Learn Bridge - in a Weekend!
If you are looking to learn bridge from scratch, our speciality for beginners is our highly successful Learn Bridge in a Weekend course. It's what it says - two days of play and tuition to get you well on your way at bridge. Next available dates: February 8th/9th 2020 (Paddington, London W2)
Click on the dates of your choice for full details and a registration form (google link opens in new window) or email for details. Many players in our group started this way and gone on to enjoy regular bridge sessions at home or playing within a group or club. The course is 10.30am-5.30pm both Saturday and Sunday and is held at TGRs Bridge Club in Craven Road, W2 near Paddington station. Fee, £105pp, includes tuition, playing practice, a full set of supporting notes, and a hot buffet lunch on both days.
"Just a note to say thank you for an excellent course. I learned no end and thoroughly enjoyed it all. I was particularly impressed by the effort you put into to making it as enjoyable as possible for us." Clive Newton
Play Bridge – It’s Fun!
Join Our Network to Play or Learn Bridge. Exercise your wits at the world's most popular card game. Teams of two vie to come out on top. Gain a new social skill and meet like-minded people.
Aces Hi! is a lively London-based network for playing bridge. Beginners, refreshers and more experienced players all catered for. Scroll down to find the section most suitable for you.
We think bridge should be fun – we use congenial venues at most of which you can get (or bring) a drink while you play. If you know the basics, even at a most rudimentary level, just show up at one of our games and you will be made welcome and we will soon get you playing. Singles, couples and groups all welcome. Single players can come without a bridge partner and are always guaranteed a game.
Bridge isn't hard to play - it's just fiendishly hard to play well. Some traditional bridge clubs make their beginners do over a year's formal tuition. We think this is not necessary - you should learn the basics of the game and get stuck in, learning and gaining experience through play. You can get a good introduction to bridge in a single 2-day weekend bridge course for beginners (Saturday-Sunday). Our Tutor Ned Paul has run 'Learn Bridge in a Weekend' for over 10 years and many players in our network started with this course. Suitable for all ages. After the course you'll be welcome to join one of our improver groups as above. See details above or click to Bridge Lessons For Beginners for details and current dates.
Refresher or Improver?
Maybe you've just done some lessons, or learnt bridge at home. Or you played bridge before and want to get back into it. We could be the group for you. We meet to play social bridge for improvers in different parts of London including evening games in Notting Hill, Paddington and Canary Wharf and daytime games in Kingston, Sheen, Chiswick and Balham. Click through to the Bridge Lessons For Improvers page for more details. Email or phone enquiries welcome.
These are 'supervised play' games, either playing in social foursomes, or playing gentle 'duplicate' bridges at a more relaxed pace than typical club games We play and teach a modern bidding system, and to help you learn and progress advice is available on request at any time from an experienced bridge leader. Many of our players graduate to regular club games.
Club Level Player?
Like most bridge clubs most of our 'club level' sessions are 'duplicate bridge' tournaments. In a duplicate tournament, a set of deals circulates from table to table and each pair plays each of the deals in turn. The object is to get a better score from the same cards compared with other pairs at other tables. If you get the best score on a deal you win, if not you don't!. The pair that wins the most deals wins the tournament. It's fun, it's fast, it's sociable - you will play against several other pairs - and it tests your skill level.
To play such tournaments successfully you should at least be comfortable with the basics. Advanced and intermediate players are welcome, but we also try to provide a friendly and supportive environment if you are new to duplicate and playing your first tournaments - you have to start somewhere!. You can come with or without a partner - all our games are 'hosted' so if you come single you will be paired up for the game and there is always a 'house' player to make up the numbers if needed. Do not be shy about coming - ring or email if you need more advice.
Do you want to start a new social bridge group in your area? If you can help us find a pub or bar that would welcome a table or two of bridge players, we have the experience and bridge expertise to get you going. If you think your locality has potential to support a small informal evening bridge group please email or phone Ned - 07792 715517.
If you a group of colleagues would like private lessons, we may be able to help. Email or phone as above to discuss your requirements but bear in mind that good bridge tutors are in high demand.
Bridge for all standards. Scroll down to see 'Club Duplicate Bridge' sessions for regular players; 'Gentle Duplicate Bridge' sessions fo refreshers and improvers; and 'Social Bridge' sessions (non competitive bridge suitable for learners). Click the club links to go the relevant websites.
Club Level Duplicate Bridge (24 Deals - 3 hours)
- Putney Bridge Club SW15 Monday 7.30pm
- New Chiswick BC, W4 THIRD Tuesday each Month, 7.15pm
'Gentle' Duplicate Bridge
(15-18 deals, 2 or 2.5 hours, advice may be available)
- Kingston - Willoughby Arms, Willoughby Road, KT2 (Great session for first time duplicate players)
Social Bridge for Improvers
Play in set foursomes, advice available. Suitable for improvers, post-beginners, refreshers, etc.
- Bridge at Canary Wharf Monday 6.30pm
- New Chiswick BC, W4 Tuesday 1.15pm
- Bridge at Church Hall, Our Lady Queen of Peace, 222 Sheen Road TW10 Thursday 9.30m
- Bridge in Paddington W2 Alternate Saturdays, 6.00pm
Click links above to get full details.