Our daughter has wanted to go bowling for the last year, so we finally got our act together and visited All Star Lanes last week. All Star Lanes has four bowling venues in London. We visited the Bayswater location since it was closest to us and I had bowled there before with friends. It's got a cool, retro vibe to it and there's a diner where you can sit and order food too.
Bowling at All Star Lanes was very family friendly. I worried my kids might be annoyed at their inevitable gutter balls, but pre-programmed rails would raise in front of the gutter whenever it was their turn (you just request when you get there), so they always knocked down at least a pin! They also used the metal contraptions that are visible in the top photo, which aid youngsters who aren't able to actually throw the ball down the alley. Bowling at All Star Lanes was a really fun family activity! (And they host birthday parties too... )