We are Cakes and Ladders, a double decker bus in the heart of Wood Green selling locally sourced coffee, cake and cheese toasties alongside some of London's finest beers from Earth Ale. We have over 500 board games available for our customers to play, with dedicated Board Game Gurus to recommend and explain the game that's right for you.

We work with quality local suppliers including Wilde’s Cheese, Kettle Shed Tea, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Celtic Bakery and Square Root Soda. 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.



The Bus Cafe,

Blue House Yard,

5 River Park Road,

London N22 7TB

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Cakes and Ladders HOURS

Monday | 9:00am - 9pm

Tuesday - Wednesday | 9:00am - 10pm

Thursday - Friday | 9:00am - 5pm

 Saturday - Sunday | 10am - 6pm

Earth Ale Hours

Thursday | 4pm - 11pm

Friday | 4pm - midnight

Saturday | 2pm - midnight

Sunday | 3pm - 9pm

Board game cover Charge

Play as many games as you want for as long as you like!

£3 per adult

£2 per child (over the age of 3)

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




Our delicious range of local beers is served from 12pm every day.

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! For more info on Earth Ale and their wild beer please visit www.earthale.com

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 - info@cakesandladders.co.uk

Book a Table and a Game!

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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.

🎲 Events 🎲

Follow our one off Events on Facebook HERE!

Board Games for Wellbeing sessions: Wednesdays 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! There are 4 spaces each week - please book in advance or turn up on the day and chat to a member of staff about joining.

Board Games Club: Last Wednesday of the Month, from 7pm

Drop by and play some board games with our group and meet other board game fans! Cakes and Ladders staff will pick their favourite games of the week to teach you! Discounted £2 entry fee for members.

Themed Trivia Quiz: First Wednesday of the month, from 7:30pm

We have an exciting line up of themed quizzes prepared to boggle your brains! Winners will receive themed board game prizes! Book a table (max 4 spaces per table) to ensure you and your group get a spot at info@cakesandladders.co.uk. Entry fee £3 per person.

Wednesday 4th September 7:30-9:30pm - Game of Thrones Quiz (repeat of June quiz)

Wednesday 18th September 7:30-9:30pm - Harry Potter Quiz: The Book

Wednesday 2nd October 7:30-9:30pm - Stranger Things Quiz

Future themes announced soon!

Blood on the Clocktower: Sunday 1st September, 1-3pm and 3-5pm slots

Due to the overwhelming success of the Blood on the Clocktower demonstration at Cakes and Ladders, the team is back to play again the new party game of social deduction and bluffing that has taken Kickstarter by storm!

Blood on the Clocktower is an exciting new bluffing game enjoyed by 5 to 20 players on opposing teams of Good and Evil, overseen by a Storyteller player who conducts the action and makes crucial decisions. During a 'day' phase players socialise openly and whisper privately to gather information or spread lies, culminating in a player's execution if a majority suspects them of being Evil. Of a 'night' time, players close their eyes and are woken one at a time by the Storyteller to gather information, spread mischief, or kill. Players must use all their powers of deduction and deception to survive this game of murder and mystery.

For more info and to book tickets (essential!) please follow link here

Kingdomino Tournament: 11th September Cakes and Ladders | 18th September Grin and Beer It from 7:30pm

Two of North London's favourite beer and board gaming venues are joining forces for the ultimate tournament of Kingdomino - the fast and fun kingdom building tile laying game!

The first round of the tournament will take place on Wednesday 11th September at the Cakes & Ladders board game bus in Wood Green, with the second the following week on Wednesday 18th September at Grin and Beer It in Finsbury Park.

There will be prizes on the night for the winning player at each venue, but also a grand prize for the highest overall score between the two!

Entry is £3 per person - which will also cover you for any additional gaming on the night.

Please drop us a line on info@cakesandladders.co.uk to book your place for round one today to avoid disappointment, as spots are strictly limited!


– Cakes and Ladders –

[ A Board game Cafe and social enterprise]



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




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Featured on TRT World Roundtable discussion programme about millennials in the UK enjoying offline social activities.


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Cakes and Ladders and Earth Tap interviews featured on Haringey Council website showcasing Wood Green Regeneration.

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