England is famed for its obsession with sport.
Millions of Brits trek up and down the country to follow their football or rugby team, while the recent Olympic Games shifted the nation’s attention to those sports which receive less media attention over here.
The exploits of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and co would no doubt have spiked a rise in interest in athletics but it is an even less heralded sport which is seeing a revival in recent months.
If you walk around green spaces through London you would no doubt have noticed that the majority of them are now home to table tennis tables, but with winter now coming, many people staying in central London hotels would rather enjoy a spot of ping pong under a roof.
Such an opportunity is possible at the newly-opened Bounce club in Holborn, the self-proclaimed “first social ping pong club”.
The venue, located right in the heart of the capital, will offer visitors the chance to hone their ping pong skills before tucking into some pizza and swigging on a drink or two.
Bounce is designed by award-winning interior designer Russel Sage and features a restaurant with a traditional pizza oven, a 40ft bar, a dedicated cocktail bar, a private room and 17 table tennis tables in the main room.
Writing for the TimeOut website, Sonya Barber revealed that the location of the venue actually has a long-standing connection with table tennis.
She said: “Our favourite part of the whole thing is that it is built on the very spot where table tennis was invented and patented in 1901.
“Plus to make it as authentic as possible, they enlisted Joe Jaques, grandson of the game’s inventor, John Jaques III, to consult on the project.
“Ping pong fans will be in heaven, everyone else will soon be a convert.”
Bounce is within walking distance of Holborn station and people can book a table at a price of £13 for 30 minutes of use.