They’re perfect for a date, for a work social, for the uninventive and lazy, in fact anyone looking for an evening that occurs all under one roof. Welcome to activity restaurants. Book a table and let the evening commence, with a round of mini-golf, darts or bowling before or after a full-on dinner. We love them, you love them, here they all are…
Whilst we imagine singing whilst eating is a mean feat for any budding popstar, at Lucky Voice the option is definitely on the table. The For those who aren’t in the know but want to be, Lucky Voice is your groovy karaoke go-to that sees friends become diva enemies for the night and colleagues breaking out of their corporate shells to reveal their inner Britney’s and Elton’s.
With outposts in varying London boltholes, you’ll never be too far from a former hairbrush in the mirror holder attempting to do their best ‘I Will Always Love You’ (and failing!) Yes, you can find Lucky Voice at Islington, Holborn and Soho, so you’ve got no excuse but to give it a whirl.
At the Islington venue you can replace burnt karaoke kalories with a bottomless brunch– groovy!
Where: 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Essex Road (0.3 miles)
It’s the home of ping pong and one of our ultimate places to go for a spot of good old-fashioned fun here at The Handbook. Yes, Bounce is the energetic, vibrant and incredibly fun spot that should be on everyone’s bank holiday to-do list! Whether you’re visiting the Farringdon or Old Street location, you’ll play ping pong at Europe’s largest purpose-built ‘Social Ping Pong Club,’ a place where you don’t have to be a Ma Long or Timo Boll to impress!
What’s more, they’ve just released a moreish new menu which we had the pleasure of sampling! Feast on highlights of popcorn prawns, loaded chops and Bounce brownies (and way, way, more). Plus, because Bounce know all too well that ping pong is thirsty work, why not wash down the fun with the ‘buckets of beer’ option or, if you’re feeling ballsy, the Platinum Prosecco Package. Cocktails are available in abundance too!
Where: 241 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.2 miles)
Fancy yourself as an all star? Well you can be at All Star Lanes, where they put the American yee-hah into London dining with a combo of ten-pin-bowling, cocktails and dinner. Set across various London venues, the chain combine upmarket bowling with decent food and drink to boot. Settle down for an excellent burger, a freakshake and a side of bowling.
Coined the world’s first social entertainment concept, Puttshack has scored that hole-in-one when it comes to using patented technology to take crazy golf up a gear across their 4 courses, with 9 holes at each. With automatic point scoring, leader-boards, and intuitive gameplay falling under the umbrella of Trackaball technology, the absolutely stir-crazy concept comes from the brains behind Top Golf.
Keep up your spirits with a selection of snacks served Monday-Friday and from 11am at the weekends, with nostalgic, classic fare including pizza, ice-cream and a bar menu of over 127 rums; a real must-feast!
Where: Westfield London, London, UK
Nearest station: Shepherds Bush (0.2 miles)
If there’s one place that it’s socially acceptable to go balls deep in public, then it’s Ballie Ballerson. Just keep your clothes on. The adult version of the ball-pits of childhood, this is the closest you’ll get to getting fully involved in ‘soft play’ without ending up on the register. And it even comes with a bottomless brunch.
The cocktail-bar-cum-ball-pit venue is located in Farringdon and is seriously fun. Pizzas make the expereince even more enjoyable, and going bottomless gives you unlimited food and drink. And if you drink enough, you might even not question what might be lurking at the bottom of this pit of balls. Guys, it’s a ball.
Where: 97-113 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, EC2A 3B
Everyone needs a ‘the x’ between their first and second names. Lottie ‘the bruiser’ Hulme, we call her in the office. It’s also the preferred naming format for darts players, so tool up with a moniker and head down to Flight Club, the home of darts and food. Normally darts and dining happens in grotty pubs where you risk a salmonella steak while you queue for a neglected darts board where the house darts have lost their flights and you stand a real chance of being beaten to death in the car park.
Flight Club is a genteel reimagining of what darts can be, with an eminently enjoyable format replicated across three London locations (Bloomsbury, Victoria and Shoreditch). And along with an uninterrupted darts sesh, you can enjoy drinks and a meal of either sharing plates or standalone meals.
Where: 2a Worship St, Shoreditch, EC2A 2AH
This year, Piano Works introduced SingEasy which is – queue drum roll – London’s first sing-along bar. The audience can grab a pew and, more importantly, grab a drink whilst singing along to total classics, from pop and rock to musical theatre options. The experience is inspired by two of New York’s legendary sing-along institutions, Ellen’s Stardust Diner and Marie’s Crisis Café.
Plus, The Piano Works offers sensational food to enjoy whilst you request songs and groove to the beats. From the pre-theatre dinner menu to brunch and vegan cocktails, there’s nothing this venue doesn’t do!
SingEasy will be running from Thursday-Saturday every week at both Piano Works Farringdon and West End.
Where: Various locations
We’re going upmarket. Forget everything we’ve said about darts and ball pits and bowling, James Bond never went played ping pong. But he did play black jack. Aspinall’s is London’s smartest casino, and along with high stakes poker, comes high steaks. 27 Restaurant & Bar is Aspinall’s restaurant, letting members flow between fine dining and great gambling.
Where: 27 Restaurant & Bar at Crown London Aspinalls, 27 Curzon Street, Mayfair W1J 7TJ
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)