London’s first board game cafe set to open in Hackney

Randolph Pub Ludique in France Pic: Fanny Augereau

Randolph Pub Ludique in France Pic: Fanny Augereau

With over 500 classic tabletop games to choose from, Draughts, London’s first board game cafe, is set to become a crowd pleaser when it opens its doors this September.

The innovative cafe will be located in Acton Mews, Haggerston, and will have much more to offer than the typical cafe, according to founder, Toby Hamand.

“There’s a lot more choice and the games are much more involving. But it’s also about switching off from the Internet and wireless culture we have in cafes now and having that interaction with people,” he told The Guardian.

Visitors will be able to play their favourite games for a flat rate of £5 for an unlimited time period, while members will pay £3.50.

Hamand also aims to hold practice tournaments, board game design workshops, game launches and social gatherings to make new gaming friends.

To fund the project, Hamand has taken out a bank and government loan.

“The only concern I’ve got is drinks getting spilled on the boards,” said Hamand.

Thirsty Meeples, which opened in Oxford in July 2013, was the first board game cafe to open in the UK.

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