May 2017 Capital Arrows updates

Four new venues have been added to the guide recently. In the Aldgate and City area we’ve welcomed City Sports Pub and Grill, and the Old Tea Warehouse. In Kings Cross, the loss of the Carpenter’s Arms (where I once hit 3 with the first three darts of a cup match) has been softened a little by the nearby Northumberland …

August 2016 Capital Arrows updates

Two recent additions to the list: Steam Wine Bar in the City – an interesting multiple board newcomer to darts – and an old-fashioned boozer south of the river, the Kings Arms in Kennington. The only recent casualty is the Globe in Borough Market, which has been drowned in craft beer and sourdough and been poshed up. Two other things …

Happy 90th Birthday to darts

Ninety years ago today the very first darts tournament played under codified rules took place in London. There was a sharp rise in interest in darts in the early part of the twentieth century, so some darting heroes led by a guy called Ted Leggatt got together in central London in the mid 1920s to set up the National Darts …

May 2016 Capital Arrows updates

It’s been all fairly quiet on the London darting front recently, with the only known casualty the Red Herring, which appears to have shut for good. On a more positive note, a board has been put up at the Newman Arms in Soho (Fitzrovia really) – a fine pub. To make up for the lack of interesting updates, here’s three …

February 2016 Capital Arrows updates

Two new additions to Capital Arrows this month – the Wood Street Bar in Barbican in the City, and the Temple Bar in the Covent Garden area. Both have a lot going for them and are worth knowing about, particularly for locals. Two casualties also. The Duke of Wellington has closed down (that’s the one in N1 not the Toynbee …

Last orders looming for darts in pubs in London

The new Capital Arrows launches today with the news that one in three of London’s pubs have removed their board or disappeared completely in just five years. Darts as a spectator sport is booming in London. The recent Professional Darts Corporation World Championship at Alexandra Palace sold out all 22 sessions – with 3,000 people at each one – 10,000 …

Happy New Site

With the haste of a best of 11-setter between Dennis Priestley and Justin Pipe, my new website has arrived. If you hadn’t noticed, it’s [nearly] all about the pubs. Whilst the sport flourishes, the pub game in London is dying, so I’m hopeful that the new, refreshed, Capital Arrows will play a tiny part in keeping some boards in some …

Flight Club: the future is blue for central London darts

London’s newest darts venue opened its doors on the edge of the City this week promising to preserve the tradition of darts, whilst ‘completely blowing the doors off it’. So far, Flight Club seems to have delivered. On Wednesday night each of the twelve boards were in use, with groups of professionals in suits and stilettoes chucking darts for £25 …

Green shoots

Whilst the trend for London’s dart pubs remains downard, a few green shoots have sprung early in 2015. The White Lion reopened in Clerkenwell, the new Parcel Yard in King’s Cross station put a board in their games room, and sisal was discovered south of the river at Spots and Stripes pool bar and the Rose and Crown in Waterloo …

2015 BDO World Championship Review

The 2015 Lakeside tournament gets The Wrong Bed treatment as we go in search of an exclusive interview with TV, film and radio’s Scott Mitchell. Plus we chat to the not-so-surprising-surprise-packgage, Jeff Smith.