If you’re searching for some retro fun and an activity that’s guaranteed to fill your day or evening with entertainment, why don’t you try heading to an arcade? Across London there are plenty of arcades to try, whether you prefer the latest, cutting-edge technology or want to play an old favourite.
If gaming in arcades sounds like your idea of heaven, we’ve got seven gems for you to try during your London break:
Las Vegas Arcade Soho
The Las Vegas Arcade Soho has a great selection of arcade video games, from thrilling racing titles to Pandora’s Box filled with over 600 classics, such as Street Fighter. From the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel, this arcade is just a short journey on the Central underground line, taking you right into the centre of vibrant Soho.
The Four Quarters
The Four Quarters is perfect for an evening out, combining a bar selling craft ales and cocktails with video game paradise. This arcade actually has two locations in Peckham and Hackney Wick to choose from, where you’ll find video games and pinball machines. It’s become one of the best-known arcades for adults to visit and unwind in the city.
PimpShuei boasts a great atmosphere to relax and have fun in. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Paddington Station, you just need to get on the Central line to Chancery Lane station to discover this unique kung-fu themed bar. Its arcade games are typically classics and when you’ve had your fill, you’ll find a mix of locals and tourists at the bar.
Step back in time at Novelty Automation. Here the games go further back than the retro titles experiencing a revival and embrace the types of games you would find at local funfairs in a bygone era. It’s a completely unique arcade style and there are loads of machines to try as you go back to the beginning of arcade history. It’s also located close to Chancery Lane stations, so easily accessible.
There are several Namco Funscape locations in London, the easiest one to get to from the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel is based in Westminster and accessible by either the Circle or Bakerloo Line directly. The arcade area blends the classics with the modern but there are other activities here too, including bowling, dodgems and pool.
If you want to experience the latest development in arcade games, make sure you head to DNA VR. It’s the first virtual reality (VR) arcade in the city and gives you a completely immersive experience, whether you choose to conquer Everest or attempt to break out of an escape room. DNA VR gives you a glimpse of the future of arcade gaming.
Belong by Game
Created by gaming company Game, Belong can be found on Wardour Street in London. It gives you a chance to compete against other players and it features an electric mix of arcade classics and console games. It also boasts virtual reality booths for a truly immersive competition and hosts tournaments to get involved in.