Swingers: Crazy golf underneath the Gherkin
It currently has places where to sip cocktails and play darts, table tennis and foosball - so we expect it was just a matter of time before London got a location that integrates boozing and crazy golf.
Swingers, a golf club for the hipster generation, will open to the general public tonight. The venue integrates two nine-hole courses The Windmill and The Lighthouse as well as five bars and street food stalls from London favorites Pizza Pilgrims, Le Bab and Patty & Bun.
Located at the foot of The Gherkin, the 16,000-square-foot underground space could likewise prove a favorite with City employees.
The decor is loosely modeled on a 1920’s English country golf club and features a two-storey club house with gin balcony and sufficient (synthetic) foliage. Loos are significant "changing rooms" and there's even a door to the club president's office.
The new venture comes from entertainment company The Institute of Competitive Socializing, established by previous politics students Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds. The set took pleasure in success with a pop-up variation last summertime.
Swingers will sign up with an ever-growing lineup of London places that offer something gently competitive to accompany the drinking, consisting of darts bar Flight Club, foosball bar Kick, and table tennis venue Bounce. The Crystal Maze experience, based on the TV series, on the other hand, opened in March.
Swingers tees off on Friday May 27 and is running on a first-come-first-served basis till Sunday June 5, after which prospective golf enthusiasts will be able to book beforehand. Tickets are 13 with a reservation and 15 on the door. Maximum 4 people per round.
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