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All Welcome

All bridge players are welcome to play at the Ruff Club. Partners are guaranteed for all single players. There is no annual membership fee.

Ladder Standings

 Click the "Competitions" link in the menu above to see the current position.

Learn Bridge in a Weekend

Learn Bridge in a Weekend is a complete introduction to bridge for beginners over two days.    Next dates in London are:

  • Sat.Sun.September 7th/8th 2019  - Paddington W2 3BP
  • Click here or email for full details of the course and a registration form.

"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

For other playing and practice sessions see

BriAn Electronic Scoring

Ruff Club duplicates are often scored using the BriAn electronic scoring system.  The BriAn system (= "Bridge on iPhone and Android") uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers.  Players can use their own smart phones or other devices, such as iPads, or use android scoring tablets supplied by the club.

We believe BriAn is a very player-friendly system that has advantages over other systems.  When results are entered for each deal, the next screen shows the full lay-out of the deal, the available tricks in each suit and a full travelling score slip in a single screen. Results of previous boards and a full table of current rankings can be accessed from any device via a  menu. The bridge director can create and modify games, adjust scores if necessary and create final files suitable for posting to the web.

If you have a suitable android or iPhone you can become a scorer simply by downloading the free BriAn Bridge app.  Go to the app shop in the normal way and search for "Brian Bridge". It's free to install and easy to use,  You can read more about BriAn Bridge on the website   Becoming a scorer is fun but entirely optional - extra scoring tablets are always available from the club.

Welcome to The Ruff Club
Friendly Partnership Duplicate Bridge in Camden London NW1 Friday Evenings 7.15pm
Friendly Partnership Duplicate Bridge in Camden  London NW1 Friday Evenings 7.15pm

In play at the Ruff Club.  This is the new hall in Plender Street.

The Ruff Club is a friendly club for playing duplicate bridge close to central London. We meet every Friday at the St. Pancras Community Centre, which is now in a new building at 67 Plender Street, London, NW1 0LB.  The Centre is a short walk from Mornington Crescent or Camden Town underground stations (Northern Line) and there is reasonable on-street parking in the evenings. The building is on the end of the sports playground immediately opposite the old SPCA Centre on Camden Street. 

New players and visitors to London are always welcome; partners are guaranteed for single players.

We play a full 24 board duplicate game with instant scoring using electronic scoring - either the standalone Bridgemate system or the BriAn mobile phone app. Results posted promptly to this website.

Our start time is 7.15pm and we aim to finish by 10.30pm. Table money £7.00 per player. Look at the information link on this page to find out more.

Wednesday Night Bridge in Notting Hill

While Friday remains the main night at the Ruff Club we are also now running a secondary game on Wednesday evenings.  This is at a pub called The Walmer Castle. This is in Notting Hill (58 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AJ). We play duplicate bridge starting at 7.30pm, playing 15-18 boards at a fairly relaxed pace.  The games at the Walmer Castle are hosted by a rota of some of the Club's advanced players, including India Leeming, Victor Lesk, Ned Paul or Kit Jackson.  This is very much a social game for refreshers, returnerts and improvers, so the host not only acts as Tournament Director but is available as a fount of wisdom that can be tapped for impartial advice.  Food is available at the pub so you can have supper during the evening as well.

Single players are always welcome and we especially like to include players who may not have played much (or any!) duplicate before. All necessary support will be available.  Bridge fee is £10.  No need to pre-book - everyone is guaranteed a game. 

Contacting the Ruff Club

The organiser of the Ruff Club is Ned Paul.  Contact Ned on 020-8892 9429
or 07792 715517 or email to
See also Ned Paul’s other site at

2019 Ladder Continues
2019 Ladder Continues

Come and join the Ruff Club Prize Ladder! No entry fee and a prize every two months! Everyone who plays at the Ruff Club is automatically included.

Scores from 2018 will roll forward to 2019 in full, but new handicaps have been applied to those who have already won. This makes it more challenging to win again. For your first win your 'Victory Handicap' is 100pts for the first win and for the next two wins a further 200pts handicap will apply.  Thereafter the handicap will rise to 300pts a win.

Click on the News Page to read in full how the Ladder works, and on the Competitions link to see the current standings.

Recent winners:

  • June 2019 - Roy Cooper
  • April 2019 - John Veal
  • February 2019 - Elsa Nelson
  • December 2018 - Juanita Escudero
  • October 2018 - Tony Gomes
  • August 2018 - Alan Lewis
  • June 2018 - Sean Moruzzi
  • April 2018 - Roy Cooper
  • February 2018 - Tony Gomes
  • December 2107 - Elsa Nelson
  • October 2017 - Sean Moruzzi
  • August 2017 - Elsa Nelson
  • June 2017 - Alan Lewis
  • April 2017 - Roy Cooper
  • Feb.2017 - Juanita Escudero
Other Events in London

Check out for details of many outisde events that welcome players.

Crouch End Cafe Bridge

A brilliant day was had by 126 bridge players at Crouch End Cafe Bridge. 

Results online here:



Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Gentle Duplicate
Director: India Leeming
Scorer: India Leeming
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
28th Aug 2019
Gentle Duplicate
Walmer Castle, W11 2AJ 7.15pm
Director: Mark Dessain
30th Aug 2019
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LB 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
4th Sep 2019
Gentle Duplicate
Walmer Castle, W11 2AJ 7.15pm
Director: Mark Dessain
6th Sep 2019
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LB 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
11th Sep 2019
Gentle Duplicate
Walmer Castle, W11 2AJ 7.15pm
Director: Mark Dessain