Last Thursday I had a chance to visit Draughts, the recently opened Boardgame Cafe in London. It's a bit out of the way, just round the corner from Haggerston overground station but well worth the trip!
I arrived as they opened and from what I heard it was just as well I got there before six as they've been full most evenings since they opened. I got talking to Nick at first and then later Toby, the two owners. Both were kind enough to give up some time to speak with me, give me the tour and let me take some photos.
As well as hearing about how the opening went and some of the immediate things they had to change, they were also kind enough to share ideas they'd incorrectly held before opening (some of which we may need to reconsider ourselves!).
I also learnt some surprising things they're experiencing:
- Lots of people on dates coming in
- Connect four one of the most popular games
- The need for more signage
- They had to take a day off!
It was a great experience to hear them share so freely what was working as well as a few things they'd change, but also to see someone actually making a go of running a Boardgame Cafe - it can work!
I plan to to be in touch again when we're a bit further a long and when things have settled for them but it was great to see what can be achieved.
So if you find yourself in London with nothing to do for an evening I highly recommend popping in for a visit.