London 2012 inspires sport in the capital

Last summer Andy Murray became the first Briton to reach a Wimbledon final in 76 years before winning Olympic gold just months later but it is a scaled down version of the sport which is gaining popularity in the capital.

Visitors staying in hotels in London who have enjoyed a stroll around the city's parks will no doubt have seen table tennis tables dotted around and now there is a special club dedicated to the sport.

Located right in the heart of London, Bounce gives visitors enjoying central London hotels the chance to hone their table tennis skills before settling down for a delicious meal and a cocktail.

The self-proclaimed "first social ping pong club in Europe" features a restaurant with a traditional pizza oven, a 40ft bar, a dedicated cocktail bar, a private room with three table tennis tables and 17 more tables in the main room.

Bounce is designed by award-winning interior designer Russel Sage, who has worked on a number of projects recently including The Goring Hotel, Zetter Townhouse and a number of Gordon Ramsay restaurants.

Sonya Barber, writing for Time Out London, explained revealed location of Bounce 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 close to Holborn station and people can book a table for 30 minutes for £13.

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