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Bowling in London

Discover great Bowling deals near you

 


Score a strike and scratch your ten-pin itch with our selection of the best bowling vouchers in London. Treat the whole family to a few frames, or kick off an evening out with friends and a few drinks while you sharpen your skills. Whether you’re a novice bowler or you’re looking to join a league, from children’s parties to big nights out, London’s best bowling alleys are all here for the choosing.

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One-Hour Trampoline Park Entry for One, Two, Four or Six at Zap Space (Up to 48% Off)
One-Hour Trampoline Park Entry
Stratford 5.8 km
£12.00 from £7.50
(311)
37% discount_off
Entertainment Centre Entry for One Child, One Adult or Family of Four at KidZania London (Up to 52% Off)
Kids Entertainment Centre Entry
London 4.1 km
£38.00 from £18.00
(48)
52% discount_off
Pennybridge Alpacas: Two-Hour Experience For Two, Four or Six People from £25
Alpaca Encounter For Two
Pennybridge Alpacas 41.6 km
(780)
from £25.00
One Session of Indoor Bouldering with Introduction and Day Pass for 12+ at The Arch North or Arch Acton (70% Off)
Indoor Climbing with Introduction
Multiple Locations 6.0 km
£33.00 £10.00
(212)
69% discount_off
Entry to Soft Play Area for Up to Four at Bramley's Big Adventure (Up to 54% Off)
Soft Play Area for Two
London 4.0 km
£17.50 from £8.00
(39)
54% discount_off
The View from The Shard Entry with Panoramic Guide and Optional Champagne (Up to 33% Off)
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard 1.7 km
£31.00 from £25.00
(476)
19% discount_off
One-Hour VR Gaming Session for Up to Four at Limitless VR (Up to 59% Off)
One-Hour VR Gaming, Croydon
Croydon 9.6 km
£23.50 from £11.00
(55)
53% discount_off
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Interactive Exhibit, 22 Jun –24 Feb 2020, Cardiff (Up to 44% Off) Christmas Availability!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: Child £6.50 / Adult £12.50
St David's Dewi Sant
£11.20 from £6.50
(724)
41% discount_off
Indoor Play Area Entry for Up to One Adult and Two Children at Wacky Kingdom (Up to 38% Off*)
Indoor Play Area Entry
Redhill 18.7 km
(1)
from £5.50
12-Hole Game of Mini Golf for One or Two at Putt In The Park, Three Locations (Up to 50% Off)
12-Hole Game of Mini Golf
Multiple Locations 3.0 km
£10.00 from £5.00
(169)
50% discount_off
One or Two Tickets to BKB 20 Bare-Knuckle Boxing Match, 25 January 2020 at Indigo at the O2 (Up to 70% Off)
BKB 20 Bare-Knuckle Boxing Match
Indigo at the O2 5.6 km
£48.65 from £15.00
(43)
69% discount_off
Ice Skating for Up to Six Children or Adults at Windsor on Ice (Up to 50% Off)
Ice Skating: Child (£5.50), Adult (£6.50)
Alexandra Gardens 21.1 km
£10.50 from £5.50
(93)
47% discount_off
Three Games of Laser Tag for Up to 20 People at Laser Quest Enfield (50% Off)
Three Games of Laser Tag for Two
Enfield 10.1 km
£25.00 from £12.50
(34)
50% discount_off
Day of Golf with 60 Range Balls for Up to Four at Surrey National Golf Club (Up to 73% Off)
Day of Golf for Two
Caterham 15.4 km
£100.00 from £29.00
(18)
71% discount_off
Mini Flipper Trampoline Jump Session for One Toddler and One Adult at Flip Out Brent Cross (25% Off)
Mini Flipper Trampoline Session
Brent Cross 6.2 km
£10.95 £8.20
(14)
25% discount_off
Paintball with 100 Balls and Light Lunch for Five, Ten or 15 at Paintball Networks, Multiple Locations (96% Off)
Paintball Experience with Light Lunch
Multiple Locations 9.3 km
£112.39 from £5.00
(31)
95% discount_off
18 Holes of Mini Golf for Up to Four or a Family at Captain's Bay Adventure Golf
18 Holes of Mini Golf, Hendon
Hendon 7.8 km
(41)
from £6.00
Trampoline Session for Toddler at Zap Space (33% Off)
Trampoline Session for Toddler
Stratford 5.8 km
£12.00 £8.00
(311)
33% discount_off
Paintball With 100 Balls Each and Domino's Pizza For Two, Four, 10, 15 or 20 at Conflict Paintball (Up to 87% Off)
Paintball and Domino's Pizza
Grendon
£19.98 from £5.00
(20)
74% discount_off
Soft Play Centre Entry with Meal for Up to Three Kids and Two Adults at Big Little Fun (Up to 56% Off)
Soft Play Entry with Meal for Two
London 5.0 km
£17.60 from £9.95
(9)
43% discount_off
Madame Tussaud's, Entry for One or Two, Wednesday or Thursday-Tuesday with Bubbles, London (Up to 34% Off)
Madame Tussaud's London
Madame Tussauds 1.6 km
£32.00 from £22.00
(7)
31% discount_off
Animal Park Entry and Alpaca Walk for One or Two at Eagle Heights (Up to 50% Off)
Animal Park Entry and Alpaca Walk
Eagle Heights 16.8 km
£35.00 from £22.00
(378)
37% discount_off
Discover Scuba Diving Session for One or Two at London School of Diving (46% Off)
Discover Scuba Diving Session
London 6.7 km
£35.00 from £19.00
(11)
45% discount_off
The British, Science or National Gallery Museum Quiz Treasure Hunt for One or Two with The Great Game (Up to 50% Off)
Museum Quiz Treasure Hunt for One Or Two
London 0.6 km
£20.00 £9.99
(30)
50% discount_off
Bond in Motion Tickets, 20 November 2019 - 6 January 2020 at London Film Museum (Up to 50% Off)
Bond in Motion: Child (£4.75), Adult (£7.25)
London Film Museum 0.3 km
£9.50 from £4.75
(440)
50% discount_off
Up at The O2 Experience with Up at The O2 (16% Off)
Up at The O2 Experience
Greenwich 5.6 km
£30.00 £24.99
(75)
16% discount_off
Meerkat Experience for Two or Four at Eagle Heights (Up to 62% Off)
Meerkat Experience for Two
Eagle Heights 16.8 km
£180.00 from £69.00
(378)
61% discount_off

Bowling in London: things to know before you go

Become a bowling guru with our answers to all your ten-pin queries.

What is ten-pin bowling?

Ten-pin bowling is a sport with the aim of knocking down as many pins as possible with a heavy bowling ball. Each player has ten rounds, in each of which they get to bowl twice – unless you hit a strike and knock down all ten with your first ball. In that case, you get to double your next score. If you knock all 10 down in two attempts, your score from the first bowl of your next go is doubled. Most points after everyone has bowled ten rounds wins!

Ten-pin bowling is widely thought to have originated in the States, where it’s hugely popular, but much like craft beer, it’s not actually an American export at all.

Early forms of the game are thought to have come from the German sport Kegelspiel, which involved knocking down nine pins laid in a diamond formation. Some sources claim that the ten-pin version of the game came about in 1841, when the state of Connecticut banned nine-pin bowling for its association with gambling and crime. The tenth addition was a clever loophole to allow bowlers to keep knocking those pins down.

Whether that’s true or not, ten-pin bowling has emerged over the last 200 years as an accessible alternative to lawn bowling enjoyed by the upper classes.

Where can I find bowling alleys in London?

All over the place. Even for all the game’s popularity, you’d be surprised how many venues have space dedicated to the art of rolling heavy balls at pins. The nature of bowling alleys has changed, too.

There are still your classic examples of spacious, kid-friendly venues with loads of lanes, arcade games and tinged with a liberal dose of Americana. You’ll typically be able to grab some grub in between games too.

A little more specialist but no less family-friendly is The Base. This Wembley bowling spot is famed for its flame-grilled burgers and American-inspired desserts. Sip on a delicious milkshake and tuck into waffles soaked in syrup after you’ve finished practicing your strike celebrations, then head for the pool tables.

Where’s the best place to have a beer while I bowl?

Beer and bowling – the perfect combination for many. London has more than its fair share of bowling alleys that serve alcohol, so you’re spoiled for choice. If you really want to make a night of it with your friends, check out Lava Lanes. As well as a few games of bowling, you can savour a carefully crafted cocktail, expertly served up by the staff.

What is a ten-pin strike in bowling, and how can I learn to do it?

A strike is when you knock down all ten pins in one single bowl, not only netting yourself ten points but also doubling your score on the next round.

You might well manage a few strikes through sheer luck if you tend to consistently hit the pins, but you won’t be able to do it reliably without a lot of practice and some keen strategy.

To knock all ten pins down, hit the front pin at a slight angle so that the ball also ploughs through into the three pins at the back, known as the pocket. To get that angle, you need to learn to put spin on the ball to bowl what the pros call a ‘hook’.

This video from NHK World TV might help, but you’ll also need to practice and persevere!