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Adult or Child Return Ticket for Westminster - Greenwich Boat Tour from Thames River Sightseeing (Up to 57% Off)
Westminster – Greenwich Boat Tour: £11.65 Child, £17.90 Adult
3 Locations 0.5 km
4.6
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332 Ratings
£11.65 from£5.95
48% discount_off
Monday to Friday: one (1) child return ticket, Westminster - Greenwich; under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Entry for Up to Six to Upside Down House UK, Five Locations (Up to 40% Off)
Upside Down House Entry for Two
4 Locations 4.1 km
4.2
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148 Ratings
£9.00 from£6.00
33% discount_off
For two: Brighton entry for Upside Down House; under 12s must be accompanied by an adult
90-Minute BYOB Pottery Painting or Making and Painting Experience at Token Studio
BYOB Pottery Painting Experience
Mill Street, London 2.4 km
3.1
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32 Ratings
£28.00 from£18.00
35% discount_off
90-minute BYOB creative pottery painting workshop; valid 7 days a week
London by Night Bus Tour for Child or Adult at See London by Night (Up to 35% Off)
London by Night Bus Tour: Child (£9) or Adult (£17)
Piccadilly, London 0.7 km
4.7
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39 Ratings
£14.00 from£9.00
35% discount_off
One (1) child ticket (ages 5-15) to a London sightseeing bus tour by night
Two High Rope Course Experiences for Two Adults or Family of Four at Skywalk Adventures
High Rope Experiences for Two
More Lane, Surrey 13.9 km
4.8
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25 Ratings
£60.00 from£29.00
51% discount_off
For two adults: two high rope course experiences
Soap Making Workshop for One or Two at Token Studio
Soap Making Workshop
Token Studio, Unit1, St. Saviours Wharf, 23-25 Mill street,, London 2.4 km
4.1
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29 Ratings
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Soap making workshop for one
Murder Mansion Virtual Escape Room Game for Up to Six from Elgin Escape (34% Off)
Virtual Escape Room Game
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4.5
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93 Ratings
£9.99 £6.50
34% discount_off
Murder Mansion virtual escape room game for up to six players
Two Games of Laser Tag for Four or Six at Laser Quest Enfield (Up to 43% Off)
Two Games of Laser Tag
20 Queensway, Enfield 10.1 km
4.3
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10 Ratings
£44.00 from£25.00
43% discount_off
For four: two games of laser tag; must be 7 or older, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
One-Hour Owl or Falconry Experience for One or Two at Hawk on the Wild Side, Multiple Locations (Up to 60% Off)
Falconry or Owl Experience
3 Locations 21.0 km
4.3
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27 Ratings
£38.00 from£19.90
47% discount_off
For one: one-hour owl or falconry experience
Social Painting Experience for One or Two with Artistique, Three Locations (Up to 34% Off)
Social Painting Experience
409 Clapham Road, London 3.0 km
5.0
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1 Ratings
£35.00 from£25.00
28% discount_off
For one: social painting experience, must be 18 or older
Supercar Thrill and Blast Driving Experience for Up to Five Cars with Drift Limits
Supercar Driving Experience
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.3
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22 Ratings
£80.00 from£39.00
51% discount_off
One car: Blast supercar driving experience
Lightopia, 19 November 2021 - 2 January 2022 at Crystal Palace Park (Up to 24% Off)
Lightopia
Thichet Rd, London 6.9 km
4.2
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441 Ratings
£13.78 from£10.40
24% discount_off
Lightopia at Crystal Palace Park, London: one (1) child ticket (ages 3-15) / 19 November 2021 / 7.30 p.m.
London Christmas Lights Bus Tour with Tootbus (Up to 10% Off)
London Christmas Lights Bus Tour
1-2 Coventry Street, London 0.3 km
4.3
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6 Ratings
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Adult ticket (16+ years): Christmas lights bus tour
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
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£16.75
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
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Online adventures from home in different game rooms on Escapetown (discount up to 58%) Discover them all!
Online Escape Game
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4.2
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10 Ratings
£12.00 from£5.00
58% discount_off
The Haunted Castle
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
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£19.00
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
One Session of Indoor Bouldering with Introduction and Day Pass + at The Arch North or Arch Acton
Indoor Climbing with Introduction
2 Locations 6.0 km
£33.00 £10.00
69% discount_off
One Introduction to bouldering and a separate full-day pass
10,000+ bought
One or Two-Day London sights hop on hop off bus tour ticket and River Cruise, Child £13.95 and Adult £22.95
1 or 2-Day Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour & River Cruise - Child or Adult
8 Locations 0.2 km
4.3
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6 Ratings
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Adult: 24-hour hop on-hop off Must See London Sites ticket with Thames River cruise; valid 7 days a week
Four Beginners' Salsa Classes for Up to Six at Havana Salsa, Multiple Locations (Up to 88% Off)
Four Beginners' Salsa Classes
22 Locations 2.0 km
4.3
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6 Ratings
£37.99 from£4.50
88% discount_off
For one: four one-hour beginners' salsa classes, must be 18 or older
National Gallery Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
National Gallery Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
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£6.00
National Gallery Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
4-Lap One-Secret-Supercar or 16-Lap Three-Secret-Supercar Driving Experience at Drift Limits (50% Off)
Supercar Driving Experience
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.3
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22 Ratings
£58.00 from£29.00
50% discount_off
Four-lap driving experience in one secret supercar; valid Monday and Wednesday - Saturday
British Museum Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
British Museum Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
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£6.00
British Museum Self Guided Audio Tour (no entrance ticket)
Christmas Lights London Bus Tour for Child or Adult with Premium Tours (Up to 52% Off)
Christmas Lights London Tour: Child (£16), Adult (£22)
164 Buckingham Palace Road, London 1.5 km
4.8
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106 Ratings
£34.00 from£16.00
52% discount_off
One (1) child ticket to Christmas Lights tour
One-Hour VR Gaming Session for One, Two, or Four at Limitless VR (Up to 56% Off)
One-Hour VR Gaming
79 High Street, Croydon 9.6 km
4.4
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8 Ratings
£22.50 from£11.00
51% discount_off
For one: one-hour VR gaming session
Christmas Lights Night Tour by Night Bus Tour for Child,  Adult or Family at See London by Night (Up to 28% Off)
Christmas Lights Night Tour: Child (£10), Adult (£18) or Family (£56)
Piccadilly, London 0.7 km
4.7
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39 Ratings
£14.00 from£10.00
28% discount_off
One (1) child ticket to a London Christmas lights night bus tour by night
Secret Walking Tour of Central London
Secret Walking Tour of Central London
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£16.00
Secret Walking Tour of Central London
Hidden London Walking Tour
Hidden London Walking Tour
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£16.00
Hidden London Walking Tour

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!