London is going bingo crazy. Forget any preconceptions of slumping alongside your nana in a shabby venue, because the city is leaning into evenings of number-calling fun alongside thumping tunes, madcap cocktails and even performers. Basically, it’s an updated trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Yep, the bingo hall is now a place to schmooze with your pals and sink your teeth into some surprisingly tasty fare whilst praying that those bouncing balls land in your favour. Players Bingo, in Camden, is no exception. So pick out your lucky dabber and get ready to yell ‘full house!’: here’s what you should expect if you head there.
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Done with sticky-floored nightclubs? Leaving them behind doesn’t mean staying inside. The city is full of new experiences which makes levelling up your nights out easy. Besides, heading to bingo doesn’t mean sitting in silence – Players has music from a live band, and when you’re finished with bingo you can take part in band-oke, and sing with them. How are those high notes?
When it comes to bingo, you gotta be in it to win it. As for the prizes at Players, you can get your hands on some sweet moolah – which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably reinvest into drinks and bingo cards anyway – or other gifts, which might even include a brand-new kayak. (Don’t worry, it can be delivered to your door, so you don’t have to lump it back with you on the tube). And, to make your odds even better, your entry ticket includes three games of bingo. Let’s hope you’re partial to beginners’ luck...
All of that talk of Heinz varieties (number 57) making you hungry? Then get stuck into a juicy burger called ‘The Big Easy’: it’s two 3oz burgers with smoked streaky bacon. Or try ‘The Clean One’, a falafel and spinach burger topped with melted cheese. Vegan? You can get a plant-based version called ‘The Veg-Mex’. Beats a soggy old saveloy, doesn’t it?
As for drinks, there’s some quirky on-site mixology from the bar staff. We’re talking creative, bingo-inspired cocktails, including the Bingostar Martini, made with vodka, passionfruit, vanilla, freshly squeezed lemon and pineapple juice, or the Lucky Lotto, a mix of gin, elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon and cloudy apple juice.
Expect performances in low-light atmospherics and walls covered in bingo memorabilia (the epitome of sophistication). In fact, when you arrive, you’ll be escorted through a bingo ball-adorned tunnel into the main arena. That’s literal balls to the wall. What a dream.