Feeling ballsy? Dive into a pool of 1,000,000 balls at Ballie Ballerson’s now-infamous ball pool bar.
The Ballie Ballerson crew caused a big splash when they opened up London’s first ball-pit bar in Dalston in 2016. Starting out as a colourful kidult-coloured pool, it really captured Londoners’ imaginations when they filled the space with gorgeously ‘grammable glow-in-the-dark UV balls. Since then, they’ve grown considerably, and you can now enjoy the simple pleasure of a swim through one million balls at their huge Shoreditch venue.
This place will take you back to the days when your mates held the party of the year at the ‘soft play’ centre, while simultaneously reminding you why it’s great to be an adult (with the addition of alcohol). In fact, it’s likely to provide you with even more fun than you had in your childhood, because now you’re an adult you can really appreciate the true glory of a ball pit filled with hundreds of thousands of plastic balls. These balls even glow.
The 4,000ft venue features a 70 metre UV mural, and a giant LED ball pit for everyone to enjoy. In true throwback fashion, the bar is even serving up sweet-shop inspired cocktails, including the Dibbie Dabberson and Skittle Sour.
While the massive million-ball pit will be centre stage, those who prefer to play with balls in private can now book their own private ball pit. Those of an exhibitionist tendency, meanwhile, can hire a separate ball-pit up against the floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re just after general admission though, you’ll find more information and tickets on their website.
Location: 97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS.
Opening hours: Ballie Ballerson is open Tues 6pm-10pm, Weds 6pm-12am, Thurs 5pm – 1am, Fri 4pm – 2am and Sat 3pm – 2am. So plan carefully!
Entry: from £8.50, up to £16 on weekends. For more information take a look at their website. Booking ahead advised.
More information: read through their FAQs.