– 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.
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.
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!