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What to Do, See and Play at the London Games Festival

Picture of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 5 April 2018
London’s Games Festival is back in town, and we’ve curated the can’t-miss action taking place across the city.

Trafalgar Square Games Festival

Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a one-day-only games festival covering eSports, hands-on games, workshops plus augmented reality games. Come down to the square to play against a pro gamer, watch exciting PvP (player vs player) showdowns or hear how upcoming games are being made in London.

Trafalgar Square. Charing Cross tube. Sat Apr 7. Free.

Jam for Change

Jam for Change is a big arts Jam Session. ‘We want people to come along and make art, music, video games and any content you can think of,’ say its creators. At the end of the following week, they’ll bundle it all together and sell it to raise funds for women’s aid.

Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Rd. Shoreditch High St Overground. Sat Apr 7 – Sun Apr 8. Free, register in advance.

Games Festival Rumpus

SeaSylph Games returns to London Games Festival with an immersive live game experience stretching across seven rooms and eight hours. Think acrobats, electrifying bands, DJs, jesters and jokers, and roving circus artists.

Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens St. Angel tube. Fri Apr 6. 10pm-6am. £25 (Now sold out)


Games Character Parade

The final Saturday of London Games Festival will see hundreds of games characters take to the streets of London in the Games Character Parade.

Welcoming both video games-inspired cosplayers of all experience levels plus official mascots and characters, this one-of-a-kind games event will see iconic interactive entertainment heroes in iconic London locations.

Sat Apr 14. Starts 12.30pm at Guildhall Yard. Free.

Board Game Club

The Board Game Club showcase boardgames from the biggest of brands right through to first-time inventors, and everything in-between. Think Kickstarter successes, brand extensions, TV-tie-ins, licenses and indie euro games.

Basement Bar at Every Hotel. Piccadilly Circus tube. Apr 12. Free. Register in advance at

Power Up

The hands-on, fully interactive gaming event Power Up features 180 playable consoles spanning 40 years of gaming history, from Pong and Pac-Man on Ataris all the way to the latest Oculus Rift VR headsets.

Science Museum. South Kensington tube. Until Sun Apr 15. Ticket prices vary depending on session lengths. Adults-only evening passes £12.

EGX Rezzed

The UK’s biggest video game expo. Guests can meet the players and play the games, from experimental projects to future breakout smash hits.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane. Shadwell Overground. Fri Apr 13-Sun Apr 15. Day tickets £17.50, three-day pass £40.

Now Play This Festival

A festival of experimental game design, showcasing interactive and playful work over three, action-packed days.

Somerset House, Strand. Temple tube. Fri Apr 6-Sun Apr 8. Tickets from £6.50 to £35.