Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes


Situated below the Tavistock Hotel in Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Lanes has eight retro bowling lanes offering an authentic bowling experience right in the centre of town. Enjoy a drink and snack whilst bowling, or watch all the action from the Americana Swivel Bar. If it's something more substantial you re after, try the full service Bloomsbury Diner.

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Venue Details & Map

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

38 Bedford Way
+44 (0)20 7183 1979
Public transport:
Russell Square, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

4.0 out of 5 16 March 2015
by A S.

Good spot for some bowling but make sure you book in advance. Drinks at the bar are average London prices. Karaoke rooms look interesting!more

3.0 out of 5 6 October 2014
by Wayne H.

Low key venue with eight lanes, one bar and a diner.

If All Star Lanes is Manhattan then BBL is the New Jersey equivalent - though it does have its charms.

Ideal place for an informal company nights out or just hanging with the boys.

Hot dogs from the diner were decent but pizzas no quite so. But the beers are always cold.more

3.0 out of 5 12 August 2014
by Denise Y.

Went here for a bowling event organized by my local alumni organization. I always get a little nostalgic because bowling reminds me of birthday parties in the 90's.. and each time, I'm reminded that I haven't improved my bowling skill since then either!

The venue is cute and clean, and they were pretty good about making sure everyone adheres to the booking times. The hour we booked flew by -...more

3.0 out of 5 14 July 2014
by Ela T.

Waaaaoo-owww! This place is still going strong after all these years? It existed back when I was at uni back in like...2003! And it did not disappoint!

This is the place to go when you don't know what you want to do and want to do absolutely everything! You can eat American food here, you can drink, you can bowl, you can play retro video game machines, play pool, dance to your heart's content...more

5.0 out of 5 21 January 2014
by Craig M.

Wait... how have I not reviewed this place yet?! It's an absolute must-do for the Londoner.

The retro bowling might be a tad more expensive than its newer rivals (All-Star Lanes), but the experience is second to none. Yes, the carpet might be fraying in places. Yes, the shoes might have seen better days. But where The Lanes trump all other options is the sheer temptation to just get loose...more

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