Bounce, London

Bank Holiday Sunday

24th August 2014

7.30pm - 2am (last entry 11pm)


This coming Bank Holiday Sunday, adventurous singletons are invited to the next dating craze, Hawaiian Hula Pong at the famous Ping Pong parlour, Bounce in Holborn, London.

The quirky organisers from activity based dating site DoingSomething had their recent success setting a World Record for the Biggest Ping Pong Date at the same location. Bounce is built on the very same site that table tennis was invented by Jaques & Son.

On the night, the world famous Bounce ‘Games Makers’ act as both Ping Pong coaches and Matchmakers bouncing initially nervous singletons into one another and making sure people play with as many new people as possible. As well as showing off their Ping Pong prowess, daters keen to impress a new mate can also strut their stuff at a limbo dancing competition.

A special Rum punch cocktail named ‘Hula! Hula!’ will be unveiled on the night, which is bound to loosen up tight muscles of competitors. Throw in a Hawaiian t-shirt competition and a six hour DJ set from the legendary Pete Pong and you’re guaranteed a truly ‘batty night out.’


DoingSomething's CEO and co-founder Matt Janes says “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The activity date is tried and tested. We’re living proof that smashing a ping pong ball at your opponent creates great chemistry. Just ask our members”


So if you’re single and know which way to hold a ping pong bat, come on down. Expect a fun, quirky, night out!


Anomalous London featured another quirky dating event earlier this month from DoingSomething, which was a giant Twister match at the top of The Shard. This was very popular and greatly appreciated by all who attended.

So this time round, Anomalous London has teamed up with the organisers to giveaway two pairs of tickets. This prize giveaway is being offered on both social media platforms Twitter and Facebook so that more singletons have a chance to enter.


All you have to do enter this prize giveaway is:


1. ‘LIKE’ Anomalous London on Facebook


2. Follow Anomalous London on Twitter @anomalouslondon and TWEET the following message:


“#Prize #Giveaway #Win #tickets to #singlesevent #pingpong #bankholiday @DoingSomething #RT & #Fw @AnomalousLondon" 

 Two winners will be randomly picked, one from Twitter and one from Facebook. To increase your chance of winning enter on both platforms!


Terms & Conditions 

  • Two Winners will be picked at random by Anomalous London on Thursday 21st August 2014 at noon.
  • One winner will be picked from Facebook entrants and one from Twitter entrants.
  • The Winners will be sent a direct tweet and an announcement will be made both on Twitter & Anomalous London’s Facebook Page.
  • The tickets to be picked up at venue.
  • You can enter on both platforms, Facebook & Twitter.
  • Tweet as many times as you like, there’s no restriction. The more you tweet the better chance you have of winning!




If you are not lucky enough to win, tickets can be bought here.


Ticket entry includes, free ‘pong all night long’, limbo dancing, Hawaiian shirt competition



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Covent Garden

Saturday 16th August 2014

Noon -7pm




Seven Dials, in the heart of Covent Garden, is hosting a free open air one day festival of culture this weekend. This quirky retail and leisure destination is home to over, 150 flagship and concept stores, and well over 50 vibrant cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs this area comprises of Monmouth Street, Earlham Street, Neal Street, Shorts Gardens, Neal’s Yard, Endell Street, Shelton Street, Mercer Street and the Seven Dials monument. Combined with 2 luxury hotels, five theatres, two private members clubs, a large number of apartments and offices, including the UK headquarters of Facebook.


The area will be transformed in to a traffic free alfresco entertainment hot spot where the stage, positioned next to the Seven Dials monument, showcases an impressive line-up of theatre, dance, comedy and music performances. Visitors can enjoy the pop-up lawn around the Dial complete with deck chairs and garden games.  In between performances, you can shop the selection of independent boutiques and flagship stores to discover a series of indoor and outdoor promotions and activities, and refuel at one of the areas many top restaurants, bars and cafes as well as street food vendors that will make your mouth water. Look out for Wildwood Kitchen’s ice cream van and Earlham Street Clubhouse’s outdoor bar where they will be showcasing their cocktail making skills.



On stage:


  • Tristan Bates Theatre, which has been in Seven Dials for 20 years supports the best new contemporary theatre.  A distinctive ensemble of two of Shakespeare’s greatest tales of war - ‘Our World at War’ will be performed on stage at 1pm.
  • The cast of Mousetrap from St Martin’s Theatre will be doing a live Q&A on stage. Celebrating their 60th year on the stage this year, this will be a performance never to forget!                                                                  
  • Damian Barr, writer, columnist and playwright, will be hosting a 20 minute literary salon with special guests including Jonathan Grimwood and Samantha Shannon, who will be talking about her book ‘The Bone Season’ which was based in Seven Dials
  • Internationally renowned dance studios, Pineapple Dance, will be showcasing their contemporary dance style with a variety of performances.
  • Comedy from British stand-up comedian Ian Stone
  •  Live music by London Brass All-stars, Something Suburban and Snap, Crackle and Pop.
  • Writer and TV presenter for Channel 4 and E4, Rick Edwards, will be on hand to introduce performers throughout the day.




  • Seven Dials Emergency Poet, the world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service – guaranteed to treat all your poetry requirements. A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. 
  • Take a peep in the world’s smallest solar movie theatre the Sol Cinema and capture the moment in the Airstream Photo Booth.
  • Artists from The London Graphic will also be taking to the streets to showcase their live drawing skills.


For more information click here