Best 13 activity bars in London

Discover the fun-filled side of the capital with these top activity bars.

From ball pits and ping pong to electric shuffleboard, check out thrilling ways to test your sporting skills with these top indoor activities in London bars.

1. Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing London

a person taking a photo of another person about to throw an axe into a target board

Bring out your inner Viking with an urban axeperience near Oxford Circus. Learn the art of axe throwing and how to perform trick shots with a professional at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing London and take part in a tournament to see who will win the ultimate axe throwing experience and be crowned the winner.

Where: Oxford Circus (53 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DN)

2. Capital Karts

Channel your inner Formula 1 champion as you compete for the fastest lap at London's indoor karting venue, Capital Karts, the perfect pit stop for group activities. Feel the adrenaline rush as you race through the twists and turns of multi-level tracks in a race to the podium.

Where: Canary Wharf (15 Cabot Square, E14 4QS)

3. Fairgame

Old school arcade games in a large indoor venue, including basketball and whack-a-mole

Indulge yourself in nostalgic funfair-themed games at Fairgame in Canary Wharf. Game options are guaranteed to transport you back to your youth, including Whac-A-Mole and Shoot The Clown. Keep yourself refuelled with street food and 3 bars serving cocktails and craft beer.

Where: Canary Wharf (25 Fishermans Walk, E14 4DH)

4. London Shuffle Club 

An open planned room with wooden panelling and shuffleboard courts, with two teams playing a game and having fun.

Shuffleboard has had a glitzy revamp from its 15th century roots at London Shuffle Club. The new-improved competitive format can be booked on both indoor and outdoor shuffleboard courts, with the team on hand to teach you the rules, tips and tricks to be a shuffleboard pro in no time at all.

Where: Shoreditch (4 Ebor St, E1 6AW)

5. Baranis

Transport yourself to southern France and a sophisticated bar that’s home to the UK's only indoor Pétanque court. Spend a memorable evening at Baranis, gaining some impressive new skills and getting a taste of Provence, as you soak up the elegant 1940’s French vibe in Chancery Lane.

Where: Chancery Lane (115 Chancery Ln, WC2A 1PP)

6. Ballie Ballerson

A mirrored room with a rainbow ball pit

Dive into London’s most famous ball pit and relive all the fun of your childhood at Ballie Ballerson, the vivacious Shoreditch venue that tops everyone’s bucket list for activity bars. Be dazzled by an intoxicating mix of rainbow ball pits, neon lights and delicious retro cocktails. Take lots of photos as this one is fab for the gram.

Where: Shoreditch (97-113 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3BS)

7. Bounce

A dark room with club-style lighting and ping pong tables laid out

Get your adrenaline fix with a fast-paced game of ping pong at Bounce in the lively locations of Old Street and Farringdon. Immerse yourself in the big-city pulse and enjoy a vibrant fusion of group activities in an electric atmosphere, while dancing up a storm or feasting on pizza.

Where: Old Street (241 Old St, EC1V 9EY), Holborn (121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD) and Battersea (Battersea Power Station, Hall B, SW8 5BN)

8. Clays

A woman holding up a fake long barrel gun, playing a fun virtual clay pigeon shooting game.

Try your hand at virtual clay shooting at Clays, with venues in Moorgate and Canary Wharf. Innovative tech is used to simulate Olympic clay shooting with the addition of new competitive games. Work up an appetite for cocktails and street food, courtesy of a former Ritz chef.

Where: Moorgate (55 Moorgate, EC2R 6LL) and Canary Wharf (1 Cabot Sq, E14 4QJ)

9. Electric Shuffle

An interactive shuffleboard next to a multi-coloured light

Enjoy a much-loved game of shuffleboard with a twist, at Electric Shuffle. Mixing a centuries-old pastime with a supercharged gaming experience, this is shuffleboard revolutionised. Full of surprises and a variety of interactive games, this new concept n Canary Wharf and London Bridge is a lively addition to London’s activity bars and makes playing shuffle endless fun.

Where: Canary Wharf (10 Cabot Sq, E14 4EY) and London Bridge (10 Bermondsey St, SE1 2ER)

10. Flight Club

A Victorian-inspired fairground horse in front of a dart board inside Flight Club

Enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe of the uber-cool Flight Club. Combining a friendly pub atmosphere with a Victorian-inspired fairground of fun, this high-tech social darts experience hits the bullseye. With a long, illustrious history, darts is a game everyone should try and now you can in Bloomsbury, Islington, Shoreditch or Victoria.

Where: Shoreditch (2a Worship St, EC2A 2AH), Bloomsbury (55 New Oxford St, WC1A 1BS) and Victoria (6 Sir Simon Milton Sq, SW1E 5DJ)

11. Sixes Social Cricket

low angle shot of a person swinging a cricket bat with targets in a framework to hit

Sports-lovers can join forces with pals for a lively game of cricket at Sixes Social Cricket clubhouses in Fitzrovia or Fulham. Combining cutting-edge technology with a high-energy atmosphere, you can test your batting skills. Take your guard, swing hard and score some winning runs in the interactive batting net.

Where: Shepherd's Bush (Westfield London, W12 7GA), Fitzrovia (170 Great Portland St, W1W 5QB) and Fulham (18 Farm Ln, SW6 1PP)

12. Bar Kick

Enjoy a pre- or post-match game of foosball at Bar Kick and get ready to get competitive. Play solo or double up with a friend to take on the opposition. Make sure to catch a range of sports in the bar, including Premier League, Formula 1 and rugby on one of the twelve 4k screens set across two floors.

Where: Shoreditch (127 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE)

13. Queens

A vibrant room with neon decor and arcade machines and games

Discover this hidden gem near Hyde Park and get bowling, rolling and gaming at Queens. Perfect for group activities and with 12 bowling lanes, you can bowl the night away, dance on ice at the indoor ice rink or play old-school games in the retro arcades.

Where: Queensway (17 Queensway, W2 4QP)

Find more fun bars in London, including esports bars and venues full of gaming options, mini-golf and crazy golf, bowling alleys and unique quirky bars.

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