There’s a table tennis craze sweeping London this summer. Thanks to the four-week Ping! festival, there are 100 ping-pong tables popping up around the city as the sport tries to shed its geeky image to become the latest urban trend in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Smashing spot, Elliot.)
And London isn’t the only city to be rediscovering the joys of table tennis. One of the first to embrace trendy ping-pong was the Dr. Pong bar in Berlin, which offers a musical chairs version of the game and gets up to twenty punters involved, often playing with a beer in one hand and a bat in the other.
Damon Albarn and Susan Sarandon are also big fans of the game. Sarandon even co-owns the wildly successful ping-pong club, SPiN, in New York and is planning to open two more clubs in L.A. and Milwaukee. Everyone’s going ping-pong crazy.