The Rowans Tenpin Bowl

The Rowans Tenpin Bowl is a century-old, American retro-style 10-pin bowling venue on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, London. Despite the continuous, unprecedented gentrification around it, this old bowling venue still boasts its kitsch, classic interiors that remind one of the late 80s and early 90s.

And with over a century in existence, Rowans Tenpin Bowl has been a source of entertainment to multiple generations of Londoners and continues to attract hordes of bowling enthusiasts’ from all over the country.

Here’s an overview of its history and fun activities to try.

About the Rowans Tenpin Bowl

Long before the Rowan Tenpin Bowl was established, its venue was an old tram depot. The depot was then converted into one of the largest cinemas in the country during the 1920s. It was pretty popular among young soldiers who’d come in loaded only to gamble away all their hard-earned money. As a result, it wasn’t long before public complaints of rowdy behaviour began pouring in, leading to the cinema’s shut down.

The building reopened as a dance hall in the 60s and became so popular it attracted international artists and bands like the Beatles. In the early 80s, it was a bingo hall and briefly ran a health club before Bowling was introduced in 1989.

Bowling was a smart move as its today one of the main attractions in the venue. The Rowans Tenpin Bowl is also considered one of the largest bowling venues in the country. Its name is a derivative of John Rowan Bookmarkers, a betting shop once owned by the building’s original owners.

Things to Do at the Rowans Tenpin Bowl

Here’s what to do at the Rowans Tenpin Bowl after you get a tattoo in Shoreditch:

Bowling! Bowling and more Bowling!

Rowans Tenpin Bowl venue boasts up to 24-air conditioned bowling lanes. Schedule your visit on a Tuesday to join the bowling league for a shot at the awesome cash prizes offered to the top three bowlers every week.

Prefer to bowl for fun? The Rowans Tenpin Bowl opens round-the-clock, so you can come in as early or as late as you fancy for a recreational shot at Bowling.

Play Pool or Try Some Arcade Amusement

The Rowans Tenpin Bowl boasts 19 pool tables for those who fancy pools. Fourteen are electronic pool tables meaning more denomination options and fun multi-buying pool experiences. If pool games don’t tickle your fancy, the venue has enough arcade amusement features to keep you indulged.

Enjoy Some Karaoke and Bar Experience

After a game of Bowling or pool, sign up for a private karaoke with your buddies at the Rowan Tenpin Bowl or head up to the Finsbury Dancy Party Venue, where live DJs keep revelers on their feet with dance anthems from the late 70s to new generation tunes. There are plenty of drinks available too.

Rowans Tenpin Bowl Pricing and Opening Times

Daytime admission at the Rowans Tenpin Bowl is only $1 from 10.30 am to 7 pm, but it’ll cost you $2 more on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bowling prices vary from day to day but generally cost between $6.50 and $8.50. Kids 12 years and below get a 50% discount off every game rate.

Although it opens round-the-clock, children under 12 cannot be admitted without an adult. It opens daily from 10.30 am to 6 pm for those who drop by with kids and round-the-clock for adults. Check out the admission policy before heading out to the venue to avoid any frustration.


10 Stroud Green Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DF