What we're about

This is a group for people who enjoy playing cards, or would like to learn some fascinating card games. Perhaps you have one or two favourite games and are looking to find a friendly and sociable group of people to play them with. Maybe you have often been interested in learning cards but have been put off by the need to learn rules or find someone patient enough to explain them. Or perhaps you were introduced to some simple card games as a child or play Solitaire on your phone and would like to find out how much fun it can be to learn a card game from which you need to be dragged screaming and kicking from the table at the end of the evening because it is so compelling! You may even be a poker player but want to branch out into something more interesting and less ruinous to the bank balance!
We play a range of different games from around the world, with a particualar focus on some of the most interesting strategic games from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, such as Skat, Doppelkopf, Koenigrufen and other tarot games, Jass, etc. However, we are also open to any friendly people who just want to come along and play their favourite card game (canasta, cribbage, euchre, hearts, spades, etc) or introduce others to a new game. The only constraints are that we do not play any form of poker, for which there are other meetup groups available, and we limit ourselves to traditional games which do not require a proprietary pack of cards. There are loads of meetup groups in London where you can play those types of game, but very few where one can play traditional card games.
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Upcoming events (5+)

Social cards evening

TGR's Bridge Club

An excellent opportunity to play some cards to banish any thoughts of the impending working week. The bridge club's facilities are perfect for any card game, not just bridge. Proper card tables, new cards to play with, good value hot food and alcoholic and soft drinks are all available. There is a £5 table fee is to cover the club’s costs.

Informal Skat Evening

Shipwright's Arms

These are twice monthly meetups, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, specifically to play Skat. They're purely informal, you can turn up any time from 6.00pm, and stay as long as you like. The rules are here: https://www.pagat.com/schafkopf/skat.html but we're very happy to teach the game. Beginners are more than welcome. The pub serves food until about 9pm. IMPORTANT. We're there as part of Swiggers boardgame group, who play there every week https://www.pevans.co.uk/Swiggers/index.html#Top If you can't find the room, ask staff for the games group. If you ask for Skat, they won't know what you mean. If you haven't heard of Skat - and most people in the UK haven't - it's Germany's national card game, and to blatantly steal someone else's description: "Skat is simply the best card game you've never heard of. It has a comparable skill level and strategic richness to contract bridge combined with as much fun, calculated risk-taking and deceptive play as poker. There is no other card game quite like it."

Social cards evening

TGR's Bridge Club

An excellent opportunity to play some cards to banish any thoughts of the impending working week. The bridge club's facilities are perfect for any card game, not just bridge. Proper card tables, new cards to play with, good value hot food and alcoholic and soft drinks are all available. There is a £5 table fee is to cover the club’s costs.

Tuesday night cards

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This is a regular cards session in central London, close to Trafalgar Square, roughly alternating with our Friday night ones. If we have enough players we split into at least two different games. Do come along and try a new game or show us your favourite. As the venue is a private club, please RSVP and message me your full name plus those of any guests so I can put it on the door. There is a hot food and a licensed bar, both of which are very cheap for central London. We usually start playing between 6 and 6.30 so it is helpful to know if you might be coming later than that.

Past events (56)

Social cards evening

TGR's Bridge Club

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