Yes, during the summer The Library Pot is also opening more often and longer. On weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) the first two hours are free (subject to a minimum one drink per hour), followed by £2 per person per hour. Which means you can just pop in for a drink or a short game or to try us out.
A games café is about fun. You can play tabletop board games & get food and drink. Usually there is a cover charge which allows you to stay and play games for a session. At The Library Pot the cover charge is £5 per person per session.
Opening hours are divided into sessions. Your cover charge allows you to play as many games as you like during a session, whether you are in for 5 minutes or 5 hours (unless you take advantage of the special offer).
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings = Noon to 11pm
Saturday afternoon = Noon to 5.30pm
Saturday evening = 6.00pm to 11.30pm
Sunday afternoon = Noon to 4.30pm
Sunday evening = 4.30pm to 9.00pm
You can book online which secures your table and helps us plan, it kicks off several processes. You can just turn up if you like – some tables are set aside, first come first served. Booking at the last minute will not guarantee that a table will be available when you arrive. Please book online, not on the phone.
Groups of 7 or more must book in advance. A non-refundable deposit per person for groups of 7 or more is payable in advance. Please see booking page for rates and rules. No children / babies under the age of 8 in groups. Per person rates go up once you get past 9 people. Please contact rob @ librarypot . uk for details.
We use meetup.com for people to join in with others. Please join our meetup group, it is free to join, and have a look at the events. Pick a day when you would like to come and RSVP that you will be attending. Maybe put a comment on the event to say what time you will arrive or if you want to play a particular game.
We have a minimum age of 8 years old, and no maximum! Children over the age of 8 must be supervised by an adult (the cover charge of £5 per person applies to visitors of any age). We have plenty of younger and older customers, but most fall into the 25 to 45 year range.
The Library Pot is a café & restaurant with a range of cooked food dishes, with plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free as well as meat-eaters. Food orders are queued in our small kitchen and individual items delivered to table when ready – which can take a while when we are busy (sometimes but rarely more than an hour if you are at the back of the queue – but you have games to occupy yourselves while you wait). Dishes are delivered to table when ready so may not arrive at the same time. You will find good food, not always fast food…
Yes, we have bottled beers, including craft beers from local Kew Brewery, bottled ciders, several wines, popular spirits and mixers, some sake and umeshu plum wine, and often have absinthe. Ask about the local link to famous absinthe drinker Vincent van Gogh. We operate a Challenge 25 policy so please be prepared to show ID if you appear to be under 25 years of age.
We have a great menu with some very tasty dishes, like Japanese Curry and chicken burgers. The menu includes both larger meals or smaller plates to keep you fuelled. Unlike some cafés we don’t chase you out once you have finished your tea: stay and play more games! Nor are we like a restaurant, trying to get your orders and food completed as quickly as possible to turn the tables over for another customer. Get another game! The deal is that if you come and spend several hours here, if you need to be fed and watered, you buy from us. Please do not bring in food or drink from the outside. But if you do not want to buy food then you do not have to.
Our chips are very popular, especially when cajun-spiced! We do not use a deep fat fryer, we oven bake our chips which means they can take up to 40 minutes. Deep fat fryers cook chips in mere minutes but present more health issues, create more odours, and it is difficult to dispose of volumes of cooking oil responsibly & efficiently. We believe our chips are healthier but they take longer than anything else on the menu. If you want to be eating more quickly, then please mention this when ordering and we can suggest particular dishes.
We have hundreds of games for people at all levels, from games that take 15 seconds to learn to those which have rules in a book. Often we will be able to help you with the rules – as long as you choose a game for which we know the rules so please ask. For some of the bigger games please have a look at a run-through online on youtube or boardgamegeek.com.
Much of our effort is centred on keeping the games in good condition so that you don’t (often) pick up a game with pieces missing or cards stuck together with beer. Which is why we ask you to book games out, why we have stemless wine glasses (low centre of gravity you know), provide lots of coasters to put your drinks & glasses on, provide tap water in non-spill bottles, have elastic bands around the boxes, put the game contents in plastic bags, etc. But we are happy for you to eat and drink while games are on the table. If accidents happen (and they do – it is an occupational hazard in a games cafe) then please let us know so we can clear up or put the game aside for repair/replacement.
Yes, you may bring your own games at your own risk. If you want to arrange playtesting of your own prototype game with our customers, please talk to Rob or Emily. It may be best to set it up as a meetup event and let people know in advance. We have had several game launches/demos/kickstarter events here as well if that is of interest, please email rob @ librarypot . uk.
Ssshhh … yes, we do!! It is for adults only (minimum age is 14 years old). Younger kids have plenty of soft play options for themselves. There are some rules so please don’t just jump in. The most important one is NO SHOES. Your shoes have been walking in god-knows-what and other ball pool users do not want that on our balls. There is an extra charge for using the ball pool during the week. You will also find some hats and costumes around the place that you can borrow to get into that strawberry mood…
Yes, there are a few Japanese dishes on the menu and, yes, we tend to play Japanese Riichi Mahjong and, yes, we do have lots of Japanese books and mangas and, yes, we do show anime in the dungeon and yes, there is a J-Pop playlist and, yes, you will find people happily playing Go and Shogi (as well as Sekigahara, Samurai, Kamisado and other Japanese-sounding games). But this has mainly been because our customers have requested such things and we quite like it all too. And Rob found a good sake supplier! You can join us in a self-help teach-yourself-Japanese group, please see our meetup events.
Yes, you can hire The Library Pot as a venue, a film location, or arrange to hold corporate events here, such as skills assessments based around board games – or team building fun. Usually available between 10am and 4pm on weekdays, and other times by negotiation/prior arrangement.
You will sometimes see other events on our meetup group. If you like the cinema we often organise trips to Cineworld Wandsworth to keep up with new releases. Emily helps to run an Anime meetup group. If you like more active pastimes, Emily also runs the Love Outdoors meetup group with over 4,000 members and organises tennis, and walks around the south and southeast of the country amongst other things. Anyone want to join a 100 km 24-hour South Downs Way nature walk?
During the day (Monday to Saturday inclusive), usually until 4.30pm, there are some meter bays on the Kew Road (outside The Hope and The Shaftesbury pubs) and in a couple of the side streets (Jocelyn Road and Selwyn Avenue) though beware some of them are for business users only. After 4.30pm the meter bays and Residential Parking restrictions are often lifted but in some places it is 6.30pm. After 7.00pm the bus lane directly outside becomes a single yellow line and you may be able to park on the main drag. On Sundays, most rules are relaxed but the bus lane, clearway and no loading restrictions are still in place. Please always check signs where you intend to park, you are responsible for keeping on the right side of the ever-vigilant parking wardens.
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