London's Heart of Gaming Retro Arcade Finally Re-opens Tomorrow

By Matt Wales on at

London's Heart of Gaming, a non-profit arcade designed to showcase classic arcade machines and consoles both old and new, will finally re-open its doors at a new venue tomorrow, two years after more than £5,000-worth of its equipment was stolen.

The arcade, which was originally located in North Acton, first opened in 2013, with many of its arcade machines having been assembled and restored by its co-founders - arcade enthusiasts Mark Starkey and Simeon Lansiquot. Since the robbery in 2015, Starkey has launched two crowdfunding campaigns in a bid to raise enough funds to re-fit, re-open, and eventually relocate the arcade.

Both campaigns were successful, eventually raising over £8,500. As a result, the Heart of Gaming will finally re-open to the public tomorrow, Saturday April 29th from 10am, at its new home, the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, London.

In anticipation of tomorrow's launch (the first time the arcade will have been open in over a year), Heart of Gaming has offered a quick glimpse of its new digs, which you can see in the video above. And here's a second video from way back in 2015, showcasing the Heart of Gaming at its original location, which does a great job of conveying the general vibe of the project.