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Not just for golden oldies: the biggest and best alternative bingo events in the capital

Not just for golden oldies: the biggest and best alternative bingo events in the capital

Culture Calling favourite: Dabbers Bingo, Aldgate

Named after the marker-like device you use to keep track of your called numbers rather than the dance move, Dabbers is the UK’s first purpose-built bingo hall with a contemporary twist. Their passion for making the game fun and accessible for all is clear, and the strict eyes down approach is nowhere to be seen among the confetti canons and cocktails galore. With different themes every day of the week from cabaret and comedy packed with innuendo to big prize events and even Doggie Bingo on a Sunday, every show is packed full of audience participation and prizes ranging from cold hard cash to holidays or emoji stress balls. With a tasty menu selection ranging from burgers to brunch, and even tastier drinks, this is the place to get rid of your ideas about dusty bingo halls and is a great alterative night out.

Blingo: Hip Hop RnB Bingo, Camden

When you think of hip hop it’s understandable that your brain probably doesn’t automatically link it to OAPs and bingo halls, but that’s all about to change with Blingo. Grandma Flash and her team are on hand to oversee the coolest bingo game in town, where you’ll laugh til you cry, possibly end up involved in a dance off or lip sync battle and, of course, play a lot of bingo, whilst attempting to sing along to the best 90’s hip hop and RnB classics.

Bongo’s Bingo, Clapham and London Bridge

Taking bingo as far away from the stereotype of being old people in a village hall with an ancient hand-turned bingo machine as possible, Bongo’s Bingo is the ‘going out out’ version of the classic game that you never knew you needed but you really really do. Part-live entertainment show, part-bingo, but very much full party, Bongo’s Bingo is now in 40 locations around the world thanks to its feel-good silliness, dance-all-night vibes and ridiculous prizes galore - there’s not many places you can win a Henry Hoover on a night out.

Musical Bingo, Various London locations

Calling all music fans! If numbers aren’t your thing but you still want to experience the fast-paced fun of bingo, Musical Bingo is the answer. It’s not so much “eyes down” as “ears open” as you aim to listen out for songs that match those on your bingo card, with themed rounds focused around songs of certain genres, decades or randomly linked and, as with regular bingo, you win prizes when you fill your card. With a medley of excellent music throughout the night and excellent hosts to keep the fun factor dialled up to 11, it’s a great alternative night out with mates or date night to suss out each other’s musical tastes. They even have a monthly spot at Dabbers!

The Big Bingo Show, Vauxhall

Need a way to banish the Monday blues? Look no further than The Big Bingo Show at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Hosted by fabulous bearded drag lady Timberlina and DJ Neil Prince, there’s nothing boring about this weekly bingo night full of cabaret, singalongs and comedy. With an emphasis on entertainment-themed bingo rounds, it’s all easy to follow for bingo newbies, although you may be laughing so much that it’s hard to focus on your game card. A trip to the pub has never been so exciting.