Get involved with the game that Friends made cool again at Hoxton’s Bar Kick, an establishment that also runs the British Foosball League. The former shoe shop is a funky place to hang out and also shows 3D football games in the basement.
Chow down on freshly cooked food, sip cocktails, then get involved and challenge your mates. Join the league and work your way up the ladder, competing for prizes. Casual players are welcome, though. A great chance to get competitive.
Weekdays from 10.30am. Weekends from 12pm
126-127 Shoreditch High Street, Hoxton E1 6JE
Tube | Old Street
The Hollywood Arms
Described as dynamic, refreshing and addictive, this often-themed quiz takes place Hollywood Arms in the heart of beautiful Chelsea.
Held in the pub’s Blanchard Room, which dates back to the 1600s, the night is the perfect follow-up to a quality meal in the recently refurbished restaurant.
Tues. 8pm, £2
45 Hollywood Road, Chelsea SW10 9HX
Tube | South Kensington
Apparently “the best film quiz in London … and maybe the world”, The Boogaloo’s ‘Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’ night is often a sell-out, with huge screens, prizes and secret surprises making it a big hit for any movie buff.
First Wed each month. 7.30pm, £2
312 Archway Road, Highgate N6 5AT
Tube | Highgate
Underground Rebel Bingo
Raucous, raunchy and a whole lot of fun, Underground Rebel Bingo features scantily clad callers, loud music and a whole lot of grubby sexual rhyming slang over three rounds of anarchic fun.
Then, the party continues until they decide to kick you out. Prepare for a wicked evening of debauchery – just don’t take your nan.
Sept 14-15. From 8pm, £6+
Station | Shoreditch High Street
The Crown and Two Chairmen
This refurbished traditional pub in Soho serves up a pub quiz featuring great prizes and a friendly, bohemian crowd in an offbeat atmosphere. The food’s great, too.
Mon. 7.30pm, £2
31 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SB
Tube | Tottenham Court Road
Madame Galina The Ballerina and a handful of her hand-picked acts entertain at Volupte London. While most cabaret clubs and burlesque nights are a spectator-only sport, Galina gets the crowd going with bingo and a quiz following her raunchy show.
Expect a kookie, gobby and rip-roaring good time. Price includes show and three-course meal.
Aug 16. 7,30pm, £58
7-9 Norwich Street, Chancery Lane EC4A 1EJ
Tube | Chancery Lane
The Punch Tavern
The Punch Tavern is a beautiful 17th- century building in the heart of central London. Named after the founders of controversial Punch Magazine, as the journos were always drinking outside the building back in the 1840s, the pub is a tourist attraction in itself.
The quiz appears pricey at £10 a team, but the winners scoop all the cash. If victorious, splash out on a just-like-mum-used-to-make dinner, as The Punch has scooped numerous awards for its grub. Fancy holding your own quiz night?
The Punch rents out space for you to do just that. There’s also poker evenings and table tennis, in case you and your mates haven’t had enough compeition.
Tues. 6.30pm, £10
99 Fleet Street, EC4Y, 1DE
Tube | Chancery Lane
Like billiards, but on a board, carom involves using a striker disk with a flick of the finger to make contact with and move lighter disks into corner pockets.
Beginners and advanced players are all welcome to get involved at Carom At Mezza. There are four full-sized boards for rotational play and the club has an area where you can play while enjoying regional Indian cookery and drinks.
Carom currently has a pop-up Indian summer garden out the back, where the game can be enjoyed.
Mon-Sat. From 5.30pm, free
100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
Tube | Tottenham Court Rd
London Bridge Bingo
Social-media-based bingo game played via Twitter. Divide a piece of paper into six squares and In each square write the name of a London-based Thames crossing and then post a photo of it to Twitter.
During each game day, all Thames crossings will be tweeted to @ldnbridgebingo.
Whenever you successfully mark off a crossing, again take a picture and tweet it. Like regular bingo, the winner is the first to mark off all their squares. Slightly odd, but will make your day in the office go a bit faster.
Every Thurs/ Fri. From 9am, free
@ldnbridgebingo / #londonbridgebingo
Join compere and funnyman Martin Hancock, who used to play Spider in Coronation Street – if you’re a fan (and who isn’t?) you’ll recognise him.
As the name promises, it’s a high-energy, slightly-off-the wall evening, with food, drinks and cash and some silly booby prizes, of course!
Every second Wed. 7pm, free
188-190 New North Road, N1 7BJ
Station | Essex Road
Join US presenter Jess Indeedy and DJ Helix for their famously addictive bingo, featuring songs instead of numbers.
Compete to win top (and kitsch) prizes, ranging from sandwich toasters, inflatable parrots, and vintage records to rounds of cocktails and champagne. Prepare yourself, as Jess and Helix take bingo to the next level.
Aug 23. 8pm, £8
Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Rd, King’s Cross N1 9DX
Tube | King’s Cross
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz
With rounds such as ‘I Went On Holiday And All I Heard Was This Song’, ‘Not Another Wedding’ and ‘Wet Fart’, this music quiz is famously hilarious. You’re guaranteed a fun and memorable evening.
August 15. 7pm, £5
33-34 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JN
Tube | Tottenham Court Road
Science Museum Lates
Hosted by ‘evil geniuses’, where better to do a quiz than among all the knowledge of the Science Museum? Great prizes for the winners in this exciting after-hours venue.
Monthly. Next quiz Aug 29. 6.45pm, £2
Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
Tube | South Kensington
It’s bingo, but with indie bands instead of numbers. And it’s pretty cool. Musicians range from the Beatles and The Strokes, to The Hives and The Vaccines, and facts, jokes and general knowledge relating to the artists are given throughout the game – so you can learn something during the three rounds.
There’s also a bonus round in between, hosted by master of ceremonies Dave Cording and formally know as ‘Dave’s Dingy’.
Here, you can win booby prizes if you manage to detect Indie Bingo’s mystery song. Major rewards include a bottle of champagne, a £25 drinks voucher and a jackpot of a £50 worth of booze, to be spent over six months.
First Thurs of every month. 7pm, free
46-48 Mitcham Road, Tooting
Tube | Tooting Broadway
Bingo Night at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
This has to be the most flamboyant pub night in town. Hosts Timberlina and Hay Baylen present entertainment-themed bingo featuring musical singalongs, spontaneous rants and banter, songs, surprise guests including a Cher doll, incredible prizes and great music all night.
Mon. 8.30pm, £1
372 Kennington Lane, vauxhall SE11 5HY
Tube | Vauxhall
The Mucky Pup
Not for the faint- hearted, this quiz means business. From general knowledge to cryptic clues, The Mucky Pub hosts an ‘above average’ quiz for trivia experts who want to challenge themselves and show off.
The winner gets a share of the takings. Dogs are welcome, too. How cool is that?!
Wed. 8.30pm, £1.50
39 Queen’s Head Street, Islington, N1 8NQ