Williams Ale and Cider Pub - Liverpool Street
22-24 Artillery Ln, Whitechapel, London E1 7LS
A Fantastic little pub hidden awa down a side road by Liverpool Street station. William, it was really nothing...but darts! If you find yourself in Spitalfields or Shoreditch looking for somewhere to play a spot of arrows then The Williams Ale & Cider pub should be top of your list. There's a lively atmosphere, great selection of beers and if you walk past the extended bar you'll find a dartboard at the back of the pub. It's discrete enough that you'll probably only play if you know it's there, and this manages to avoid giving the pub the sweaty old man vibe. At least until yer da enters! j/k he's toned it down recently, he's good. The board's in good condition, although there's no oche and limited whiteboard space. The location of the pub makes it perfect for a quick game before heading on anywhere from Liverpool Street Station, like for instance heading to the Olympic Stadium to watch Crystal Palace ineptly attempt not to concede 3 goals to the weakest West Ham side of the last 10 years. But the pub was welcoming enough that we returned after the game to lick our wounds and carry on the arrows. Nearby alternatives: http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/the-black-horse-brick-lane http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/cheshire-cheese-aldgate
Easy to get on the board?
The pub gets busy, but generally drinkers settle in the front two rooms of the bar, leaving the tables and board at the back free. This back area can be booked though so you might not be lucky on a Friday or Saturday night. It is possible to book this area specifically for darts so it's worth taking a look at their website if you need to guarantee a game. http://www.williamsspitalfields.com/
Rest of pub
The pub is warm and welcoming, with a selection of board games should you get board of the darts. Electrifying a poor victim in Operation may be just the ticket after missing 20 darts at mad house. There's a jukebox which apparently can be controlled via an app. Currently it's playing John Mayer, so there's a joker in the house.
The place prides itself on the selection of beers, and rightly so. 14 handpumps offer a rotating selection of guest lagers, ales and ciders. A Blackboard at the bar displays the offerings, along with their percentages, handy for the discerning session drinker.
How to get there
2 minutes walk from Liverpool Street. Within 10 minutes walk from Shoreditch high street, Aldgate, Aldgate East and Moorgate underground stations.