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Monday 13 January 2003 2.03pm
Is there anywhere good to play UK pool?

Could be a pub, but most in central London seem to have:
* the smallest kiddie tables they could find
* table hemmed into a room so you can't actually cue most shots
* random opening/take over of the pool table for functions
* ludicrous prices

Are there any pool or snooker clubs that have a decent number of UK tables? Or is there a pub that doesn't fulfill most of the above?

many thanks
Monday 13 January 2003 5.00pm
Hole in the Wall, next to Borough Tube Station has a couple of tables - plenty of room around them. Fine for a few games with a pint though not club material. It's a bit of a sports bar mind - loads of screens so will be busy on match nights.
Monday 13 January 2003 5.47pm
check out O'Reilys on Walworth Road
Monday 13 January 2003 8.55pm
Thanks for the suggestions.

I wandered past the Hole In The Wall the other night, and added it to my mental list of places to check out.

Andrew, do you mean the Riley's snooker club on Elephant?

I've tried:
- the Mudlark, "sports bar" never seemingly open
- St Christophers, ok, but attached to a hostel, so pool table can be very busy/no house rules
- Old Thameside Inn, small tables, normally closed for functions

At the moment, I'm considering joining the King's Cross Snooker Club (under the Scala), which is local, but not "local".

Tuesday 14 January 2003 9.03am
There used to be a small leisure thingy place (sorry, forgotten name) next to the London Eye / Aquarium, where there are several tables (full size snooker and smaller pool). I played there quite happily with a pint, and at reasonable prices, not sure if it is still the same.
Tuesday 14 January 2003 5.12pm
In bermondsey :
Upstairs at the Scotia (best - 2 tables - secluded)
The Czar bar
The Marigold

Wednesday 15 January 2003 3.54pm
There is a great place in Islington up the same street as Chapel Market - see good bar as well as loads of tables. Worth a trip up North anyway....
Tuesday 24 May 2011 6.16pm
Spots & Stripes Pool Bar off Ewer Street in SE1 is great. See www.spots&

It's really funky, great value and the beer is cheap too!
Tuesday 24 May 2011 6.48pm
Whoops just realised the website address is with an 8 not an ampersand in the middle!
Tuesday 24 May 2011 8.58pm
Number 1 Bar - right opposite London Bridge tube have some excellent full-size pool tables upstairs. Oh, and a bar too!
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