Queen’s Ice & Bowl – And Much More!
Published 13 May 2012
Fancy a night out in West London and can’t decide what to do? Then why not head to Queens Ice and Bowl?
Situated a short walk from Queensway and Bayswater Tube stations, Queens Ice & Bowl is not only home to the oldest ice rink in London – but it is also the only venue in London that currently hosts ice skating, bowling and karaoke under one roof. Perfect for indecisive goer-outs and for those wanting a fun-filled varied visit to the city.
The twelve-lane, ten-pin bowling area has been recently refurbished. Lanes feature comfy sofas and multi-functional touch-screens for food ordering and more. As standard, a range of bowling ball sizes and weights are available, as are the metal bowling ball guiders – great for families with children and beginners.
There is a new, revamped menu with a large selection of great food on offer, which includes paninis, hot wraps, pastries, and American diner fare include pizza, burgers and hot dogs. Recommended is the amazing range of Italian-style gelato that’s made fresh on site – which you can watch being made if you’re there at the right time! Queens also has a bar and arcade, adjoining the bowling lanes, which ‘regularly screens Premier League football and rugby matches’.
The most recent addition to Queens Ice & Bowl are the karaoke rooms. There are two private rooms available, which can hold between 12 and 20 people and prices are competitive, at a rate of £6.50 an hour. The karaoke repertoire of around 5000 songs should be enough to satisfy even the most hardcore of warblers! The rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art touch screen technology and there’s no need to worry about sounding off or attempting to sing at Mariah Carey highs, with pitch and speed functions available.
The jewel in the crown of Queens Ice and Bowl however, is its ice rink, which opened in 1930 – a good 82 years ago. Forget the Diamond Jubilee – this rink has been serving London citizens longer than the Queen herself! In fact, Queens Ice Rink is the oldest, permanent, indoor London ice rink and is open all year around. According to Queens Ice and Bowl, ‘the venue attracts some half a million visitors annually, including visits from the likes of Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow this Spring, and Kate Moss! Other famous faces spotted at Queens include Madonna and P Diddy’.
In addition, the ice rink is loved by the stars of Dancing on Ice and has been used by the show’s coaches, professional skaters and celebrity stars for practice.
Comprehensive ice skating lessons from top-notch tutors are offered for great prices. (On a personal note, I had a lesson from Zoia Birmingham – one of the rink’s tutors – and she managed to get me – a previous no-hoper with ice skating – skating from one side of the rink to the other in no time)! Lessons are highly rated by visitors.
The atmosphere, variety and deals on offer at Queens Ice & Bowl make it ideal for everyone – couples, families, groups of friends of all ages and many more. Definitely recommended.
Address: Queens Ice & Bowl, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
Nearest Tube Stations: Queensway / Bayswater
Nearest Overground: Royal Oak