Whether you’re an amateur pool player or you reckon you can give Efren Reyes a run for his money, nothing quite beats a bit of competitive pool playing on a night out. Countless places in the city have their own pool table moments from the bar; it's basically a must for any London pub. But, with so many to choose from, how do you know where's worth playing and where you should skip? Look no further; this is the ultimate guide to the best spots to get your snooker and pool fix in London. From private bars for those who take their games seriously to pool bars that turn into nightclubs when the sun goes down, here’s our lowdown on where best to play pool in London.
Where to play pool in London
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Pool halls in London
- Q Shoreditch – Vegas in the East End
- Rileys – Get your snooker fix in Victoria
- Shades Snooker and Pool Club – Sports in the depths of Deptford
- Hurricane Room – 75-inch TV and too many tables
- 1920 Bar – Food, pool and darts
- N1 Bar London – Ping pong and pool
- Spots & Stripes – 18 English pool tables
- Greenwood – American-style food and giant TV screens
- Mile End American Pool and Snooker – For serious snooker heads
- Sports Bar & Grill – The home of live sport
- The Shacklewell Arms – Music, pool and Lebanese street food
- Famous Three Kings – Best pub to watch sport in 2021
- The Beehive – Craft beers and board games
- Heist Bank – A trendy West London spot
- Bat & Ball – Forget the shopping...
- The Moretown Belle – History followed by a game of pool
- People's Park Tavern – Pool in the heart of Viccy Park
- Brigadiers – BBQ @ Brigadiers
Pool halls in London
Play pool in the best pool halls and pool bars in London
Vegas in the East End
This buzzy sports bar is in the heart of Shoreditch and is the place to go if you’re looking for some Vegas vibes without leaving the city. You can expect luxury American pool tables, seven English pool tables and a range of casino games, from roulette and poker to blackjack. You can also enjoy a bite to eat and drinks well into the night.
Get your snooker fix in Victoria
So, you step off the tube at Victoria, and you’re overcome with the burning desire to play a game of pool. Ah, well, would you look at that? Rileys Sports Bar is around the corner and it's home to eight English pool tables, 11 American tables and five snooker tables. And, when you’re all snookered out, why not move into the darts zone to see if you can hit that 180?
Sports in the depths of Deptford
Shades Snooker and Pool Club is located at the northern end of Deptford High Street. Whether you want to catch a big sporting event on the big screen or fancy a game of pool on one of their three English pool tables, eight snooker tables or eight American pool tables, you’ll be able to do all of this and more at the independently-run sports bar.
75-inch TV and too many tables
Head to Hurricane Room in King’s Cross for a late-night pool session. There are 25 (yes, really) different types of tables to play on, including American and British pool tables and a cue shop where you can stock up on any pool-related necessities. They also show the big matches and major sporting events on their 75-inch TV, so don’t worry about sitting far back from the front.
Food, pool and darts
Nestled right round the corner from Farringdon and Barbican tube station, you’ll find 1920 Bar. This sports bar not only sells reasonably priced drinks but also has a giant 8-foot American pool table, foosball tables and dart boards. You can dine here, too; the menu is chock full of the classics, like burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options.
Ping pong and pool
It’s all about the late-night games of pool at N1 Bar London in London Bridge. Here you can play on one of the American or English pool tables or try your hand at ping pong. It’s also home to a nightclub with guest DJs and a cocktail bar for post-pool tipples.
18 English pool tables
In Spots & Stripes sports bar, you’ll find great music, 18 English pool tables and seven dart boards where you can get your sporty fix. It’s a members' only club, but they let non-members pay a fee to enjoy a game of pool.
American-style food and giant TV screens
This vintage-style pub has a super projector and multiple HD TVs showing a wide range of sports, from Formula 1 and cricket, to rugby and football. Enjoy a sports-themed, American-style food platter and a signature cocktail before heading to the pool table to challenge your mates to a game.
For serious snooker heads
Mile End American Pool and Snooker is strictly for members only, so it’s for those who want a serious game of pool or snooker. It houses six American pool tables, snooker tables, jackpot machines, and shops for stocking up on snooker gear. They also host monthly competitions where you can nab cash prizes.
The home of live sport
Sports Bar and Grill describe themselves as ‘the home of live sport’, which is very apt considering they show every sporting event you could imagine, from football, rugby and golf to boxing, F1 and tennis. You can enjoy a quality game of digital darts or pool before retreating to the bar to sink a few pints into the evening.
Music, pool and Lebanese street food
Aside from the back room at The Shacklewell Arms being a top spot for emerging indie bands, it’s also a fantastic place to play pool in Dalston. They serve a menu of Lebanese street food and an excellent range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Best pub to watch sport in 2021
There’s a reason Famous Three Kings has a reputation for being one of the best sports bars in the entire country. This bar on North End Road in Fulham shows all of the matches on its wall-to-wall screens, and there are full-sized pool tables perfect for serious or amateur players. It was even was crowned the 'Best Pub to Watch Sport' at the 2021 Great British Pub Awards.
Craft beers and board games
The Beehive pub in Tottenham is not only one of the best places in the city to enjoy a game of pool, but you can also give darts a go or pick one of the many board games they have stacked up on their shelf. Don’t forget to sample some of the craft beers they have on tap from the local breweries.
A trendy West London spot
It’s all about the vibe at Heist Bank in Paddington. The aesthetic is on point; think industrial-style interiors, exposed brick walls and wooden flooring. You can enjoy stone-baked pizzas and craft beers with board games or while playing a pool game on the pub's table.
Forget the shopping...
When somebody says Westfield, you probably automatically think of hordes of shoppers. But did you know there’s also a lively bar that's home to pool tables, ping pong tables, interactive dart boards and live DJs? It’s also an excellent place to enjoy a pint while watching a live match on the big screen.
History followed by a game of pool
If you’re planning a trip to the Tower of London, don’t skip a pint and a game of pool at the neighbouring Moretown Belle. This sports bar has multi-screen walls showing various national and international live sporting events and an outside terrace for al fresco dinner and drinks. You’ll also find pool tables, dart boards, and a menu of classic pub grub.
Pool in the heart of Viccy Park
You'll find the People's Park Tavern nestled in the heart of the leafy Victoria Park. It's home to one of the biggest secret beer gardens in London, as well as a pool table for those who want to pot a few balls while they sip on the huge range of local craft beers they have on tap.
BBQ @ Brigadiers
Brigadiers is more than just a TV sports bar with an epic pool room; it’s also a barbecue restaurant from the owners behind other successful ventures such as Hoppers and Bao, serving dishes like ribs and chops. It’s also got a separate pool room for all your pool and snooker needs.