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The ultimate guide to London for gamers

Get your game on! Discover the very best of the epic London games and esports scene.
Man wearing a virtual reality headset.
Find London's best gaming spots for virtual reality and esports. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Check out the top things to do in London for gamers, from huge conventions and cool tech hubs to dedicated esports arenas and quirky board game cafes around the capital.

Best cafes and bars with games in London

  • Grab a pint from the on-site brewery and try out some of the games on offer at Four Thieves, including a VR platform and retro arcade games.
  • Head to Shoreditch to enjoy a mix of pizza and video games for players of all levels at London esports bar, Platform. Check out its exciting lineup of events, which includes a game-fuelled bottomless brunch.
  • Take your pick from cool retro consoles and arcade games (which run on US quarters) at aptly named Four Quarters. Top tip: pay a visit to the hidden basement bar at the Peckham location.
  • Check out SideQuest's flagship London store in Chinatown, offering keen gamers a 12-station esports arena and private rooms for hire.
  • Play all day long with Loading Bar’s selection of games for Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, plus dozens of board games and game-themed cocktails. 
  • Step into the future and play immersive computer games on a Wonderball table at Bounce, the ultimate London bar for ping pong fans.
  • Find your new favourite board game at Draughts, with a library of hundreds of games across two venues in Waterloo and Dalston. 
  • Tee off a round of high-tech golf at Pitch's clubhouses.
  • Sharpen your batting skills at Sixes Cricket Club using its bowling simulator and VR cricket.

Dedicated gaming spheres in London

A man and a woman wear virtual reality headsets at a gaming space in London.
Check out the world of VR at dedicated gaming spaces in London. © London and Partners/Jon Reid.
  • Escape to Otherworld, a VR paradise in Hackney offering 16 fully immersive multi-player games.
  • Dive into another world at Sandbox VR, where players wear haptic feedback suits that add touch, vibration and motion into the gaming experience. A robotic bartender serves up drinks!
  • Check out the Red Bull Gaming Sphere, where you’ll find regular esports tournaments, pro-gamer training sessions and workshops for new gamers.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping during an action-packed VR session with your friends at the free-roam MeetspaceVR arena at Boxpark Wembley.
  • Visit the home of the Stratford Spartans esports team at Belong to take your turn on a whole host of PC and console games.
  • Don your headset and enter your choice of virtual worlds at DNA VR, a dedicated VR games arcade in London with immersive escape rooms and free-roaming experiences.

Cool tech and game shops in London

  • Go for a ride in a VR car and enjoy more tech-themed fun at the Samsung KX store in Coal Drops Yard.
  • Drop by the Microsoft Experience Centre, home to a dedicated Xbox gaming lounge. 
  • Head to RazerStore London to discover the latest gadgets and try out products in the playtest area.

Top gamer and esports London events

  • Attend fascinating talks, prototype introductions and more at the annual London Games Festival
  • Celebrate the year's most epic games and esports at the BAFTA Games Awards.
  • Explore new creative game ideas at Now Play This, a festival of experimental game design.
  • See top players compete to be crowned the world's best, take part in Pokémon Go competitions and play game demos at the London edition of the Pokémon World Championships.

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