The swimming pool in Greenwich had battlelantis (medieval space invaders) and Salamander, and 1941, and the smell
of monster munch and chlorinated water.
the working mans club had mr.do, and the smell of cigarettes and alcohol.
the kebab shop though... rtype, rtype2, tecmo soccer, final fight, aliens, turtles, snow bros, and a shit tonne of SF2 variants. and a fruit machine.
NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME OBV.
when the funfair was on blackHeath there’d be a truck, loaded with exotica: splatterhouse, bubble bobble, grabbers, and pushers. Battlezone and continental circus. 3-player sprint, steering wheels!
Margate was king of the arcades. first time I played sitdown Star Wars. And a mechanical rodeo bull.
Brighton too. sit-on hang on, tilty bikes. Pinball tables
I didnt go to Southend until I was nearly in my twenties.
but, and I’m an idiot, between 11 and 17, you’d go up the trocodero in Piccadilly. Sometimes with your mates. Sometimes with a girl. Sometimes you’d take a girl to the arcades. No, actually do this. Two things can happen. One, they get bored, or worse, beat you at something. like LA Machine guns, (that was the wife though, so I must have been in my mid 20s by then) Friendly rivalry. Forge bonds with common experiences. I never played the sitdown mx5 version of ridge racer.
lea valley ice rink had pole position... 2, but the ice skating was the important part. You know how in Rocky he takes adrien to the ice rink? Yeah...
if you can find someone who likes games as much as you do they’re a keeper.