The flagship venue in Farringdon is verifiably located on the very same site on which the game of ‘ping pong’ was first created and patented in 1901 by Jaques of London.

Founded in 1795, Jaques of London – the oldest sports and games makers in the world, created some of the finest indoor and outdoor British family games including: Croquet, Snakes & Ladders and The Staunton Chess Set to name but a few. In 1891 John Jaques II invented Gossima – a game made for the dining room, born from the frustration of tennis surpassing croquet at the then Wimbledon Croquet club. This game was essentially Ping Pong, Gossima proved unpopular with UK audiences, but in 1901, John Jaques III re-branded Gossima (from his workshop above the current Bounce restaurant) with the onomatopoeic title ‘ping pong’ and the game became an overnight success.

All this underpins our brand proposition: The Home of Ping Pong