Quick Guide to outdoor recreational activities in London

Posted September 14, 2018

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Central London can be somewhat of a concrete jungle at times, even though it boasts some of the worlds most amazing inner-city parks. At times it can be a little difficult for travellers looking to find outdoor sporting activities to regain a sense of routine.

This guide to outdoor recreational activities in London is here to outline some quick fix options available for you to enjoy without hurting the wallet with a Zone 4-6 fare.

There may not be a huge hoops culture in London but being a multicultural diverse city, you will still find basketball courts that are hidden gems! Tucked away just off Drury Lane in Covent Garden is small court with an additional playground.  Directly before the Drury Lane and Russell St intersection called the Drury Lane Gardens is where it is located.

Another is a short walk from Pimlico Station, crossing the main road once leaving the station and turning left you will find Bessborough Place on the right and after a minute walk you will find Balvaird Place and your destination! This one is a favourite.
Another picturesque court is close to Kings Cross Station. Just off Euston Road towards Kings Cross is a Belgrove St, a right turn here will lead you directly to another chance for a pick up game.

As far as skating goes, there is a well known skate park on the famous South Bank close to the London Eye! Surrounded by stalls and buskers, this is an amazing spot to sort your skating fix! It certainly is part of the cultural fabric of London.

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If you’re travelling with a friend or meet someone on your travels who has a hunger for tennis, London is littered with them! The most picturesque court I have discovered within walking distance, again, a short walk from Kings Cross Station. Also walking down Euston Road towards the famous station, you’ll turn right at Mabledon Place to find the Uol Courts in Cartwright Gardens.

Obviously, these are equipment and court specific sports to enjoy in London, however, if you are looking for activities more athletics-related or football – as mentioned earlier in the post – the inner-city parks will have you covered!








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