London's ten best pub quizzes

Looking to test your knowledge and strain your brain? Here are five of the capital's best pubs with quizzes

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There's nothing more British than a pub quiz, and London has plenty of fine showcases for tavern-based trivia. Here are ten of Time Out's favourites, including options for those whose specialist subjects are worthy of 'Mastermind', and some that are just fun excuses to spend a weekday evening in the pub. Although these are regular nights, it's worth calling ahead to confirm the quiz is on before you and your team head out. Know a great quiz we've missed? Use the comments box below.

Antelope

A varied but well-crafted set of questions make up this general knowledge quiz, lead by a chap in an armchair who looks about 25 but has the wisdom of a wizard. The food menu has special offers on quiz nights to help keep energy levels up.

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Tooting

The Lexington

Organised by Rough Trade shops, the Lexington's pub quiz is one for the music geeks. It's far from serious stuff though, as the potty-mouthed quizmaster guides you through some pretty silly rounds, including one based on Bob Holness's 'Blockbusters'. A multipack of crisps goes to the team with the best name, as judged by a not-at-all suspicious 'clapometer'.

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Clerkenwell

Pembury Tavern

A quiz for the sort of people who shout out the correct answers while watching 'University Challenge', thanks to its obscure rounds. Even a team packed with boffins will find questions on the subject of, say, martial arts a challenge. The quizmaster's excellent waistcoats should help keep up morale.

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Hackney

Pineapple

The more unusual variety of subjects and some very challenging questions keep this popular north London quiz appealing, so the prize – all the evening's entry fees – is usually worth striving for. Jackpot and raffle rounds mean that every team gets its moment, even if your score is more likely to lurk around the bottom of the league.

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Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park Tavern

Five rounds on a variety of subjects are delivered by a deadpan quizmaster at this laid-back quiz, where the majority of teams are looking for a nice evening out, rather than the opportunity to crush the opposition.

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Tufnell Park

Island Queen

A solid four rounds of general knowledge questions make the Island Queen's quiz a great choice for a team with varied interests, while the competitive atmosphere manages to stay just the fun side of tense.

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Islington

Old Queen's Head

With rounds that involve paper planes, rude drawings and kazoos, this isn't the quiz for straight-laced fact fans, but it is a blast. The quizmaster is billed as 'truly outrageous', and teams are playing for a cash prize, though you'll have a job finding personnel to provide the full range of specialist skills required to win.

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Islington

Sir Richard Steele

Absolutely no cheats allowed here – mobile phones must be put away for the duration – but this quiz is actually a lot of fun. A broad selection of questions ends in teams getting a chance to gamble their points in the final round to get to the cash prize, and if that doesn't work, there's a raffle with a separate prize afterwards.

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Belsize Park

Jerusalem

This excellent music quiz has a monthly slot at Jerusalem on Rathbone Place, but also makes appearances at other venues and festivals. It's more likely you'll end up dancing inappropriately to a song you'd forgotten existed than naming every track of a Bob Dylan album, so come braced for fun. Rounds have included 'Does Liking This Record Make Me Uncool?' and 'Down Wid Da Kidz'.

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Soho

Boogaloo

You'll get an interactive experience at this famously difficult film quiz where the questions are asked using projections, sound clips and posters. It runs monthly at the Boogaloo, but now also makes appearances at the Ritzy in Brixton. There's no maximum team size, which is lucky, as you'll likely need all the movie-buff help you can get.

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London

Comments

20 comments
Rog J
Rog J

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Mike McGowan
Mike McGowan

If you're looking for quizzes around Pimlico or Victoria, I can recommend The Greyhound on Hugh Street on a Tuesday night from 7pm or The White Ferry House on Sutherland Street from 7pm on a Thursday night. The Greyhound also has a 'big' quiz on the 1st Sunday of every month where the prize is double the entrance pot, so if 50 people play, the prize pot is £100. These quizzes are all £1 per person to enter and the entrance money from each quiz goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick kids. The White Ferry House also has a special charity event on Saturday March 1st 2014 for Great Ormond Street. There'll be a quiz, karaoke and a raffle with some great prizes so come on down. Maximum of 4 people per team at The Greyhound.

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize and free drinks to reward your general knowledge. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday!

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize and free drinks to reward your general knowledge. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday!

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize and free drinks to reward your general knowledge. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday!

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize and free drinks to reward your general knowledge. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday! @elevendash11

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize too. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday! @elevendash11

Tim Heapy
Tim Heapy

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and am itching to try a few of the listed quizzes. I run a fun, friendly and well frequented quiz at The Ranelagh in N11. We raise money each week for the North London Hospice and have a rolling cash prize too. If you're in the neighbourhood we start at 8pm every Tuesday! @elevendash11

Kieran
Kieran

A great way to find the latest pub quizzes in London: www.pubquizzers.com Cheers!

James
James

We run one at the Rose and Crown on Church Street Stoke Newington. It's a full quiz, with six rounds and a picture round, and we usually get a good crowd in. We also run it on a voluntary basis, so anyone who wants to can be quiz master for an evening.

Peter R
Peter R

The Lexington pub quiz is probably the best in London as it allows us to have a bloody good night without worrying about the "professional quizzarses" who sadly invade most of the other venues...it is a great laugh and really great entertainment while still maintaining the competitive element....what does potty-mouthed mean please...the quizmaster is a typical scouser...lots of fun and really knows his music...10 out of 10 for this quiz

john
john

The one at the Lexington is brilliant...scouse quizmaster has a fantastic knowledge of music and is loads of fun with his crazy rounds and ridiculous prizes

Rebecca
Rebecca

The thinking bob gameshow quiz is fantastic for a couple of reasons. 1. They have buzzers! 2. You can go alone or with a couple of friends and join a team. Teams are allocated on arrival so its a fantastic way to meet new people.!

Rebecca
Rebecca

The thinking bob gameshow quiz is fantastic for a couple of reasons. 1. They have buzzers! 2. You can go alone or with a couple of friends and join a team. Teams are allocated on arrival so its a fantastic way to meet new people.!

Mitch
Mitch

The quiz at the Jam Tree in West Kensington is by far the best quiz I've been to in a while. Due to the excellent quiz master Will, great food and delicious wine list. Just don't try to go up against the infamous team 207 Veterans. I hear they're brutal.