London Shuffle Shoreditch

What’s your first thoughts when you think of Shuffleboard because mine were always cruise ships and an activity enjoyed by the older generation, that was up until I heard that Shuffleboard was coming to Shoreditch. The UK’s first floor-based Shuffleboard club, and London’s only dedicated table Shuffleboard bar, London Shuffle, has opened on Ebor Street and I was able to attend on behalf of The Live Review.

Floor shuffleboard is played on ‘lanes’ by two teams, with players using a ‘tang’ and a ‘biscuit’, a tang being a long stick with a fork on the end which is used to push the biscuit, which is a disc, across the floor into the scoring zone. Upon arrival we were given a half hour time slot on which we would be playing Shuffleboard and told that we would have another couple joining us to play against. Lanes are actually bookable by the hour for £40, or £20 during off-peak hours, and can hold up to eight players but six is said to be the magic number.

Whilst awaiting our allotted time slot we were able to grab some drinks from the cute refurbished caravan style bar an the outside terrace, opting for a glass of Prosecco and a Coral Fizz cocktail containing Bombay Sapphire, St Germaine, Aperol, Lemon, Rhubarb Bitters and Prosecco. They have a range of wines, beers, spirits and an array of cocktails including three Patron Tequila inspired cocktails. They don’t currently offer in-house food but for group bookings of over 15 they do take pre-orders of their foodie neighbours; Voodoo Rays, Falafelicious, Patty & Bun and Coqfighter.

We made our way to our lane for our turn at Shuffleboard and were greeted by one of the helpful hosts who was more than happy to take the time to explain the rules for us shuffleboard newbies. On either end of the lane is a pyramid broken into segments with the numbers 7, 8, 9, 10 and -10 inside, and the aim is to land within the plus numbers on the other as whichever segment your biscuit lands on is your score for that round. Each team gets four biscuits per round and you can use your turn to aim for a numbered segment or to knock the opponents biscuits off the score, but if your biscuit lands in the blank section between the pyramids then it must be removed from the lane as this is classed as the dead zone.

After a few first off practises we soon got into the swing of things, learning the the tang could be raised from the ground so the best stance to gain traction on your turn was to place the tang around the biscuit and lunge forward whilst sliding the tang across the floor. It might have been beginners luck but we scored 143 points, which the hosts were amazed by, versus our opposing teams score of 55. We would have cleared 150 had it not been for a minus ten shot, so where exactly do we sign up for the Shuffleboard Olympics?

We didn’t get a chance to try out the table Shuffleboard so we’ll definitely be going back to try out the two types of tables they have on offer, Classic and Snapback. Snapback is a UK first and is a lot like Classic, but with a board at the end to rebound off. They say you can play the tables with one hand so you can make the most of the drink options from both the terrace bar and the indoor bar. Both tables are by groups of four to eight people but again six is the ideal amount, and the tables can be hired for just £20 an hour and £10 off-peak. I would definitely recommend a night out at London Shuffle if you are looking for an alternative night out in London.

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  • Reply Tara

    With the right group of friends any activity can be so fun. This makes me think of the scene in Blast from the Past (one my favorite movies), when Adam’s mom is playing shuffleboard by herself. Sounds like a fun time!

    July 22, 2018 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Ally

    What a fun twist on shuffleboard. The last time I played shuffle board was at an assisted living facility, this would definitely be more fun!

    July 22, 2018 at 12:33 am
  • Reply Kristen Kirk

    That’s so cool! It sounds like it would be a great time. We don’t really have a lot of shuffleboard where I am.

    July 22, 2018 at 1:24 am
  • Reply Jessica May

    This looks like so much fun! We could definitely use one of these in the US. It would be a blast!

    July 22, 2018 at 2:44 am
  • Reply Pradnya

    Looks like an interesting place. Have never tried shuffle board before Should try.

    July 22, 2018 at 6:06 am
  • Reply Heather Anderson

    It was neat to see the pictures and to read a bit about shuffling, which is not a sport that I’ve seen much at all near my location. I guess like any sport, once you learn it you cn have fun with it!

    Keep up the shuffle!

    July 22, 2018 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Dana Vento

    That looks like a fun place. I’ve heard of shuffleboard, but I’ve never played it. I think that would be the place to give it a try.

    July 22, 2018 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Dominique Brooks

    What fun! This makes shuffleboard seems so appealing for the young and hip! LOL I would be willing to play this version!

    July 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Edward

    This is great. This a form of entertainment that involves exercise. Great post

    July 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    Well this looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your experience. I always imagined shuffleboard played on cruise ships as well! Love your blog!!!

    July 22, 2018 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Amber Gardner

    This looks fun. I’m not sure if I’d be any good, but I might try it out. It’s not about winning, but having fun.

    July 23, 2018 at 5:06 am
  • Reply LiveLoveAndAdventure

    How funny! My friends just started playing shuffleboard and are on a league where they play every week! It seems to be coming more and more popular with younger people.

    July 23, 2018 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Kamapala Chukwuka

    Been here with my girlfriends and we had more fun than I can remember. Fantastic atmosphere! Love the pictures you shared, they really do it justice.

    July 23, 2018 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Heather

    What a fun place! There was a place on the boardwalk that we used to play when I was a child. This brought back all of those memories.

    July 24, 2018 at 1:55 am
  • Reply Marie Kait

    This looks like a lot of fun! It’s always nice to go out and DO something, instead of just meeting for drinks at a boring old bar.

    July 24, 2018 at 2:56 am
  • Reply Acupofassamtea

    Looks like a fun place to visit. I have never tried shuffleboard and now I want to try.

    July 24, 2018 at 4:38 am
  • Reply Olga Zak

    What a fun place! It sounds like it would be a great time. Love the pictures you shared.

    July 24, 2018 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Nicole

    This looks like such a fun place! This looks like such a fun thing to do with friends. I’ll have to try it out. Thans for sharing!

    July 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply LavandaMichelle

    What a wonderful post! This seems like an amazing post. I’d love to go here. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    July 25, 2018 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Sayanti Mahapatra

    This looks like so much fun. I have not played this before, and I don’t think we have it here in my city. Given a chance, I would definitely enjoy it

    July 25, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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