Looking for a night of games, cocktails and endless fun? You’re in a for a treat! Here is a list of some of the quirkiest activity bars London has to offer:
Bar Kick (Shoreditch)
Its retro-cool atmosphere (complete with football paraphernalia, flags and 70ies style Formica furniture) just steals your heart straight away. It’s a homey place, quite lively in the evening and the perfect place to play table football with your friends – there are 11, spread over 2 floors and yes, you can book them in advance and plan a tournament. The bar will keep your energy up with seriously satisfying grub: halloumi fries, tandoori sweet potatoes, pulled pork burger… and a good selection of imported beer and creative cocktails. Need a break from the action? They regularly have stand-up comedy, live sports and even the odd speed-dating event.
Bar Kick | 127 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
London Shuffle Club (Shoreditch)
The bar is the UK’s first floor-based shuffleboard club. Intrigued? The game, created in the 15th century, proved so popular even Henry VIII joined in… All in all: two teams of players use tangs (long cues) to push biscuits (weighted discs) along a narrow lane. The aim of the game is to land the biscuits in a marked scoring triangle at the other end of the lane. Players can hit a 7, 8, or 10 with each turn with the team reaching 75 points first being the winning team. You could say it is a cross between bowling and curling. Mostly: it is surprisingly addictive! Add to this an amazing choice of pizzas (we LOVE the Mac’n’Cheese one), craft beer, alcoholic slushies and cocktails. Just perfect!
London Shuffle Club | 4, Ebor Street, London, E1 6AW
Dabbers Social Bingo (Aldgate)
Dabbers is the United Kingdom’s very first bingo hall that brought the traditional game of bingo back with a bang. If you’ve ever wondered about trying your hand at best bingo sites online, then why not try this event out first? Think of it as bingo for Millennials, full party included! Open 7 days a week, it boasts an incredible line up that puts it top of the bingo scene. Expect the best performers, musicians, and comedians in the UK let alone glorious prizes! There is more: the club also offers raucous games of a variety of high-stake bingo (of course), fun bingo themes (musical, vintage, hip hop, doggie…) and a much-loved bottomless brunch. From mild games of Bingo Callers to the thrilling high-roller games of a big Jackpot, Dabber Social Bingo has something for everyone.
Dabbers Social Bingo | 18 – 22 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7DB
Bounce (Old Street)
This ping-pong inspired bar, set over 12,000 square feet, is a great place to gather with your chums after a hard day at the office. There are 17 sets there but you really want the Wonderball option: state of the art projection mapping that turns each table into a giant computer game. Even better: you can play digital beer pong there too! We love the vibe – relaxed, graffiti here and there, UV art installation, a DJ booth. And plenty of good food to keep you going!
Bounce | 241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY
Flight Club (Bloomsbury)
Since it was founded by the same people who created Bounce, people expect something truly unique and inventive from Flight Club — and it does not disappoint. If you’re expecting a pub atmosphere, you will be wowed: this is more gentleman’s club meets 21st-century bar. Sleek, gorgeous, luxurious… yet incredibly fun. Technology smoothes things along: precision cameras identify the location of each dart thrown with sub-millimetre accuracy, while an advanced system keeps score, tracks whose turn it is, which numbers each player needs to hit, proudly announces the winner’s victory on a big screen and even allows you to slow replay… Oh, and knock-out dishes and drinks will be brought straight to your board.
Flight Club | 55 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BS
The Four Quarters (Peckham)
If you are feeling nostalgic, The Four Quarters has that 80’s vibe you are craving. The bar offers retro arcade and video games (PacMan, Asteroids, Pong, Tron, Streetfighter II…) to take you back to the good old days of your misspent youth. There also is a secret speakeasy bar in the basement for those fancying a cocktail, a veggie/vegan bar serving moreish junk food and a club space should show off your dancing skills. Check out their website – they host themed parties and live DJs.
The Four Quarters | 187 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4TP
Birdies (Battersea Power Station)
Mini golf, but not as you remember it: crazier, funkier. Nestled beneath the railway arches awaits a mix of industrial architecture and pop art. It feels like having jumped in a Roy Lichtenstein painting and boy, oh, boy is this the 9-hole course fun. Some of the designs may be conventional, I guess, but there are so many shapes, patterns and vibrant colours around you are too excited to notice. You can take your cocktail along, the playlist features lots of cool all-time favourites and yes, this is the perfect decor to dance with your friends, take selfies and feel 20 all over again…
Birdies | 8 Arches Lane, Battersea, London, SW11 8AB
The London activity bars we mentioned in the article are some of the best places to be — but they are only the tip of the iceberg. This city loves trends, the more creative the better: keep checking the blog for fun ideas