Full of vintage American style, neon lights and music, bowling alleys in London have upped their game in recent years. With plenty of other entertainment on site too, these nine places are great for all-day or evening fun.
Best for a night out with friends
Grab your friends and head for a night of old-school fun at these bowling alleys.
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
Order one of Ray’s famous pizzas straight to your bowling lane and enjoy the laidback retro-American atmosphere at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Go on a Friday or Saturday for live music and DJs, or make your own music at the karaoke after your bowling match.
All Star Lanes
Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays
Go for the Hollywood glamour, stay for the state-of-the-art bowling alleys and mouthwatering cocktails. Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays lets you bowl in your own shoes, and VIP lanes are available with staff at your beck and call as you bowl. Head to the arcade afterwards for some old-school fun and games.
Visit this Finsbury Park institution for two levels of classic bowling, plus pool tables, an arcade area and even karaoke. You can easily spend a whole evening at Rowans, with music playing until late. This place gets popular on the weekends so book ahead to secure your lane.
Best for families
Grab the kids and head to these bowling alleys great for families, with plenty to entertain different generations
Who said ice skating is just for the winter? At Queens, you can combine bowling and ice skating (perhaps not at the same time) all year round. The ice rink also hosts ice karting and there's a separate curling area.
With a handful of venues in outer London, including Bexleyheath and Croydon, Tenpin Bowling is classic family bowling fun. There are great packages for kids parties, and plenty to keep the adults entertained too. Venues vary, but you can find games including laser tag, arcade, table tennis and pool.
Best cheap bowling alleys
A trip to the bowling alley doesn't have to break the bank with these cheap London options.
Namco Funscape County Hall
Best for private parties
Take over the whole place at these luxury private bowling alleys found inside two of London's hotels.
Bowling alley at The Courthouse Hotel
Battle your friends in the two-lane private bowling alley at The Courthouse Hotel. You can hire by the hour, day or evening for your private party, and hire the adjoining playroom to keep the competition going on the ping pong table and air hockey.
Croc Bowling Alley
For the ultimate private party, hire the luxury Croc Bowling Alley at the Ham Yard Hotel. The specially commissioned original features aren’t found in many bowling alleys in the UK: from the hand warmers and visible ball returns, to the three driftwood crocodiles adorning the walls (giving this place its name!).