Bounce Ping Pong HolbornBounce is London’s mecca for all things ping pong, perfect for freeing your inner-Olympian. And while unsportsmanlike conduct is fast and furious here, it remains mostly in jest. This basement art deco-inspired megabar houses 17 ping pong tables, as well as a raised dining area from where you can watch the lacklustre skills of after-work drunks safe from rogue ping pong balls.

Beer is usually the drink of choice for most punters here, but their short cocktail menu is fun and colourful without falling prey to cheesiness. For a clean and lean drink, try the Wiff Waff with Hendrick’s gin, homemade Earl Grey tea syrup and topped with tonic.

This might not be the place for an intimate catch-up, but is ideal for party crews, suits looking to cut loose or table tennis aficionados. Try to book the 2012 London Olympics table where you can get a personal highlights video the day after your game.

Best Bars tip: If you manage to stick around until the wee hours, that’s when the music shifts from radio hits to seriously hip-swivelling tunes (think Stevie Wonder and The Supremes).

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

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  1. The 25 best bars to watch the World Cup in London | Best Bars

    […] Bounce 121 Holborn, London EC1n 2TD Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am; Thurs: 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-11pm If you love ping pong just as much as you love football, then get down to Bounce for the World Cup parties. The bar will be showing all of the England games on all the TVs, including two 10-foot-wide cinematic screens. Expect special World Cup cocktails, a two-man brass band, half-time game shows with the party carrying on after the final whistle with DJs spinning into the night. There’s a free guestlist for the first three group games and all subsequent England games. Get registered for beer, pizza, ping pong and the ultimate display of football. […]

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