Here’s where you can get a regular fix of social ping pong
The Young Offenders’ Institute (YOI) – www.theyoi.co.uk
The YOI have been combining ‘Beer, Music, Ping Pong’ since 2007. They currently contribute to Market Club – a monthly event at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, and have re-started their monthly nights at Brick Lane’s 93 feet east from October 2011.
The Book Club, Shoreditch – www.wearetbc.com
This Shoreditch hang-out has a dedicated ping pong room, and holds a King Pong singles knockout tournament every Tuesday night. It’s free to enter, with a chance to win £50 credit at the bar.
Concrete, Shoreditch - www.concretespace.co.uk
Lower Ground Floor, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ. Tel: 020 7729 1888
Concrete run a regular night called Youth Club with 80s music and ping pong.
The Queen of Hoxton – http://www.thequeenofhoxton.co.uk
1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JXT. Tel: 0207 422 0958
This bar and club based in Shoreditch has a ping pong table provided by World Series of Pong, available to play on every Tuesday at the ‘Tuesday Night Inn’. They say:
“You could call it a youth club for adults but the Queen’s social club puts a twist on the idea with bespoke areas designed to cater for your mood. Expect weekly foosball competition, World Series of Pong!, terrestrial TV, home cooked pizza, vintage computer games on the big screen, reading corner, pinball, table service, classic films, DJs playing chill-wave, folk, psychedelic soul, neo soul, alternative and Balearic sounds. 12pm – 12am / Free plus… free slice of home cooked pizza ‘like momma used to make it’ – with your first alcoholic bevy!”
Ping Pong at the Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
James Place Street Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD
Beer, Tunes and Table Tennis every saturday at this long-running social table tennis venue where Dr Pong inspired round-the-table is preferred.
The Latest Pop Up Ping Pong Parlour, Brighton
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The Latest Music Bar, 14-16 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF
Brighton’s first social ping pong night is a monthly affair, for everyone who enjoys ping pong. Set up and run by Brighton TTC the nights include round-the-table and hard bat tournaments.
Kings of Ping, Bristol & Beyond
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Kings Of Ping are superb Bristolians, fuelled by Ping Pong, Fancy Dress and rockin’ good times! Born from Ping Pong Tournaments in back yards of St. Pauls, Bristol, the Kings of Ping crew now organise Table Tennis Championships in Bristol and beyond.
Multiple tables, bling prizes and rocking tunes….with fancy dress highly encouraged.
Ping Pong Parlour, Unit 15, Bristol
Fancy something different?
Come along to the Ping Pong Parlour at Unit 15.
It’s a parlour of delights, a friendly social club and an amatuer sports club all rolled into one. Hot food and drinks, freakish Dj’s spinning records, comfy sofa’s and 8 tables installed for your pleasure and leisure.
Tuesday nights don’t get better than this!!!!! Only £4 entry and then play away. Each week we will have a ‘random table’. It might be competitive, it may be glow in the dark but it will always be fun.
(not to be confused with http://pingpongparlour.co.uk/)
The Olde China Hand –
8 Tysoe Street, City of London EC1R 4RQ, 020 7278 7678
A ping pong table is nestled at the back of the two conjoined spaces that comprise this small pub. A mixture of singles and doubles was being played when we last popped in, and there are plans to join a local ping pong league (presumably with other pubs and bars?)
Pub on the Park - Ping at Pub on the Park
19 Martello St London E8 3PE, 020 7923 3398
Daily social ping pong on the pub’s own table, and weekly coaching sessions for those seeking to improve their game. The activities in the pub are coordinated by the new London Fields Table Tennis Association
The Chancery – 314 – 316 Lillie Road, Fulham, SW6 7PS
Casual pub ping pong in west London.
Wilton’s Music Hall http://www.wiltons.org.uk/
Wilton’s is the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. The Green Room containing a ping pong table is open for drinks and casual games from Monday to Friday. The main auditorium is the venue for Wilton’s competitive monthly tournaments. When entering these – booking in advance is essential. Free for spectators in a venue that creates a special atmosphere.
Word Series of Pong – www.wsopong.com
These guys do the more corporate end of social ping pong. Maybe that’s your thing?
A corporate ping pong events company. Pay for table-time at their monthly events at Rich Mix.