Basement of the Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way
London, England WC1H

Rock a Hula! is an award winning 1950s rock n roll, hula hooping and swing dancing event. It’s resident on the third Friday of every month at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes – London’s best vintage venue complete with cinema, karaoke rooms, 1950s American diner, cocktail bar and the only vintage above lane ball return outside of the US.

Rock a Hula at Bloomsbury showcases the best in rock n roll/rockabilly/rhythm n blues bands, against a 1950s beach party backdrop complete with hula hooping, swing dancing lessons, palm trees, a Hawaiian photo booth and tropical cocktails. Star guests Nina’s Hair Parlour – the UK’s first vintage hairdressers – are often on hand for preening. Our resident vintage DJs are El Nino (Lady Luck/Black Cotton Club) and Tim from Hellzapoppin’ Club, and we regularly host guest hula hooping or burlesque cabaret performers.

In September 2009, Rock a Hula! was awarded a Smirnoff Creative Grant of £10,000 to produce a one-off spectacular event. And boy, what a party! For details – see our press below and our ‘Gallery’ and ‘Events’ pages.

Rock a Hula has also appeared at outdoor festivals – at the LIFT Molten Festival, London August 2009 and Watch This Space at the National Theatre, London, September 2009.

Rock a Hula is available for private party bookings. We provide all party planning, organisation, set dressing & decoration, get you hula hooping & swing dancing, and handpick DJs, bands and performers to your requirements, to throw you a truly unique party where everyone gets to try something new. We know lots of very talented people who will make you jump for joy! We are open to all sorts of collaborations and quirky proposals and we love a challenge, but most of all we love a party! For booking enquiries contact Jen Walke, Rock a Hula’s Producer, via our Contact page.

Rock a Hula! is produced by Jen Walke & Hannah Kerr, who produce other events for festivals including The Fete Encounter (a live performative village fete) and (coming soon) Lah-di-dah – details available on request.

Rock a Hula! is sponsored by

Tara Starlet

Vintage inspired clothes with a pinup girl, rockabilly style. Designed to bring out the starlet in you!

+44 (0)20 8986 2089

Timeout Critic’s Choice No.1

‘One of the biggest parties we’ve seen outside of a festival’ - Timeout

‘The most fun you will have all winter’ – Metro

Pick of the Week’s Original Nights Out – Metro

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Added by bloomsburybowlinglanes on July 26, 2010