People in the United Kingdom have had a love affair with bingo for around one hundred years and it is a relationship that shows no signs of ending just yet.
Cruelly pigeon-holed during the 20th century as nothing more than a working-class pursuit for old people in scruffy towns, bingo is now a social activity that crosses class and age boundaries.
The introduction of bingo games online during the early part of the millennium undoubtedly helped to attract a much wider demographic than was previously the case.
This subsequently sparked a change in the way the game is played in land-based venues, with some truly fabulous variants now being staged around the UK throughout the year.
London’s exceptional social circuit is rarely slow to spot opportunities and that is certainly the case where bingo is concerned. Here are some of the best ways to play the game around the capital.
Buff Bingo Party Brunch
Featuring some of the top drag queens in London such as Kitty Scott Claus and Ophelia Love, Buff Bingo Party Brunch events are a huge amount of fun.
The iconic game has been completely reimagined for the new millennium, providing players with a sassy twist that is sure to leave them with a big smile on their face.
Gorgeous Boy Toy buff butlers are on serving duty during the event to keep the Prosecco flowing, while the drag queens work their magic by putting a hilarious comedy spin on the bingo games.
With a top-class resident DJ keeping things ticking along with the latest dance and pop tunes, Buff Bingo Party Brunch events are simply unmissable.
Channel your inner Jamaican vibe with a visit to the weird and wonderful Reggae Bingo nights staged across the city of London on a regular basis.
FEST Camden is amongst the excellent venues that host the events which perfectly blend reggae music with a few games of bingo.
The fun-filled show provides high energy reggae vibes, TikTok dance-offs, comedy and much more, all mixed in with the chance to win some super prizes.
There is even a special Christmas event held during December, giving players the chance to celebrate the festive period in true reggae style.
If you are looking for the wildest bingo experience around London, keep an eye on the listings at the Grand Theatre in Clapham for Bongo’s Bingo.
This is the event that has been sweeping the nation in recent times, by blending the atmosphere of the 1990s rave scene with the iconic game of bingo.
With pounding music, dance-offs, catwalks and a plethora of booze, Bongo’s Bingo is a great night out for couples and groups alike.
The events attract partygoers of all ages, most of whom end up shedding their inhibitions and dancing on the rows of tables by the end of the night.
Boogie Bingo is another dance-themed event that has proved to be hugely popular with people across the United Kingdom over the past few years.
The Village Hotel Club (London Watford) is amongst the venues that has previously staged events and they are expected to organise many more in the future.
Boogie Bingo is a high energy and interactive event which includes fantastic live entertainment delivered by fun and professional hosts with support from superstar DJs.
With the admission price including a three-course meal and disco, along with the opportunity to win some stunning prizes, Boogie Bingo events are not to be missed!
Valentine’s Dating Bingo
Dabbers Social Bingo have teamed up with speed dating specialists Original Dating to create a truly unique singles party night.
These are ideal for anyone struggling to meet someone new, with fast and furious 36-ball bingo providing the perfect backdrop to a fun-filled dating event.
Around 150 people attend the events which give them access to an online system that offers the chance to try and find a suitable match.
Once these are revealed, people have the opportunity to get in touch with their matches via a safe and secure messenger service.
Lady Gala Bingo
Grab life firmly by the balls with Lady Gala Bingo – a glitzy bingo-meets-gameshow night with prizes, party anthems, team games, dance-offs, plenty of booze and much more.
Hosted fortnightly at the Hoxton Underbelly, the events give you the chance to kick-off your weekend in style in the company of one of the best drag queens in the business.
Lady Gala will have you on your feet and dancing quicker than you can shout BINGO! in a raucous night of fun and outrageous campery with something for everyone.
With food provided by the highly-rated Gigi’s Hoxton, Lada Gala Bingo is an absolutely fabulous night out for adults of all ages.
Head down to the excellent Aeronaut at Acton for one of the newest events on the vibrant London social circuit – Musical Bingo.
The hugely popular pub has handed over its fantastic outdoor garden space to give West Londoners the bingo show of a lifetime.
DJ’s Rapture and Jonny Unknown spin a quickfire medley of tunes, while players mark them off to try and win lines and full houses.
Featuring dance-offs, stage challenges, mystery boxes, dancing and more, Musical Bingo puts a unique twist on this brilliant game.
That’s DRAG! Bingo
Live drag queen hosts Third Girl and Orange Gina take to the stage to host the most hilarious bingo night that the district of Brixton has ever seen.
With cut-throat bingo games, humorous bingo calls, DJs playing iconic tunes and more, That’s DRAG! Bingo hits all the right notes.
Hosted at the brilliant Brixton Jamm, one of the last independent music venues in London, the venue provides the perfect stage for superb bingo events.
That’s DRAG! Bingo is an exhilarating night out that will have you singing, dancing and playing bingo so hard that you will never want it to end!