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The Gaming Den

Unleash your competitive spirit and enjoy an evening of board gaming in the oldest gambling dens of the country!

Unleash your competitive spirit and enjoy an evening of board gaming in the oldest gambling dens of the country!


  • 21 January 2018
14:00-17:00 or 18:00-21:00

Ticketing information

Tickets are £10

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Grab a drink, roll a dice and unleash your competitive spirit. Whether you're new to gaming or an experienced player, enjoy an evening of board gaming in one of the oldest gambling dens in the country.

For one day only we are taking over the Banqueting House-the only remaining part of the lost Whitehall Palace, once the largest palace in Europe - and returning it to its gaming-den glory once more.

In the Main Hall, under the Rueben’s ceiling, experience classic Georgian and Tudor games and exciting twists on the most popular games out now. Join historian and journalist Holly Nielsen, who will be play-testing one of the oldest commercial games in the world The Royal Game of Goose and asking if it’s actually any good! If you don’t think so you can change it and help improve the game for today’s players.

Downstairs in the Undercroft we are collaborating with Draughts, London’s first board game café, who will be providing a library of contemporary games, with Gaming Gurus on hand to teach you rules both historical and modern.

Bring your friends and get gaming!

This event is suitable for 18+ years.

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