I love it here! I love the Karaoke rooms as well! I always seem to end up here! Wish they had more lanes though!
270 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
“We are handily located in the boutique end of Upper St near Highbury Tube station. The area is a perfect fit for us with lots of independent shops full of character such as Montes Deli, Sefton & the Wine Sampler. There is a real community spirit here...” more...
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Extremely disappointing customer service!!!
I called up the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes booking service to arrange my company's X'mas party with them. The person I spoke to was called Anna, and she was very rude and unhelpful. I initially asked if my company could be invoiced for the cost of the party as this is the only way my company can make the payment. Anna told me Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes does not do invoicing, and I was wasting her time asking for one.
Anna sent me a booking confirmation email which looked very similar to an invoice. Unfortunately, it didnt have my company's name on it and the total cost had not been calculated, despite having a section for this on the confirmation. I called Anna back and kindly asked if the confirmation can include my company name and a total cost, so that my company could use it as an invoice to raise payment against. Her response was "Listen...if you don't understand that we (Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes) don't do invoicing, and you keep asking for one, then you can go somewhere else!"
I was shocked that as a customer with a large booking to make that my request, which I don't feel was unusual, was dismissed in such a rude and unprofessional manner!
Its such a shame because the venue has such great reviews, and I know my team would have had a great time there, but due to the poor customer service experience I received we will not be using the venue, and I will not be recommending the venue for any future parties held by our company.
The staff were all friendly and the food and drinks were amazing especially the milkshakes!
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bexb-d, 5 September 2012:
great bowling alley, good food & decor.
only thing that hampered me is only having 4 fingers, I lost my thumb in a deep fat fryer while working in a chip shop, but I can hardley hold that against them! it gets a big thumb (not thumbs) up from me!
Always a good time to be had at the Bloomsbury Bowl! Diner food and drink are served in this retro 50s bowling alley, and sometimes they have club nights here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was spotted here the other month while he was in London filming the 3rd Batman installment, I wish I was there that night…!
Awesome venue and my favourite night out in London! Moved to London for Uni 5 years ago (makes me feel old) and this place had jsut opened. Really great 60s vibe, cheap bowling in the daytimes and unique beer menu. Made it back for the first time in ages last weekend and alot has changed but I'd forgotten what a good night out it was (and how much fun bowling actually is). There were way more staff and it was alot busier than I remembered but it still had the old charm intact. Might have to start making detours to Bloomsbury a regular thing.
I'd been meaning to go to Bloomsbury Lanes for a while as I'd heard plenty of good things about me, but, it wasn't until last Saturday when We, Like You featuring Norman Jay (MBE) was playing at this venue.
In a nutshell, I had the time of my life.
The music was fantastic! I was bowling, I was dancing, sometimes both simultaneously (which did not help my already-poor bowling skills), and just having a whale of a time. If you were there that night, and wondering who the girl who was doing the Charleston in-between throwing gutter balls, look no further.
My only complaint: it was incredibly hot there. I was sweating buckets!
On my way out, I passed the karaoke room. Much to my surprise, it was packed full of men. I'd somehow gotten the impression that karaoke was much more popular with the ladies, but, hey, the men definitely looked as if they were enjoying themselves!
Excellent live music venue with a range of indie acts and good drink prices! The djs tend to play 70s psych and funk which goes real well with the look of the place and I've seen everything from Fun Lovin Criminals to a band based on the Big Lebowski. Really unique place!
Organised a surprise party here this weekend just gone.
Staff were incredibly helpful. One member stayed on an extra half hour to see that the cake was bought out at the right time.
Had a lot of fun bowling and when we had a problem with our lane they added us on some extra time so that we wouldnt loose out.
We also ate, and the food was brilliant and cheap too. Total bill for 12 people including drinks £100.11!!!!
Cocktails were quite expensive, even by central london standards, but they were delicious and they didnt skimp on the measures.
Our whole group had a brilliant time and have been talking about it ever since.
Cant wait to go back!
Great bar, great bands, fairly priced bowling, and tables to eat at. I don't know how you could find something wrong with this place. Very busy and bowling might have to be booked.
Psyched to return to this stellar venue.
i was sceptical at first when my boyfriend said he was taking me on a date to a bowling alley, i soon changed my mind when i stepped inside! its not your average megabowl that for sure!
the decor is really nice and different and it seems to have it all with the bowling, a tasty diner (we shared a massive delicious pepperoni pizza!). there were karaoke rooms there that looked like everybody was having funa nd the dj was really good and fun, playing a real mix of music so we had a good dance after our bowling too.
overall a lot of fun and i would recommend for a fun night out. decent drink prices too.
I normally hate bowling.
Hence the mediocre star rating here because if I was going to go bowling I'd rather it was somewhere with a retro 50's style about it like this place.
Ended up here as part of a mate's stag do and it was fun for a while.
I still hate bowling though.
i have gone here early last year in aid of the bowlarama swapmatazz event and by yet the best ever party i have ever attended in my whole life so far!It was my friend's birthday and i suggested that she should do her birthday in Bloomsbury!not too far from russell square station it doesn't take that long to find. the party was situated in the basement of the venue. The space was spacious, enough room for 100 or so people. they have 8 bowling lanes,pool tables,fusball table,even a ping pong facility,a dance floor space to get your boogie on and even a hot tub in the back (provided with 2 shower rooms!) which i damn right took advantage of (even if we're allowed to!!!).Oh and also we took advantage of the karaoke room that our group have hogged. the staff were helpful setting it up and i decided to sing a shirley bassey number of Big Spender!The staff are trendy,young and good looking. It was just the best place to be in and all of the space was used well by the organisers.i would definetely go here again for a bowl or two :)
We love this place! Drinks prices are very good for central London, bowling even at the weekend is only £6 per person for an hour if there are a few of you, the karaoke rooms are so much fun as you get a private room for drinking and eating in (as well as singing).
Best thing is the general vibe though, there are often quirky club nights and I've seen some very decent live music there a few times.
Looking forward to the next time!
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