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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 12

CITYMATTERS.LONDON 12 December 2018 - 8 January 2019 | Page 9 Entertainment Matters IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF DABBING AS MILLENNIALS KICK IT OLD SCHOOL It’s a full house over at Dabbers making its mark: Dabbers is introducing a younger audience to bingo LONDON has rediscovered its love for bingo. Pop-up bingo parties have been growing in popularity over the years, gathering a cult following of boozy and ultra competitive millennials. And now, just a bingo ball’s throw from Liverpool Street Station, a new seven-day-aweek bingo hall has opened up. Dabbers Social Bingo is modernising the traditional British pastime, taking advantage of the recent surge of love for all things vintage and nostalgic. It was founded by entrepreneur Ed Wethered, who has teamed up with the brains behind Musical Bingo, Gospeloke, and Comedy House Party. Elements Dabbers adds interactive game show elements, prizes that are actually desirable, and some great food and drinks offerings. It’s designed to be big and brash. From the moment guests arrive, they will be swept up in an immersive lobby that combines memorabilia with an energetic bar featuring live DJ sets. They then collect their bingo cards from costumed staff before descending into the epic bingo arena. Down below resides retro social bingo tables, plus banquette tables on the sidelines for those who want to slowly ease into the competitive gaming experience. Things then get a little over the top. But that’s the whole point of Dabbers. A huge custom bingo blower hurls out numbers as pyrotechnics, flashing lights and loud music blares around the arena. Expect a sensory overload. Those who favour retro styling should head to Vintage Bingo on Tuesday nights for a literal interpretation of the old-school classic hosted by a team of veteran callers who have been coaxed out of retirement. Anyone in it for the long haul will enjoy Bingo Voyage on Fridays where the main prize features an exclusive weekend away. Energetic eccentrics will love Disco Bingo on Saturday nights drenched in UV lights, or there’s Family Brunch Bingo on Sunday lunchtimes, hosted by crowd pleasing comics cheeky enough to entertain the little ones. The speciality ‘Well Rounded Menu’ is just as bizarre as all other offerings. Simply put, all the food is round like a bingo ball. Expect to nosh on melon balls wrapped in ham, and waffles topped with ample crumble and cinnamon sugar. This all works alongside a drinks menu featuring craft beers, cocktails and a carefully curated wine list. All of this can easily be delivered to the table to ensure no numbers are missed. They may add a whole lot of spectacle to the evening, but bingo remains at the centre of everything. For the Dabbers team, bingo offers guests an unrivalled opportunity to socialise, create community, and have a super silly and exciting night out. Plus, it’s so easy to play, so anyone join in. www.citymatters.london Artizan Street Library 1 Artizan St, E1 7AF Barbican Library Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS Bishopsgate Institute Library 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH City Business Library Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HH City of London Information Centre St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8BX Coppa Club 4 St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AY East India Arms 67 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 4BR Fuller’s - The Counting House 50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD Fuller’s - The Old Bank of England 194 Fleet St, EC4A 2LT Jeeves Dry Cleaners 131 Fleet St, EC4A 2BH J Rogers & Sons - Shoe Repair 28 Liverpool St, EC2M 7PD Leadenhall Market Gracechurch St, EC3V 1LT Merchant House 13 Well Court, EC4M 9DN 8 Bride Court, EC4Y 8DU Nincom Soup Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE Protestant Truth Society Inc - Book Shop 184 Fleet St, EC4A 2HJ Rome Coffee Cart 3 Fleet Place, EC4M 7RD Scott’s Shoe Repair & Dry Cleaners City Thameslink Holborn Concourse, EC4M 7RA 65 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7JH Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE Shoe Lane Library Little Hill House, Little New St, EC4A 3JR Spitalfields Market E1 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, E1 6AA Sweetings Restaurant 39 Queen Victoria St, EC4N 4SF The Franklin Building 124 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DP The M Bar 48-51 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LT The Natural Kitchen 15-17 New St Square, Fetter Lane, EC4A 3AP 176 Aldersgate St, EC1A 4HR The New Black 10 Philpot Lane, EC3M 8AA The Rising Sun 38 Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ Waterstones 1-3 Whittington Ave, EC3V 1PJ El Vino Wine Merchant 6 Martin Lane, Cannon St, EC4R 0DP Pod Good Food 75 King William St, EC4N 7BE Temple Brew House 46 Essex St, WC2R 3JF Ye Old Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU You’ll be able to pick up your copy every fortnight from one of the above collection points. To find out how to become a free collection hub for City Matters, please contact: 020 7481 0223

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