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The Freemasons Arms
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Hampstead, London
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The Game of London Skittles

The traditional pub game of London Skittles is played with nine pins. Unlike other forms of alley skittles it is played not with a ball but a cheese, which is thrown (not rolled) at the pins.

The game, also known as Old English Skittles, is now played only at the Freemasons Arms in Hampstead. The skittle alley is tucked away in the pub cellar. With the periodic thud of lignum vitae on hornbeam emanating from below, tourists stumble upon it as often as the locals.

The Freemasons' Arms

If you're looking for things to do on an evening out in London and you like pub games and real beer, come to the Freemasons Arms. We play every Tuesday from about 7.30pm. For more information about the Freemasons' Arms, click the image.

The Hampstead Lawn Billiard and Skittle Club welcomes new players, either as individuals or as a group. If you want to give it a try or your Sports or Social Club or other group would be interested in booking an evening of team games, please contact us.

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Skittles in Oz

In the late 18th/early 19th century, the game we know as London Skittles was played on the other side of the globe at Melbourne Cricket Club.

The MCC librarian has researched the old records and published an account of this period in the club's history.

Read the article here.