London Palace Superbowl

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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.


Venue name: London Palace Superbowl
Address: First Floor
Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
Opening hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Elephant & Castle
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What I like to think of as the Rowans of South London. The walk through the (most dire) shopping centre to the bowling alley won’t be filling you with much confidence, but stick with it, past the bright lights of the slots and arcade games because you’re about to have a great night. You’re probably thinking right about now: "eugh, I’m going to have to put on those horrible bowling shoes and they don’t match with my outfit", well forget it, at Palace Superbowl you can wear any shoes you want: stilettos, crocs, clogs, anything goes. Grab a 4 pint pitcher of Carlsberg and you’re all set for bowling fun at £6.50 per person a game. All that's left is to enjoy the chunes, and if you think you couldn't go from Cyndi Lauper to Akon you would be wrong. I’d recommend pairing your bowling extravaganza with a drink at the Rockingham Arms (Wetherspoons) beforehand.

If you're journeying up the escalator through a grotty shopping centre thinking: "Ooh, I bet this place is gonna be all swanky inside, just like one of them All Star Lanes places!" you're gonna be disappointed (also you're an idiot). But if you're after a cheapo, fairly comic night out, this place can't be beaten. They crank the good-time tunes so loud, it's nigh-on frustrating that there isn't a dancefloor. Bowling only costs about a fiver a time and whilst you're playing, you get to watch frustrated staff chasing squads of feral primary school kids around (who've been left there by their parents while they visit the adjacent bingo hall). Seriously. Take some time to watch this: it is excellent - Benny Hill would weep with envy. It's also the only bowling lanes in the world in which the wearing of bowling shoes is optional. Cheap, hilarious and ace.

Not recommendable. We had a game and we had to ask the guy to unblock our lane three or four times because it stopped working. Not only that, the "manager" of that place came and used one of our rounds, without asking, just to boast about how good he was... Complete jerk. 

I give two stars because, after all, we had some fun...