It started out in 2015 as a pop up in Shoreditch but a year later Swingers gets a permanent bigger and better home at Brown's Buildings, between St Mary Axe and Bury Street, in a former WWII bunker in the City. Ideal for those who fancy a bit of a competitive sports while they socialise, Swingers combines two crazy golf courses with a two-storey clubhouse. There's excellent street food from some of London's best vendors, including Patty and Bun and Pizza Pilgrims, and not one but five bars, each with its own speciality cocktails. Want to keep scores and order food while you're on the course? There's an app for that.
Best for Social Sports in London
Swingers gets a permanent home at Brown's Buildings in the City on 27th May 2016.
Brown's Buildings, Bury Street, London, EC3A 4AF
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 12th May 2016 to 31st December 2017
It's official: golf is the new clubbing. First we had Swingers, which went from pop-up to permanent with Swingers opening in the City on 27th May 2016. But pipping them to the post, Junkyard Golf Club takes over the Old Truman Brewery from 12th May for three months this summer. Crazier than the craziest golf you've ever played, the course includes odd obstacles like jacuzzis, speed boats, cows and treadmillsplus a UV neon section. Choose to play one of three courses 'Frank' (Putt Up Or Shut Up), 'Pedro' (Polluted Paradise), or Helga (In Da Club) - each has a nine hole course made up of washing machines and gym weights against a backdrop of graffiti scrawled walls. Four bars serve cocktails with puntastic names like the Golf Lundgren or Who's Your Caddy and street traders Barts Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style do the food.
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 03rd May - 28th August 2016
From the team who brought you the Rooftop Film Club Birdies crazy golf club comes to Roof East on Level 8 of a multi-storey car park in Stratford. Visited by more than 15,000 people when it was at the Vaults under Waterloo last winter, the 9-hole crazy golf course, with a challenging 5ft drop onto the sixth hole, makes a triumphant return to the lofty greens of Roof East, high above the streets of Stratford. Get swinging with cocktails from mixology masters Spirited Mixers, food from RockaDollar Dogs and DJ tunes under the east London summer sky. Open from 2pm at weekends until 10pm, it's ideal for families, early birdies and night owls.
There are four of these 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys across town.
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
With four of these popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys around town, there's no disputing Londoners like to bowl on a night out. Hip and happening All Star Lanes is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other and the excellent bar and diner have made them a destination in their own right. The atmosphere is really buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights with resident guest DJs mixing the tunes and upping the tempo from 9pm through till midnight. As you'd expect at such an all-American entertainment, the diner serves burgers, steak, ribs and beers. Booking a lane is recommended but not essential - there are always at least two waiting list lanes which are on a first come first serve basis - and when booking you can have up to six people (estimate time: 10 mins per person per game) or opt for a table in the diner. As Vogue says, bowling is no longer a sport to be embarrassed about.
Branches: All Star Lanes Holborn | All Star Lanes Brick Lane | All Star Lanes Bayswater | All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford City
Built in the exact spot table tennis was invented way back in 1901.
121 Holborn, Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD
Social ping pong at its finest, Bounce is the brainchild of All Star Lanes founder Dov Penzik with interiors by by acclaimed British designer Russell Sage (also behind great looking places like The Hospital Club and The Savoy). With 28 ping pong tables at two London venues - in Farringdon and Shoreditch - there's plenty of space to play, including one official Olympic table. Food comes in the form of posh pizzas from a wood burning oven, bold meaty stews and whole roasted chickens, served at a raised restaurant overlooks the playing area. Refreshments are served from a 40ft arc bar and include classic gin cocktails, boutique beers and a short yet concise wine selection. There is a private room available for hire, equipped with private cocktail bar, specially commissioned tables and a DJ booth. Ping pong just got a whole lot cooler.
Year-long pop-up brings together ping pong, booze and food.
Westfield London - Stratford, , London, E15 1AZ
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 15th December - 15th December 2016
Year-long pop-up The Bat and Ball in Westfield Stratford brings together ping pong, booze and food. Now the shopping centre's biggest bar, it's run by Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap from Urban Pubs and Bars and boasts twelve ping pong tables with exclusive spaces, a private room or the entire Games Hall venue for hire. You can book tournaments, coaching and parties, with beer pong, smash and grab, mixed double dating and Prosecco and pizza parties all possible. Food is available from Eat Well Street Pizza and the Deli while craft beers, wine and cocktails are served at the bars.
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