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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 7 best team activity venues in Shoreditch

The activity bar has declared war on London, and Shoreditch is at the frontline. Barely a pub or bar exists in the neighbourhood that has not embraced the storm of thrown axes, shuffleboards, ball pits, bingo cages or VR headsets. Whilst some lament the death of the humble bar, it feels futile to resist the inevitable. In that spirit, we’ve trawled the avenues and back alleys of Shoreditch to find the activity bars that really are worth your time. Here’re our top picks.

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1. Head to Shoreditch to relive your childhood party dreams: Ballie Ballerson


Release your inner child and launch yourself into a giant ball pit.

How giant you ask? Well, this one has over a million balls.

Just a short walk from Old Street station, Ballie Ballerson promises a night of hilarity. With karaoke, arcade games and multiple ball pits, this venue ensures entertainment and has a pretty impressive repertoire of previous customers to prove it.

Capacity is 600 with an exclusive private VIP area up for grabs for 50. Revolving DJs, bartenders with flair and cocktails galore accompany face painting and magicians, proving we are all young on the inside. With homemade pizzas and a late liquor licence this spot brings the party. And there is a photo booth to cement the moment forever.

Enquire now and take your team back to playground paradise.

Alcotraz shoreditch team activity bar
Alcotraz shoreditch team activity bar

2. Smuggle hooch into this activity bar: Alcotraz

Shoreditch, London

Not content with the standard roster of darts, axes and ball pits, the good folks at Alcotraz decided to throw the industrial prison complex into the mix.

This truly one-of-a-kind team-building spot off Shoreditch's famous Columbia Road welcomes you to don an orange jumpsuit and be verbally abused by a professional team of penitentiary actors. It's the perfect place for anyone who watched Shoreshank Redemption and thought "yeah, go on then.".

In terms of drinks, the offering is also unique, You can actually 'smuggle' your own booze into the venue, with the trained staff mixing you up a bespoke cocktail with your ingredients. It's a good twist and means you'll be able to keep costs low. If you're feeling particularly American and want your own private prison experience, Alcatroz offer private hire for up to 180m guests, it's probably best to choose your more powerless friends, just in case things get... competitive.

Shoreditch platform activity bar
Shoreditch platform activity bar

3. A brilliant gaming bar in Shoreditch: Platform

Shoreditch, London

What could be more conducive to team chemistry than a profanity-strewn race along that infamous childhood ender, Rainbow Road? Combining the beautiful arts of drinking and video games, Platform is a really good example of an activity bar that works.

If, understandably, you’re reluctant to share your gaming space with the public, you can in fact hire out the entire activity bar. You and 100 of your friends or colleagues can do irreparable damage to your relationship over Fifa, UFC, Mortal Kombat and many many more. Weekday rates start at £1,200 for the afternoon, and, having had our work party there, we can say it’s worth it.

4. Something a little bit different in Shoreditch: Hijingo

Shoreditch, London

Forget what you know about bingo; forget the beige halls, sea of pensioners and questionable carpets. Hijingo has brought your Grandmother’s favourite game into the 21st century. It’s a multisensory attack on restraint, with neon lights, live entertainment and a prize cache as impressive as it is absurd.

Hijingo can house up to 185 seated guests in the Hijingo room, with plenty more space for standing. While the Lucky Cat reception bar serves as an additional room for welcome drinks or breakouts.

Bounce Shoreditch Activity bar
Bounce Shoreditch Activity bar

5. An Old Street ping pong activity bar: Bounce

Shoreditch, London

Table tennis, ping pong, whiff-whaff, whatever you call it involves a table, a paddle and a small ball, and Bounce have mastered it. Located on Old Street (between Sainsbury’s and Shoreditch Fire Station) Bounce is an activity bar within easy reach of the two major Shoreditch stations.

The bar serves up an impressive array of cocktails, beers and spirits (the Rum & Bass is particularly good), while the food options lean heavily towards pizza and shareable bar snacks. Aside from ping pong, the activity bar also has various private hire options, all supported by AV tech, wireless presentation capabilities and a variety of setups.

6. A refined darts activity bar in Shoreditch: Flight Club

Shoreditch, London

One of the few sports (yes, sports) where it remains acceptable to sip a pint as you play, darts was always bound to perfectly suit the activity bar model. Held up in a building that sits on the intersection of Worship Street and City Road, Flight Club is within 10 minutes of Liverpool Street and brings darts to a whole new level.

The venue is spread over two floors giving you plenty of space and features two award-winning bars. The highlight of the venue, of course, is the twelve oches with innovative game-playing technology that brings entertainment to your event. For private hire, up to 390 people can occupy Flight Club Shoreditch, with booths and the basement catering to smaller groups.

Bar Kick shoreditch activity bar
Bar Kick shoreditch activity bar

7. Football! But on a table! In Shoreditch! Bar Kick

Shoreditch, London

No, it’s not a venue dedicated to foot-based violence; Bar Kick brings the 120-year-old pastime of fooseball to the industrial sprawl of Shoreditch. Occupying a terrace opposite the imposing Shoreditch Church, Bar Kick is a super fun activity bar set across the multi-floor Commercial Ironworks building.

The Basement, Game Space and Locker room are all spaces that can be hired out (fitting in 150, 20 and 20 players, respectively). Alongside the aforementioned football tables, there are TVs showing the real thing, and a wide selection of drinks to be enjoyed. Just remember, spinning is not part of the rules.

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How to hire an activity bar in Shoreditch

If you're looking to host a party or event in Shoreditch, an activity bar can be a great option. Activity bars offer a unique experience that combines drinks, food, and fun games or activities that are sure to keep your guests entertained. Here's a guide on how to hire an activity bar in Shoreditch.

Step 1: Determine the type of activity you want Activity bars offer a variety of games and activities, from mini-golf and ping pong to shuffleboard and arcade games. Decide what type of activity would suit your event best and look for bars that offer that activity.

Step 2: Choose a venue that suits your event size Activity bars come in different sizes and have different capacity limits, so you'll want to choose a venue that suits the size of your event. Some venues have private rooms or event spaces that can be reserved for larger groups, while others are more suitable for smaller, casual gatherings.

Step 3: Check availability and pricing Once you've identified a few potential activity bars, check their availability for the date and time of your event. You'll also want to check pricing and any minimum spend requirements. Be sure to factor in the cost of food and drinks, as well as any additional services or fees.

Step 4: Book the venue and plan your event Once you've chosen your activity bar and confirmed availability, it's time to book the venue and start planning your event. Be sure to communicate with the venue about any special requests or requirements, such as catering or decorations.

Frequently asked questions

For activity bars in Shoreditch, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Bounce Shoreditch: This venue offers ping pong tables, a bar, and a restaurant – and is known for its lively atmosphere and great drinks.

Flight Club Shoreditch: With its unique take on darts, this bar and restaurant offers tasty food, drinks and a good time.

Ballie Ballerson: The famed ball pit cocktail bar is a must-visit activity bar in Shoreditch.

When hiring an activity bar in Shoreditch, there are several factors to consider. These may include the types of activities offered, the quality of food and drinks, the size and atmosphere of the venue, and the pricing and availability of reservations. You may also want to consider reviews from other customers to get an idea of their experiences.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of an activity bar or a private space in an activity bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Shoreditch activity bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best activity bars in Shoreditch and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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