A little bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? If you’re looking to put your mates in their place, show off your skills on a date or have been left in charge of the office social, then these are the activities for you.
If you like pop music and you like crazy golf, you'll love Pop Golf. The UK's first pop-themed crazy golf course features nine holes each inspired by a music video plus plenty of poptastic playlists and interactive audio tech. And you'll be able to sip on Karma sodas, Toast lagers and Lollipop cocktails as you sink those balls.
Bongo’s Bingo has been sweeping the nation, combining a game of bingo with your favourite nightclub. The fully immersive evening will have you not only playing bingo, but taking part in dance-offs and sing-alongs too. Music-wise you can expect anything from 90’s power ballads to S Club 7, and you could walk away with anything from a box of coco pops to big cash prices to your very own mobility scooter.
Rowans Bowling is tacky and we love it. You can expect sticky floors, crap lager and food you wouldn’t put a fork into. But it’s cheap bowling and cheap booze, and you can throw some shapes on the dance floor too. What more do you need for a good night?!
It’s balls galore at Bounce and we love it. Bounce is the home of ping pong and is perfect whether you’re super competitive or just wanna hit a few balls whilst holding a cocktail in the other hand. You can even upgrade to Wonderball, aka the future of ping pong, which uses projection mapping to turn the table into a giant computer game.
Dabbers Social Bingo is a real interactive affair, with game show elements, live DJ sets, mega prizes and a whole range of bingo on offer from Vintage Bingo (hosted by veteran callers – legs eleven ????) to Disco Bingo (with plenty of UV lights). Dabbers will keep you well fed and watered too with craft beers, cocktails and a ‘well rounded’ menu - yep that means ball-shaped food.
No longer just an old man's game in those dodgy back street pubs, Flight Club has taken darts to a whole new level. The bars are swanky and the boards are fancy. There's dart tracking technology at work and the real-time, animated scoring boards have a slick touch screen interface to make it super user-friendly (and easy after a few cocktails).
Yes it's just like the TV show. You travel through four zones; Aztec, Medieval, Industrial & Futuristic, completing timed challenges to win those sacred crystals, with contestants facing jail if they fail. Expect lots shouting and pointless yet comical running. Once your team has completed all the zones you are then taken to the Crystal DOME. Start the fans please.
Plonk has plonked crazy golf courses all over town and each one is different. That means you could be putting your way through tiki huts and water features al fresco or a through a UV-coloured and especially mini course inside a pub.
All Star Lanes
Starting out back in 2006 All Star Lanes has come a long way, revolutionising the bowling game by adding cocktails, craft beer and good grub into the mix. The venues all have swish looking lanes, stocked bars and all-American food menus, and if you strike out, you can always put your vocals to the test with a bit of karaoke.
Junkyard Golf Club, famous for charity shop cast-offs treadmills, washing machines and mobility scooters has four courses; Pablo, Bozo, Gary and Bruce. Expect everything from a deep-cave-bear-wrestling-cage and Rihanna-themed forest to a dark carnival with scary clowns.
If throwing darts at a board doesn't provide enough adrenaline for you, fling some axes instead. At Whistle Punks you can sling axes at a bullseye without the fear of slicing someone's arm off in the process.
Go for that hole-in-one at Swingers. The courses are pretty classic - we're talking corkscrews, loop-the-loops and helter skelters to navigate - but that doesn't mean they're easy. All that golfing works up an appetite, which is why they've got bars and street food on site too.
Wanna go bowling in Bloomsbury? This is the place. Bloomsbury Bowling has eight lanes for you to score those strikes, five karaoke rooms and a diner serving up classic American grub. And if you need something a little more exclusive, there's a Kingpin suite with five lanes, pool tables, ping pong and even a cricket simulator. Balls at the ready.
Using next-level technology, Puttshack is taking mini golf into the future. All the hard work is done for you as the system tracks your ball and automatically scores your points onto the leader boards (so that means no cheating). There’s also a load of prizes up for grabs along the way too, with the quiz round and spin the wheel round where you can bag yourself a £100 bar tab.
Sure Queens has bowling - 12 main neon-drenched lanes plus some spesh adults-only liquor lanes - but thanks to its ice rink, you can get competitive on a whole new surface. There's curling (this is the only place you can do it on real ice, all year round) and ice karting (which is exactly as mega as it sounds).