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.

2015 PDC World Championship review

We’re back, albeit briefly, for a whistle-stop tour of the 2015 PDC World Championship which saw Gary ‘Definitely not no-balls’ Anderson follow up victory with a trip to PC World, and the legend that is RVB steal our mike. It’s good to be back.

London’s dart pubs continue to decline

It’s been a bad couple of months for London’s dart pubs. At the end of May 2014 the Porter’s Lodge in the City finally closed its’ doors for good. It was an ugly pub which was in desperate need of new toilets (!), but it had been one of London’s very best dart pubs for a number of years, and …

Bunting’s switch trims BDOs green shoots

The announcement from the PDC today that Stephen Bunting has, somewhat belatedly, accepted a Tour Card for the next two years is a major blow to the BDO, and in particular to the new World Trophy tournament taking place in Blackpool in February. In what was already another critical year for the BDO, this news leaves a gaping hole in …

The BDO faces a crucial twelve months, once again

The changes made to the Lakeside World Darts championship last year gave the BDO the opportunity to shine, and someone somewhere seems to have turned the lights on – the 2014 iteration was a qualified success. Despite the BBC entirely ignoring the opportunity to rethink how the event is presented, the tournament had much to relish – not least some …

Andy Fordham and a look at the Lakeside

The microseries ends with a lengthy look back at the Lakeside world championship and forward to the darting year ahead, with a little help from Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham. Plus we hear from the BDO Events team, talk darts in Hollywood, and play those Adrian Lewis teasers once again.  It’s been emotional.