If you want to play pool in the UK, there's nowhere quite like The Elbow Room, a unique hybrid of bar, club, and pool hall. It's something of a miracle it ever happened. Justin Carter had the idea in the course of a lost weekend in LA, which involved a few frames with Kiefer Sutherland (a good potter but hopeless on safety). Having no experience of the bar business he came back to London and swiftly made contact with manager Patrick Chessells, designer Paul Daly and music producer Arthur Baker. Unfortunately none of them had any experience of running bars either, but they somehow managed to find a site in Westbourne Grove and the first Elbow Room opened in 1995.
Londoners finally had an alternative to the rickety English pool table in a dingy corner of their local pub, with the ritual humiliation implicit in trying to whip the resident meathead off a 'winner stays on' table. The Elbow Room was a nice place, elegantly designed with seven pool tables, boasting good food, music, and a booking system which meant you could play pool with your mates without getting booted off. The ide..