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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published May 9th 2015
One table for tennis, another for pizza

This is where it all began...

That's right, the sport we know as table tennis, and which many more know as ping pong, started here, in a place now known simply by one word - Bounce.

The story goes like this - the sport was invented on the site of this current venue way back in 1901, by a gentleman by the name of John Jaques III. I doubt he would recognise the location where he alive today though, for within the supremely large space there are playing areas, a restaurant and a cocktail bar.

A little about each - the playing area, which is obviously at the heart of all that happens here, will please even the most sceptical of bat and ball enthusiasts. Amongst the 17 (that's right - 17) specially made tables, you can choose to play on one that came from the 2012 World Championship final, as well as one that featured in the London Olympics table tennis final, all for no extra cost.

For the food - a 95 cover pizza restaurant, all served from an open counter, and cooked in the traditional way. To go with the pizzas, you can choose from a range cocktails, wine or even a bottle of fizz, if you really want to celebrate your victory at the table.

Not sure when to go? It is probably best if you take a look at their events, to see what is going on, or otherwise just head along with your mates, having booked yourself a table for some competitive fun.

With more venues set to open in the future, it looks like you had better get some practice in, as the sport of ping pong looks set to just grow and grow.

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Why? It's where the sport of ping pong was first thought of
When: MON, TUE, WED 4pm - Midnight, THURS 4pm - 1am, FRI and SAT 12pm - 1am, SUN 12pm - 11pm
Phone: 020 3657 6525
Where: Bounce, Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Cost: from 10 for half an hour (off peak) to 28 for 1 hour (peak) per table, reasonable food and drink prices
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