Now that summer is over, you’re probably trying to think of different indoor activities for you and your family in the coming winter months. Just because the weather outside might be dark and gloomy, doesn’t mean your days out have to be! If you’re looking for indoor fun the whole family can enjoy, bowling in London is not to be missed. With loads of venues throughout the city to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place to try bowling in London with your kids.
We’ve rounded up five of our favourite places to go bowling, so you can find the spot perfect for you to take your family for a day out. And with many places offering deals for families and discounts for kids, bowling doesn’t have to cost much for a great day out. And with the options to use a ramp for the ball and gutter guards on certain players, even the littlest ones have as much chance to strike as the adults! It’s a fun, indoor activity that all ages can enjoy. And unlike other days out like soft play, even the grown-ups get to join in!
And if you’re not looking to fill a whole day, games last on average of an hour for 5-6 people; making bowling is a great activity for a rainy afternoon! Or any afternoon, you needn’t wait for the rainy days to enjoy some indoor fun.
Namco Funscape has several brilliant venues throughout the country, and their London venue is one of the biggest and best. In fact, it’s London’s BIGGEST entertainment centre. It is filled to the brim with loads of different activities for you and the kids, from ping-pong to arcades, dodgems, escape-rooms, and of course, bowling. It’s also just yards away from other great days out and iconic landmarks, like the London Eye.
The bowling starts from as little as £2.50 per person, per game. At that price you’re going to be more than happy to let everyone have a go. You can even bowl in your own shoes, so there won’t be any trouble finding a pair of bowling shoes that fit, and no more sweaty bowling shoes!
As well as a tremendous range of fun things to do, there are different places to grab some food and drinks too. So whether the kids are refuelling before their next adventure, or you just want a warm drink as you watch, Namco has you covered. Visiting Namco Funscape to go bowling is always a great afternoon out. But because of just how many things there are to do at these sites, you’ll be sure your kids will never be bored and will want to come again.
Bloomsbury Bowling in London
Bloomsbury Bowling is an 8-lane venue, underneath the Tavistock Hotel in central London. It’s a good-looking place, with comfy sofas, and an American-style diner inside. They offer reduced rates for under-12’s bowling and a walk-in rate of £6.50 per person per game Monday to Wednesday. Although, it is advised to book in advance via email or telephone where you can also check the prices. They also have karaoke rooms and ping-pong tables on site, so if you want to carry on the fun after a few games, there are even more things to do together.
After 7 pm, under 18’s aren’t allowed into the venue. So bear that in mind if you’re planning a trip later in the day.
David Lloyd Bowling
This recently refurbished centre in Raynes Park is a perfect place to take your family to try bowling in London. The bowling area is beautifully designed, with 12 lanes to use. There are big screens to watch, and music to create a great atmosphere. It will keep the whole family entertained. Bowling here is available to members and non-members, so everyone can visit and enjoy the fun. There is also a soft play area, so if any little ones don’t want to join in, there are even more fun things for them to do. There is a great family atmosphere and there are friendly teams specially trained to work with kids on site. So you can rest assured you and your family are in great hands.
Hollywood Bowling in London
Hollywood bowl is one of the country’s biggest bowling chains. It includes Hollywood Bowl, AMF Bowling, and Bowlplex sites. All of their venues are run to a great standard. And offer some of the best places to try bowling as a family.
With so many venues to choose from, it’s worth checking their website to see which is closest to you. And while you’re online, you can check which of their many offers they might be running. Hollywood Bowl really caters to families, and they offer some great deals you and the kids can make the most of. Like the ‘Kids eat, drink, bowl’ deal, where kids can enjoy a meal and a game of bowling for as little as £6.69 on weekdays. Or if the adults want to join in, there’s a family bowling deal, where the whole family can bowl from £18.99, seven days a week. This means whatever the weather, the whole family can get together and enjoy a great afternoon of fun.
Queens Ice and Bowl
Queens Ice and Bowl is another great place to visit on a fun day out with your family. And like a lot of places on this list, offers a few fun things to do. Making it perfect for a day, or days, out! Not only is it a brilliant bowling alley, as the name suggests, there’s also an ice rink on site. Although we wouldn’t suggest trying both those things simultaneously!
Queens Ice and Bowl is home to London’s only permanent ice rink and has recently had a huge revamp, including its 12 states of the art bowling lanes. This venue doesn’t stop at that though. Just in case you wanted more things to keep you and the kids happy, as well as ice-skating and bowling, there are karaoke rooms, a games arcade, two cafes, and a burger joint. This is yet another fantastic venue to spend a whole day in as a family.
With so many fantastic venues throughout the city, you can be sure that there is somewhere perfect nearby for you and your family to try bowling in London. And with most places offering a lot more than just bowling, you’re sure to find a fun activity for a rainy afternoon. Or somewhere to visit as a family for a whole day of fun and games. There’s never been a better time to try bowling in London, and enjoy a striking day out!
If you’re looking further a field, these tenpin bowling chains are located all around the UK.