The flagship venue in Farringdon is located on exactly the same site that the game of ‘Ping Pong’ was first created and patented in 1901 by Jaques of London.
Founded in 1795, Jaques of London – the oldest sports and games makers in the world – created some of the finest indoor and outdoor British family games including: Croquet, Snakes & Ladders and The Staunton Chess Set. In 1891 John Jaques II invented Gossima – a game made for the dining room, born from the frustration of tennis surpassing croquet at the, then, Wimbledon Croquet club. This game was essentially indoor Ping Pong, but Gossima proved unpopular with UK audiences, so in 1901, John Jaques III re-branded Gossima (from his workshop above the current Bounce Farringdon restaurant) with the onomatopoeic title ‘Ping Pong’. The game became an overnight success, which is why Bounce is known as ‘The Home of Ping Pong’.