"Catering to both bowling fans and those who just want a good old boogie"Review Rating: 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 1950’s 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 – it’s 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 – it’s £42 at Xmas time, a hike that takes advantage of the number of work parties that will be hosted here throughout the season.
It’s 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 ‘Disco Shed’, whilst much beer was swigged and cheers were uttered by the bowlers.
It’s 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 it’s no wonder.
Leila reviewed Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes on Wed 06 Jan 2010