This week, I went to Swingers London – The crazy golf club. I feel the need to write the full name and description, otherwise you might expect a very different post to the one you are about to read, and I don’t want to disappoint. So, after months of talking about how much I want to go to Swingers, I stopped talking and took action! Here’s my verdict:
After going down a random back street and through a dark curtain, you find yourself in a big warehouse with lots of bright purpley red lights. Quite strange but also quite cool. As we didn’t book in advance, we put our names on a waiting list (there were two of us) and headed to the bar. It was designed to look like a golf/country club (shocker, I know) with nice comfy sofas and great entertainment. By entertainment I mean a view from an elevated position of the people on the golf course attempting to play crazy golf well and pretending not to mind when they’re terrible at it. There was a DJ in the corner playing a mix of music, from modern day ‘hits’ to absolute classics – ‘Miami’ by Will Smith and ‘In Da Club’ by 50 Cent were nicely complimented by ‘Anaconda’ by Nicki Minaj…
Food & Drinks
The bar offers the usual mix of beer, wine, cocktails and everything in between. The cocktail selection is pretty standard but with reimagined names like ‘Long Shot Ice Tea’ but at £9 a pop, they don’t disappoint. The food is provided by a rotation of street vendors who set up shop for weeks at a time. The Pizza Pilgrims are a permanent feature but pop ups have included Patty & Bun, When Mac Met Cheese and Flippin’ Cow to name a few, so you are sure to find something good to chow down on before you hit the course.
The golf course has 9 holes, which gradually increase in difficulty though, as you can see from our scorecard, luck has more than a little bit to do with it! You do have to wait for the group in front of you to finish at each hole and move on which can be a little annoying but, for the most part, it’s not an issue – it just gives you an opportunity to laugh at others and be reassured that you’re not the only one hitting the ball into the no-go zone…of a completely different hole. The course doesn’t take too long to complete but is definitely worth the money – and as the venue is open plan you can have a dance and sing-a-long/rap-a-long while you play.
The Fine Print
There seems to be a lot of hype around the fact that this place is booked for months in advance and you can’t just turn up. Well, as Lil Jon says, turn down for what? In other words, we turned up (in the literal sense) and in just over an hour (i.e. enough time for two drinks) we were giving Tiger a run for his money. This was on a weekday so I’m sure it is a different story on weekends but if you don’t ask, you don’t get…
A round of golf will set you back £11 per person (£10 in advance) while entry without golf costs £3. I personally wouldn’t advise going if you’re not going to play golf, just go to Hawker House which is basically the same but bigger with more food and no golf.
Top Tip: Either keep your coat on or bring a warm cardi – it’s a warehouse so despite the many electric heaters it is cooooold! (Disclaimer: just a wild guess here but this is probably not an issue in the summer)
This is great fun and a bit different from your standard night. Swingers is definitely versatile – it works for a date, group fun or even work social, though I would keep the golfing groups to a maximum of 4 people. It’s also in a perfect location for moving on to da club (unlikely to be the same one 50 Cent is in) later in the night. For more info and to book, get in touch below.
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