TeamSport Tower Bridge

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Housed in the former Peek Frean biscuit factory, this indoor go-karting centre has two tracks running over two floors and a fleet of lithium battery-powered eco-karts that can reach speeds of up to 40mph. There's a track-side bar and kitchen and a spectator area overlooking the pits and tracks.

For March 2014 TeamSport are opening a new branch in London's Docklands with an 800m track and an electronic precision timing system able to record lap speed to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a second.

Venue name: TeamSport Tower Bridge
Address: Tower Bridge Business Park
100 Clements Rd
SE16 4DG
Opening hours: 10am-11pm Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Bermondsey
Price: from £39.95 per driver
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Tom Bruce

Just like Mario Kart but without the banana skins (unless you bring bananas), magic mushrooms, or explosive turquoise tortoise shells. Those external ventral and dorsal protective skeletal shields, used as weapons in the game, have always disturbed me because of the horrific deaths their collection for use as projectiles would cause to the unfortunate turtle, tortoise, or terrapin who's had their's removed. Few realise that a turtle's shell is essential to the creature's survival. It is not like the home of an invertebrate which can upgrade for a larger size when the time is right. The turtle shell is interconnected to the internal organ system - to remove it is to expose its hot innards to the world, like if all the skin and abdominal muscle were to be carefully spliced from a human's torso. Horrific. That's the kind of thing Mario and his racer pals pass off as fun: straight up animal abuse.

Digression complete. I haven't much experience to build on for this review, having only Go Karted three or four times in my life. It was £20 for a four race session if I recall correctly, but we got a discount owing to knowing a member of staff, and while it was fun I found it very hard to get to grips with at first. Everyone who had had driving lessons thrashed me soundly, an unfair advantage if you ask me and warranting a severe handicap (blindfolded, maybe?) but of those not qualified to operate motor vehicles on our great British roads I was the clear winner. The statistics, printed out between every heat, proved this. They also showed a significant improvement in overall efficiency with lap by lap breakdowns; each person was able to track their process, which is a handy feature. 

Top speeds of 20mph on the straights - themselves only 100ft long at most - mean that you're hardly in the Danger Zone, so at certain points, such as on any corner, you can treat this as you would bumper cars, crashing into your friends in the hope of a rebound working in your favour, while they spin out and get whistled at by track safety staff.

Hashida Hart

I was here on holiday and thought it would be great fun to have a round of indoor carting. It was a shame that although they advertised an 800m track it was only a 400m. However, this was not the problem, it was the reception service! Rude, un-accommodative and unhelpful. A real shame.

Suman Roy

This is the best run indoor karting facility I've seen yet. Decent warm facilities without the draughty feel of an old warehouse, and the electric karts mean you don't end up smelling of fuel. Parts of the track are tricky to get right, but practise definitely pays dividends.

Mrs Smith

Really disappointing, every time we go down to the branch in Tower Bridge always closed, the doors are always locked and no one answering the phones. Does anyone know what time and day this place opens for inquires and bookings to the general public?