The Bus Cafe,

Blue House Yard,

5 River Park Road,

London N22 7TB

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Monday - Wednesday | 8am - 10pm

Thursday - Friday | 8am - 5pm

 Saturday - Sunday | 10am - 6pm

Earth Ale Hours

Thursday | 4pm - midnight

Friday | 4pm - 1am

Saturday | 2pm - midnight

Sunday | 2pm - midnight


£3 per adult, £2 per child or £10 per table of four to play all day!

If you plan on being a frequent visitor, please ask us about our membership scheme.


07963359734 or 07817163825


Earth Tap takeover the bus Thursday to Sunday nights for craft beers, snacks, and of course more board games!

If you have paid a cover charge before these hours you are welcome to stay as long as you like - until 1am on Friday and Saturday!

The bus is also available for functions, events, or private hire. Please get in touch for more details.

Cakes and Ladders can also provide games and friendly board game gurus, for your next party, event, team building session or function anywhere in London ! Drop us a line for more info, and to discuss the right package for you.

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We have one 8-9 seater table and the rest are 2-4 seater. There are two large, unreserved tables outside.

– Cakes and Ladders –

[ A Board game Cafe and social enterprise]



Double decker bus selling locally sourced coffee, cake and sandwiches alongside some of London's finest beers. We will have over 500 board games, with dedicated Board Game Gurus to recommend and explain the game that's right for you. We also run regular board game for wellbeing sessions for people living in the community using mental health services, to promote positive wellbeing and reduce isolation.


Our Story

Hywel and Ruth are the brains behind Cakes and Ladders. They met at University and bonded over classic board games like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. They maintained their love for board games while pursuing other careers - Hywel in the mental health sector and Ruth managing art galleries.

Inspired by their passion for board gaming culture and the ability of games to bring people together, Ruth and Hywel began working on their dream for their own community board game cafe and social enterprise in 2015. They recognised the growing demand for more community spaces in North London and began to attend local street markets and run pop up board game sessions in local cafe's and bars.

Early in 2018 Hywel and Ruth decided to leave their jobs to focus entirely on finding the right premises for the cafe. They soon met Alex from Earth Ale, who was relocating his microbrewery to Wood Green, and about to open a taproom on a double decker bus in Blue House Yard, Wood Green.  Looking for a cafe to run on the bus during the daytime and surprisingly happy to house the ever-increasing board game collection, Ruth and Hywel decided to come on-board... Excuse the pun!

Our Social Purpose

Cakes and Ladders aim to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing for the residents of Haringey through board games.  We are working with local mental health service providers to facilitate a locally rooted board games for wellbeing programme.  We will also be looking to partner with volunteer programmes through Spice Time Credits and local schools for wellbeing sessions for children.


Our Ethos

We believe in good quality local food and drink and use local farms and organisations for as much of our products as possible. These include Celtic Bakery, Wildes Cheese, Cannon and Cannon, Square Root, Ozone Coffee, the Kettle Shed and many more to come!

Our Games

Below is a list of our games - you can use the Find in Page function of your browser to search the list more easily. Alternatively, take a look at our BoardGameGeek profile - CakesAndLaddersLDN.

Not all of our inventory is stocked on the bus, but we can arrange for a particular game to be in-house if requested.

  • 20th Century

  • 4 Seasons

  • 5 Minute Chase

  • 7 Wonders

  • 7 Wonders Duel

  • 7 Wonders: Cities

  • 7 Wonders: Leaders

  • Abalone

  • Abraca...what?

  • Africa

  • Age of War

  • Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

  • Alchemists

  • Alhambra

  • ...and then, we held hands.

  • Android: Mainframe

  • Animal Upon Animal

  • Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great!

  • Anomia

  • Antidote

  • Apples to Apples

  • Apples to Apples Junior

  • Army of Frogs

  • Articulate!

  • Asante

  • Attack The Pack

  • Azul

  • Backgammon

  • Bananagrams

  • BANG!

  • Bärenpark

  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree

  • Battle Sheep

  • Betrayal at House on the Hill

  • Between Two Cities

  • Between Two Cities: Capitals

  • Biblios

  • Black Fleet

  • Blankr: An Awkwardly Hilarious Card Game For ★★★★★

  • Blokus

  • Blokus 3D

  • The Bloody Inn

  • Blueprints

  • Boggle

  • Bohnanza

  • Boom, Bang, Gold

  • Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game

  • BraveRats

  • Bucket of Doom

  • Bunny Kingdom

  • Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

  • Camel Up

  • Camel Up Cards

  • Camel Up: Supercup

  • Candy Land

  • Captain Sonar

  • Carcassonne

  • Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals

  • Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders

  • Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

  • Carcassonne: Star Wars

  • Cards Against Humanity

  • Cards Against Humanity: First Expansion

  • Cards Against Humanity: Second Expansion

  • The Castles of Burgundy

  • The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

  • Cat Lady

  • Catan

  • Catan Card Game

  • Catan: Seafarers

  • Catan: Traders & Barbarians

  • Cauldron Master

  • Caverna: Cave vs Cave

  • Celestia

  • Century: Eastern Wonders

  • Century: Spice Road

  • The Chameleon

  • Charterstone

  • Chess

  • Chicken Cha Cha Cha

  • Chimera

  • Chronicle

  • Citadels

  • Cobra Paw

  • Codenames

  • Codenames Duet

  • Coloretto

  • Colourbrain

  • Colt Express

  • Colt Express: Horses & Stagecoach

  • Concept

  • Cornwall

  • Cottage Garden

  • Coup

  • Coup: Rebellion G54

  • Cthulhu Fluxx

  • Cubo

  • CV

  • Dancing Eggs

  • Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

  • Decrypto

  • Deep Sea Adventure

  • Dixit: Odyssey

  • Dominion

  • Dominoes

  • Donkey Kong

  • Dream Home

  • Edo

  • Eight-Minute Empire

  • Ekö

  • Evolution

  • Exit: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb

  • Exploding Kittens

  • Exploding Kittens: NSFW Deck

  • A Fake Artist Goes to New York

  • Famiglia

  • Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

  • Feuerdrachen

  • First Dates: The Game

  • Five Tribes

  • Flamme Rouge

  • Fleet

  • Flip City

  • Floppy Ears

  • Fluxx

  • Fog of Love

  • The Football Game

  • Football Managers

  • For Sale

  • Forbidden Desert

  • Forbidden Island

  • Fresco

  • Friday

  • Frog Juice

  • Funemployed

  • The Game of Life

  • A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King

  • Ganz schön clever

  • Ghost Blitz

  • Ghost Blitz 2

  • Ghost Stories

  • Gloom

  • Go

  • Go Cuckoo

  • Grand Cru

  • Guillotine

  • Hanabi

  • Hanafuda

  • Hanamikoji

  • Happy Salmon

  • Hare & Tortoise

  • Le Havre: The Inland Port

  • Hey, That's My Fish!

  • High Society

  • Histrio

  • Hive

  • Iceberg Seals


  • Imhotep

  • Imploding Kittens

  • In A Bind Jr

  • Ingenious

  • Inis

  • Inkognito

  • Iquazu

  • Isle of Trains

  • Istanbul

  • Jaipur

  • Jamaica

  • Jenga

  • Jenga Quake

  • Jungle Speed

  • Ka-Ching!

  • Kahuna

  • Kanagawa

  • Karuba

  • Karuba Junior

  • Keltis

  • Key to the Kingdom

  • Keyflower

  • King of the Dice

  • King of New York

  • King of Tokyo

  • King of Tokyo: Power Up!

  • King Toad

  • Kingdom Builder

  • Kingdomino

  • Kitty Cataclysm

  • Kobayakawa

  • Kodama: The Tree Spirits

  • Koryŏ

  • KUMO Hogosha

  • Labyrinth

  • Lancaster

  • Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

  • Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas: The Card Game

  • Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

  • Liar's Dice

  • Little Big Fish

  • Little Bird, Big Hunger

  • London (first edition)

  • Loony Quest

  • Loopin' Louie

  • Loot

  • Loot Island

  • Lords of Xidit

  • Lost Cities

  • The Lost Expedition

  • Love Letter

  • Machi Koro

  • Machi Koro: Harbor

  • Machi Koro: Millionaire's Row

  • Magic Maze

  • Der magische Zwergenwald

  • Mahjong

  • Mamma Mia!

  • The MAN Game

  • Manila

  • Mascarade

  • Matcha

  • The Mind

  • Mississippi Queen

  • Monopoly

  • Monopoly Gamer

  • Monopoly: Glasgow

  • Morels

  • Mr & Mrs

  • Mr Lister's Quiz Shootout

  • Munchkin

  • Mysterium

  • Mysterium: Hidden Signs

  • Nantucket

  • Nefarious

  • New Amsterdam

  • Niagara

  • No Thanks!

  • Notre Dame

  • Obama Llama

  • OctoDice

  • Odin's Ravens (Second Edition)

  • Oh My Goods!

  • OK Play

  • Okiya

  • Ominoes

  • One Night Ultimate Vampire

  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf

  • Onirim

  • PAC-MAN Game

  • Pagoda

  • Pandemic

  • Pandemic: On the Brink

  • Panic Station

  • Parfum

  • Pass the Pigs

  • Patchwork

  • Patronize

  • Pentago

  • Phantom

  • Phantoms vs Phantoms

  • Pick-a-Dog

  • Pick-a-Polar Bear

  • Pickomino

  • Pie Face Showdown

  • Piss Artist

  • Pizza Party

  • Plums

  • Port Royal

  • Port Royal: Just One More Contract...

  • Port Royal: Unterwegs!

  • Potion Explosion

  • Power Grid

  • Province

  • Puerto Rico

  • Pyramids

  • Quoridor

  • Qwirkle

  • Qwordie

  • Rainbow Rage

  • RANDOMISE: Draw, act or describe your way to victory

  • Raptor

  • Rat-a-Tat Cat

  • The Ravens of Thri Sahashri

  • Red7

  • The Resistance: Avalon

  • Rhino Hero

  • Rhino Hero: Super Battle

  • Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game

  • Rise of Augustus

  • Risk

  • Risk Express

  • Rivals for Catan

  • Rocket Game

  • Roll For It!

  • Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age

  • Rory's Story Cubes

  • Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages

  • Saboteur (compilation editions)

  • Sagrada

  • Saint Malo

  • Sakura

  • Santorini

  • Scotland Yard

  • Scrabble

  • Scrawl

  • Scythe

  • Seasons

  • Secret Hitler

  • Seikatsu

  • Sheriff of Nottingham

  • Shipyard

  • Shopping List

  • Skull

  • Skyline 3000

  • Sleeping Queens

  • Small World

  • Smash Up

  • Snake Oil

  • Snow Tails

  • Sonar

  • Space Planets

  • Speak Out

  • Splendor

  • Spot it!

  • Spring Meadow

  • Spyfall

  • Spyfall 2

  • Steam Donkey

  • Struggle for Catan

  • Subbuteo

  • Super Cluedo Challenge

  • Sushi Go Party!

  • Sushi Go!

  • Swish

  • Sylvion

  • T.I.M.E Stories

  • T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons

  • Takenoko

  • Takenoko: Chibis

  • Tales & Games: The Pied Piper

  • Tantrix

  • Terror in Meeple City

  • Thebes: The Tomb Raiders

  • Thurn and Taxis

  • Ticket to Ride

  • Ticket to Ride: First Journey (U.S.)

  • Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

  • Ticket to Ride: USA 1910

  • Tigris & Euphrates

  • Time's Up! Title Recall!

  • Timeline

  • Timeline: British History

  • Timeline: Events

  • Timeline: Inventions

  • Tiny Epic Western

  • Toilet Trouble

  • Tokaido

  • Tokaido: Crossroads

  • Traditional Card Games

  • Treasure Hunter

  • Tsuro

  • Twister

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

  • Via Nebula

  • Villa Paletti

  • Village

  • Volcano Island Countdown

  • Waggle Dance

  • War on Terror

  • Weird Things Humans Search For

  • Welcome to the Dungeon

  • The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow

  • What do you Meme?: A Millennial Card Game For Millennials And Their Millennial Friends

  • What's Up

  • When I Dream

  • Whist

  • Who Did It?

  • Who Should We Eat?

  • Wibbell++

  • Wild Vikings

  • Wits & Wagers

  • Woo-Hoo!

  • Yogi

  • Zombie Fluxx

  • Zombies!!!

  • Zooloretto

  • Zooloretto: The Dice Game

🎲 Weekly Events 🎲

Put these in your diary - they'll be happening every week! All tickets £3 unless stated otherwise!

Monday Open Play Evenings 6:30-9:30pm - Come along on your own or with friends and we'll match you up with a group and a board game that's right for you!

Tuesday Board Games for Wellbeing sessions 2-4pm - Free board game session to promote positive wellbeing, and includes a free tea! All are welcome to join if you would like to meet new people, and learn a new game or two!

🎲 Events 🎲

Introduction to Euro Games - Wednesday 14 November and Wednesday 12 December 

Ever wondered how to play board games other than your dusty copies of Monopoly and Risk sitting in your cupboard? We are here to guide you into the exciting world of the Eurogame. We will have some of the classic gateway Eurogames on offer to play - Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Five Tribes and Puerto Rico. Come by yourself or in a group and we will match you up with a friendly player and game of your choice! We will be on hand to explain the rules and recommend your preferred game :)

Buy tickets here!

What A Fiasco! - Wednesday 28th November

Cakes and Ladders presents a 'Fiasco' on the bus as we bring you another night of role playing fun. Interestingly 'Fiasco' is a game that does not require a games master to run the story. Our resident games master will be on hand to supervise but once players are ready to go the game is afoot.

Come with a group or join some new friends, embody a character in a chaotic world and tell a tale of powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There are an infinite number of stories that can be told during a game of 'Fiasco' and no two will be alike. You might be a band of small time crooks pulling one last job, a theatre troop trying to put on a play as the stage falls down around them, or a group of high school nerds trying to get revenge on the cool kids. They only thing you can be sure about a game of 'Fiasco' is that things will go wrong ... and then they'll get worse.

Buy tickets here!

Introduction to Dungeons and Dragons RPG - Wednesday 19th December

Dungeons & Dragons has exploded in popularity in recent years and with the game entering it's 5th edition of the rules it's never been more friendly to new players. Take on the role of a mighty warrior or powerful wizard wielding sword and sorcery to save the land from evil this December, a Christmas treat, and come to the Cakes and Ladders bus to learn how to play the world's most popular role playing game. On Wednesday 19th December we will be hosting aD&D event where you can learn the rules, get a feel for the game, and play a short adventure with a few fellow heroes. We hope it will be the perfect introduction to the worldwide phenomenon that is Dungeons & Dragons.

£5 tickets - Buy here!

New Years on the Bus! - 31st December 12pm - 1am

Cakes and Ladders are hosting an exciting New Years board game event on the bus! There will be no Monopoly, no Scrabble and no board games you've been forced to play over Christmas - instead we will have a range of Euro games and Cooperative games to play, which will promise to be less competitive and more fun!

To make this a night to remember we will have a board game quiz, some game tournaments and all the non-traditional board games you want to play all day from 12pm until 1am. There will be festive treats like mulled Cider and mince pies and we will offer a free prosecco at midnight to toast in the new year!

Tickets are £10 and include board game play, the quiz and tournament entry and a free prosecco at midnight. Click here to buy a ticket!


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