In the heart of London, in Holborn, there is a special kind of bar at the very same spot the game was invented, according to the legends. The idea, simple and brilliant: To enjoy an evening out with friends, with some drinks and good italian food. And, to play a quick game of table tennis! This concept has a name: BOUNCE
BOUNCE club opened doors late in 2012 in the heart and center of London. Its claim “Ping Pong’s finally come home” gives a first impression of the concept behind the “social ping pong club”. The essential idea is to return to the parlour game origins and combine a restaurant and bar concept with the fun and excitement of table tennis, all in the “same location the game was invented”.
Joe Jaques has worked with BOUNCE as a consultant and is the grandson of the inventor (Jaques & Co) who founded the game of Ping poing and registered the first patent in 1901 – at the same spot you can now find BOUNCE club.
The location, designed by the award-winning interior designer Russel Sage, houses 16 Butterfly tables, including the official London 2012 Olympic Final and World Championship Final tables on a total of 1200 sq m. A private “Jaques” Room is available for exclusive hire for events and conferencing and features three specially commissioned ping pong tables alongside a private cocktail bar and DJ booth where UV lighting can bring the interior design with homage to Keith Haring to life in the dark.
BOUNCE features a bar and cocktail menu inspired by the local gin palaces from the late 1820’s, invented and rejuvenated by award-winning “mixologist” Joe Stokoe. Joe has fashioned a classic list of cocktails by the history of the area and heritage of the game of ping pong.
BOUNCE also places a high value on its food, offering traditional Italian pizza stone baked in an open flamed oven, along with a selection of antipasti, along with a beautiful 95 cover restaurant with an open kitchen, full table service for food and drinks, which are provided throughout the entire venue, even at the ping pong table.
Interesting fact: Bounce provides a Premium booking service during which a BOUNCE Game maker will organise, entertain and award your event.
BOUNCE is looking into the future, its founders Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik, accomplished table tennis players and entrepreneurs themselves plans to develop a global brand in the coming years, with both London and international locations for BOUNCE.
Bonus Video: Opening Event
Find out what went on at the opening event at BOUNCE, and which Butterfly Stars attended:
So until a BOUNCE location opens near you, you should pay a visit to the Holborn club, you can find it
At: BOUNCE, 121 Holborn EC1N 2TD
(The closest tube station is Chancery Lane)
Reservations for a table (which is recommended) can be enquired via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
30mins will cost from 10GBP, or from 18GBP per hour for a table. Premium bookings are priced on a “per head” basis.
Opening times are
Monday – Wednesday 4pm – 12am
Thursday – 4pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday – 12pm – 1 am
Sunday – 12pm – 11pm