Whether you're a serious bowler or a gutter-shooting no-hoper just looking for a fun night out, there's a bowling alley in London for you. While some are straight-up ball-and-skittle jobs, some of London's bowling alleys come replete with live music, retro ambience and alcohol bars. So go ahead – lace up and pick a lane. Anywhere we've forgotten? Let us know in the comments area below.
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As much of a hipster hang-out as it is a bowling alley, Bloomsbury Bowl boasts eight bowling lanes, four karaoke rooms, a bar, a diner, ping pong tables and a stage. Check out their website for details of upcoming gigs and club nights.Read more
With London branches in Bayswater, Brick Lane, Holborn and Westfield Stratford City, you’re never far from an All Star Lanes. The 50s Americana vibe is reminiscent of Bloomsbury Bowl, but look of All Star's venues is slightly more polished. Decide for yourself whether that's a good thing or not.Read more
Okay, so it's not the most modern bowling alley in the city, and a visit necessitates a trip through what's surely one of the ugliest shopping centres on Earth. Still, by now this 26-lane establishment must surely be tatty enough to qualify as 'vintage', and if nothing else the prices are certainly right. Students who pitch up on a Monday or Tuesday can bowl for just £2.35 a game (or £5.95 for unlimited, all-day bowling), and there's generous mid-week deals for everyone else, too. Tackle the £3 quarter pounder at your peril.Read more