Bowling Fun in Finsbury Park

21 Oct
ROWANS

ROWANS

Whenever I review a cool thing to do in London, it inevitably ends up being in central or Shoreditch, and usually not as budget friendly as I’d like giving this is a blog about budgeting after all!  I thought that I would give Finsbury Park, my home territory a try for a change. Armed with a gaggle of friends, I  started the night off in The Silver Bullet (originally a pop up bar, but it never left!) Sadly for us they don’t open their tills until 6.30pm,  and we really couldn’t wait so we headed to the good old Twelve Pins pub across the road instead. Not known for its charm, but more for its convenient location to arsenal fans, I was a little dubious. However we sat outside at the slightly damp picnic tables, and immediately one kindly fella came running over to give me his newspaper so I wouldn’t get a wet bum! At that moment I thought yep, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. The punters were friendly, the drinks were relatively cheap for London (though don’t expect posh wine or nice craft beers) and we had a pleasant time.

Plenty of lanes

Plenty of lanes

We then headed into Rowans, the local bowling alley. Rowans for 2 hours, 2 lanes was only a tenner each. It has a bar, a karaoke booth and of course 12 pin lanes. An added bonus is that you can order from Domino’s or the local fake-Nando’s (Rooster Peri-Peri) direct to the lane. I hadn’t really been bowling without the presence of children in my adulthood until now, and it was actually a good laugh. The only thing mildly unpleasant was the rented shoes. yes they were clean, and fine, but yuk yuk yuk I don’t like them! At a weekend Rowans is also open until the wee hours, I technically making it one of Finsbury Parks only nightclubs.

Pizza Time!

Pizza Time!

Look at those balls!

Look at those balls!

Verdict: 8/10 an enjoyable and cheap night out

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