1 Duke St Hill, London SE1 2SW, UK – 020 3291 3251
A sports bar right next to one of Britain's busiest railway stations. A recipe for an insanely packed and miserable experience. Not quite. While not the prettiest bar in London it had a great vibe with 3 separate pool tables, one table tennis table and a punch bag machine (warning, this is insanely addictive and I lost a lot of money on this thing). Be aware that you'll almost definitely need to reserve in advance for tables. On top of this, more TV screens than you'd ever need showing the main sporting events. They also have a great deal going on for cocktails - two for one from 2 - 8pm. A few things let it down for me. The size of the main bar is a bit small and they need more serving staff (due to the length of time it takes to make cocktails). The fact that you need to book in advance for tables is annoying. Thirdly, the staff are quite lax about kicking people off of tables once their allocated slot is up. Furthermore, there are no real ales on tap. Overall I had a good time here and would not shy on going back.
A good place to go on a Friday after work. Entry was free which was great. Ping pong table was quite pricy. A club vibe downstairs which was quite cool... you could text requests to the DJ which is a first for me. Music was ok, depends on what you like to be honest, q good mix of current music to dance to. Overall a good place to go and enjoy yourself.
Finsbury Leisure Centre, Norman St, London EC1V 3PU, UK
The club's beginner's course is a must - even if you don't plan to continue fencing - great atmosphere, it provides a nice workout and a very useful and intriguing insight into fencing. I joined a club a few months ago after said course and the club is great! The coaches are absolutely brilliant and everyone can find a suitable trainer, suited to one's needs and timeframe. There are trainings almost every day so it is easy to fit it around one's schedule. And Tim and his team are very supportive and helpful. I would highly recommend this place to both beginners and competent fencers.
I was always interested in fencing and finally signed up for a beginners' course at the London Fencing Club! What fun it was! In six lessons we've covered all the important basics of fencing and had a fantastic tournament at the end! The instructors were knowledgeable and handsome while people in the class turned out to be a very friendly bunch. There were about a 50:50 ratio of men to women. I'll definitely return to this club in the future and would highly recommend it to everyone else. Update: Returning to fencing after a break - it feels good to be back!
Cowper St, London EC2A 4SH, UK
Great club: friendly members and excellent coaches