In my experience, an impressive knowledge of London is a blessing and a curse. It means I’m often the one tasked with thinking and organising the squads night out. So to save you the trouble, I’ve compiled this little guide of all the places that I think that are sure to be fun for the group.
London Shuffle Club 📍 Shoreditch
Done Crazy Golf and Social Darts? Then how about curling? Shuffle isn’t the most obvious or popular choice for a night out, but honestly, it’s a right laugh. Based in edgy Shoreditch, it’s got an outdoor terrace, some show-stopping cocktails and darn good, thin and crispy pizzas which I highly approve. There’s even a private area. downstairs which you can hire out for larger parties which is complete with its own bar called the “Crazy Eight”. It’s different, pretty quirky, and really fun, London Shuffle Club is another establishment I’d definitely recommend.
Swingers📍City of London, West End
Possibly the most popular choice for a night out? Swinger’s is one of the more upscale crazy golf venue. One location is set directly under the Gherkin in the City and while the other is in the more popular Oxford Circus. The courses are challenging and quirky, while the cocktails are top-notch. And the food comes courtesy of some of London’s most popular chains (Pizza Pilgrim). One of my favourite nights out that I can remember and I reckon can do no wrong if you decide to come here.
If you’ve fancied your chances as a special agent of her Majesty’s Secret Service, you’ve come to the right place. Named after the once top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, channel your inner Alan Turing and decode riddles before helping yourself to a stiff, and personalised, tipple once you’re cracked the code. Cocktails who’s ingredients will forever be a secret to you and your fellow codebreaker. You’ll even get to don your very own special agent green jacket. You’ll probably have worked it out by now, but I am a sucker a good dollop of theatrics at my cocktail bars, and this immersive WW2 bar complete Enigma machines and protocols never fails to entertain.
Ballie Ballerson 📍 Shoreditch & Soho
Jump straight into their massive adult ball-pit and unleash your inner child at Ballie Ballerson This bohemian establishment also features a retro arcade, a hip bar, top-notch Neapolitan pizzas and pulsating lights.
Flight Club📍Shoreditch, Victoria, Bloomsbury, Islington
I can’t be the only one who struggles to see the excitement in Darts. But then came along came Flight Club and everything changed. With four venues spread across London, Flight Club (cool name, right?) is an off-the-wall darts bar with cocktails, sharing boards, and a hot food menu with burgers hot dogs. If you’re worried about keeping score after 4 pints deep, don’t worry, the automatic score-keeping system should help you out. Fun, quirky, and colourful (the one in Bloomsbury resembles a fun-fair), I reckon this will be a right laugh.
Queens Skate Dine and Bowl📍Queensway
Your one stop fun shop venue for all fun things. With a slick indoor ice-rink (who said skating was just for winter?), a retro-style arcade, and 12 bowling lanes, it’s basically one giant playground for big kids. It gets better because the guys from MEATLiquor provides the sustenance to keep you going all evening . Yep, the cult-status purveyors of freakin’ awesome burgers from their only West London only outpost.
Have I missed anything. Drop me your suggestions for a top night out with your friends?