Bat & Ball

Bars and pubs, Pubs Stratford
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Bat & Ball

A ping pong bar and café at Westfield Stratford, with pizzas, sharing platters and craft beer alongside the wiff waff. 

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Two-storey east London table tennis temple, throwing down the finest craft beer, cocktails, coffee and Well Street pizza in the beating heart of Stratford. Two bars, 12 ping pong tables, pool, live sport and DJs - 100% vibes, seven days a week...

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Venue name: Bat & Ball
Address: Unit 1110/11
Westfield Stratford
Olympic Park
London
E20 1EJ
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Laura B
tastemaker

Went for a party in the back room - we had our own ping pong tables which was great, a good selection of drinks available, good service at the bar. But the air con was broken and it was about a bajillion degrees, which makes playing ping pong less enticing! Overall good though.

Aaron W

Love this place. Always greeted with that warm smile by Bee, the host - Thursday are amazing here. The music is fab. The staff are great. Food is good.

Sylva V

Fun staff, great pizza and delicious cocktails. Play ping pong during your lunch break or have a little dance on Friday night, the DJs are brilliant! Love this place!

Tee C

Love it. Absolutely. The reception staff, beyond amazing. Thanks girls. X

Lily C
tastemaker

The bat and ball hasn't been around for very long at Westfield Stratford but it is a firm favourite amongst those who work nearby. The majority of leaving dos / celebrations and impromptu drinks are held here by those working nearby. The venue is set over 2 floors with incredible high ceilings - it has the feel of a warehouse about it with industrial decor, lots of chunky metal and exposed pipework and bricks. The table tennis tables are great fun and can be found on the upper level as is a single pool table that is very popular so get in there early to stake your claim. Pool cues require a £10 deposit and a game is £1.50. Their food is great - all very naughty/American style; personal favourites are the spicy chicken wings and their entire selection of thin-base pizzas. Later on in the evening the music picks up and often the space in front of the upstairs bar turns into a bit of a dance floor. Highly recommend a visit to this place particularly if you're in a large group

Emma H

Always to lively. People at the door are friendly. Food is nice. DJ spins well. It's a venue I'd certainly return to!!!

Satty K

Love the energy and waitresses are always creating a relaxed and fun environment. X

rpate
Tastemaker

Wiff waff, ping pong, table tennis- no matter what you call it, it’s the perfect social game. Even with no previous experience and dismal hand/eye coordination, nothing curtails the pleasure of whacking a ball back and forth. You can play against an opponent solo, or with a partner, and you might even keep score (if drinks are on the line, naturally). Choose either a relaxed or a competitive approach to your method, it’s up to how quickly your confidence swells.


Bat and Ball is a new addition to the London ping pong bar scene (yes, there are enough of these now that it’s officially ‘a scene’) with the advantage of being located in Stratford, an area with easy transport links. It’s also adjacent to the monolithic Westfield shopping centre. During the day, Bat and Ball offers refuge for the weary souls dragged along to an afternoon of retail activity. At night, it hosts a more raucous crowd, as it’s located next to pubs, restaurants and is on the doorstep of the former Olympics Athletes’ Village (now converted into flats).


On Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ provides a rousing soundtrack and there’s a large bar with a wide selection of beer, including Truman’s and other craft beers in bottles, alongside some tempting cocktails. The downstairs area is dedicated to food and drink, offering tables and booths for those who aren’t swayed by the call of the tables, or those who are itching for their timeslot. The décor is contemporary- a hybrid of industrial bar and kitschy pub (there’s a gallery wall dedicated to ping pong). The second floor hosts 12 full-sized tables and a separate bar area. You can have food delivered to you while you play thanks to the placement of ledges and tables.


I visited on a Sunday afternoon and the atmosphere was casual, chilled out and staff were gregarious about table slots, letting us on our table early and not pressuring us to leave. We booked a 30 minute slot, which is an affordable £8 off-peak, and managed a few good rallies between us. The tables around us hosted players of all levels; some were in families, some in groups of friends and some in pairs.


The menu offers easy grazing food and some good sharing options for groups- pizzas, wings, sharing platters and deli-style food are represented, allowing players to graze as they play (or pause play for refuelling, as the meaty sharing platter looked like a sporting challenge unto itself). The staff were helpful and the music was catchy. All in all, this was a congenial vibe on a Sunday afternoon.


Whether you’re local or taking a break from shopping, Bat and Ball is worth checking out. They offer some good rates, especially if you’re in a group and can divide the cost. Their peak hours are limited to after 6:00pm, but Sundays are off-peak all day. We were advised that things get a bit manic on a Friday night, so we might just have to get a group together for further investigation- I’m convinced that the addition of alcohol might change the game completely. And for the better.