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A Guide to The Best Bowling Alleys in the UK

Spare us a few moments and read our strikingly good guide to the best bowling alleys in the UK.

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Whether you’re a bumpers-up or down type of player, we can all agree that there’s nothing better than a game of bowling.

From original 1950’s alleys with a stylish lounge bar and dancefloor to arcade-style venues with futuristic décor and mega lanes, we’ve rounded up some of the best bowling alleys in the UK. So, spare us a few moments and read our strikingly good guide – we apologies for the puns.

The Croc Bowling Alley

If you’re on the look out for a unique bowling experience, you should definitely check out The Croc Bowling Alley located in the Ham Yard Hotel in the midst of Soho.

An original 1950’s bowling alley with a stylish lounge, bar, and even a dancefloor, The Croc is a vintage gem. With back-lit bowling balls, vintage bowling shoes, and large-scale Howard Hodgkin artworks, a trip here is truly luxurious.

Bowlers bowl into a suspended brick wall decorated with flickering lights – and you can even choose to have UV pins and shoelaces!

Lane 7

Named after the 1,024 possible outcomes of a game of bowling (1+0+2+4=7) and located in 13 cities across the UK, Lane 7 is the perfect venue for a night out with friends.

Enjoy a game of bowling on some of the coolest lanes around in UV rooms filled with neon graffiti, accompanied by great music and drinks that you can get delivered right into your hand.There’s also so many activities to choose from once your games finished. From classic darts to beer pong, batting cages to tabletop football, karaoke rooms to American pool tables, Lane 7 is a one-stop fun filled venue with activities for everyone to enjoy.

Hollywood Bowl

Home to 66 centres across the UK, all with state-of-the-art bowling lanes and delicious food and drink at the tap of a button, Hollywood Bowl is an excellent choice for a family day out.

Each venue is family-friendly, offering children’s Velcro fastening bowling shoes, lightweight balls, and the option to add gutters for an easier game. After you’ve finished your session, test your skills in the on-site arcade, with classics like 2p machines, Pacman Smash and the iconic grabbers.


With over 20 years of bowling history, Tenpin really knows its stuff when it comes to what makes the perfect game. With over 1000 lanes, 51 sites dotted around the UK, you’re sure to have one close by.

Although bowing is the beating heart of Tenpin, there’s also a lot more to enjoy, with plenty of indoor activities to help keep the good times flowing. Laser tag arenas provide for an amazing 4D experience, and the on-site escape rooms are also a great way to test your problem solving skills.

For those bargain hunters out there, there’s even a Tenpin Rewards App that allows you to save money all while having fun. Simply make your bookings online through the Rewards App or Tenpin Website and collect points that can be exchanged for money-off vouchers – it’s as easy as that!

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