University Life

Let’s Explore Leicester – Bowling Edition

Written by Alice Warburton

Stuck in your flat? Tired of the same four walls? Eaten at every restaurant in Highcross and want to try something new? This week’s recommendation is definitely for you! Grab your bubble, and head down to two of Leicester’s finest bowling establishments – winner gets ultimate bragging rights.

I don’t know about you, but there are only so many times I can head to the same restaurants and still enjoy the ‘weekend night out’. Lush food yes, but doing the same thing each time and expecting but never having a different night out is just so dull (wait, isn’t that the definition of madness?). That’s part of the reason I love both of these places – very contrasting vibes, and so different to a typical food and drink outing.

Up first, East Street Lanes! This boutique venue turns adults only after 7pm, so is the perfect place for you and your bubble to grab a few drinks, and (attempt) to get bowling! Anything you want to drink, they have! Cheeky Gins, soft drinks, and maybe some you’ve yet of (Angostura Bitters anyone?). Grab a bite to eat from 12pm-9pm weekends, and 5pm-9pm weekdays – if you’re looking for some tasty, varied but classic options, then this is definitely up your (East) street. I understand the pains of a limited budget (ahh, the life of a student), which is why their student offer is perfect. Between 11am Sunday till 5pm Friday, it’s just £5 for one game when you show either a Unidays account or your University ID. Bowling on a budget.

East Street Lanes – Image sourced from https://www.concordebgw.com/projects/east-street-lanes/

Been here too many times? We get it, especially with that deal. If you’re looking for something new, and quite a bit different, then I think Lane7 is what you want. Just opened at the weekend, I went and checked it out ahead of public bookings to see what the big deal was.

When I say it has it all, I mean it. Multiple bars, ranging from The Gin Kitchen to a cocktail bar that serves slushies. Outside food truck vendors serving tonnes of delicious meals, including Thai food and sloppy American Burgers. Every activity under the sun: American Pool, Ping Pong, Shuffleboard, Beer Pong, Retro Arcade Games, Crazy Golf, and a mini Arcade section (and bowling of course!) With its outdoor-esque eating atmosphere, instagrammable spots, and wacky photobooths (when you go, you’ll understand) this place is a perfect replacement to a clubbing night out. The price? Just as great. Sunday – Wednesday, £13.95 for two games per person, and with a valid NUS card, a game is £6 per person per game anytime!

Lane7 – photo taken at the press launch 23/10/20

Whether you’re solely looking to knock down some pins, or you want to try your hand at some retro arcade style gaming, then these are the places for you. Please remember to stay Covid safe whilst at these venues, social distance where necessary, and wear a mask unless sitting at a table. I promise – they’ll be right up your alley.

Leicester Student Magazine’s full review of the Lane7 opening can be found here.


EAST STREET LANES: East St, Leicester LE1 6NB, https://eaststreetlanes.co.uk/

LANE7 LEICESTER: Grand Central Station, Great Central St, Leicester LE1 4JT, https://lane7.co.uk/leicester/

Do you have a recommendation for the next edition of Let’s Explore Leicester? Do you have an area of Leicester life you’d love to learn more about? Get in touch with @uolthecity on Instagram.


Alice Warburton is a final year English student from Newcastle. She acts as Chief Editor for Opinion, and also works as a Residential Adviser for city living. You can find her on instagram here: @alicewarburton27