London’s Craziest Bingo Nights

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
11th April 2019

Grab a dabber, eyes down and watch out for two fat ladies, it’s BINGO TIME! Bingo halls are full of old ladies who smell of TCP and wee, right? No, not any more. Bingo has undergone a revolution lately, and suddenly it’s attractive to a whole new audience: millennials. And they only smell of wee when they’re paying to have the Uber upholstery valeted after an over exuberant night out.

Hip Hop Bingo

Hip Hop Bingo

Glenn Miller get in the sea: bingo just got a remix – welcome to RnB Bingo! Hosted by Grandma Flash and the Bingo crew, RnB Bingo involves a night of dance-offs, lip sync battles and an awesome RnB soundtrack, as well as some pretty hectic bingo. Ping-ponging between Camden’s Fest and old favourite Inferno’s in Clapham, this is bingo like you’ve never seen. Or heard.

Website: www.hiphopbingo.com

Steamy Bingo Bottomless Brunch Ft. Tina Turner Tea Lady

Steamy Bingo Bottomless Brunch Ft. Tina Turner Tea Lady

Think bottomless brunch is the best? Then you’ve not done bottomless brunch with bingo. And you’ve almost certainly not done it with a Tina Turner sort-of-lookalikie. The Steamy Bingo Bottomless Brunch Ft. Tina Turner Tea Lady lets you join the somewhat extraordinary Tina Turner Tea Lady character as she runs an afternoon of bingo, with plenty of Prosecco and hilarity.

Where: 136 Battersea High Street, Battersea, SW11 3JR
Website: www.candlemaker.pub

Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

So it’s LIKE bingo, but it’s better. Because it’s with songs. So rather than calling out numbers, they play songs. And each round involves different song themes, be it a decade, a genre or just a random topic that you’ll have to figure out. Found at various locations across London, two DJs spin the decks and an evening of hilarity and musical fun is pretty much guaranteed.

Website: www.musicalbingo.co.uk

Lady Gala Bingo

Lady Gala Bingo

Lady Gala Bingo is bingo with a difference. That difference being Lady Gala and a host of extraordinary characters that make this very much a night to remember. Courtesy of some of London’s best drag artists, the event bills itself as ‘bonkers bingo meets game show extravaganza’.

Website: www.londonrascals.com

Bad-A-Bad-A-Bingo

Bad-A-Bad-A-Bingo

BAD-A-BAD-A BINGO! You can’t but say it out loud and loud. Taking place at Brixton’s Cattivo Bar, the event includes musical rounds, Cards Against Humanity (uh oh!) and prizes. The quirky event features silly prizes, lots of dabbing, and devilish daring.

Where: 207 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA
Website: www.cattivobar.com

Dabber's Bingo

Dabber's Bingo

Taking place in Britain’s first purpose built contemporary bingo hall, Dabbers is open seven days a week and pulls in some of the country’s best comedians, performers and musicians for evenings of hilarity and bingo fun. Yes, if you actually want to play some traditional fast-paced bingo of the traditional sort, then they can do that too, but we’re drawn to the more esoteric, like Disco Bingo or the Dabbers Brunch Club.

Where: 18-22 Houndsditch, The City, EC3A 7DB
Website: www.dabbers.bingo

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