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All the Best Pub Quizzes in London

Published On 10/10/2016 Published On 10/10/2016
The Clapham North

The Clapham North

Clapham

Sundays at the North are all about their epic roasts, which are only equaled by the top-notch Quiz seshes. They start at 8pm with rounds that involve everything subjects like scratch cards, name the intro music, and film quotes. You can stack your odds with up to six mega brains per group, but show up early -- this place gets quite busy on quiz night.

The Kennington

Camberwell

Filled with odd tidbits, this weekly brain stretch is led by quirky host Steve Nice who will make sure you never see what’s coming next. Book in to get one of their huge roasts, like their Hardwick Lamb, and throw down a couple pounds before 7:30pm to see if all those random facts could leave you walking out with a cool £100.

The Lexington

The Lexington

Angel

This high-vaulted, massive space is pretty perfectly outfitted with chandeliers, plenty of nooks to situate yourself in, great food, a gig space upstairs, and one of the best whiskey collections in London. Run in conjunction with cult-inducing indie label Rough Trade, their Monday night quiz is stuffed with music know-how, trivia, in-depth knowledge, and more. If you’re the one who can quote lyrics others didn’t even hear and have an encyclopedia in your head of original line-ups, this is totally going to be your proverbial jam.

The Harlequin

Clerkenwell

Tucked on a side street practically behind Sadler's Wells, this old-school boozer is fitted with vintage (yet still comfortable) furniture and easy fellow drinkers. The 8pm quiz here is really about having a good time and a few laughs, and doesn’t go overboard with obscure questions. Aiming at helping you transition into the week, it only costs a quid to get involved and won't give you a headache.

The Old Queens Head

The Old Queens Head

Islington

Known as much for their late-night parties as their burgers and beer selections, the Tuesday quiz here is a bit more interactive than most. Expect karaoke rounds, frantic drawing deciphering, and questions covering anything from local lore to pop-culture references... all in the name of cash prizes and potential free booze.

Sir Richard Steele

Chalk Farm

This neighborhood favorite, although recently taken over by the Faucet Inn Group, has long been a home to comedy night, open mics, and a Tuesday Quiz night. Aimed at those with a broader sense of cultural knowledge, this one will have you scratching your head over who starred in what film or which football team won which match, all while downing cheap pints. The game starts at 7:30pm, entry is a pound, and you can have teams of up to six.

LMS Quiz

The Phoenix

Camberwell

As much a comedy show as a quiz night, Last Man Standing is as interactive as they come, with participants regularly pulled onstage to get very personally involved with the questions (and answers) against everyone -- including their teammates. Starting off at 7pm, this one will cost you a touch more than most -- £7 -- but you’ll be thoroughly involved and clutching your sides with laughter. So... worth it.

Boogaloo

Highgate

Billing itself as the longest-running music quiz night in London, Boogaloo’s “Who Killed Bambi” is filled with pop culture nuances and questions that mainly focus around music and film knowledge that will be you guessing all night long. Entry is only £2... plus the winners go on to a champion league every six months which is something of legends in itself.

The Elm Park Tavern, Brixton

Elm Park Tavern

Brixton

This spot draws in packed crowds who hoard tables and get seriously competitive, so be sure to show up early (and call ahead) to make sure you’re up front to catch all the action. Head down for an 8:30pm start, and gather a solid team up to six peers to try your hand at rounds of curious questions, including a few curve balls -- like a sculpture round -- to win bottles of wine or cash money to take home.

Bigger Boat Film Quiz

You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat Film Quiz

Hackney Attic (& other locations)

So this one doesn’t fall on any particular day of the week, nor is it at one spot, but if you’re a cinephile, this will be heaven. Presented exclusively in an audio/visual format -- it is a cinema quiz, after all -- this long running, pop-up quiz night is loaded with obscure references, the details and plot twists of which will have you itching to IMBD the hell out of everything. Moving between the Ritzy, Hackney Attic, and The Lord Nelson, check out their page to see where they’ll be showing next.

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1. The Clapham North 409 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT

Located just across the street form the Clapham North Underground station, The Clapham North hits the spot with post-work gourmet burgers and an impressive drink menu. With wainscoting and exposed brick The Clapham North is a quintessential pub with a distinctly vintage feel and homey, friendly atmosphere. They are loved for their massive brunch menu and hearty Sunday roast featuring traditional comfort foods ... you can even host a roast for friends and family where you get to where the hat and carve the beef. The Clapham North is best known, however, for their very popular Sunday night pub trivia.

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2. The Kennington 60 Camberwell New Road, London, SE5 0RS

Having been awarded Best Newcomer in the Great British Pub Awards in 2013 for London and the South East, The Kennington’s been drawing drinkers ever since. The contemporary corner pub has a touch of living room library feel: bookshelves (there’s a book exchange, feel free to take one as long as you leave one sometime) and deep-green pleated leather sofas and armchairs, giving you optimal conversation space (or you could just sit and stew, your call). Scrabble boards are on-hand for the wordy and a notable quiz night is hosted on Sun evenings for the trivia-brained, with a top prize of £100 (even losers get free snacks so it’s a win-win, really). Expect Traditional British fare (fish fingers and tartare sandwich; Scotch egg with leeks, smoked bacon, pork and onions; sausage and mash with red-onion gravy). DJs on Fri and live music on Sat nights keep the mood alive. Dogs are welcome and no kids after 7pm, so don’t get too drunk until then, you monsters.

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3. The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB (Islington)

This pub, in all of it’s pre-war smoking room glamour, is all about American cuisine, craft beer, and bourbon. From their award-winning burgers and dogs to popular American microbrews, The Lexington transports you to the States for a night—but like any good English pub, they host a traditional Sunday afternoon roast. Come in Monday nights for an intense round of pop culture trivia and head upstairs for more of an after-hours club scene with dancing and live music.

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4. The Harlequin Pub 27 Arlington Way, Islington, EC1R 1UY

Named for a commedia dell’arte archetype popular in the thespian circuit in the 18th and 19th centuries, a hooligan jester of physical comedy, The Harlequin in historic Clerkenwell is located behind Sadler’s Wells theatre. The pub has been slinging ales and lagers in some form since 1848, when it was a neighbor to gem-cutting and ivory-working studios (when that was still a socially acceptable thing to do). The facade dates to 1894, one of the few remaining on the block, so you’re kind of walking into history when you stop in to the rustic, wood-paneled hole for a pour from the notable malt-whiskey collection. Board games in frayed boxes (don’t judge, you’re probably frayed, too) entertain, as does a weekly quiz game (£1 to enter, starts at 8pm on Mon) when a round of drinks for you and your team is on the line (incentive enough, methinks).

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5. The Old Queen's Head 44 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN (Islington)

Every Tuesday night Old Queen’s Head puts on their legendary pub quiz that is a lot of things, but conventional is not one. Between delicious Gourmet Burgers, themed menus, and seasonally rotating craft cocktails, you will have the opportunity to play a highly interactive trivia game in the name of cash prizes or free booze…think R-rated Pictionary, brain teasers, and karaoke on a kazoo. They also feature a monthly comedy show, weekly live music performances, and a special Sunday Roast menu each week. There is nothing old about this comfy, old-fashioned style pub that transforms into a hip vintage underground club.

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6. The Sir Richard Steele 97 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 4RL

The walls are lined with painted portraits and cheeky signs and every nook and cranny is filled with trinkets and books in this beautiful, old Victorian pub that hasn’t changed from the time Sir Richard Steele was alive. Their menu runs the gamut of traditional pub food from juicy burgers to fish and chips … their specialty Ploughman’s Board features British ham, cheeses, pickles, and apples. Monday night is always jam-packed with trivia wizzes hoping to take home a prize; Tuesday is Wine night; Wednesday features a live jazz band; steak night Thursday is a favorite of North London carnivores; and Friday is best for fresh fish. Stop by with your pooch for a post-work pint and a bite to eat.

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7. The Phoenix 37 Cavendish Sq., Oxford Circus, W1G 0PP

Home of “The Last Man Standing” pub quiz, guests have the opportunity to play a rowdy game of True or False trivia with stage challenge rounds. Every Tuesday The Phoenix offers 2-for-1 burgers from Ruby Jean’s Diner, their pop-up purveyor of juicy burgers, gooey mac and cheese, and all kinds of chips. They also boast one of the most diverse drink menus in Central London, serving over 25 craft brews and a hearty list of wine. Enjoy a night of live music or host your own event in the converted basement of this classic, wood-paneled pub.

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8. The Boogaloo 312 Archway Rd, Highgate, N6 5AT

There is always something going on at The Boogaloo, the long-standing Londoner’s go-to joint for a good time. Every Wednesday they host the raucous "Who Killed Bambi" music quiz and Thurday’s live comedy shows are always great for a laugh. They host other monthly events like Funk nights, Rock N’ Roll nights, Jive nights, and swing dancing to name a few. The pub is timeless and cozy with homey, rustic accents and always brimming with people and energy. The menu features a shortlist of Britain’s best pub foods with an American BBQ kick—ribs, fries, and hush puppies, oh my!

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9. Elm Park Tavern 76 Elm Park, London, SW2 2UB (Brixton)

Elm Park Tavern is a traditional English pub, as in it looks like it hasn’t changed since the mid 20th century. Sit in antique chesterfield armchairs and sip on a variety of craft beer and spirits, play board games with friends, or take a look through the books that line the walls. Elm Park is all about the quiz, so expect Thursday nights to be packed wall to wall with hopefuls looking to take home a prize. Although you can’t order any food from their nonexistent kitchen, they welcome you to order takeout directly to the bar—they even have crockery and cutlery for your use.

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