History of Video Games
The Subculture Archives, Carnaby Street
Opening Thursday 11th January

Photo by Molly Macindoe

Photo by Molly Macindoe

Celebrating the importance of video games within youth culture movements, on January 11th, The Subculture Archives transforms it's upstairs space into a pop-up arcade. Harking back to the arcade as an important hangout space within 80s & 90s subcultures, this pop-up Carnaby St arcade is both a nod to Soho's past and a celebration of the early technologies that paved the way for todays smartphone games and VR.

Alongside a photographic exhibition looking at the importance of the arcade and early home gaming within subcultures, we are bringing over 50 arcade games to Carnaby Street, a curated selection of the 1980's and 1990's arcade classics. Original vintage machines play classic game titles like Outrun, Track and Field, After Burner, Joust, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Pac Man and so much more! 

In addition to the retro pop up arcade, we will also have a curated selection of consoles and games from the 1970s through to the Playstation - Including Atari, NES, Sega Master System SNES, Megadrive, Game Cube, N64, Playstation and more! - with the classics games such as Sonic, Streets of Rage, Mario, Mario Kart, WWF, Golden Axe with an extensive library of games on rotation daily.


We will also showcase a selection of retro handheld games - from the original Game Boy by Nintendo, the Sega Game Gear, and Atari Lynx amongst others.

Adult tickets cost £15 for 2 hours of unlimited play.
Discounts for family, groups & work parties.
Book early for February half term!

Photo by Normski

Photo by Normski