Why Bounce Earns Its Title as the Home of Ping Pong – Review: Hire Space


It’s no surprise the formula produced by the team at Bounce works wonders. Ping pong, tipples and pizza have proven to be a masterful combination, and they lend themselves tremendously to private events of all kinds, from networking receptions to conferences, and product launches to team-building events.

Farringdon’s Bounce is the original of the now-transatlantic company, with locations also in Old Street…and Chicago. The centrally located bar puts equal emphasis on its many facets, curating a menu of globally inspired recipes, focusing on pizza but also offering such delicious dishes as Yorkshire pud filled with pulled ham hock, and kedgeree arancini with mango dressing – all of which are available in the various food and drinks packages for private events.

Similarly, much work has been put into providing a list of cocktails, beers and wines to suit all tastes. Guests may want to try the (Pulp Fiction-inspired?) Royale with Cheese, comprising whisky, cassis, sugar cane, lemon juice and ginger ale; or perhaps the Pecan Tom, composed of Frangelico, amaretto, Kahlua, maple syrup and whole milk.

And then, of course, there’s the ping pong. The venue boasts no fewer than 17 tables – and we can only assume thousands of balls. You’ll find everyone from seasoned table-tennis sensations to rusty amateurs sharing tables and launching balls left, right and centre.

Private functions at Bounce, of course, will feature table tennis as a focal point, but the venue also boasts all the contemporary facilities to which business events are accustomed. The main space for hire, for example, offers a cinema screen, HD projector and state-of-the-art presentation system, along with a capacity of up to 200 for theatre-style seating, and up to 550 for standing receptions.

For smaller gatherings, The Jacques Room itself holds up to 120 for standing receptions, and contains three ping pong tables, a karaoke system, UV lighting, and a cocktail bar with a dedicated mixologist – all of which create a perfect space for social functions and parties. Oh, and as for the name of the room, by the way? It refers to J. Jacques & Son, the company that trademarked the name “ping pong”. (It was previously widely known as whiff whaff, incidentally.) And, today, Bounce stands on the very site at which this happened.

For business meetings and conferences booked for this summer, Bounce has a special package offer. Each of these corporate events will be treated to two hours of ping pong, plus fun and games led by the in-house Games Gurus. And who are these “Games Gurus”, you may ask? They’re a professional group of ping pong professionals, actors and comedians who’ll take players through either a sports day or tournament-style competition. This fun-filled event, combined with the meeting or conference room hire (including rental of all equipment) is available as a package starting from £42pp + VAT.