A midweek outing to the pub is always welcome, throw a pub quiz into the mix and then you’re really talking. Our love for a quiz shows no sign of abating and countless London pubs are getting in on the action. So, get the gang together, brush up on your general knowledge and let your competitive side take over. From karaoke-fuelled quiz sessions to bonkers ‘Bogan Bingo’ halls, here’s where to shake up a quiet weekday evening.
The Lexington, Islington
Hosted by legendary record store, Rough Trade, music buffs will be love the Lexington’s Monday night trivia session. With picture rounds, anagrams and pop trivia a-plenty, you’ll cover everything from naming original band line-ups to three-second intros where you have to guess the famous tune. If you know your Bowie from your Buzzcocks, this is the quiz for you. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, sample a whiskey or two – The Lexington has one of the best collections in London.
Where? 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JB
When? Every Monday, 8pm. £1 entry per person. Tables must be booked in advance.
Aeronaut Pub Quiz
Promising a belter of a quiz, the Aeronaut pub in Acton offers eager participants an entertaining evening of general knowledge, music, film and pop culture questions, as well as themed rounds, shout outs and the chance to win some great prizes. You’ll also get to feast on two-for-one burgers and £3 ales – but remember, it’s a school night.
Where? 264 Acton High Street, W3 9BH
When? Every Wednesday, 8pm, £2 entry.
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat Film Quiz
Movie mavens will be in their element at this cinematic extravaganza. An evening wholly dedicated to film sensations spanning the decades, You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat is a test of film trivia and references, with all the questions projected onto a cinema screen. The quizzes are hosted in various locations across London, including the likes of The Ritzy Cinema and Hackney Picturehouse. Keep your eyes on the website for further dates.
Where? The next film quiz will be hosted at The Hackney Attic.
When: Tuesday 15th November, 7pm start.
Dubbed as ‘devastatingly hilarious’, Bogan Bingo is a quiz night like no other. Forget what you already know about bingo, Bogan Bingo is a night of chaos, a comedy game-show hosted by two very entertaining bingo callers, with a sensational soundtrack of ’80s and ’90s classics. Prepare for mullets, mayhem and massive prizes.
Where? The Slug at Fulham, SW6 5NH and The Brewhouse, Hackney, E8 3SB
When? Runs every week on either Thursday or Friday, 8pm, tickets from £7.
Boogaloo – Who Killed Bambi Music Quiz
With a packed line-up of live music, comedy, and blinding quiz nights, it’s no wonder the Boogaloo is a hotspot amongst the Highgate clan. One of the longest running quiz nights in London, the Boogaloo’s ‘Who Killed Bambi’ night is bubbling with pop culture nuances and questions that focus on music and film. Slow-cooked street food from meat marvels Caboose will be on offer, and winners will get the chance to compete in a champion league every six months. What are you waiting for?
Where? 312 Archway Road, N6 5AT
When? Every Wednesday, 7:30pm, £2 entry.
Last Man Standing At The Phoenix
One of the most raucous and comical of quiz shows, The Phoenix hosts the legendary Last Man Standing, an interactive pub quiz full of complete nonsense and reckless gaming. Participants will be pulled on stage to get involved with the questions (and answers) and you’ll be expected to take part in a series of ridiculous challenges – think Swingball and Play Your Stars Right. Be sure to buff up on your trivia as you will be dragged onto the stage, willing or not. Drink, shout and be downright unruly at this fun-filled crazy quiz night.
Where? 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
When? The next quiz takes place on 9th November, 7pm, tickets £7.
Lucky Voice Music Quiz
Karaoke Queens will have a ball at the Lucky Voice music quiz. Every Thursday, prepare to take part in riotous rounds of mayhem, including themed sections like Name That Tune, Next Line, and special bonus rounds of air guitar, limbo and hula hooping. A guaranteed night of unadulterated silliness that’s bound to raise a few smiles.
Where? 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG
When? Every Thursday, 7:30pm, £2 entry per person.
Old Queen's Head, Islington
This spacious Islington pub promises a night of crazy antics at their weekly quiz. The gregarious quiz master will guide you through the boozer’s bonkers quiz with hilarious rounds of dirty doodling, bubble blowing, kazookeoke and face painting, alongside some quizzical brain teasing questions.
Where? 44 Essex Road, Islington, N1 8LN
When? Every Tuesday, 7pm, £2 entry.
Super Star Quiz At Star Of Bethnal Green
Voted one of the Top 10 Quiz Nights in London, the Star of Bethnal Green’s illustrious pub quiz is not one to miss. Each night is usually themed, and has, in the past, included everything from ‘90s pop culture to Alan Partridge and Harry Potter, so you know you’re guaranteed an evening of giggles and great entertainment. The food in the Star is also top-notch – they host various pop-ups, currently taking the helm are slow-cooked meat sensations Slow Fire – so book a table and make a night of it. Be sure to book in advance as it does get very busy.
Where? 359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG
When? Every Tuesday, 8pm, £2 entry.