learn to play mahjong with Dear Asia London

From regular Saturday workshops to corporate events, our mahjong teachers know how to help you learn to play a beautiful game.

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About Mahjong


Mahjong is a classic Chinese tile-based game with a rich history and global appeal. Believed to have originated during the Qing Dynasty in the late 19th century, it involves four players and a set of 144 tiles, comprising dots, bamboo, characters, winds, and dragons. The objective is to form a complete winning hand, typically consisting of four melds (sets of three tiles) and one pair. Players draw and discard tiles, aiming to create winning combinations while disrupting their opponents’ strategies. This dynamic blend of skill, strategy, and luck makes mahjong both challenging and enjoyable. There are various regional variations; Japanese riichi mahjong has unique scoring rules, while American mahjong incorporates card-based scoring. Despite these differences, the game’s core elements remain consistent, fostering social interaction and strategic thinking. Today, mahjong is played and loved worldwide, with clubs, tournaments, and online platforms connecting players from diverse cultures, ensuring the game’s enduring appeal.

London Mahjong Club

Join Dear Asia for our regular mahjong workshops, perfect for beginners to intermediate players. Held on relaxing Saturday afternoons in East London, you’ll learn the basics, practice gameplay, and get tips from our experienced instructors. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, meet new people, and dive into the captivating world of mahjong!

In each of our two hour workshop, you will get to

  • Learn the fundamentals of mahjong, including tile identification, scoring, and winning combinations.
  • Practice gameplay with other learners in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
  • Receive personalized feedback and tips from our expert instructors.
  • Enjoy light refreshments and meet other mahjong enthusiasts in London.

We believe that learning mahjong should be a fun and social experience, and our workshops reflect this philosophy. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a way to meet new people, or simply a relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon, our workshops offer a perfect opportunity to dive into the world of mahjong.

“We spent two hours on a Saturday afternoon learning to play, and now we have our own mahjong sets at home to practice.”

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Book a bespoke workshop

Welcome to our bespoke mahjong workshops, where we tailor the experience to fit your group’s needs. Whether you’re organizing a corporate team-building event, a family gathering, or a friends’ get-together, we can accommodate groups of any size. Our expert instructors will teach you the basics, guide you through a few games, and help you become confident, independent players.

Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and chance, with a rich history and a vibrant social component. In our workshops, we make learning mahjong easy and enjoyable. We focus on helping you quickly understand the rules, identify the tiles, and learn winning combinations. Our instructors are skilled at breaking down the game into simple steps, so you can start playing right away.

By the end of the session, all learners will have the skills and confidence to play mahjong independently. We believe mahjong is best enjoyed with others, and our workshops are designed to create an engaging and inclusive atmosphere.

Contact us to organize your bespoke workshop and discover why this game has captivated players for generations. We look forward to hosting your group and sharing the joy of mahjong with you.

Our client reviews

Read reviews from our clients to see how our cultural workshops have made a positive impact on workplace cultural diversity.

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What a fantastic event. I have had several colleagues approach me to tell that it was their favorite event they’ve been to!
Philippa Bradbury
Mayer Brown
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Everyone at the event gave the most positive feedback about the session and are dying to have you guys come back for other events.
Nicole Chan
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I’m very pleased with how the workshop turned out. Everyone loved the mooncakes and tea, and had a fantastic time. Thanks for the quiz prizes as well.
Isabela Gomes
Slack
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We’ve invited Dear Asia to run events for our teams two years in a row, and they’ve been fantastic each time. We definitely recommend them.
Shahir Ahmed
Universal Pictures

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