20 fun activity bars in London

Discover the fun-filled side of the capital with the best activity bars London has to offer.

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. 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, London 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, London E14 4QS)

3. Fairgame

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

Indulge in nostalgic funfair-themed games at Fairgame in Canary Wharf, one of the best activity bars in London. 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 three bars serving cocktails and craft beer.

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

4. Alcotraz

three people wearing orange prison jumpsuits, sat down in a cell, smiling and holding their cocktails up in the air

Don an orange jumpsuit, line up for your mug shot and put your stealth skills to the test at fun immersive cocktail bar Alcotraz. Serving inmates are your bartenders, the guards are crooked, and you become a part of the immersive prison storyline by obtaining bespoke cocktails crafted with your successfully smuggled liquor.

Where: Hackney (Unit 3B, 127 Hackney Road, London E2 8GY)

5. F1 Arcade

Experience the excitement, glamour and thrills of the Formula 1 racing experience at F1 Arcade. Jump into the driver's seat and experience the heart-racing thrills of cutting-edge simulation racing. Don't forget to check out the delicious sharing plates including flatbreads and tacos, and sip on unique F1-inspired cocktails.

Where: St Paul's (1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF)

6. 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 and 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 Street, London E1 6AW)

7. 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 1940s French vibe in Chancery Lane. One of the most original and fun activity bars London has to offer!

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

8. 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 in London. 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 Road, London EC2A 3BS)

9. 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 Street, London EC1V 9EY), Holborn (121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD) and Battersea (Battersea Power Station, Hall B, London SW8 5BN)

10. 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, London EC2R 6LL) and Canary Wharf (1 Cabot Square, London E14 4QJ)

11. 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 in Canary Wharf and London Bridge is a lively addition to London’s activity bars scene and makes playing shuffle endless fun.

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

12. 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 Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, Islington and Victoria.

Where: Shoreditch (2a Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH), Bloomsbury (55 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BS), Islington (56 Upper Street, London N1 0NY) and Victoria (6 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ)

13. 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 at one of the best activity bars in London. Take your guard, swing hard and score some winning runs in the interactive batting net.

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

14. 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 12 screens set across two floors.

Where: Shoreditch (127 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE)

15. 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, London W2 4QP)

16. Lane7 London Victoria

activity bar focusing on a bowling alley with someone throwing the ball, with pink and purple graffiti on the walls and a disco ball glistening

Check out the swanky Lane7 multi-activity bar in Victoria and feast your eyes on thrilling activities including bowling, darts, crazy golf, batting cages, beer pong and more! Work up an appetite for the Patty&Bun loaded burgers and sides, and don't forget to try some killer cocktails – the perfect combo to round up a super cool activity bars London experience.

Where: Victoria (Zig Zag, 70 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6SQ)

17. The Four Quarters

Step back in time and indulge in retro arcade games at The Four Quarters in buzzing Peckham, one of the first arcade bars to open in London a decade ago. Quench your thirst with tasty craft ales on tap. Then, exchange £2 for the titular four (American) quarters and get ready to play some good old-school games like Street Fighter or Sega Rally. The upstairs area also hosts Mario Kart competitions during the week and DJs at the weekend.

Where: Peckham (187 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4TP), Hackney Wick (Unit 8, East Bay Lane, London E20 3BS) and Elephant and Castle (20 Ash Avenue, London SE17 1GQ)

18. Roller Nation

People roller skating around the roller disco rink at Roller Nation.

Glam up and get your groove on as you glide under the disco ball at retro-style roller disco Roller Nation. Open to all ages during the day, Roller Nation transforms into a dazzling London roller disco at night. Hire skates there or bring your own and, if you’re feeling hungry, feast on delicious food and cocktails at the bar and diner.

Where: Tottenham (117 Bruce Grove, London N17 6UR)

19. Draughts

More into board games? With more than 1,000 games to choose from and two locations in Waterloo and Hackney, Draughts is a gamers haven that will keep you coming back! Order a round of drinks and juicy burgers, and settle in for hours of fun at one of the best old-school activity bars in London.

Where: Hackney (41 Kingsland High Street, E8 2JS) and Waterloo (Arch 16, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN)

20. The Piano Works

A music venue filled with people while a pianist is playing live music under pink, purple and blue spotlights.

Sing your heart out to your favourite tunes in this cool live music bar, perfect for a night out with a twist, with two venues in London to choose from: The Piano Works Farringdon and The Piano Works West End. Here, you control what’s played as the house band and singers take song requests from the audience. With no set playlist, anything goes, so you’ll soon be up on your feet dancing all night long.

Where: Farringdon (113-117 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BX) and the West End (47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH)

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

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