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You’ll Be Bowled Over By London’s Smashing Cricket Bars • Sixes

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

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Swing for the boundaries at Sixes.

Here in the capital, you can play fancy darts, tackle hi-tech mini golf courses, and even hurl axes in the pursuit of fun. But still, for a city which boasts two world class cricket grounds, it’s a bit of a surprise that London hasn’t had a cricket-themed entertainment venue. Happily, that all changed with the arrival of Sixes back in December 2020, which brought a winning mix of carefree batting and gastropub food to Fulham. They’ve since opened a second spot on Great Portland Street, because as any self-respecting cricket fan knows, the more Sixes you see, the more fun you have.

Oh, and since summer is cricket season, they’ve also lined up an incredible late-night deal featuring free sessions – read on for more about that! Alternatively, you can book your visit here.

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We’ve seen enough six appeal from this place to know that we’ll be in the nets slogging merrily for the boundary all summer long. Sixes’s batting nets are hired by the hour, and are suitable for all ages and abilities. It’s a great chance to pit your skills against friends and family, in order to find out who’s a one-cap wonder, and who’s got a technique that Sachin Tendulkar would applaud. Oh, and minimal batting ability won’t hamper the fun you can have in the nets; despite never having set foot on a real cricket pitch, I’ll be leading Somerset to County Championship glory when I bat. If only in my head…

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The scoring system is simple enough to follow; set your difficulty level, wield the willow, and then slog the ball all over the place, aiming for targets dotted around the nets. No time for a careful forward defence here – your goal is to rack up the runs, and climb the leaderboards to victory!

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Given that the whole concept comes from the team who run brilliant Scottish restaurants, Mac & Wild, it’s no surprise to find the venue’s food and drink offering is as mouthwatering as the nets are entertaining! Once you’ve captured the Ashes or taken Rajasthan Royals to the IPL title, mosey on over to the restaurant area to enjoy the best of British BBQ-inspired food and drinks to really top off your visit. Like all good BBQs, we reckon you should order the lot and have everyone tuck in, but the Low and Slow Beef Topside Mini Buns with Smokey Onion Chutney and the Overnight smoked Whiskey Glazed Shortrib in Bourbon BBQ sauce certainly catch the eye. Oh, and that’s before we mention the Shotbat, which looks fairly self explanatory…

Throughout July and August, Sixes have added another enticing attraction to the package. Every day between 9pm and 11pm, you can head on down and have a session in the nights without paying a penny. Yep, that’s two hours of free fun, allowing you to get that adrenaline pumping whilst the rest of London is tucked up in bed with a book. Worlds away from your sporting brilliance, isn’t it?

Both the Fulham and Fitzrovia sites are waiting to welcome you for food, fun, and batting glory/hilarious misses (depending on your skill level). It’s definitely worth adding Sixes to your summer bucket list – after all, it’s got all the excitement to rival a last-ball thriller…

Find Sixes Fulham at 18 Farm Lane, SW6 1PP (nearest station is Fulham Broadway), and Sixes Fitzrovia at 170 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QB (nearest station is Great Portland Street). Book a brilliant afternoon out on their website!

Also published on Medium.

Tags: spring, summer