This opening follows the success of Swingers City,an English country golf themed crazy golf located next to the Gherkin in the city. Swingers West End has taken all the elements of Swingers City and reimagined then in an immersive theatrical experience. Located just off Oxford Circus it is in the perfect location.
Entry to Swingers to access the bars and street food is free. To play a round of golf you can either pre-book tickets or get walk-up tickets. A round of golf will set you back £10 per person off peak (Monday to Wednesday before 5pm) and £13 per person during peak times. Tickets are released three months in advance on the 1st of the month.
There are two 9 hole courses: the Helter Skelter and The Big Wheel. Each is filled with loops, jumps and moving obstacles. A group of four can play together and there is a designated start time. You are given a score card which also has a diagram of the nine holes.
The creators of Swingers –The Institute of Competitive Socialising- wanted to take crazy golf back to its roots in seaside towns with food, drinks, fun and socialising available under the one space.They have re-imagined the faded glamour of 1920s English Riviera. The area where the street food is located is called the promenade and the vendors are in beach huts to reflect this. Picnic tables also help to create this feel. There is a small and large pergola off the Grand Hotel Bar as well as three rooms, all of which are available for private hire individually, together or as a full venue hire. The bathrooms are hugely spacious with mirror balls, gold tiles and a decadent love seat. The 10 camera 3D photo podium provided the opportunity for many fun photographs.
There are two bars available off the course (Bandstand bar and Grand Hotel Bar) and two bars while you are on the course. On-course prices are red and white wine £5.5, sparkling wine £6, beer £5.3 a mocktail for £6 and six types of cocktails for £7 each. The espresso martini was absolutely delicious. It was made of Ketal One vodka house-infused with tonka beans, Cazcabel café expresso and vanilla syrup.
Four of London’s best street food vendors are available along the promenade. Made of Dough offers five types of pizzas. We had the Margherita with San Marzano tomato, fior do latte, olive oil, oregano and fresh basil. Their pizza bases are made from flour, water, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil making it light and crispy. Breddos tacos serves tacos, tostadas and a variety of sides. This taqueria is influenced by the roadside taquerias found throughout America and Mexico and are made using the best of British produce.From here we had the smoked sweet potato tacos served with feta, cheese, almond chilli, spring onions and peanuts. We also had chips with rosemary salt and the cheese balls with XXX hot sauce (delicious but hot) from Patty &Bun. The Italian gelato company Hackney Gelato serves an exciting menu of gelato and sundaes. A perfect way to finish the night after ‘exercising’.
We had a fantastic night playing crazy golf, drinking cocktails and eating delicious street food. We’d recommend getting family, friends or colleagues together to play a few rounds. Swingers West End is open now. So what are you waiting for?
15 John Prince’s Street
Written by Caitlin Neal.