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Hot Custard: Team Sports

Beginning life when a group of Aussies, Kiwis and Saffas decided to form a netball team to win a bar tab in the Walkabout, Hot Custard has gone on to become an expat social sporting fave.

You can play touch rugby, active touch and netball; most sports cost £30 to play for eight weeks. Prepare for post-match pub action, too.

Tues, Thurs, Sun, times vary
Earlsfield, Chelsea
hotcustard.net

 

London Social Badminton Club

With more than 1300 members from all over the world, you’ll always have someone to play with whatever your level. Drinks and food afterwards are standard.

Weds, 8pm; Sat, 3pm, $5.50
Sports Centre, London South Bank Uni, London Road, SE1 0AA
Tube | Elephant & Castle
meetup.com/badminton-60

 

Beach Volleyball

Since the Olympics, Volleyball England has been pushing to get more people into the sport. Beach volleyball courts have sprung up across London after LOCOG donated 4000 tonnes of sand from the Horse Guards Parade venue.

Daily, times vary, £2
Westminster, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Shoreditch Park, Leyton
gospike.net

 

Urban Golf

Not the most physically demanding of workouts, but a sport nonetheless, golf moves indoors and attaches itself to a bar at three Urban Golf centres in London.

Play virtual golf as a group in a state-of-the-art simulator and when you’re worn out, refuel with drink and food on the premises. You’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time.

Mon-Fri, 12pm-10pm; Sat, 12pm-8pm; Sun, 12pm-6pm, £40+
Soho, Kensington, Smithfield
urbangolf.co.uk

 

Social Walking

Relatively sedate but still more sporty than sitting on the sofa and certainly more social, this group meets for urban rambles that are usually rounded off with some sort of calorie and alcohol intake.

Every other Sun & Fri, times vary, free
Across London
meetup.com/londons-social-urban-walks

 

Serpentine Triathlon Club

London’s running and triathlon club has 2214 members (43 per cent of whom are women), with a wide range of ages and nationalities.

Some members compete in international competitions, others just want to burn off a few biscuits.

Training takes the form of track or cross-country running, cycling, swimming, spin classes and core stability.

You can dip in and out of the daily sessions but it’s worth getting to know the group, which often ends up in the pub. Costs £25 a year.

Weekday evenings, weekend mornings, times vary, £25
Hampstead Heath, Greenwich, Richmond Park, Battersea Park, Wood Green, Newham
serpentine.org.uk

 

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Photos: Jim Marks Photography, Martin Williamson, Liz Fraser, Chris Kamper


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