So you’ve tried go-karting. Now give ice karting a try, in the heart of central London.
If you grew up addicted to Mario Kart 64, you’ll know that effortlessly power-sliding around the corners is an essential ingredient in any victory. Now QUEENS Skate Dine and Bowl, the luxuriously-appointed activity venue near Paddington, is offering you a chance to give it a go for real with their on-ice go-karting races.
Each Sunday and Tuesday, they give over their pristine ice rink to groups of eight dangerous drifters, as participants race to see who can rack up the most laps within the time limit.
The ice karting track, sitting atop a 12,000 sqft rink, might just be a simple oval (although the race does alter direction at the halfway point!) but it’s all the better to perfect your cornering ability.
20 minutes of screamingly skid-fuelled racing will see one racer crowned the winner, having successfully outpaced the competition. If you feel like you’ve been robbed, there are plenty of chances to settle the score: the Queens venue also offers a host of vintage arcade games, a high-spec bowling alley, and pool tables a-plenty.
For sustenance, the on-site MeatLiqour also dishes up excellently excessive burgers and cocktails. The whole thing is basically like a very swanky 12-year-old’s birthday party.
In conclusion: ice karting – less friction, more fun, and perfect for groups of friends. See you at the finish line!
Location: QUEENS Dine Skate Bowl, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP. Nearest stations: Bayswater or Queensway. Find it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: sessions take place on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. Booking in advance is essential (and cheaper!)
Price: a forty minute session, including twenty minutes of ice kart racing, costs £35 only when you book with Fever.