9 Of The Best Tennis Courts In London

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The sun’s out, which means you might want to sharpen up your second serve. From high-end clubs to family friendly courts, these are the best places to play tennis in London…
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Brockwell Park Tennis Courts, Brixton

Handily placed between Brixton, Dulwich and Herne Hill, leafy Brockwell Park is an affordable option for challenging your mates to a match after work. Once you’ve registered for a Clubspark account, book your slot online to secure one of six outdoor courts. After the match, warm down at the park’s outdoor gym or hit the café for sandwiches, coffee and smoothies. 

Price: Courts cost £6.50 per hour.

Brockwell Park Gardens, Brixton, SE24 0NG

Visit ClubsPark.LTA.org.uk 

Southfields Lawn Tennis Club

On the corner of Gressenhall Road and Cromer Villas Road sits Southfields Lawn Tennis Club, with six hard courts (with one made from artificial clay). Five of them are floodlit until 10pm. Annual membership works out at less than £5 a week. There are eight different membership types to include all ages and budgets, plus four club sessions a week – and if you want to hang around after practice, there’s a bar on site. 

Price: Annual membership starts from £178.

Gressenhall Road, Southfields, SW18 1PQ

Visit ClubsPark.LTA.org.uk 

Goodmayes Park, Essex

One of the few free courts in London, Goodmayes Park offers the full shebang for precisely nothing. There are six courts plus an outdoor gym – and if you need to warm up or down, try the nearby sensory garden. 

Price: Free.

Green Lane, Ilford, IG3 9PH

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Will To Win, Hyde Park

There’s no joining fee to play on Hyde Park’s six floodlit tennis courts. Visitors can book lessons with the coaching team, including adult and children weekly drill sessions, courses, clinics, holiday camps and tournaments – plus one-to-one sessions. Ideal for family matches. Facilities here also include a padel court, a floodlit astroturf pitch for five-a-side football, an outdoor table tennis table, and a six-rink lawn bowling green.

Price: From £17.50 per hour, plus £8 for floodlit usage.

Hyde Park, South Carriage Drive, Knightsbridge, W2 2UH

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Islington Tennis Centre

Thanks to its six indoor courts and two outdoor courts, plus a very reasonable playing fee, Islington Tennis Centre is one of the best and busiest in the capital. Throughout the year, you can get serious about your serve or have casual hits with friends. You can also take advantage of the 60-station gym, fitness class studio and sauna/steam room suite. 

Price: Outdoor tennis courts from £8.85; indoor tennis courts from £24.35.

Market Road, Islington, N7 9PL

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All Star Tennis & Bowls, Wandsworth 

With 28 newly resurfaced courts across six locations in Wandsworth, All Star Tennis offers courts for hire, as well as coaching sessions for adults and children – there are even tournaments and holiday camps throughout the year. Join as a member, and you can take advantage of advance booking and exclusive discounts, too. We recommend downloading the app to manage your account.

Price: Courts cost from £4.50 per hour, depending on location.

Various locations across Wandsworth, including Wandsworth Common.

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Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club

In green Dulwich, this club has 11 courts – six grass for summer play and five hard floodlit courts open year-round. For an additional cost, the club provides LTA coaches for group or private sessions, and there are regular club and local tournaments throughout the year. A great option if you want to take the kids, junior annual membership costs just £30.

Price: Annual membership costs £255.

Giant Arches Road & Burbage Road, Dulwich, SE24 9HP

Visit ClubsPark.LTA.org.uk 

Holland Park Lawn Tennis Club

One of the best options in west London, Holland Park Lawn has eight courts in total – five all-weather and three grass. The club is surrounded by west London greenery and the clubhouse has impressive facilities including a main lounge with bar, a terrace overlooking the courts, and a snug where you can enjoy meals and watch TV. You’ll need decent skills to become a member as you’ll be asked to attend a play-in to assess your standard of play after joining the year-long waiting list.

Price: Annual membership costs £595, plus a £1,500 joining fee.

1 Addison Road, Kensington, W14 8DU

Visit HollandParkLTC.co.uk

Chandos Lawn Tennis Club

North London’s Chandos club is perfect for those who like a game after work, with its four floodlit outdoor courts and four indoor courts, which are enclosed during winter months, with shutters opened for summer. There are holiday camps for kids, one-to-one coaching, and improver, intermediate or advanced courses for every kind of player. 

Price: Annual membership starts from £575. 

120 East End Road, Finchley, N2 0RZ

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