Let's face it. London weather can be variable. And that's putting it mildly. Folks looking to book their London flights probably aren't planning their visit to work on their tans. That said, at the time of writing this blog post, London is in the midst of a mini-heat wave with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Whatever the case with the weather may be, London offers a fantastic range of indoor activities such as bowling. Everybody likes to bowl, right?
Here's a list of London's five best bowling alleys:
All Star Lanes
Four locations across London:
Bayswater – 6 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB; Nearest London Underground station is at Bayswater.
Brick Lane – 95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL; Nearest London Underground station is at Liverpool Street.
Holborn – Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, WC1B 4DA; Nearest London Underground station is at Holborn.
Westfield Stratford City – Second Floor, Westfield Stratford City, E20 1ET; Nearest London Underground station is at Stratford.
Classic American feel with a comfort food menu and excellent cocktails to boot, All Star Lanes' four London locations are some of the newest and cleanest bowling allies around. They're all conveniently situated within walking distance of Tube stations. There's an outlet in Manchester too. Find our more at allstarlanes.co.uk.
Bedford Way,WC1H 9EU
The nearest London Underground station is at Russell Square.
Pizza, cocktails, karaoke, live music and, of course, bowling – including the ultralux Kingpin Suite for private party bowling. Check out bloomsburybowling.com for more details.
First Floor, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TE
The nearest London Underground station is at Elephant & Castle (with an entrance just below Palace Superbowl).
South of the Thames but still very central, Palace Superbowl offers a cheap and cheerful (and some say cheesy) opportunity to practice your game. There's another outlet outside London in Orpington as well. Visit palacesuperbowl.com for details.
Queens Ice and Bowl
17 Queensway, W2 4QP
The nearest London Underground station is at Queensway.
Central London's only venue where you can bowl and ice skate under one roof. There's karaoke too at the family friendly Queens Ice and Bowl. Go to queensiceandbowl.co.uk to find out more.
Rowans Tenpin Bowl
10 Stroud Green Road, N4 2DF
The nearest London Underground station is at Finsbury Park (indeed, Rowans and the station share a parking lot).
“Real American retro-style” bowling spread over two floors with 24 fully air conditioned lanes along with private karaoke booths, 19 pool tables, suites for private parties and lots more at this North London fun spot! Read all about it at rowans.co.uk.
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