Scotland may have bragging rights for creating the ancient sport of golf, but few know that its modern cousin, mini golf, was invented right in London. It’s true: a little more than a century ago, Londoners went crazy for a game called Golfstacle. Played with golf balls and putters, Golfstacle was essentially a miniature version of golf that added whimsical challenges like hoops, tunnels, and bridges–giving rise to the name “crazy golf.” Tap into the sport’s history while embracing the new with a visit to Swingers: The Crazy Golf Club, one of the best new places in town for a fun-filled outing with friends. Located in a massive warehouse near Old Street, this trendy pop-up not only features a crazy-cool nine hole course, but two clubhouse cocktail bars and a diner that dispenses upscale street food from the city’s most of-the-moment vendors. In other words, it’s golf plus one of the most happening scenes in the city, and your friends will love it.
Embrace the spirit of the place by dressing the part, with loud pants, a sweater vest, and a proper Royal Stewart tartan golf cap. Once you’ve snapped a selfie or two, head in with your fellow duffers, select your clubs and balls, and get ready to get competitive. As the brainchild of the Institute for Competitive Socializing, this is all about mixing it up and having fun, so don’t hold back with your Tiger Woods fist pumps as you ace the wooden loop and drop your putt for a spectacular birdie. Your friends may try to best you in the windmill challenge, but let them have their moment of glory before you swoop in with an eagle on the 9th.
Once your first match is over and the trash talking subsides, take a little food and drink break to get the full picture of this ephemeral hot spot. Familiar London dining favorites like Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun join with other winners like When Mac Met Cheese, while a host of London’s Meantime ales and a curious list of guest Freixenet cocktails from the likes of Balthazaar and Hawksmoor add a little cocktail party elegance to a night of noble sporting. After your mid-game nibble is complete, tackle the back nine and just keep hoping they’ll add some mini-golf carts into the mix.