Hi! Welcome to Casual Chess.

London’s real life, friendly chess cafe! From Monday to Friday you’ll find us in The BFI Lobby Lounge, 21 Stephen St, Off Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 1LN (nearest tube Tottenham Court Rd), 5.30pm – 10pm. 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. Please check Twitter before setting out on a special journey – @CasualChess. Free chess sets and clocks, for friendly games of chess in a relaxed, chatty atmosphere. We also have one or two go sets.

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 5.30pm – 10pm and play everyone. Boards and clocks provided.

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 may be better to avoid Monday nights, which are unstaffed by volunteers… Our quietest nights are Mondays and Wednesdays, our busiest are Fridays and Saturdays. Sometimes it’s quiet before 7:30pm; sometimes you might need to hang out with a good book before the first players arrive. No need to let anyone know before your first visit – just come on down!

See you soon! 🙂