Bingo might conjure up images of lonely geriatrics frittering away their pensions but it’s been enjoying a resurgence over the last decade attracting more and more young converts. Arch rivals Mecca and Gala rule the UK market, boasting over 8 million members between them.
Mecca Bingo in Kilburn is the hub of North West London’s bingo community. It’s housed in the former Gaumont State Cinema building - the largest movie theatre in England when it opened in 1937. Inside it’s decorated in Italian Renaissance style with a gold and green dome topping the auditorium, yet from the outside its design draws on American influences. The Italian-American combo is very apt as it charts bingo’s history - originally invented in Italy in 1530, later adopting its current name in the US.
Let’s be honest, bingo is a bit like a casino without the glitz, but it still offers that money-risking rush. An evening’s entertainment usually comprises a few (very reasonably priced) pints and quite a lot of excited concentration. Things hot up with a ‘Link Game’ when a number of bingo halls pool funds for even bigger prizes, and the thermometer goes right off the scale for the ‘National Game’ later in the evening.
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London > Events > Concerts Dates: Tuesday 31st May 2016 - 7.30pm
The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 | 4 minutes from Mecca Bingo
Folk and rock music from the collective who hails from America, with support from Huw Joseph and the Immoral Support Band and Bandini....More
London > Events > Film Events Dates: 12th May to 2nd July 2016 - Various Times
Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 | 4 minutes from Mecca Bingo
Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar's intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle's Artistic ...More
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140 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 | 1 minute from Mecca Bingo
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Franciszka And Stefan Themerson: Books, Camera, Ubu
Exhibitions | Until 5th June 2016
Camden Arts Centre 3.72 miles from Mecca Bingo
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The Swing's The Thing With Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
Concerts | On 31st May 2016
JW3 3.75 miles from Mecca Bingo
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