Adam Breeden, co-founder of All Star Lanes is set to do for ping pong what the All Star did for bowling with Bonce, Europe’s first purpose built Social Ping Pong Club. The £2.5m flagship venue designed by Russell Sage (The Zetter Townhouse, The Hospital Club, The Savoy) is built on the very site where table tennis was invented by Jaques & Son in 1901and promises to deliver a new kind of night with table tennis, cocktails, dining and eclectic beats.
Bounce will offer Londoners the chance to experience the game of table tennis afresh – in a 12,500 square foot central London space just two minutes’ walk from Farringdon and Chancery Lane tube stations.
There is raised restaurant seating for up to 130 overlooking the playing area, a 7ft wide open counter wood-burning pizza oven, 40ft bar laid out in an arc around the playing area and 17 table tennis tables – including an Official 2012 Olympic version. There is also a private room available for exclusive hire featuring three specially commissioned ping pong tables alongside a private cocktail bar and DJ booth.
Choose from a seasonal drinks menu including a range of boutique London beers, fine wines and classic British cocktails inspired by famous London gin palaces.
Bounce is the brainchild of entrepreneur and accomplished table tennis player Dov Penzik and Adam Breeden – alongside consultant Joe Jaques – grandson of the game’s inventor, John Jaques III. “The opening of Bounce London is a defining moment for a new generation of table tennis fans,” says Jaques. “Bounce is refreshing the game by building a complete social experience around it. My grandfather would heartily approve.”
Opens 1 October
121 Holborn, EC1, 020 3657 6525