London's mini golf newcomer, Junkyard Golf Club, is exactly what it sounds like. Nestled inside Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery, there are three different nine-hole courses made from other people's discarded junk. There are treadmills, dog houses, and even a cow (yes, a cow) for you to maneuver your ball over, around and through. My personal favorite was the Steven Seagull, wherein players attempt to putt their ball through a hole in Steven Seagal's chin as he's being attacked by seagulls. I mean, what's not to love?
Not surprisingly (especially given its Brick Lane location), this pop-up is a magnet for hipsters. The amount of flannel shirts and perfectly-trimmed beards at the press launch was staggering. Yet there's also plenty here for us 'normal' Londoners (and yes, I use the term 'normal' lightly) who are just looking for a fun night out. Because, really, who doesn't love a good round of boozy mini golf?!
Of course, as with all high-energy sports, keeping your body well-hydrated is key. As such, there are four bars dotted around the venue serving up beer, wine and cocktails such as the Who's Your Caddy. There's also food by street vendors Barts Dog Kart and the fantastically-named Big Grillie Style, perfect for when you've had one too many pints.
All in all, Junkyard Golf Club is perfect for a fun, quirky night out with friends. If you're thinking of taking a date along, be warned that the loud music tends to make conversation pretty difficult. Then again, if your date is nice to look at but doesn't have much going on upstairs, this could be ideal (I kid, I kid).
Junkyard Golf Club is open 7 days a week from 11am-11pm and runs until August 7, 2016. Tickets are £8.50 per person for Sunday-Thursday and £9.50 for Fridays and Saturdays. Make sure you book in advance as spots are going fast and only 20% of tickets are available on the day.