Darts London

Welcome to Dartslondon.co.uk your guide to the best pubs and bars in London in which to play darts. This site covers venues from North London to south London, east London to west London, and we're constantly adding new pubs to the database. If you want to find where to play darts in London you're in the right place

Central London

Prince William Henry - Southwark

Count'em: three dartboards! An embarrassment of riches in this sizeable, south-of-the-river boozer. There's one in a cramped corner by the gents, one outside and what I'd call the main board, where you're playing in the middle of the pub, directly in front of a dozen tables of seated diners. Now that's real pressure: you don't want to be trooping back after scoring seven in their full view. It's nice to see a pub putting a dart board so prominent in their pub, rather than hiding it away in some corner though. The electronic scoreboard puts this a class above most boards. It had chalk, a blackboard and a cloth to wipe it. There's a metal groove to throw from, which felt a little close to the board at first; maybe we were a bit rusty. Given the board's location, just watch out for waitresses/punters coming and going too.

Flight Club - Tottenham Court Road, Holborn

Second edition of Flight Club in Bloomsbury offering trendy darts to the masses. The saviour of darts or the death of the game? What's undeniable is that Flight Club brings something new to the pub sport and, for better or worse, a brand new crowd. There's no barflies silently watching the board before challenging you to play for money here, but tables of young male and female office workers boisterously throwing the arrows. The games themselves are very slick, with some nice gimmicks that make the sport easy to pick up and play. Before starting the game each player must enter their name into the digital scoreboard and take an accompanying picture like at a bowling aisle. The decision of whether to sabotage opponent's pictures is of course entirely up to you. There are 4 games on offer and if you're looking for a simple match of 501, you've come to the wrong place. The games are variations on killer, 201, golf and round the clock with animations on the screen accompanying the end of each players turn. the weightings on the rounds of each game are such that one high scoring turn can effectively win the game, which keeps things interesting regardless of the different skill levels of each player. As if by magic, after each turn, the player's score is automatically calculated with no arithmetic required, which is genuinely BRILLIANT and should be giving sleepless nights to announcers up and down the country. Russ Bray, a robot just stole your job. While its not the pure darts experience we all love (murky pub, chalky fingers, permanent threatening vibe) its a whole heap of fun and will do its best to drag darts kicking and screaming into the 21st century

Red Lion - Soho

Deceptively massive Sam Smiths pub in the heart of Soho, king of the darts jungle! Despite so many pubs around in Soho south of Oxford Street, so few offer darts. Shame on you, the John Snow. Shame on you, Coach & Horse. Shame on you, O'Neills, for many reasons. Luckily the Red Lion is here to save the day. Upstairs in this busy old Sam Smith's pub you'll find a dartboard to the right of the bar, in good condition with chalkboard but no electronic scoreboard. The board is close to the bar, and in this busy pub it doesn't take for long drinkers to occupy this space with scant regard for those of us wanting to play darts ("scum, sub-human scum"). There are no flat-screen TVs to distract from the darts, and leather stools and comfortable armchairs abound, once you're tired of the arrows.

South London

Clifton Arms - Norwood Junction

Darts pub in Norwood, a stone's throw from Selhurst Park. Back of the net! but no seriously it's quite rough. As the closest pub to Crystal Palace's stadium this is the sort of place that is rammed on a Saturday and deserted throughout the week. Go in on a Friday and there's plenty of room, a decent atmosphere and a lovely big dartboard on the wall behind the bar. On a match day the pub's only available to fans with a home season ticket and can get a bit rowdy, especially if Palace win, or if palace lose. Pray for a draw. The board's a little battered, but in plenty of space and the screens around show the sport in the evenings and bargain hunt during the days. Drinks are cheap, just don't visit on Saturday.

The Libertine - Southwark

Buzzy pub with elevated darts stage and magnificent artwork, between Borough and Southwark. It's easy to get distracted playing darts in some pubs. Your eye might get caught by the football on tv, the drinks at the quiz machine or even the barmaid ("Lads! Lads! Lads!"). The Libertine suffers from this issuer oi but for none of the aforementioned reasons. Instead, it's the bloody massive medieval tapestry-style artwork on the wall. Located right beside the dartboard, it catches your eye as soon as you walk in, and throughout a game you'll find yourself absent-mindedly browsing the depictions of heaven, purgatory and hell. But enough about the painting, this pub is an excellent place to play darts in South London. The board is located on a little stage beside the bar, with plenty of space to throw and little chance of non-players obstructing your game. No electronic scoreboard available but a nice clean chalkboard and darts available behind the bar.

The Horseshoe Inn - London Bridge

Lively pub in the shadow of the Shard, overshadowed by better darts venues in the area. Just 3 minutes from London Bridge station, this bar has an enviable location, and is permanently crowded with locals and South London workers. Inside the pub, to the right of the bar stands the darts board, slightly battered and unloved but with a rare clear space in the pub. Far enough inside that on a warm summer's day punters ignore the space in favour of cooler areas. Much to the sunlight-avoiding darts lover's delight. The space is unfortunately on the route to the gents, so games can be interrupted by the steady flow of lads. The pub can get a little too crowded and rowdy for darts to be an enjoyable experience, and with the dual boards of the Sheaf nearby in London Bridge this isn't the pick of venues for a game of arrows in the area.

North London

The Carpenters - Kings Cross

A small, friendly pub near the station, featuring a peculiar raised darts area. The Carpenters Arns is one of the closest pubs to Kings Cross & St Pancras stations, the reason that we arrived at its doors, but the pub has plenty going for it once you've made it inside. The main purpose of the bar seems to be as a darts venue, with nightly league fixtures and a very prominent darts area. To the right of the bar is a raised triangle housing the oche, board and chalkboard. Playing on the darts board makes you the focus of the entire pub, so you'd better hope that the trebles are flowing ("20, 5, 1, your turn").

The Square Tavern Euston

Cosy isolated pub near Euston/Kings Cross, Darts board available but unlikely to remain Hidden away in the middle of Tolmers Square, this pub springs upon you just as you're convinced you've turned down the wrong alley into the wrong estate on the wrong night. A fairly unlikely location might be the reason the place has been reasonably empty on each visit, but as we all know this can make an evening's arrows all the better. The decor is modern but friendly with hanging lampshades creating a relaxed vibe. The Darts board is on the far wall, not hidden away, and surrounded by plenty of chalkboard for scoring.

East London

Electricity Showrooms - Shoreditch

If you don't want to pay top dollar to pay darts at Flight Club then Electricity Showrooms offers a hipster Shoreditch alternative. It's not a good darts experience, but at least it's free. Having been disappointed to find the board out of action at the Old Fountain (http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/old-fountain-shoreditch) we entered Electricity Showrooms more than a little apprehensively. Surely this place doesn't have a dartboard. Is this some kind of Punk'd style prank where we're tricked into going to a cool bar before the art students laugh at our old man interests? But no, there it is, a dartboard opposite the stairs at the back of the bar. A poorly lit, difficult to reach, after-thought of a board. But a board nonetheless. Located opposite the neon lightbulb peacock, it's fair to say this isn't your typical game of arrows, and the board was almost certainly intended as retro pub decoration rather than with any practical use in mind. You have to climb over the sofa to collect your arrows after each throw, and the game is frequently interrupted by barstaff emptying the recycling. However the pub is spacious enough that you can throw in peace at least and you don't have to pay for the privelege. All the while bathed in that calming neon peacock glow. You don't get that at Ally Pally.

The Albion - Bethnal Green

Popular West Bromwich Albion themed pub in the heart of East London. It's more than a little surprising to find this monument to West Brom football club in the back streets of Hackney, not least that having been to West Bromwich, the locals didn't seem particularly fond of the football team in their own home town. Mind, Tony Pulis was in charge at the same time, so perhaps that's understandable. 10 minutes walk from Cambridge Heath station brings you to this cosy pub, decked out in all sorts of memorabilia from West Brom's glory years (citation needed). To the left of the bar is a small darts area, featuring a dartboard in decent nick and a slightly confusing electronic scoreboard. There's no oche on the floor so you can use your best guess for the distance. The pub does get busy, particularly on nights with big football matches and there's little space to spare so taking up the full length for a darts match is a little unfair. Well worth factoring this into your decision and trying elsewhere if a game is scheduled for that evening.All in all en enjoyable slice of the West Midlands for a game of darts in East London.

The Perseverance - Hackney

Half as full as every other pub in Hackney means twice the chance for darts. Wednesday night in East London, Spurs are playing West Ham with both flying high in the table, and it's late February so there's nothing to do but go to the pub. Yet somehow the Perseverance is empty. Something must be up with this place. Violent locals? Stale scratchings? password for the wi-fi? A mystery. But the darts is fine. A decent board in good condition, plenty of space and little competition for the right to throw. While the Albion down the road gets too busy to raise your throwing arm, at the perseverance its a much calmer game.

West London

The Carpenter's Arms - Marble Arch

Lovely Victorian wood-panelled pub on a quiet back road just off Edgware Road and Marble Arch. The dart board is tucked away at the back, with tables and chairs in front of it and punters given priority. Fair enough, but that means it's pot luck whether there'll be someone sitting there. Turfing them off to play would be a bit much, as it's quite a spit-and-sawdust board with no clear oche or markings

The Springbok - Shepherds Bush Market

If there's one thing that combines well, it's angry football fans and darts. With this pub in the shadows of Loftus Road that's certainly what you're going to get, because those QPR supporters don't often leave home matches in high spirits these days. But if you can live with the Queens Park Rangers faithful watching over you, then there's plenty to enjoy in this pub. 3 high quality darts boards, regular leagues, a Pool table and cheap drinks, for starters. Located Within walking distance of 4 tube stations (Shepherds Bush Market, White City, Latimer Road, Wood Lane), there are plenty of opportunities to find yourself in the area. From the outside the pub looks a little like an old fashioned working man's club, and once inside these vibes definitely persist. On entry, the first darts board is directly in front of you, often surrounded by locals. Venture further in, beyond the bar and a second board is next to the pool table, with a third board around the corner. All 3 boards are in good nick, no electronic score words unfortunately but good game conditions, with a built in Oche.

The Stewart Arms - Shepherd's Bush

This homely boozer is a stone's throw from Shepherd's Bush but tucked away under an underpass and hidden from the commotion of the roundabout. It's a spacious place, with a long bar, backing onto a cobbled mews. It's hard to miss the darts board, by the pool table in a back room adjacent to the bar. The stand-out feature is that this gaff has got an oche - a 15-foot, hefty carpeted piece of wood that's leaning up against the board. It'll take two of you to move it into place, but no more wondering where to throw from! The board itself is in good condition - don't think we had a single bounce-out - surrounded by a big tyre for any errant shots that miss the board (we had a few). Only downside: the chalk was down to its very last nubs and there were no new pieces available. The pub wasn't empty, but not busy on the Wednesday evening we were there. A good little find if you want to go West.