Bars have evolved into so much more than just a watering hole. The newest trend that is creating a boom in the capital is activity based bars and restaurants as well as venues offering more of a twist on your classic meal…
1. All Star Lanes
What’s all the fuss? Forget your local bowling alley with sticky floors and screaming children, and instead replace it with boutique bowling, fine cocktails and a cool soundtrack to match. Hire a luxurious private room for unlimited bowling, delicious party food and your own private cocktail bar – ideal for birthdays and celebrations.
Alternatively, experience one of the most reasonably priced bottomless brunch menus in London. The bottomless beer package will only set you back £19, and for all those prosecco and mimosa lovers there is a £19 bottomless package for you as well, every Saturday and Sunday, lasting 2 hours!
Drinks? Extensive list of quirky cocktails with unusual ingredients – be sure to try the All Star Martini, get your Instagram ready.
Where? Brick Lane, Bayswater, Holborn, Stratford, and Manchester for those outside of London
2. Bat & Ball, Stratford
What’s all the fuss? A two Story venue in east London with an impressive 12 ping-pong tables, two bars, pizza, pool and a live DJ. You’re asking yourself why you haven’t been there before. Bat and Ball have definitely raised the bar with this Stratford venue; a hub for private hire and events, you can hire a table for a small fee of only £8 for 30 minutes.
Drinks? Bat and Ball is designed for fans of craft beer, wine and cocktails and all things ping-pong. With specifically designed drinking games including beer pong, beer roulette and flip cup organised by Bat & Ball’s Game masters you’re guaranteed a great night.
Where? Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford
3. Cock Tavern, Fulham
What’s all the fuss? The Cock Tavern provides a slightly different vibe to your normal local with the very welcome addition of their board game library. This is somewhere you should come for a perfect Sunday to kick-back with friends over a potentially competitive game of Scrabble, accompanied by one of their famous roasts and maybe a British grazing plate or too if the game looks like it’s not ending anytime soon…
Drinks? A fine selection of cask ales, beers and a great wine list in a relaxed environment perfect for a catch up with friends.
Where? North End Road, Fulham
4. Hip Chips, Soho
What’s all the fuss? A restaurant entirely devoted to crisps and dips, what’s not to love? Hip Chips is a new and exciting bar having recently opened in Soho, serving hand crafted crisps with a wide variety of bespoke dips including Baba Ghanoush, Moroccan Yogurt and Smoky Cheese Fondue to name a few. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t fret, they cover pudding too – try out the cinnamon sugar-dusted crisps with the all-American favorite peanut butter and jam, cheesecake and campfire s’mores.
Drinks? For the nondrinkers there is a tantalising selection of refreshing fruit drinks and for those that fancy a stronger tipple ask your waiter for an spudtastic pairing.
Where? Old Compton Street, Soho
5. Dip & Flip, South West London
What’s all the fuss? We were always taught not to play with your food. Dip & Flip have gone against this and showered south west London with Gravy. It’s London’s first gravy soaked burger. The idea behind the restaurant chain is to either dip or flip. Dip your roast meat sandwich, either beef or lamb shoulder, into a gravy boat, make it as wet as you like. Or flip your west country beef sandwich in a flavorsome brioche bun. These restaurants are extremely busy and lively especially in the evening and weekends, so remember to book!
Drinks? Large selection of soft drinks, spirits, wines, shakes and beers – Dip & Flip have it all.
Where? South West London – Wimbledon, Tooting, Brixton & Battersea