As well as being a personal trainer in London, I’m also a keen tennis player. Here’s my list of the ten best public tennis courts in London:
1. Battersea Park Tennis Courts
East Carriage Drive, Battersea Park, London SW8
Bookings: 020 8871 7542
Arguably the best public tennis courts in the whole of London, with 19 hard courts all with floodlighting.
2. Highbury Fields Tennis Courts
Highbury Terrace, London N5 (also accessible from Highbury Grove N5)
Managed by GLL, and co-managed by Highbury Fields Steering Group, set up in 2012 to represent the tennis coaches and players on these courts.
This is a thriving tennis hub with 8 hard courts. There’s a Highbury Fields Tennis League, Highbury Tennis Club, and several north London tennis coaches including Hitesh Soma and Viren Soma.
3. Parliament Hill Fields Tennis Courts
Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate Road, London NW5 1QR
Bookings: 020 7332 3774
10 hard tennis courts and coaching. Very popular at weekends, and a gorgeous venue on the edge of Parliament Hill Fields itself.
4. Regents Park Tennis Centre
York Bridge Road, Regents Park, London NW1 4NU
12 well-maintained hard courts, with extensive tennis coaching run by Will to Win.
5. Queens Park Tennis Courts
Queens Park, Kingswood Avenue, Kilburn, London NW6 6LR
6 hard courts, and tennis coaching available, just ask at the tennis hut.
6. Hyde Park Tennis Courts
South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Bookings: 020 7262 3474
Some of the best tennis courts in central London, run by Will to Win, with extensive tennis coaching options (private, groups, adults, children) on the 6 tennis courts.
7. Clapham Common West Side Tennis Courts
Clapham Common West Side, Wandsworth, London SW4 9AN
Bookings: (all telephone numbers were unresponsive; please let me know if you find a live number!)
Thanks to a £250,000 grant (Lambeth Council and LTA), these 8 tennis courts are in peak condition, and 5 of them have floodlights.
8. Victoria Park Tennis Courts
Victoria Park, (near the bowling green), London E9 5DY
4 tennis courts refurbished to LTA standards in 2012. Run by Tower Hamlets Tennis.
Bookings: no active phone number found
9. Golders Hill Park Tennis Courts
West Heath Avenue, off Finchley Road, London NW11 7QP
Bookings: 020 7332 3511
4 hard tennis courts, conveniently located near Golders Green tube.
10. West Ham Park Tennis Courts
West Ham Park, Upton Lane, London E7 9PU
12 hard tennis courts, making it one of the most extensive set of public tennis courts in east London. Turn up and pay at the tennis hut.
The author of this blog is Dominic Londesborough, a personal trainer in London, and founder of Fitness Buddy, a free social network for Londoners to find a tennis buddy and other fitness buddies in London.