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All Star Bowling Lanes
Victoria House Southampton Row, Holborn, London WC1B 4DA
- Chancery Lane Station (0.3 km)
- Russell Square Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7025 2676
- Opening hours:
Mon - Wed: 17:00 - 23:30
Thu: 17:00 - 24:00
Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 2:00
Sun: 12:00 - 23:00
301 Cricklewood Broadway, Cricklewood, London NW2 6PG
““HERITAGE” – something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition Small intimate restaurant providing a la carte menu. Suitable for small group bookings. Committed to Caribbean custom, the Rhum Bar and Restaurant now offers a...” more...
17 reviews of All Star Bowling Lanes in English
It's a nice atmosphere and because it's compact it feels quite intimate. If you were to book four lanes at a time it would feel like private hire! The food was pretty good too and a good range of cocktails.
Massive rip-off: over £50 for about 1/2 hour of bowling – you’ve got to be joking!
Be warned: you pay £9 per person and it’s only for one game – they give you an hour slot when you book, but that doesn’t mean you get the full hour.
Drinks are also very pricey, even for around Holborn: £3.80 for a small bottle of beer is pushing it massively when the service is so poor.
We didn’t stay for food because it didn’t look great and there are lots of good places in the area. Bloomsbury Bowling is much better value to bowl. Even the Trocadero’s cheaper.
The bowling alley is great the food and service is not! the lack of training in staff and management is appalling, due to an error the waiter made we waited 40 minutes for our starters only to be brought out our main course, we sent the mains back and said we were not prepared to have starter and a mains at the same time, 10 minutes later we received our starter which was actually quite good we then waited 20 minutes for our main which was clearly reheated, the fries were cold and had to be sent back to the kitchen my main and several others were inedible and by this point we had had enough and asked to see the manager, she was less than helpful and said “what do you want me to do about it?” if someone is employed in this position they should be trained to deal with customer complaints quickly and satisfactorily and not looking at people with a blank expression and making those kind of statements! Eventually she offered to take 20% off the bill and give a free round of drinks which i thought was reasonable, however when the bill arrived only 10% of the bill was taken off and we needed to speak to the manager again, this took another 30 minutes as we were told she was busy dealing with something else. Finally when she did come over she back tracked on her promise and refused to give 20% and would only give 10% off the food. To summarise it took almost 3 hours to serve a table of 9 with terrible food of which 5 people out of the 9 have been ill of which we still had to pay £170. I would advise to use an alternative establishment and i will also be contacting environmental health.
Don Draper Room...really? I'm sure ASL's quirky cool rival Bloomsbury Bowling has had a private bar called The Don Draper Room for ages. Away from this oversight, this branch of the rapidly growing chain is small yet great for a stag or hens night, as was evident on our visit.
A neat little basement bowling alley in Bloomsbury that offer the all-American 10 pin experience (as opposed to the nightmarish Megabowl experience).
There's just four lanes, so you need to book ahead rather then just pitch up, plus there's a dining are serving up all the diner classics (burgers, shakes, fries... you get the idea). And to top it off there's a cocktail bar where you can sink a few mojitos and argue who has the best wrist action.
It's not cheap and I dont think they're quite as swanky as they like to think they are (the bar is called the 'Don Draper bar' a name it can't really live up to), but it's a good option for a night out all under one roof.
The first thing I noticed about All Stars was how wee it was - just four lanes with a section to dine and a loungey area around the bar. I'm so used to bowling alleys being all-round entertainers with pool tables, pinball machines and even cinemas cluttering about. I quite liked that this was definitely a bowling alley, and you come here for one purpose - and so it all holds together very well with the theme and decor. But saying that we did still leave after a drink or two to a competitor alley that, while less pretty, offered a range of other activities to make a longer night of it.
The shoes and balls were in good nick and everything was well kept and clean. The staff could have done with a bit more oomph and the lanes we had were disappointingly faulty - more than once - not counting a strike here, counting another strike that didn't happen, not resetting pins etc. If this is as frequent as it seemed they'd do well to place a spare hand in the vicinity to sort this out.
I hope they do league nights here though didn't see any notice of it - would be a super place for those bowling diehards (permitting they sort out their technical bits).
A very cool, 4 lane bowling alley between Holborn and Russell Sq. tube stations. They're going all out on the All American, Happy Days theme here and they kind of pull it off. Ok, Our waitress was called Tracy and she was probably from Dagenham but the outfit was spot on :)
Bowling is pricey, but the lanes are in great condition. We had a couple of technical glitches on Lane 3, but they were soon fixed.
The food here is also decent - Half slab ribs, bacon cheeseburgers, mac n' cheese, philly cheese steaks and all that fatty, American goodness is served up here. I'm also told they do alcoholic milkshakes but i didn't try one.
A fun night out and it probably has the edge on Bloomsbury Lanes just around the corner.
Fun fun fun! Booked for one game of bowling with three friends and then a table for dinner. It wasn't like any bowling lane I'd ever been to before - cute bowling shoes, 4 small but perfectly formed lanes, waitresses bringing coke floats whilst you bowl - perfecto. Plus I got two strikes, so it must be a very very good place to bowl. After 40 minutes of bowling we moved over to a booth for dinner. The menu goes beyond the usual burgers, although I suspect these are the best things to eat there. Just make sure you leave space for desert - the oreo cheesecake and sticky toffee puddings were both delicious. And the milkshakes come VERY highly recommended. At 10pm the whole place turned disco - the lanes went neon and the pins glowed ultra violet. Almost enough to tempt us back on to the lanes, but not quite... All in all, a wonderfully fun night. We'll go back.
I must admit that when I heard my friends had planned a night out here, I thought this place was just going to be another cheesy gimmicky retro joint. I soon found myself having to grab a spoon and eat my words as my assumptions were totally wrong (thankfully!). This place is isn't cheesy it's stylish. It isn't gimmicky it's just good ol'classic American dishes that hits the spot and fills up your belly. After dinner, we tried to reserve a lane for bowling but were informed that the lanes were solidly booked for the evening. Not a problem for us! We turned our attention towards their cocktail lounge and got cosy and hydrated.
This place is quite similar to Bloomsbury Lanes, which is nearby, in that it’s another 50’s style bowling place. However, All Star Lanes is much smarter looking. It also has a much wider range of cocktails on offer and quite an extensive (and delicious) menu.
We organised a surprise party for a friend here recently and the staff were so kind and helpful. They were happy for us to bring our own cake and even gave us one of their candles, lit it and bought the cake to the table for us.
I’ve been to this place a few times now and have never seen it really busy, not even at the weekend, so you may want to go somewhere afterwards if you’re looking for a big, loud night out.
I went here earlier this year for my 30th birthday and I wasn’t disappointed.
The venue is tucked away in a little corner of Holborn and it’s very easy to miss. There are some small steps leading down from the pavement and the bowling alley is found completely underground which gives it a unique and quirky feel.
The staff are friendly and the decor is impressive, with film posters and some signed photos adorning the walls. There is a bar to wait in if you arrive early, but it’s a bag bar for what is only a small venue, meaning that it feels empty even if there are people there. It has a very good range of drinks to choose from though and we enjoyed it there.
As there are so few lanes there, each of them feel very private, without losing any of the atmosphere of a bigger bowling venue. The lanes look modern and are in pristine condition which contributed to a highly enjoyable bowling experience.
As expected it was a little more pricey than other bowling venues, but it was worth it for the fact that it was a little bit different. It certainly felt like a premium quality establishment in every aspect and I look forward to returning.
Fun Fun Fun. What an original idea. Ive always thought of bowling as a dated and quite grungy experience. Not here. All Star Lanes puts bowling up there with sipping on champagne or dining out at Nobu. Highly recommend it and I’m critical.
All Star Lanes is a 1950’s American-style diner and bowling alley, with three venues in London – although in this case I am referring to its Holborn branch. I have been invited here by American friends on two occasions, which leads me to believe that it’s pretty authentic.
With 6 lanes you can usually get a booking, although there are plenty of booths for those who just want dinner. The food is large, tasty and American – think burgers, steaks, and club sandwiches. For larger parties you can book your own private room with a bar and two bowling lanes (and the catering is very good too).
There is a separate bar and dance area as well, which is great fun with a great vibe - so overall you can fit an entire night, from bowling, to dinner, to drinks and dancing, in the one place!!
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