Earlier this month I traveled with Lucas and family to England, and of course we had to go on the Harry Potter Studio Tour! The location was about an hour away from where we were staying in central London (longer if you take public transit, which we did most of the way), so we wanted to eat lunch somewhere close to the studio to make sure we were in the area with time to spare.
I searched Happy Cow for omni restaurants with vegan and gluten free options near the studio (since my Dad and sister aren’t vegan), and d20 Board Game Cafe caught my eye because you can play board games while you eat! My sister is a proud geek and loved the idea, so it was an easy decision.
The restaurant/cafe is really cute with themed decor, and they have over 800 games! We took them up on their offer of a game recommendation–they recommended Bärenpark and even helped us set it up and explained how to play.
I was really excited when I saw their drink menu because they have vegan milkshakes and frappuccino style coffee drinks–I ordered a salted caramel coffee slushie with oat milk, which was just as delicious as it sounds.
For lunch I got the Herb Your Enthusiasm pasta made vegan and gluten free, and Lucas got a vegan cheesy jacket potato (I love that baked potatoes are called jacket potatoes in England.) I enjoyed my pasta, and you can’t really go wrong with a jacket potato.
We all had fun playing Bärenpark (now I want to get it so we can play more, but it’s quite pricey since it’s no longer in production). After we finished we took an Uber to the studio (it’s about a 10 minute drive.)
The studio tour started at 4:15pm, we ended up staying until around 8:30pm, and we were worried about finding somewhere near our hotel where we could all eat that would still be open when we got back, so we went back to the board game cafe for dinner…which gave me an excuse to get a vegan strawberry milkshake that was also amazing.
For dinner I had the Georgilicious on gluten free bread with fries and Lucas got falafel. I don’t think I’ve had a burger with guacamole and tortilla chips on it before, which is definitely a genius idea that I want to try making at some point.
I thought the d20 Board Game Cafe was a lot of fun and loved that it had so many vegan and gluten free food and drink options–I’d definitely go back if I’m in the area again. Have you been on the Harry Potter Studio Tour? Have you been to a board game cafe/restaurant before? Let me know in the comments!