FairGame Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf’s FairGame puts a digital twist on the fairground games of your childhood. Play games back to back and watch as your best score goes through to a digital leader board in real time. If you finish at the top, you stand a chance of winning prizes. There’s also plenty of street food and drink on site to sustain you – from tacos to margaritas.
Tickets: From £15
25 Fishermans Walk, Canary Wharf, E14 4DH
Hijingo is the bingo night to know about. From the team behind Bounce and Puttshack, it’s a high-energy, multisensory experience in Shoreditch with live entertainment, stadium-grade lighting, and cool music and audio effects to ramp up the drama. Look out for Asian street food and burgers to tuck into once you’ve completed a game.
Tickets: From £11 per game
90 Worship Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2BA
Backyard Cinema is a fixture in both London and Manchester, but now it’s mixing things up with new interactive backdrops to transport viewers to another world. There are Miami Beach and LA Nights themes to explore in Wandsworth or a 90s theme for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. On the food front, sandwiches, pizza and cocktails are available at both locations.
Tickets: From £15
13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET & 19b Compton Terrace, Islington, N1 2UN
After a year’s hiatus, Bunga Bunga is back with a range of fun-filled experiences. Across its Battersea and Covent Garden locations, you can choose from pizza-making parties with live circus performers or singing-in-the-shower ‘Karasoaky’ sessions, complete with rubber ducks and bubble machines. In Covent Garden, guests can also spend an evening at the Bunga show with a three-course Italian meal or a pizza feast, accompanied by sharing drinks served in the shapes of iconic Italian figures like The Godfather and Mario Balotelli. You’ll also get to watch a circus show featuring aerial performers, and burlesque and cabaret dancers.
Tickets: From £35
37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3BA; 167 Drury Lane, West End, WC2B 5PG
For something a little more competitive, this nostalgic West End attraction guarantees a good time. Based on the iconic boardgame, it offers a series of challenges played out on a 15m x 15m Monopoly board. Like the actual game, the aim is to buy properties and race against the clock to build some of London’s most recognisable buildings – solving a murder mystery or stepping into a world of codebreakers as you go.
Tickets: From £25
The Courtyard, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, West End, W1T 7PS
If your idea of a fun night out involves retro arcade games, book a slot at Four Quarters. Its sites in Peckham, Elephant & Castle and Hackney Wick are kitted out with original arcade machines – including Nintendo, Sega and PlayStation – plus vintage console booths and projection gaming areas. Once you’ve set a new high score, hit the bar to enjoy drinks, burgers, hot dogs and loaded fries.
Arcade bar NQ64 can be found in Soho. Home to over 50 retro arcade games and machines – think Guitar Hero, Mario Kart and Pac-Man – there are also 30 original arcade and console games to have a crack at. Every night, DJs play hip hop at the neon-splattered bar – plus, there’s a private room available for parties.
53 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SP
Crazy golf bar Birdies has two spots in London – Battersea and, more recently, Angel. Both are built out with neon rooms and plenty of fun themed holes. Once you’ve settled the score, head to the bar for cheeseburgers and loaded patties. On Wednesdays, players can get a golf game and burger for just £20 at the Angel site, too.
31-32 Parkfield Street, Angel, N1 0PZ & 6 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB
Flipper’s Roller Disco
Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace has opened in West London in a partnership with Usher and the team behind Printworks London. Not only home to a roller rink, it’s also a live music venue and there’s a diner and pro skate shop on site. The first event included a special performance by Central Cee –there are plans to bring in more musical acts.
Tickets: Standard skate & drink bundle £40
Ariel Way, White City, W12 7SL
Taste Film is an interactive cinema-restaurant experience that serves the same food you see on screen. Think of this as your chance to try the famous chocolate cake in Matilda or everything Remy cooks up in Ratatouille. The team works in collaboration with well-known restaurants and independent chefs to make the experience as authentic as possible.