East Londoners, give yourselves a pat on the back. You’ve survived another week at the office, and no one was harmed – not even Colin from accounts who definitely stole your yogurt from the fridge on Wednesday. After a busy week, you’ve earnt the chance to sit back with a drink or three and socialise before the final post-lunch push to the weekend. Board game cafes are the latest craze, and are a great way of keeping your brain in gear, despite the lunchtime pints. Draughts is London’s first board game café, offering over 600 games to choose from, and it also has a cracking selection of ales and wine, and some great food. If you’re into word games, why not try bananagrams – forget memories of rainy family Christmases with hours spent pouring over a game of Scrabble, here speed is key? Dobble is another great, quick game to play over lunch which involves matching symbols on circular playing cards; it’s deceptively tricky. So what are you waiting for? Grab a couple of work mates and while away a happy lunch hour over some grub and games.
1pm – Hope on an Overground train from Whitechapel to Haggerston station [6 mins]
1.06pm – Walk from Haggerston to Draughts (E8 4EA) [3 mins]
1.10pm – Order some drinks and a sharing board or two for lunch, and choose a speedy board game to keep you occupied while you eat.
1.45pm – Head back to the office full of good food and with an exercised brain ready to plough through for a few more hours until the weekend.