After Work Socials – London’s Greatest Aggressive Locations to Socialize | recommends sizzling dinners


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We all missed social contact with colleagues after work; and since it’s been a while since you last organized one, there’s a lot of pressure to make it a night to remember. To help you with that, we’ve found the best competitive meeting places in central London – perfect for reconnecting with your team. So, grab your co-workers and throw table tennis, darts or high-tech bingo into the mix alongside great food and drink for an office get-together that’s fun for all.


Holborn, Brick Lane, White City

Chic bowling alleys with good food options can be found all over London; but if you’re looking for something for a work outing then All-Star Lanes puts it ahead of the competition with full AV facilities at most of its locations. Host your meeting in a private room followed by bowling on your own VIP lanes. There’s a decent selection of burgers and hot dogs, and the cocktails are reasonably priced.

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See also: Bloomsbury Ways is another good option, especially as it has its own retro diner that serves huge 26-inch pizzas.

mountain ash in Finsbury Park is a great neighborhood experience with late night DJs

Curling - Queen

17 Queensway, London W2 4QP

If you’ve positioned yourself at the Winter Olympics as an expert in the sport, maybe it’s time to gamble your money and really give curling a try. At Queens you can book a curling package plus MEATliquors Special Edition Olympic Rings’n’Burger and a Bobsleigh Rum & Raisin hardshake. Even better, money from each ticket supports the England Curling Juniors & GB Speed ​​Skating Team.

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Bingo - Hijingo

Shoreditch – 90 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BA

This hi-tech take on bingo is light years away from any idea you might have of the classic game. Hijingo offers live entertainment, pumping music, and plenty of audience participation, making it particularly good for groups, as well as pretty decent prizes to be won. Food-wise, expect street food with an Asian twist, such as Korean fried chicken, pork belly skewers, and eggplant wings. With two cocktail bars and a VIP area for special occasions, there’s room for the whole office.

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Miniature Golf - Swingers

Oxford Street and the City

The founders of Swingers were the first to coin the term ‘Competitive Socialising’ when they opened their first pop-up mini-golf course in East London in 2014. They now have four nine-hole courses with truly impressive spaces and designs inspired by the 1920’s English countryside and coast. Add to this a variety of bars and well-known street food outlets serving burgers, tacos and pizza and you’re all set for a great office trip.

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Miniature Golf - Puttshack

Bank, White City

Puttshack’s venues are neon rooms with tech-inspired courses containing balls that calculate your score for you – virtually eliminating any cross-departmental dispute over points. Dining is all about shareables, with Peking duck bao buns and veggie dumplings, and there’s an impressive liquor menu.

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Dart - Flight Club

Bloomsbury, Islington, Shoreditch and Victoria

Social darts, courtesy of Flight Club, introduces Londoners to a complete reinvention of the game, making it perfect for groups to get involved with. As you can imagine, the menu at Fight Club focuses primarily on sharing dishes — be it pizza scoops, vegetable platters, or truffle fries for two. Their brunches are particularly popular, especially when they have cocktail slushies on offer.

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shooting - sound

55 Moorgate, London EC2R 6LL

Forget about putting on your plus-fours at a muddy countryside shootout, this interactive shooting range is firm for city dwellers. Check out HR Thrash Accounts on their giant screens before enjoying pre-ordered food and drinks in your private booth. Handy interactive screens make it easy to stock up on the corn ribs and scotch eggs. The culinary director here used to work at The Ritz and The Dorchester, so the pizzas (or loaded breads, as they’re known locally) are particularly interesting, with options like spiced za’atar focaccia with hummus and rose harissa, or cumin turmeric -Focaccia with tikka masala and cucumber raita.

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Ping Pong - hopping

Old Street & Farringdon

Ping Pong, whiff-whaff, whatever you call it, there’s something about this game that unleashes everyone’s true competitive spirit. At Bounce you can play the traditional game or compete against opposing teams at Beer Pong. The menu here is pizza-led, with sides ranging from loaded nachos to popcorn cauliflower.

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See also: Racket & Ball at Stratford takes it a step further by offering Prosecco Pong for group fun.

Cricket - Sixes

Fitzrovia and Fulham

One of the latest sports to become a social activity in competition, cricket at Sixes sees groups compete against either regular batting nets or high-tech glow-in-the-dark UV nets. Best of all, the cricket “tees” are particularly good as the Sixes founders are the guys who brought us Mac n Wild. Expect lobster popcorn, pork belly spice bags, and cricket dishes, including a Beefy Botham burger and ash-spice triple-cooked fries.

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Shuffleboard - Electric Shuffle

London Bridge and Canary Wharf

Having “supercharged” the old pub game, Electric Shuffle now uses technology to find out where your pucks are on the board with big screens so everyone can score. Dining options include halloumi fries, satay skewers and pizzas, while the cocktail menu also includes an inventive range of non-alcoholic options, making it perfect for the whole team.

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Arcade Games - London Games Room

Farringdon, Shoreditch, Islington, Clerkenwell, Hoxton, London Bridge and London Fields

This group of bars all have something in common – they’re great places to drink if you’re in the mood for some food and drink, along with a game of Pacman, pinball or foosball with colleagues. What better way to get the office on board than a trip revisiting the games of your youth? Each venue offers a variety of vintage arcade options, whether you’re into Super Mario or just fancy yourself as a pinball wizard. Food choices vary by venue, but range from Lebanese dishes to NYC-style pizza.

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If you are REALLY looking for something new…

Ax Throwing - Whistlepunks


What better way to quell tension built up over those teething problems returning to the office than hurling razor-sharp axes into planks to a suitably banging soundtrack? There’s no food or drink on offer here – other than soft drinks – which you can kind of understand, but it’ll certainly make for some interesting after-work socializing. Then visit the nearby Embassy Gardens where you can choose from a range of restaurants and drinks such as Darby’s, Homeboy or The Alchemist.

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