Nick and Carrie from The Ludoquist Talk about their Future Fun-der Campaign

Since the pandemic began, like many other businesses in the hospitality sector, Nick and Carrie Smith have been working as hard as ever to maintain their businesses, despite their doors having to be closed or their venue having to be half capacity to allow for social distancing.

Their award-winning, unique board games café/restaurant/bar, The Ludoquist, is a mecca for people to meet and immerse themselves in one of 1,000s of board games, from 2-player modern classics to multi-player mega-games. Cleverly, the food they offer is all edible with one hand (leaving the other hand for board game play!) They also sell local craft beers, drinks and pizzas. Carrie and Nick Smith, the founders and owners of The Ludoquist, have created an incredible place for friends, families, couples and even strangers, to meet, sit, relax and enjoy board games together. It’s a family-friendly, people-friendly place to enjoy interactive board games and good food and drinks, whatever your age.

As an independent business in the heart of Croydon’s community, Nick and Carrie Smith wanted to help and so they’ve launched the Future Fun-der campaign; a multi-purpose campaign where you can choose to support local NHS staff (to say ‘thank you’ by donating to a future free evening out), disadvantaged local children (by donating an educational board game), The Ludoquist own dedicated staff members (by donating a tip) or simply donating to The Ludoquist, to ensure it can reopen its doors once more when this pandemic has passed.

In addition to the Future Fun-der campaign, you could always buy a gift card to enjoy a future meal/board game out, or a membership (which will begin from the date The Ludoquist can open again). You could also buy a pre-games board session for as little as £4.50 pp. A silver membership (at £119 for 12 months) will remove the £5 table charge each time, so if you go twice a month or more, it’ll save you money.

There has never been a more important time to support our local businesses, and our communities, to survive this seemingly endless winter in lockdown. Croydon BID continues to try and support our business members, whether independents or large national, or even multinational chains, to make Croydon town centre a better place to work, live and visit. The survival of our much-loved local venues is vital to our future when this winter ends and we look forward to welcoming people back into the town centre.

As Nick from the Ludoquist said:

“As keen board games enthusiasts, we have always understood how much people enjoy getting together for an interactive experience and, on a ‘normal’ Friday night, The Ludoquist is often filled with the sound of laughter by six o’clock.”

The Ludoquist’s inspirational Future Fun-der campaign gives us all the chance to contribute, in whichever way we wish, whether more altruistically to support the NHS staff on the frontline, or disadvantaged families, or whether to simply pay it forward to enjoy a future get together when The Ludoquist opens its doors again.



The Ludoquist - Board Game Cafe Bar

63-67 High Street

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