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Can you spare a moment for these venues that will absolutely bowl your mind?

A past time that we all know and love very much. A 'sport' that can be combined with pizza and a pint. There's nothing more satisfying that scoring a strike or a spare on a good night out with your friends and London is jam-packed with bowling alleys for you to enjoy, from basement alleys in more intimate settings to mega venues with multiple lanes. To top it all off it's an activity you can participate in no matter what age and whatever the weather, perfect for the chilly season too. So grab your friends, lace up your shoes and select an outrageous team name- here's our list of the top bowling alleys in London. 

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All Star Lanes

Multiple Locations

If you're looking for something easy to locate, with good times guaranteed, then All-Star Lanes is definitely up there. With four locations dotted around London it's easily accessible and also affers karaoke, handmade cocktails, American food and heaps of fun. It's branches are currently located in Brick Lane, Holborn, Stratford and White City, making it seriously bowl over the competition. With a 50's American aesthetic (not including the miami-come-art-deco White City venue), a reasonably priced menu and tonnes of upcoming events, there's a reason All-Star Lanes made it to the top of our list. 

Bowling prices start at £7.75 for children and £8 for adults. 

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Queens London

17 Queensway, London W2 4QP

Ever thought about skating around an ice rink, hopping onto an arcade game, smashing your team mates at bowling and then grabbing a delicious burger to top it all off? Neither did we until now. And guess what, Queens provides exactly that. It's cool, edgy and filled with fun to make any evening jam-packed with entertainment that you can get stuck right into. 

Wanna know how they roll? They've got twelve super slick bowling lanes with neon lights and a great sound system that will be booming tunes you just HAVE to dance along to. Feeling peckish? Food is just a button-press away and is served directly to your table. The menu is provided by MEATliquor and trust us when we say, it's delicious. After 7pm the bowling zone is for over 18s only. Perfect for date nights and drinks and guess what?! Shoe hire is optional. Yes, we knew you'd like that one. 

Prices start at £9 for children and £11.50 for adults.

Bookings can be made here.

Rowan's Tenpin Bowl

10 Stroud Green Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DF

If you're looking for something more old-school, look no further than Rowan's. This cult hero is located in a beloved venue, that may not be as sleek as the rest of our selection, but is certainly on trend with the 'rise of retro' culture and it does make a great instagram picture. There's a huge 24 lane set up with a pool room, snooker temple, an amusement arcade and a karaoke booth. If you're feeling a bit hungry after hitting all the gutters, why not order a bite from their American-style menu with a speciality frozen cocktail to accompany. 

Be sure to check out their price list, because costs and opening times can vary. However, on a general note, admission starts from £1 with bowling at £6.50.

Bloomsbury Lanes

Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 9EU

A little segway from our other brighter, gawdier choices is Bloomsbury Lanes. Nestled in the city centre is this dark, dingy and (dare we say it) hipster hangout that houses 8 bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, walls laden with vinyl records, neon signs and a hell of an American Diner menu

Things work a little bit different here, as you have to hire out a lane instead of pay per person, meaning it's probably best to come with a group of friends if you're not looking to dig too deep into your pockets with lane prices starting at £45 per hour. They highly recommend booking in advance as they tend to fill up fast. You can reserve your lane here. Get ready to boogie your way through a 70's playlist, tuck into a deliciously greasy pizza and savagely strike your way through a game (or if you're like me, stay in the gutter... it's the taking part that counts anyway right?!).

The Croc

1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7HY

This is what we like to call, boutique bowling. Aptly names after the two giant crocodile driftwood decorations adorning the walls, The Croc is our smallest, but sleekest choice on the list. Nestled in the basement of the Ham Yard hotel is this original 1950's bowling alley, lounge, bar and dance floor. Bowl your way towards a suspended brick wall with flickering lights. To make the experience extra snazzy, you can upgrade your pins and shoelaces to UV. 

It's probably more of a place for a one-off experience, as it's so small its quite often booked out, however it's a great location for functions and parties being able to hold up to 250 people. 

Bowling starts at £20 per person for one hour. Reservations are necessary and can be made here.