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Rush Hockey

Fast and furious, rush hockey is not for the faint-hearted. But you’re guaranteed a good workout and it can be played indoors or out.

Inspired by the Riverbank Arena action during the Olympics, 50,000 people have picked up a hockey stick across the UK since the Games, and there are Rush Hockey venues all over London. Y

ou can join a team or just rock up for a session. Game schedules to be announced at the end of October – see website for updates

Venues TBC, £2


Dance dance party party

Girls, ever wished you were on a night out but there was no booze or men? No? Well be that as it may, this freestyle dance session has banned both in the hope that women will lose their inhibitions, burn fat and have fun.

Sunday, 6.30pm until Dec 29, £5
Pirate Castle, Oval Rd, NW1 7EA
Tube | Camden Town, Chalk Farm


Parkour Generations

The ultimate functional exercise, parkour, or freerunning, requires you to run, jump, vault and climb across whatever urban obstacles stand in your path.

Parkour Generations runs what is the largest parkour teaching organisation in the world, and it’s right here in London.

The group’s aim is to teach people physical and mental confidence as well as a broad range of fitness and movement skills.

Weekday evenings, weekend daytimes, times vary, £8
Chessington, Holloway, Westminster, Earlsfield, Vauxhall, Kilburn, Latimer Road


Playfit Basketball

With members from 70 different countries, this crew puts as much emphasis on social as it does on sport.

In saying that, training is taken seriously, but along with the basketball, volleyball, netball, dodgeball and football leagues are bi-weekly social events such as bowling, movie nights, go-karting and drinks. Phew!

Tues, 6.15pm-7.15pm (Beginners), 7.15pm-8.15pm (Intermediate), 8.15pm-9.15pm (Advanced), £9
Across Wimbledon – sign up for details  Wimbledon


London Hula-Hoopers

A childhood activity that you may or may not have mastered. Never mind if you didn’t make the hula-hoop gang at school, though – it’s not too late to learn.

Friendly, informal groups meet regularly across London for a calorie-burning, nostalgia-inducing hoop-whirling session.

Proponents of the art claim that as well as making you fit, hoop-work is also a form of meditation.

Thursdays, Oct 4-Dec 6, 2.45pm-4.15pm; Saturdays, Nov 3-Dec 8, 11.30am-12.30pm; drop-in classes Wednesdays, 7.30pm-8.30pm, £5
Hornsey, Enfield, Covent Garden*


Cycling Club

The Central London Cyclists’ Touring Club is less about technical ability than just enjoying being on your bike.

The group meets at a central London station then heads into the countryside for a social cycle and pub lunch. £41 for annual membership.

Weekends, times vary, £41
Meets at a train station


* Session times vary across a number of venues. See given website for more details


Social sport leagues in London: From hockey and beach volleyball to urban golf and hula hooping
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