Best for Social Sports in London

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Get with the swingers: London's newest nightspots offer sport and socialising. Whether you want to play golf in a place that also has a gin palace or enjoy ping pong with your pint, LondonTown has the best places to play social sports.

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Puttshack

Brought to you by the brains behind Bounce and the tech whizzes behind global phenomenon Topgolf.

Westfield , Relay Square, London, W12 7GF

Tube: Wood Lane Station , Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 
Puttshack

Puttshack

 

Brought to you by the brains behind Bounce and the tech whizzes behind global phenomenon Topgolf, Puttshack takes mini-golf to a whole new level - and you'll never get away with cheating again. Seven years in the making, the 15 million pound project is sprawled across 20,000 square feet - part of the 600 million pound Westfield London expansion which adds 90 new outlets to the west London shopping mall. At Puttshack you not only get four interactive nine hole courses, you'll also find a 750-capacity rum bar and restaurant where the menu, curated by Richard Edney, includes vegetarian and vegan dishes with florentine pizza and bao steamed buns among the choices. Adam Breeden, co-founder of Bounce, Flight Club, All Star Lanes and now Puttshack, is clearly king of Social Sports in London.

 
 
 

Flight Club Bloomsbury

Flight Club hits the bullseye, adding a second stylish club to its stable.

55 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BS

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Covent Garden Station

 
 
Flight Club

Flight Club

 

Flight Club has brought darts out of dark, dingy pubs and into the 21st century and they've hit the bullseye with their stylish clubs. Following the success of their Shoreditch site, the masterminds behind the social darts revolution score a triple 20 with their second Flight Club in Bloomsbury. The bar is simply stunning with a large, ornate carousel themed bar centre stage. Food is of the gourmet sort - show-stopping pizza paddles and avocado on toast - and drinks including signature slushy cocktails, party shots and craft beers are served to you as you play. S et over two floors with nine oches (that's the throw line, for all you darts novices) and a capacity of 250, Flight Club Bloomsbury is perfect for a glamorous night out, birthday celebration and big office shindig - and they've got a private room to hire for those special occasions.

 
 
 

Skylight Rooftop

This summer Skylight returns bringing croquet lawn games to the top of Tobacco Dock.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 
Skylight Rooftop

Skylight Rooftop

 

From 3rd May 2018, Skylight returns with croquet lawn games, World Cup screenings and Wimbledon on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock. The summer season brings live entertainment, petanque, one-off parties, resident DJ collectives, rooftop yoga and some scenic sunsets. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas and street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard, The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Favourite food traders return and a new refreshing seasonal cocktail menu is added alongside spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and wine.

 
 
 

Swingers

Swingers gets a permanent home at Brown's Buildings in the City on 27th May 2016.

Brown's Buildings, Bury Street, London, EC3A 4AF

Tube: Aldgate Station , Liverpool Street Station, Tower Hill Station

 
 
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Swingers

Swingers

It started out in 2015 as a pop up in Shoreditch but a year later Swingers got a permanent bigger and better home at Brown's Buildings, between St Mary Axe and Bury Street, in a former WWII bunker in the City. Ideal for those who fancy a bit of a competitive sports while they socialise, Swingers combines two crazy golf courses with a two-storey clubhouse. There's excellent street food from some of London's best vendors, including Patty and Bun and Pizza Pilgrims, and not one but five bars, each with its own speciality cocktails. Want to keep scores and order food while you're on the course? There's an app for that.

 
 
 

Junkyard Golf Club

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 12th May - 31st December 2017

 
Junkyard Golf Club

Junkyard Golf Club

 

It's official: golf is the new clubbing. First we had Swingers, which went from pop-up to permanent with Swingers opening in the City on 27th May 2016. But pipping them to the post, Junkyard Golf Club takes over the Old Truman Brewery from 12th May for three months this summer. Crazier than the craziest golf you've ever played, the course includes odd obstacles like jacuzzis, speed boats, cows and treadmillsplus a UV neon section. Choose to play one of three courses 'Frank' (Putt Up Or Shut Up), 'Pedro' (Polluted Paradise), or Helga (In Da Club) - each has a nine hole course made up of washing machines and gym weights against a backdrop of graffiti scrawled walls. Four bars serve cocktails with puntastic names like the Golf Lundgren or Who's Your Caddy and street traders Barts Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style do the food.

 
 
 
 

Birdies Crazy Golf Club

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 28th August 2016

 
Birdies Crazy Golf Club

Birdies Crazy Golf Club

 

From the team who brought you the Rooftop Film Club Birdies crazy golf club comes to Roof East on Level 8 of a multi-storey car park in Stratford. Visited by more than 15,000 people when it was at the Vaults under Waterloo last winter, the 9-hole crazy golf course, with a challenging 5ft drop onto the sixth hole, makes a triumphant return to the lofty greens of Roof East, high above the streets of Stratford. Get swinging with cocktails from mixology masters Spirited Mixers, food from RockaDollar Dogs and DJ tunes under the east London summer sky. Open from 2pm at weekends until 10pm, it's ideal for families, early birdies and night owls.

 
 
 

All Star Lanes

There are four of these 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys across town.

95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 
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All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford

All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford

With four of these popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys around town, there's no disputing Londoners like to bowl on a night out. Hip and happening All Star Lanes is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other and the excellent bar and diner have made them a destination in their own right. The atmosphere is really buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights with resident guest DJs mixing the tunes and upping the tempo from 9pm through till midnight. As you'd expect at such an all-American entertainment, the diner serves burgers, steak, ribs and beers. Booking a lane is recommended but not essential - there are always at least two waiting list lanes which are on a first come first serve basis - and when booking you can have up to six people (estimate time: 10 mins per person per game) or opt for a table in the diner. As Vogue says, bowling is no longer a sport to be embarrassed about.

Branches: All Star Lanes Holborn | All Star Lanes Brick Lane | All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford City | All Star Lanes Shepherd's Bush

 
 
 

Bounce

Built in the exact spot table tennis was invented way back in 1901.

121 Holborn, Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD

Tube: Chancery Lane Station , Farringdon Station

 
 
Bounce

Bounce

 

Social ping pong at its finest, Bounce is the brainchild of All Star Lanes founder Dov Penzik with interiors by by acclaimed British designer Russell Sage (also behind great looking places like The Hospital Club and The Savoy). With 28 ping pong tables at two London venues - in Farringdon and Shoreditch - there's plenty of space to play, including one official Olympic table. Food comes in the form of posh pizzas from a wood burning oven, bold meaty stews and whole roasted chickens, served at a raised restaurant overlooks the playing area. Refreshments are served from a 40ft arc bar and include classic gin cocktails, boutique beers and a short yet concise wine selection. There is a private room available for hire, equipped with private cocktail bar, specially commissioned tables and a DJ booth. Ping pong just got a whole lot cooler.

 
 
 

London Shuffle Club

The Yard, 89 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 05th July - 02nd September 2017

 
London Shuffle Club

London Shuffle Club

 

Moving to Worship Street in Shoreditch for the summer, the Shuffle Club gets an outside space from July to September; perfect for soaking up the rays while you shuffle. After a successful winter pop up at the Truman Brewery, the club continues to convert Londoners to this social sport - a mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling, where you get to wear your own shoes. Dating back to Henry VIII's time, Shuffling comes to London via the States - the game has taken grip in the fashionable warehouses of Brooklyn and Miami, according to London Shuffle Club founder Graeme Hawkins. Decor at this summer pop up is Miami-chic with palm trees and flamingos as well as cocktails, pizzas and DJs plus seven full size shuffleboard courts.

 
 
 

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