London & South East

Play on: Bounce London arrives

Bounce London- 121 Holborn

Founded by Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik, Bounce London is a landmark experience which combines fantastic food and drink, with a good old fashioned game of ping pong!

The site opened in October 2012, and boasting 13 custom butterfly ping pong tables – including the Olympic 2012 table – Bounce has already received praise from leading publications Vogue, Stylist and The Independent, to name but a few.

Bounce London is located at 121 Holborn and comprises a 95 cover restaurant, a bar and a private room. The private room – the Jacques Room – was named after ping pong inventors J. Jaques and Son Ltd and includes three bespoke ping pong tables, a dedicated cocktail bar with mixologist, a state-of-the-art integrated karaoke system and a DJ.

The Jacques Room is available for hire and guarantees guests with exclusive use for the duration of their event. Meanwhile the kitchen serves up a delicious menu, which includes such dishes as wild boar stew with roasted garlic ciabatta, and roasted vegetable ratatouille with citrus couscous; along with a fine selection of pizzas, salads and sides.

Bounce London- 121 Holborn

Work began on the site in summer 2012, with Russell Sage Studio as the designer and 3 Interior Contracts as the main contractor. Russell Sage Studio is a leading interior designer and brand architect and works on many high profile bar, hotel and restaurant projects in the UK, Europe and overseas.

Prior to any work taking place on the project Bounce London was formerly a vacant building that had been a night club in a previous life. In an interesting twist, the building also housed British manufacturer J Jaques & Son who trademarked the name ping pong in 1901.

Commenting on the project, Russell Sage Studio Lead Designer, Dale Atkinson, said:

“Bounce London is all about providing people with a good mix of dining, drinking and ping pong. The site is located within a lower ground floor space and is predominately spread across one floor, with a main playing area, a 40 ft bar, the Jacques Room and a restaurant situated towards the rear of the building.

Bounce London- 121 Holborn

“The kitchen includes an open-fire pizza oven, whilst the reception includes a retail space where guests can purchase Bounce London memorabilia, including T-shirts.

“Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik provided us with a brief, detailing the brand ethos, and we worked very closely with them to ensure that we could bring their vision together. Architecturally there were not that many structural alterations on this project, so most of the work focused on stripping the building right back to the envelope. Exterior work on the project was kept to a minimum and mainly included the installation of associated signage.”

Upon entry into Bounce London, guests are presented with a fantastic layout which combines atmospheric lighting, perfectly spaced ping pong tables and a stunning bar with carved features. Additional features include leather seating, a mix of wooden and tiled flooring and a feature wall which includes posters and pictures showcasing the history of ping pong, along with another feature wall.

In addition, Bounce London includes a mix of pink and blue glass partitions which add a dash of colour to the site and in the Jacques Room guests have the option to order bespoke branded ping pong paddles to make their visit a very memorable experience.

Bounce London- 121 Holborn

Dale said:

“Bounce London is the first of its kind. The brand has a very strong identity and as it is so unique we knew when working on the site that it would become an instant hit with guests.

“Although this is a brand new concept, when working on Bounce we wanted the space to appear as if it had been around for a very long time, giving the site its own sense of character and I believe this is something we achieved.

“Bounce is a hidden gem and thanks to the knowledge and experience that its founders have brought to the site it was a really exciting project for us to be a part of.”

For more information about Bounce London, or to make a booking, please visit: www.bouncelondon.com.

Manborne Furniture Design and Manufacture

With over 35 years experience designing and manufacturing custom built furniture, Manborne are the contractor of choice for some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

The Savoy, Claridge’s, Sandy Lane Barbados, The Langham and The Goring Hotel have all been given the expert touch by Manborne-most recently the company gave their Midas touch to the trendy London restaurant, Bounce.

Speaking about the work carried out on Bounce, Director, Justin Osborne said:

“We fitted three waiter stations and we made up two five metre solid oak table tops with a tree cut edge running down them. It’s quite a unique restaurant and we were excited and happy to be involved.”

When asked what Manborne prides itself on, Justin said: “We pride ourselves on the service that we give and the fact that we can make almost anything a client demands.”

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