Table tennis. Ping pong. Wiff-waff? Whatever you call it, Bounce has a sexy new way to play it.
Bounce is London’s bouncy pair of razzle-dazzle ping-pong venues, with venues in both Farringdon and Old Street. Inside each of these quirky bars, you’ll find a distinctly modern space with food, cocktails, and ping-pong tables aplenty. This isn’t your teenage youth club, for sure.
Bounce’s embrace of the historic pastime is born of a genuine passion for the game. The Farringdon branch is situated on the very same site that the sport was first invented in 1901, for example. And taking pride of place inside are ping pong tables originally used in the London 2012 Olympics. Grab a paddle and feel the weight of sporting history…
Nor have Bounce been content to rely on the game’s noble heritage. In 2017, they revealed the marvellous next step in table-tennis history: WONDERBALL. Like Tron and ping-pong had a weird game-baby, this an augmented-reality, projection-mapping, 3D-scanning immersive ball-hitting experience, with targets and objectives displayed on the surface in real time, providing additional new changes for the expert paddle-smasher.
The Bounce kitchens fuel the sporting with a relaxed menu of gourmet pizzas, tacos, burgers and other tasty hunger-fighters. The bar, meanwhile, boasts no fewer than 42 gins, a quirky cocktail list (where a ‘Skittles infused rum’ creation is the star of the show) and epic, shareable Margaritas for six people. Your thirst slaked, guaranteed.
Bounce is throwing a huge ‘Cirque Du Soul’ party on Saturday, September 29, taking place at their lovingly upgraded Farringdon venue. Among the pinging of pongs will be a glitter station, a giant swing, a selfie mirror, alcoholic candy floss, confetti cannons, and bubble machines! It’s gonna be brilliant and it’s only £10 – get your tickets here.
The rest of the time, Bounce are well prepped for all kinds of party shenanigans – groups of six or more can book a table in advance, and both venues have exclusive areas and private rooms for larger groups. You can even call upon a Games Guru to keep things moving, run a tournament and ratchet up the competitive tension.
Locations: 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD (nearest station: Chancery Lane or Farringdon) or 241 Old Street, EC1V 9EY (nearest station: Old Street.)
Opening hours: seven days a week, until midnight (or 1am at weekends.) Opens 4pm Mon-Thu, midday Fri-sun.
Price: Ping pong is £6 per person, cocktails from £8, pizzas around £10, party tickets including drink £10.
More information: on their website.