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“Family fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Tenpin

Tenpin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London
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134 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Family fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

After a morning in the cinema, lunch at the very average Cattle Grid, we planned to spend the afternoon playing a couple of games of bowling. Having tried to visit on a Saturday afternoon previously but not being able to as it was too busy, I booked in advance. On arrival, it was half empty so booking wasn't necessary although perhaps it gets busier in the summer months? We checked in and provided our names so they were automatically entered for the scoring which was handy. We then went round to get our bowling shoes and proceeded to our lane. Having kids with us also meant that we required the bumpers down the gutter to help with their bowling. This has changed since I worked at a bowling alley and is now done automatically, and they raise and lower depending whose turn it is to bowl. Not a lot can be said about the actual bowling as it's really down to you to have fun, which we did.
There are a number of other things to do to help keep the kids entertained, like air hockey, table tennis, pool and various arcade machines. There is also a fast food restaurant and a bar, although we didn't use these so can't comment on the price or quality.
The bowling alley is in ok condition, although most of the balls are extremely scratched and chipped. It doesn't make a big difference to the fun of the game, but they don't look great. The centre was fairly clean but there were a few scatterings of used fast food rubbish about, but appeared to be cleaned up after a while. The service was ok, polite but a little slow.
I think we paid about £50 for 2 games for 5 people which was fine as far as I was concerned. A little cheaper than Lloyds Lanes in Raynes Park, but perhaps the price is in relation to the quality of what you get at both locations.
Ultimately, our trip was for a fun afternoon and to entertain the kids, and we succeeded in both of those. We'd probably go back again.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Kingston upon Thames, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good all round entertainment; a bit jack-of-all-trades”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Been here twice over the summer holidays for bowling, table tennis, pool, air hockey and arcades; the facilities were adequate on both occasions and the service was friendly and helpful, if at times a little slow.

My view is that we had a good experience of Tenpin and the Rotunda because we were looking to dabble in a range of activities and didn't mind spending what it takes, so the arcade was a tolerable addition to the afternoon. If I wanted simply to go bowling, or play table tennis, or play pool, there are better places for all three. Expect table tennis balls in the arcade and the bowling alley (we were as guilty as anyone else!), so perhaps not a place for serious bowlers (or table tennis players!) but plenty good enough for keeping the kids entertained.

Prices are in line with other such attractions, i.e. not cheap but not worse than the competition. The arcade is old and poorly maintained; several machines were out of order and a couple of machines that supposedly produce prize tickets (oh, what a rip-off...) were not doing so. Value for money and game length varies dramatically between machines; a pound can buy you a game of air hockey for two people or a quantity of prize tickets worth about a seventh of a marshmallow. Like everything else, the arcade was satisfactory, but not outstanding. In short, Tenpin is great if you intend to take advantage of most of what it provides, and you don't mind arcades mixing with table tennis interacting with bowling. We had fun; it was good enough to go back; we had fun a second time. Definitely better for families than for serious bowling or table tennis, though.

Visited August 2013
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