Holborn wouldn’t have necessarily been our first destination for a night out, but that’s all about to change with the opening of new ping pong bar extraordinaire Bounce: 12,500 square foot of bar and restaurant discreetly hidden beneath the pavements of Chancery Lane; 17 ping pong tables, including one swanky Olympic one that will make you feel like a champ; a smaller room for private parties; cases full of old school table tennis merch; seasonal cocktails to make your aim slightly wonky and a sit down dinner service. Yes, for all those who like some mild sporting activity with their socialising, Bounce is like a pimped version of Cafe Kick but with oodles more space (the interior was designed by the same people who did the Zetter Townhouse, The Hospital Club and The Savoy).
We went to test out the tables before it opened but if our skills are anything to go by, we can imagine that on a busy night, you might have to dodge the drunken flying balls. It’s got all the bases covered, no surprise considering it has been set up by co-founder of All Star Lanes, Adam Breeden. Our favourite part of the whole thing is that it is built on the very spot where table tennis was invented and patented in 1901. Plus to make it as authentic as possible, they enlisted Joe Jaques, grandson of the game’s inventor, John Jaques III, to consult on the project. Ping pong fans will be in heaven, everyone else will soon be a convert. Sonya Barber
For more info, see our bounce listing. Here are some highlights to get your balls bouncing: