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Hi! Welcome to Casual Chess.

London’s real life, friendly chess cafe! From Monday to Friday you’ll find us in The BFI Lounge, 21 Stephen St, Off Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 1LN (nearest tube Tottenham Court Rd), 7.30pm – 10pm. Please bear in mind that Mondays and Thursdays have no volunteer, and as a result are often very quiet. Fridays and Saturdays are our busiest nights.

On Saturday nights, or when the BFI is occasionally closed, we’ll be in either the basement bar or the upstairs licenced cafe of Waterstones book shop, 19-20 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 1BJ.

Choose your own time control and grab a coffee or a glass of wine. Join our Facebook group to hear about special events and news https://www.facebook.com/groups/393548150795213/?fref=ts You can also use the group to arrange to meet a player of a similar level…or just come along any time Monday to Saturday 7.30pm – 10pm and play everyone. Chess sets and clocks provided, along with go sets.

We are committed to diversity and welcome absolutely everyone. Organised by women, we are particularly happy to see other female players, and will make sure there’s always a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Spread the word (on Facebook, Twitter @CasualChess, Tell Your Friends) and come along to check us out! 🙂

If you’re ever the first player to arrive, just ask at either bar for the sets/clocks. Please note that the main door to the BFI is closed after 8pm, when entrance is via the Stephen St Kitchen restaurant door. For a first visit, it is better to avoid Monday and Thursday nights, which are unstaffed by volunteers… Our busiest nights are Fridays and Saturdays, which usually run until 11pm. No need to let anyone know before your first visit – just come on down!

See you soon! 🙂