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Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Bedford Way, London

"Part bowling alley, part karaoke room, part club - Bloomsbury Lane has all bases covered"
All In London Review: 8 / 10

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Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
8/10 from 6 reviews
ADDRESS: Bedford Way

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TELEPHONE: 020 7183 1979

OPENING HOURS:1pm till Late Every Day

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| Smoking area | Party bookings accepted | Private hire available | Disabled access/facilities | Children welcome | Credit cards accepted | Background music | Live music | Private space | Outdoor space


Itís not about bowling...Itís about Bloomsbury Bowling

Forget bowling past, the Bloomsbury Lanes provide the fun of bowling in a charming venue with a completely unique style. The Bloomsbury Lanes has eight swish bowling lanes, complete with the only vintage above lane ball return outside the US. Far more than just bowling, the venue has a large cocktail bar made from bowling lane wood, a full service diner serving classic American fare and plenty of lounge space to relax over a drink. For those looking for a more private affair, the Kingpin Suite with five bowling lanes is the perfect size for exclusive events. Centrally located just off Russell Square, the Bloomsbury Lanes is easy to access from all London areas. So whether you're meeting up with friends, or want to hold a private bowling event for a large group, The Bloomsbury Lanes has it all

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The Annual Anchorman Party
Time: 20:00 - 03:00
Admission: Advance: £4, On the Door: £5
Location: Bloomsbury Lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London

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AIL VOTM: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
Added on March 10, 2013
What's it all about? This month... the delights of forgoing the bygone business park bowlplex for ten-pin fun accompanied by karaoke, club nights and massive pizzaÖ

The All In London Review

"Part bowling alley, part karaoke room, part club - Bloomsbury Lane has all bases covered"

All In London Rating: 8 / 10
Added Wed 22 Feb 2012 - Reviewed by T.A.O

Bloomsbury Lanes have been bleeping on the London nightlife radar for years, only now it seems that the bowling plays second fiddle to the rest of the entertainment on offer (no mean feat). Located beneath a Russell Square hotel, the subterranean venue is one for those that like a bit of everything with their night out. Bowling you know about, but how about the karaoke booths, stellar DJs and TWENTY SIX INCH PIZZAS Ė so impressive that they had to be shout-typed about.

As venues go itís rather charming. Descend the stairs - past flat screens playing suitably stylish movies Ė head down the carpeted corridor and you find yourself peering into transparent karaoke booths, filled with have-a-go crooners. A bar serves drinks at the back of the large space and a makeshift diner is tucked up alongside the bowling lanes themselves so you can watch and eat to your hearts content. Look around and itís clear that Bloomsbury Lanes appeals to the students and with a supporting cast of workmates Ė carrying forth that straight from the office look Ė the atmosphere is refreshingly friendly. It must be the bowling, the sport of the people. And on the subject of bowling, Bloomsbury Lanes is owner of one of Londonís only above ground ball returns Ė if that means anything to you.

DJs play to the dance floor behind the lanes and on this occasion itís a heavy selection of accessible electro and hip-hop classics. Think big night rather than date night, with an n alternating selection of danceable club nights that appeal to the wild. The quietest area is the diner, and apart from those amazing pizzas, there is a good selection of burgers and other American snacks. A 26Ē pizza will cost you about £20.00 but it would easily feed a group of four. Wash your slices down with Bittburger, Camden Pale Ale or cocktails from the bar.

Part bowling alley, part karaoke room, part club Ė Bloomsbury Lane has all bases covered for an awesome time with a group of buds. Strike!

Official All In London review for Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

"Indie bopping and bowling"

All In London Rating: 6 / 10
Added Thu 03 Mar 2011 - Reviewed by Leila

Has bowling gone cool? That seems to be what the people behind Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes are aiming for. Not only does the venue offer the tenpin sport on gleaming wooden lanes, but it has served as location for the shooting of the music video for Scouting for Girlsí ĎHeartbeatí, Rihanna celebrated her 20th birthday here, and even the subversive chaps at Vice Magazine seem to like it. Perhaps itís got something to do with their calendar of events, which ranges from Japanese punk-pop nights to 1950s Hawaiian-themed burlesque.

Roll With It is the latest indie pop club night to take over Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes on the second Friday of every month. As the name suggests, expect a healthy dose of Oasis and other Britpop cohort anthems, current pop tunes and even the odd 50s rock and roll tune. Itís student-tastic and cheerful, and thatís before you wander into one of the colourful karaoke booths for a sing-song. Elsewhere, there is plenty of slouchy seating for eating and drinking if you donít dare to take part in the bowling yourself, but if you do want to get those snazzy shoes on youíre advised to book well in advance as the lanes are very popular. One lane costs £39 per hour, but if youíre only here for the indie bopping itís £7 to get in.

Official All In London review for Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

"Catering to both bowling fans and those who just want a good old boogie"

All In London Rating: 7 / 10
Added Wed 06 Jan 2010 - Reviewed by Leila

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is fast becoming the venue of choice for all manner of corporate functions, office dos, dance lessons and club nights including most recently a DJ set from Razorlight.

They pride themselves on bringing a taste of 1950ís Americana to London, without being part of a chain. Situated in the basement of the Tavistock Hotel near Russell Square, the venue has 8 lanes which appear to fill up very quickly Ė itís advisable to book in advance, particularly for weekends. On the Friday night I visited the crowds had already arrived by around 8pm, indicating this is clearly a popular after-work hangout.

The bar has a cocktail list that includes all the classics; bottled and draft beers and champagnes are also sold. The food menu is predictably a selection of burgers such as the Kingpin - with cheddar cheese and streaky bacon - pizzas, and snacks such as nachos and chicken wings. Their burgers have in fact twice been rated as being in the top three in London.

Prices for bowling vary depending on the day of the week, they go up to £5.50 on Friday and Saturday evenings per person per game. Alternatively to hire a lane for an hour is £36, however this price goes up according to season Ė itís £42 at Xmas time, a hike that takes advantage of the number of work parties that will be hosted here throughout the season.

Itís clear that the punters at Bloomsbury Bowling have come as much for the dancing and drinking as for the bowling. By midnight the venue was in full swing with revellers swaying their hips to the sounds of ĎDisco Shedí, whilst much beer was swigged and cheers were uttered by the bowlers.

Itís no-frills, fun atmosphere is the reason why Bloomsbury Bowling is growing in popularity. Catering to both bowling fans and those who just want a good old boogie itís no wonder.

Official All In London review for Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

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Finally visited Bloomsbury Lanes last night with team from work. Service was attentive, nice diner and tasteful retro-is decor.

We had a table tennis booking and large karaoke room, but not bowling, so no review on that part. Karaoke rooms similar to Lucky Voice, so easy to use. Liked the waitress service to rooms and drinks list. Pizzas are GIANT. Fun place for drinks and entertaining, more seating needed though.

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Mike Read
Added: Feb 2011

I went there on a spur of the moment thing last Saturday with a few mates and the venue was a complete shock to us. Really lively, great music, great cocktails and there is a really good atmosphere, full off happy party animals. I will make this a regular venue for sure.

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Location: Dulwich

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This place is great. I went here for my friends birthday on the weekend and had a great time. decent music all night and a pretty good live band as we arrived. good crowd - everyone was just out to have a good time. it's like an adults playground. the drinks were pretty reasonable too for central london. we had a karaoke room for 2 hours, and despite my initial thoughts - i had a brilliant time! a few of us put some money together to get a late night lane - and i have to say, drunk bowling, is the best form of bowling! definitly recommend this to someone who wants a fun nigt out!

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