This is a sponsored post in association with Hollywood Bowl at the O2
I LOVE bowling. I’m not entirely sure why I love it quite so much: it wasn’t something we did growing up – there are not a lot of bowling alleys in the depths of the English countryside, but the appeal of the ridiculous shoes, the fact that however bad you are at bowling you can usually hit something, and the delicious diner food gets me every time.
Luckily Chloe feels the same way, so I’ve always got a partner in crime. (You may remember her bowling in her frankly epic Donna Ida denim boiler suit at Surrey Quays last year. Post here.)
I also very much like visiting the O2 Centre – or the Millennium Dome as was. I find it hard to believe it was seventeen years ago since the Dome project was the laughing stock of Great Britain; these days it’s a great place to hang out – in addition to the stadium-size music venue, there are all manner of chain restaurants and venues, along with some truly excellent places to each, including Stevie Parle’s Craft just outside in the plaza. And it’s a breeze to get to, thanks to the super rapid Jubilee Line extension and the tube station literally on the doorstep.
Independence Day was opening day at Hollywood Bowl, so there was a lot of Americana on display, from the breathy Marilyn Monroe impersonator cutting the ribbon, to the dinosaur-sized portions of food.
We were given one of the two VIP lanes, and got cracking whilst our food was prepared. (There are lovely, funny lane hosts to help you set everything up, and to bring you food and drink to your lane.) Chloe is way better than me at bowling so I cheated and put the bumpers up.
Celebrating Independence Day…
Yum, yum. This was the California Plate – onions rings, nachos, fries crispy mushrooms and mozzarella sticks, with extra guac. I’m afraid that I ate most of it, whilst Chloe got cracking on her burger. If you don’t want to eat and bowl, then there is a great diner just behind the lanes.
There’s also a ginormous amusement arcade, including all my favourites – air hockey and PacMan in particular.
Chloe also managed to whup me on PacMan. Clearly being American gives you an advantage at the bowling alley.
(That’s my story, and I am sticking to it.)
I do love these summer nights where it’s still light past 9pm. We exited the O2, and walked through Peninsula Square to the tube past this extraordinary building.
Hollywood Bowl at The O2. Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
You can book your lane via telephone on 0844 248 0139 or online at hollywoodbowl.co.uk
Sasha and Chloe were guests of Hollywood Bowl at the O2 in July 2017