Griffin Belle

Two boards in a function room upstairs with flowers on the ceiling. Shiny and new. If I’m being picky, which I will be if I miss double 20 a lot, the lights look a little low.

Adam & Eve

The board is tucked in an alcove on the right hand side of the bar, visible from the road, which is lucky, as I’m sure there didn’t used to be a board here, so I wouldn’t have noticed it otherwise. It looks a nice enough place to throw, and, if the Queen ever wants to follow in the footsteps of …

Sir Sydney Smith

If you like a pub with a dart board and a lot of bricks this is for you. There is a large and good quality dedicated darts area, it’s a friendly boozer, and the website even tells you when there are matches on so you know when it’s not free – https://www.sirsydneysmith.co.uk/darts. All in all this has become one of …

Moretown Belle

In one of London’s new-but-old quarters (Moretown, anyone?), sits London’s floweriest dart boards – alongside those in its sister pub the Griffin Belle. The dedicated darts area holds three boards, and this remains probably the best new free darts venue in London in recent years, despite the fact nobody has been throwing darts when I visited. The pub, apparently contains …

Flight Club (Victoria)

The third London installment of social darts opened late in 2018, and has to be seen to be believed. The fairground in the sky includes merry-go-rounds, a room full of plates (ripe for the smashing), a teddy bear oche, and a telephone box disco – and some darts being played slowly by large groups having the most fun they’ve ever …

Williams Ale and Cider House

Three boards situated next to each other at the back of the pub, and consistently helpful staff, make this a great place to throw some darts. It can get very loud, and certainly attracts some tossers. It’s also very confusing post-pandemic, when the busiest night is now apparently Tuesday (the new Thursday, which was once the new Friday).

Flight Club (Bloomsbury)

The second iteration of the blue version of darts (see my review of the Shoreditch venue) is much like the first, but slightly better. Opened early in 2017, it’s something to behold. Obviously, until the scoring system works with your own darts, Flight Club is not a venue for the proper dart player, but this venue is worth a visit …

Old Tea Warehouse

Home to Darts Club Aldgate – a room downstairs in this intriguing bar/pub with three fabulous oches and self-scoring boards. I kid you not!! [Insert clever science explanation]. A quieter and less fashionable version of Flight Club, with cheaper drinks. What’s the catch, I hear you cry? Well, £20 an hour an oche, plus the online booking system doesn’t (in …

Steam Wine Bar

Not the sort of place you may expect to find darts, but a perfectly reasonably venue for a pre-booked throw, especially if you drink wine. Note that the venue is regularly closed in the evening for private events – including one, according to the 100 Not Out Honours Board by the stairs, featuring Eric Bristow.

Wood Street Bar

It is most unlikely and unexpected in this wine-bary-restaurant nestled into the Barbican concrete jungle – but downstairs is a games room with a dedicated darts area. It being the Barbican, the floor seems to be made of concrete, so will ruin a few points, and the board in 2022 was a bit of a mess. But hey, this is …