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One-Hour Trampoline Park Entry for One, Two, Four or Six at Zap Space
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Zap Space
369 High Street, Stratford 5.8 km
3.8
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437 Ratings
£12.00 from£7.50
37% discount_off
One-Hour Trampoline Park Entry for One, Two, Four or Six at Zap Space
Escape Room Game for Two, Four or Six at Adventox
Adventox
First Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, London 4.0 km
4.6
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549 Ratings
£79.00 from£39.00
50% discount_off
Escape Room Game for Two, Four or Six at Adventox
Two-, Four- or Eight-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire for Up to Six at Riverscapes
Riverscapes
Court Road, London 11.9 km
4.5
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97 Ratings
£60.00 from£35.00
41% discount_off
Two-, Four- or Eight-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire for Up to Six at Riverscapes
One Adult or Child Return Ticket for Westminster – Greenwich Boat Tour from Thames River Services
Thames River Services
3 Locations 0.5 km
4.7
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947 Ratings
£11.25 from£6.25
44% discount_off
One Adult or Child Return Ticket for Westminster – Greenwich Boat Tour from Thames River Services
Circular Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise on the River Thames for Adult or Child at Circular Cruise Westminster
Circular Cruise Westminster
5 Locations 0.4 km
4.4
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581 Ratings
£10.75 from£5.95
44% discount_off
Circular Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise on the River Thames for Adult or Child at Circular Cruise Westminster
Two-Hour Ski or Snowboard Adult Group Lesson at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Snowcentre Ltd t/a The Snow Centre
St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead 21.7 km
4.8
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164 Ratings
£72.00 £33.00
54% discount_off
Two-Hour Ski or Snowboard Adult Group Lesson at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead
The View from The Shard Entry with Panoramic Guide and Optional Champagne
The View from The Shard
Joiner Street, London 1.7 km
4.6
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632 Ratings
£34.00 from£25.00
26% discount_off
The View from The Shard Entry with Panoramic Guide and Optional Champagne
Online Room-Escape Game from Big Break Hamburg (31% Off)
Big Break Hamburg
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£8.73 £6.00
31% discount_off
Online Room-Escape Game from Big Break Hamburg (31% Off)
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Choice of 60-Minute Segway Experience for Two with Segway Events, 13 Locations
Segway Events
13 Locations 5.7 km
4.0
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104 Ratings
£50.00 from£19.99
60% discount_off
Choice of 60-Minute Segway Experience for Two with Segway Events, 13 Locations
Entry for Up to Six to Upside Down House UK, Four Locations
Upside Down House UK
4 Locations 17.6 km
3.6
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87 Ratings
£10.00 from£6.00
40% discount_off
Entry for Up to Six to Upside Down House UK, Four Locations
Disco Cabaret Show with Nightclub Entry at Café de Paris
Café de Paris
3-4 Coventry St, London 0.3 km
4.4
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104 Ratings
£20.00 from£10.00
50% discount_off
Disco Cabaret Show with Nightclub Entry at Café de Paris
8-Lap One-Secret-Supercar or 16-Lap Three-Secret-Supercar Driving Experience at Drift Limits
Drift Limits
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.6
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106 Ratings
£59.00 from£29.00
50% discount_off
8-Lap One-Secret-Supercar or 16-Lap Three-Secret-Supercar Driving Experience at Drift Limits
12-Hole Game of Mini Golf for One or Two at Putt In The Park, Three Locations
Putt In The Park
3 Locations 3.0 km
4.6
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188 Ratings
£10.00 from£5.00
50% discount_off
12-Hole Game of Mini Golf for One or Two at Putt In The Park, Three Locations
One Session of Indoor Bouldering with Introduction and Day Pass + at The Arch North or Arch Acton
The Arch Climbing Wall
2 Locations 6.0 km
4.9
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274 Ratings
£33.00 £10.00
69% discount_off
One Session of Indoor Bouldering with Introduction and Day Pass + at The Arch North or Arch Acton
Four or Eight 90-Minute Beginners Salsa Classes with City Salsa
City Salsa
3 Locations 1.6 km
4.3
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66 Ratings
£32.00 from£8.95
72% discount_off
Four or Eight 90-Minute Beginners Salsa Classes with City Salsa
Supercar Thrill and Blast Driving Experience for Up to Five Cars with Drift Limits
Drift Limits
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.6
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106 Ratings
£80.00 from£39.00
51% discount_off
Supercar Thrill and Blast Driving Experience for Up to Five Cars with Drift Limits
Up to 12-Month Access to Piano or Guitar Online Course from iMusic School (Up to 91% Off)
iMusic School
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£29.99 from£5.00
83% discount_off
Up to 12-Month Access to Piano or Guitar Online Course from iMusic School (Up to 91% Off)
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45-Minute Escorted Horse Ride for Up to Six at Kingsmead Equestrian Centre
Kingsmead Equestrian Centre
Kingswood Lane, Warlingham 13.4 km
4.5
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73 Ratings
£30.00 from£24.00
20% discount_off
45-Minute Escorted Horse Ride for Up to Six at Kingsmead Equestrian Centre
London Gangster Bus Tour for Up to Four from Gangster Tours
Gangster Tours
Liverpool Street, London 1.9 km
4.4
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222 Ratings
£23.00 from£15.00
34% discount_off
London Gangster Bus Tour for Up to Four from Gangster Tours
Edinburgh, York or London Bus Tour for Up to Four from The Ghost Bus Tours
The Ghost Bus Tours
3 Locations 0.1 km
4.4
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442 Ratings
£12.00 from£7.75
35% discount_off
Edinburgh, York or London Bus Tour for Up to Four from The Ghost Bus Tours
Soap Making Workshop for One or Two at Token Studio
Token Studio
Token Studio, Unit1, St. Saviours Wharf, 23-25 Mill street,, London 2.4 km
4.1
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32 Ratings
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Soap Making Workshop for One or Two at Token Studio
Soft Play Centre Entry for One or Two Children at Kassiopi Cove
Kassiopi Cove
2 Colebrook Street, Erith 13.4 km
4.5
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46 Ratings
£7.20 from£3.50
51% discount_off
Soft Play Centre Entry for One or Two Children at Kassiopi Cove
Jack the Ripper Tour for Up to Four from London Mystery Walks
London Mystery Walks
9 Aldgate High Street, London 2.3 km
4.8
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130 Ratings
£10.00 from£5.00
50% discount_off
Jack the Ripper Tour for Up to Four from London Mystery Walks
Three-Hour Introductory Sewing Workshop for One or Two at The Fashion Box
The Fashion Box
Unit 4, London 5.4 km
4.8
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154 Ratings
£60.00 from£21.00
65% discount_off
Three-Hour Introductory Sewing Workshop for One or Two at The Fashion Box
Dim Sum Class with a Meal and Refreshments for One or Two at London Cookery School
London Cookery School
296 Holloway Road, LONDON 3.2 km
4.9
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30 Ratings
£99.00 from£39.00
60% discount_off
Dim Sum Class with a Meal and Refreshments for One or Two at London Cookery School
One or Three Beginner's Belly Dance Class at Bellydance Body Mind
Bellydance Body Mind
24 Haverstock Hill, London 2.8 km
5.0
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6 Ratings
£12.50 from£5.00
60% discount_off
One or Three Beginner's Belly Dance Class at Bellydance Body Mind
Cupcake Academy Diploma from New Skills Academy
New Skills Academy
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4.3
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632 Ratings
£69.00 £10.00
85% discount_off
Cupcake Academy Diploma from New Skills Academy

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!