Tennis has always been a hip sport, but it’s especially hot right now in the midst of Wimbledon. Though Tennis Clubs can rack up quite the bill, we have chosen five spots where you can still enjoy a match or two without being a member. The perfect weekend or evening activity for the warmer months, get your sweat on outdoors and enjoy the lovely sunny days whilst they last with these tennis hotspots…
Westway Tennis Courts – Crowthorne Road W10
If you’re in the Notting Hill area, pop into Westway Sports and Fitness Centre where you will find two amazing outdoor floodlit clay courts. In the case that the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse, they also have eight indoor courts with acrylic flooring – the same material used for the Australian Open grand slam! After a good sweat, treat your tired feet to a pedicure just down the road at Cowshed. This spa has the most comfortable chairs covered in loads of pillows for you to relax on whilst you get your treatment. Cowshed also offers juices, fresh baked treats and super healthy bites in case you fancy something to nibble on while you’re being pampered.
Rocks Lane Tennis Courts – Bishop’s Park SW6
This massive tennis facility is located in the beautiful Bishops Park just next to the River Thames in Fulham. Made up of twelve hard courts and four mini courts, they also have a tennis centre with the availability of private lessons and cardio tennis sessions if you want to step it up a notch. If you’re looking to crank up the competition you can even join their league team. A great place to head over to with a bunch of friends for a big game of round robin on a weekend – after some friendly competition, be sure to check out Hally’s in Parson’s Green for a delicious brunch!
Millennium Arena – Battersea Park SW8
Made up of nineteen outdoor hard courts, Millennium Arena in Battersea Park is the ideal location for South West Londoners looking to improve their game. Made up of nineteen outdoor hard courts that are lit at night if you fancy an after work sweaty session – grab a friend to play with you and make it a memorable evening by taking a stroll across the bridge to Angelsea Arms in Chelsea for a drink after. This lively pub is always packed and has a great outdoor area where you can cool down after your match in style.
Southwark Park SE16
If you are in southeast London and want to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, head over to Southwark park. Not only are there two relatively inconspicuous tennis courts amongst the trees, but there is also a picturesque lake, a bowling green, a playground and more. If you’re not in southeast London and have a car, make a day trip out of it and pack a lunch to enjoy by the lake or pop into the lakeside café for some well-deserved nourishment.
Hackney Tennis – Clissold Park N16
Located in Stoke Newington, the two tennis courts in Clissold Park are situated in the heart of this quaint, arty and leafy suburb of North East London that is well worth the trek to. Clissold Park is home to a host of tennis courts, available from £4 an hour alongside a tennis centre providing private lessons and guidance for those who’re after a little something more. To re-fuel post-workout, be sure to stop by Esters, just a ten minute walk down the road, for one of our favourite North East London Brunches. We love their bircher muesli with house-made yogurt and their almond milk coffees – a definite must-try!
By Isabella Stelle