Tennis in London

London skyline

From the hustle and bustle of the City to the leafy suburbs, London has always been thriving with tennis activity. With 20% of the national tennis participation taking place in London, there’s always plenty of opportunity to get out and play. Whether you want to play at your local park or go and watch some of the sport’s greatest champions at Wimbledon, London has something to offer for anyone interested in tennis.

If you’re based in London and looking for somewhere to play tennis, the LTA has all the information you need about clubs and tennis hotspots in the area.

Play tennis in London

The capital boasts over 550 tennis venues, which equates to approximately 3000 courts for players to take advantage of and hone their skills. Nearly 60% of these courts are set in some of London’s iconic parks and other green spaces, with a vast number readily available to book through LTA Rally, either as pay to play or even free to book courts.

Want to take on other players in local competitions? Local Tennis Leagues might be just the thing for you and with around 55 venues offering competitive leagues in London, you will be sure to find the right league for you.

London also has over 50 venues with disability specific programmes, including an award-winning session run through the LTA Open Court programme at Highgate Cricket & Lawn tennis club in Haringey, as well as successful programmes at Purley Bury Tennis Club in Croydon and Shooter’s Hill LTC in Greenwich.

Here are just a few of London’s fantastic tennis venues:

  • Finsbury Park
  • Clissold Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Islington Indoor Tennis Centre
  • Ladywell Fields Park
  • Lincoln’s Inn Field
  • National Tennis Centre
  • Westway Community Indoor Tennis Centre
  • Wimbledon Park

If you’d like to find your nearest tennis court in London, click here to see a list of available locations.

Tennis lessons in London

The LTA is helping players of all skill levels and ages take the first, or next, step in improving their game. There are some fantastic LTA accredited coaches in the London area providing lessons, with many of them holding a Level 4 qualification.

The LTA wants to encourage you to Play Your Way and regardless of your age or ability; there are many ways to get into tennis. For anyone stepping on court for the first time or wanting to up their game, we actively encourage learning how to play tennis in London.

Kids

For kids aged 4-18, the LTA Youth programme is a fantastic introduction to the sport and helps develop key skills both on and off the court. With 6 different stages, starting with Tennis for Kids, the programme develops with the player, keeping it fresh and exciting the whole way through. You can find local LTA Youth programmes all over London, including excellent courses at Sheen Common in Richmond, Bromley Tennis Centre or Stratford Park in Newham.

Adults

Adults looking to work on their skills or pick up a new sport might want to try the LTA’s Tennis Xpress or Tennis Tuesdays sessions, as a great way learn and practice their tennis. Tennis Tuesday sessions in particularly are popular with players across London, especially at Clissold Park in Hackney among many others.

Want to get a full workout on court? Why not try a Cardio Tennis session - a fun sociable group fitness class that is open to players of all ages and abilities. In South London in particular, the All Star park sites across Wandsworth, Tooting and Putney, offer a range of brilliant Cardio Tennis sessions that you can get involved with.

You can find your nearest highly-rated tennis coach in London by clicking here. Enter your location or post-code, and we’ll show you the local clubs these coaches teach at.

Tennis tournaments in London

As well as being rich in opportunities to participate in tennis, London is also the UK hub for the professional game, hosting historic events such as the Nitto ATP Finals, Fever-Tree Championships and of course The Championships at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is regarded by many as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts. With a roll of honour that includes the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and of course, Sir Andy Murray, the event attracts all the biggest names in tennis for a fortnight of brilliant tennis action every summer.

The Fever-Tree Championships is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queen's Club in West Kensington, London. Queen's is considered one of the most prestigious grass court tournaments, as well as one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, and serves as a warm-up for Wimbledon.

The Nitto ATP Finals is the second highest tier of annual men's tennis tournament after the four Grand Slam tournaments. A week-long event, the tournament is held annually each November at the O2 Arena in London and see’s the world’s top 8 players go head-to-head to claim the season ending title.

The Surbiton Trophy is another London-based tennis tournament for male and female professional players played on grass courts. It is usually the first in the UK grass-court season and has attracted players such as Andy Roddick, Jo Wilfied Tsonga, Tim Henman and Roger Federer in the past.

If you’re interested in finding out more about London’s incredible tennis events, the British Major Events page has all the information you need.

LTA tennis in London

The LTA is proud to have a large number of LTA registered venues throughout London, providing the community with a safe and friendly tennis environment that enables all ages to come along to a local court and have fun playing tennis.

The LTA is also continuing to lead the way in providing opportunities for underserved communities to get involved in tennis through its SERVES programme. SERVES is a leading sport for development programme that takes tennis to communities and people who might not otherwise have the chance to play. There are nearly 40 SERVES sites across the capital including award-winning SERVES session run by Salaam Peace at Walthamstow Leisure centre.

If you live in London and would like to know more about playing tennis locally or want to keep up to date with everything in the world of tennis, find out how to become an LTA member by clicking here.