Frequently Asked Questions

A Quick rundown of most frequently asked questions:

You don’t need to eat to bowl at Bloomsbury

How do I book a lane and how far in advance do I need to arrange bowling / karaoke?
The quickest way is to email or come down to the lanes. Alternatively, you can phone.

Does Bloomsbury have a Private Room?
Yes. We have the KingpinSuite which is available for parties of 50-250 which opened November 2007 – check out:

What is our address?
Bedford Way,WC1H 9EU. We are located underneath the Art deco Tavistock Hotel, which is on the corner of Bedford Way.

Where is the closest tube station?
Russell square (Piccadilly),
Euston (Northern and Victoria),
Holborn (Central)

How many bowling lanes do we have?

What are our licensed hours?
Sun – Wednesday 12 – 12
Thursday – Sat 12 until late

Do we accept card as form of payment?
Amex, MasterCard, Visa

Does your venue cater for children’s parties?
Yes, but our license doesn’t allow children in the venue after 7pm Fridays and Saturdays and after 8pm Sunday to Thursday. We require a minimum ratio of one adult to three children over the age of 10, and one adult to two children under ten. For under sevens, we don’t recommend groups of over 10. Under 18’s must always be accompanied in the venue.

How do I inquire about prices?
We charge either per game or by lane by the hour. Please call one of the numbers listed or email Rates vary according to day, time of day, and number of lanes required.

When are the most frequent nights we feature live bands and/or DJ’s?
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

I’m looking at hosting a corporate event at your establishment and am entertaining very important clients; can you offer my group waitress service?
The diner offers full waitress service for bookings and walk-ins alike.  The bar is very close to the lanes, so drink can easily be ordered there whilst you are bowling.

How do I book a lane / karaoke room?
You can phone us on 0207 183 1979. The best time to phone the booking line is in the morning as as we get a vast amount of calls in the afternoon. Alternatively you can email us on

Does your venue do food service?
We have an American diner menu with the classic burgers, salads and pizzas (our burger was twice voted in the top three burgers in London in our first year.)

Can your venue cater for private functions?
Subject to availability we offer the venue on an exclusive basis any day of the week ( parties of up to 450 people ), however rates do vary accordingly. Or there is the Kingpin Suite which is perfect for private functions ( up to 280 people ). Check out for more information.

When hiring lanes do shoes cost extra?

Are your private karaoke rooms available to hire?If so how much do they cost, what’s available and how do I go about booking?
Every day, from £40- £80 per hour. Please note that we only book our karaoke rooms for a minimum of 2 hours. From Monday to Friday before 4pm ( Jan-Nov only ) and all day on Sundays we offer half price hire rates ( min hire 2 hours ). Please call the main line 0207 183 1979 or email for more info / to make a booking – lines close at 6pm daily.

How long does a game of bowling usually last?
10 minutes per person, hence we suggest 6 per lane so that it takes an hour to play a game each.

If wanting to plan a event with live music and or promoters who should I contact?

Please send all enquiries to the main email address and they will forward them on to the events manager for you.

Where is your closest cash point?
There is also a cashpoint next door in the hotel lobby of the Royal National Hotel.

Can you eat/drink at the lanes/ karaoke rooms?
Yes – we don’t recommend having too much food in the karaoke rooms though!