Kentish Town local is the go-to for shuffle, bites and booze.
Burdock, Finsbury Square
Located on the ground floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel on Finsbury Square and open seven days a week, Burdock embraces the casual all-day buzz of café culture and tops it off with a sophisticated bar and two shuffleboard tables that are sure to turn a post-work “just the one” into “just one more”.
The Little Shuffle Club, Shoreditch
The Little Shuffle Club is a permanent table shuffleboard venue opposite Box Park in Shoreditch. It boasts the UK’s first snapback Shuffleboard as well as two 16-foot classics, catch a game with a cocktail or two – perfect for both large groups and intimate date nights.
Broadleaf, Bishopsgate, City
Take a step into ETM’s latest urban oasis, Broadleaf, complete with an upstairs lounge housing TV screens showing major international and domestic sports fixtures, as well as full-size shuffleboards where players can remain fed and watered with sharing platters containing buckets of beer-battered fish fingers.
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.