Capcom has announced that on July 3 it will open The Gathering Hall, the UK's first and only dedicated Monster Hunter gaming centre.

Monster Hunter has been a huge hit in Japan and has given rise to a new form of social gaming. Players can be found in most tube compartments, in many cafés and fast food restaurants, and even just congregating on street corners. Festivals have been held in all the major cities attracting thousands of players and Monster Hunter package holidays are also popular.

The new Monster Hunter centre, located nearby Tottenham Court Road tube station in central London, aims to help replicate the social success of the game in Japan. People will be able to meet other players easily, download exclusive quests and learn how to play on dedicated tutorial nights.

The Gathering Hall will be open seven days a week and entrance will be free and exclusive to anyone with a PSP and copy of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is scheduled for release on June 26. The Gathering Hall can be found at 121 Charing Cross Road.