Fancy a spot of crazy golf in London? We’ve found seventeen fun and quirky mini golf courses for you to try.
In recent years, pop-up crazy golf courses have become a bit of a ‘thing.’ They’re dotted throughout central London, up on rooftops, in abandoned WW2 bunkers, shopping malls, parks and beer gardens. Or head to the outskirts of the city where you can find giant open-air courses with up to 36 holes – and if someone hasn’t had a tantrum after all those, you really aren’t trying.
⛳️ Inner London Crazy Golf ⛳️
1-5) Plonk: Battersea, Hackney, Camden, Shoreditch (open March 7), Islington, Peckham
For big fun in small spaces, Plonk have set up shop in a variety of pubs across London. You can try their psychedelic glow-in-the-dark course at the Four Thieves in Battersea, the People’s Park Tavern in Hackney, at Peckham Levels, The Victoria Tavern in Islington, and their brilliant BYOB courses in Camden Market and Shoreditch (you know, just to add another challenge to your putting game). Oh, and since they’re all either in or next to a pub, you can grab a celebratory/commiseration drink when you’re all done.
6-8) Putt In The Park: Battersea, Acton, Wandsworth
For a classy outdoor putting experience on a rain-free day, pay a visit to one of three Putt In The Park locations at Battersea Park, Acton Park or Wandsworth Park. They have clubhouse cafés and, by virtue of their park locations, are the perfect complement to an after-game picnic. You can even take a Google tour of the courses on their website! Book yourself a slot via their website.
9-10) Swingers, Aldgate and Oxford Circus
These two multi-million pound courses are a joy to putt on. Swingers in the City is based in a WW2 bunker almost directly underneath the Gherkin, while Swingers West End takes over part of a former department store off Oxford Circus. Both venues offer two luxurious nine-hole courses to choose from, along with street food from some of London’s best vendors, such as Patty & Bun and Breddos Tacos. It’s very la-di-da, although due to the free-flowing cocktails, strictly for adults only. See our full review of Swingers here.
11) Puttshack, Westfield London
This new operation – at the mighty Westfield shopping mall in West London – is London’s most high-tech crazy golf experience. Magical sensors track every tap and flick of the ball, keeping score, assigning turns, and generally enabling some next-level putting action. The inventive challenges draw on beer pong, trivia quizzes, and other unexpected elements. See more here.
12) Junkyard Golf, Shoreditch
Their first crazy golf course was literally built out of random junk. But their swizzy current set up, in the Truman Brewery off Brick Lane, delivers no fewer than FOUR nine-hole grungy mini golf courses with lots of UV paint, weird sculptures and even a hall of mirrors, while a bar serves up all your favourite drinks. (There are also a lot of puns that don’t really make any sense!) Again, this one’s just for grown-ups, folks.
⛳️ Inner London Crazy Golf – Summer Only⛳️
13) Birdies, Stratford
When summer rolls around and Roof East opens up, the putts start to roll. Part of the rooftop Social Fun & Games Club, last year’s course was a mind-bendingly monochrome affair, and you can also try baseball slugging, lawn bowls and a roller disco. More details here.
14) Skylight, Wapping
OK, sure, it’s actually croquet, but we’re throwing it in, because it’s a competitive game of hitting balls with sticks. Another seasonal affair, it’s on the roof of Tobacco Dock in Wapping throughout the summer. Find out more here.
⛳️ Outer London Crazy Golf ⛳️
15) Dragon Quest, Croydon
This big, family-friendly crazy golf course in south London offers eighteen holes of mini-golf action. And dragons! It’s £8 for adults, £6 for under-12s and £3 for under-4s. There are also family tickets – details on their website.
16) Dinosaur Escape, Ruislip
Crazy golf meets Jurassic Park at this dinosaur-infested mini-golf centre in Ruislip, west London. While suspicious growls and chirps emerge from the bushes and giant dinosaurs tower above, you and the family can putt your way through eighteen holes of mini-golf fun. Find out more on their website.
17) Mr. Mulligan’s Dino Golf, Sidcup
We’re really pushing the definition of ‘London’ now, but hey – Sidcup! Only for the hardcore UK golfer, Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf presents an arguably excessive THIRTY-SIX holes of golf to delight and frustrate you and your loved ones. Plus waterfalls, lagoons, and you guessed it – dinosaurs! See their website for more.
Also published on Medium.