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If you have kids, or you’re still a kid at heart, then you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time at arcades trying to win big on the 2 pence machines or losing all your money trying to beat the high score on your favourite game. London is full of luminescent hotspots where you can spend the night laughing with friends and family as you enjoy a bit of old-fashioned fun. If you feel at home surrounded by the jingling of coins and the jangling of arcade machines then here are a few places to test your skills on the joystick and enjoy an evening of old-school fun.
Fans of classic arcade games will love this 8-bit paradise full of vintage gaming machines. If you grew up on a digital diet of Pacman, Asteroids and Space Invaders and you’re now old enough to drink then this ‘nerdtopia’ of classic arcade titles will have your inner child jumping for joy. The no-nonsense bar offers a variety of craft beer alongside a great selection of retro gaming machines with high scores that are begging to be beaten. The Four Quarters is just down the road from the Montcalm Marble Arch and is easy to get to for our guests who want to enjoy a night in the arcade.
This funky bar and arcade has made a name for itself with joystick addicts thanks to its unique and creative style based on Japanese gaming cafés. Enjoy a delicious game-themed cocktail as you relax with friends or go head-to-head on any of the modern and vintage gaming consoles. Whether you prefer classic Nintendo games or modern shooters, you can get the rush you crave at Loading in Dalston.
Las Vegas Arcade
Soho is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and this arcade holds up that reputation with its lively atmosphere and classic selection of games and machines. With everything from air hockey to dancing stages and shooting games, the Las Vegas franchise is the perfect example of a classic arcade house. Enjoy an exciting night of fun, laughter and friendly competition at this bustling fun factory.
Teleport yourself back in time to a dusty basement arcade full of retro games and antique pinball machines. Two Bit is dedicated to all things Americana with its selection of obscure US draught beer and outpost-style décor. If you want to enjoy a night of gaming in a vintage setting then throw on your leather jacket, grab your toothpick and take a stroll down to Two Bit arcade. This is a great place to chill out during your stay at the Montcalm at the Brewery if you’re a fan of classic games.
Old School Yard
This vintage arcade is a time machine that will take you to a time long ago, the 90s. Old School Yard is dedicated to pre-millennium pop culture with its selection of classic arcade games like Street Fighter and Time Crisis. Enjoy a slice of TMNT-inspired pizza as you listen to a soundtrack of Britpop and classic rock. The Old School Yard is more than just an arcade, the venue also hosts regular events and performances for those in search of old-school entertainment. This is the perfect place for some nostalgia-soaked fun if you want to kick back and relax for the evening.