Frequently Asked Questions

A Quick rundown of most frequently asked questions:


How do I book a lane and how far in advance do I need to arrange bowling / karaoke?
The quickest and easiest way is to email or come down to the lanes and ask one of our receptionists to assist your booking. Alternatively, you can phone (due to a permanently high volume of calls we recommend contact via e-mail).

Does Bloomsbury have a Private Room?
Yes. the King Pin Suite is our 50-280 space available for private hire.  The hire includes the exclusive use of five bowling lanes, karaoke, pool, ping pong, our brand new indoor cricket simulator, an extensive private bar and more.  More info:

What is our address?
Basement of the Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way,WC1H 9EU. We are located underneath the 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, Maestro & Solo

Does your venue cater for children’s parties?
Yes, but our license doesn’t allow children in the venue after 7pm. 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 by an adult in the venue.

How do I inquire about prices?
Please call 020-7183-1979 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?
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Visit for all music event listings.

I’m looking at hosting a corporate event at your establishment and am entertaining very important clients; can you offer my group private waiter service?
Yes, every private function will be staffed generously accordingly to the numbers at your function. Additionally the karaoke rooms and the diner offer waitress service during peak times. 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 and how far in advance do I need to arrange bowling / karaoke?
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 fill out a booking request form found in the ‘Private Parties‘ link on the left hand side of this page.

Does your venue do food service?
We have an American diner menu with the classic burgers, salads and platters. Our Strike 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, however rates do vary accordingly. We have 4 private karaoke rooms for you to sing away in too.

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?
Everyday, from £30- £120 per hour. Please note that we only book our karaoke rooms for a minimum of 2 hours. From Monday to Friday before 4pm there are discounted rates for walk-in customers [people who have not made a booking]

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

What do we do if our game runs over our allocated hour on the lane?

We will always try to extend you game until its completion.  However, any extension is dependent on bookings either side of your allocated hour, and we can offer no guarantee outside of the purchased hour.  We try to avoid this happening by recommending 6 people to a lane.

I’ve never been to your venue before what kind of beers do you stock?
Check out the food and drink section. We provide one of London’s most eclectic ranges of beer, ranging from Palma Cristal and Lone Star, to Asahi. As well as offering a selection of draft beer on tap.

When would be the best time to book?

Early in the morning between 9am and noon.

If wanting to plan a event with live music and or promoters who should I contact?
Any enquiries to be sent to  Ask for Amy, our Music Events Manager if you want to swing by the venue and have a look around.

Where is your closest cash point?
There are a couple on the fringes of Russell Square. They are on the way from the tube.  Minimum card spend at the bar is £8.

Can you eat/drink at the lanes/ karaoke rooms?

What is your refund policy?

Your initial 50% bowling payment is a non-refundable deposit . If 100% of the payment has been made in advance than a 50% refund may be requested up to 7 days prior to your booking. Booking dates can be transferred at the venues discretion.