Where to play football in London
1 October 2019 • By - Harry Thompson
Where to play football in London
Looking to play football in London? There are a vast amount of football pitches to hire, with few getting the exposure they richly deserve. Playfinder not only aim to help more people access sport, but also increase utilisation of facilities as a result. We work with over 2000 football pitches in the capital alone, making the most of Greater London’s 47% green space. With London’s bustling and urban outlook, it may be easy to overlook just how many football pitches there are. Playfinder has detailed where to play football in London below.
Where to play football in central London
Without prior knowledge, it would be difficult to know where some of the best football pitches in central London are located due to the bustling nature of the area. There are a number of superb venues to hire, of which Playfinder will list just a handful. Calthorpe Project Facilities which describes itself as a hidden ‘green oasis in King’s Cross’, certainly justifies its label. The 5-a-side astroturf pitch (pictured below) is available to be booked online and is covered in original wall art – giving an urban outlook to your game. Definitely one to check out if you haven’t already.
In the heart of Fitzrovia, you can find and book another excellent 5-a-side pitch – which is sure not to disappoint. Located just a short walk from Warren Street tube station, Warren Sports Pitch provides the ultimate opportunity for a post-work kick-about. With a plethora of restaurants and pubs nearby to the pitch, make an evening of it and enjoy the social aspect of the beautiful game!
Another superb venue for football can be found by London Bridge, just off Borough High Street. Marlborough Sports Garden offers a fantastic 5-a-side football pitch available to book online. Possibly one of the most picturesque venues in London with UK’s tallest building, The Shard, overlooking the sports garden. Along with these three facilities, Playfinder offers some of the best football pitches in London – find your closest venue by clicking here.
Where to play football in west London
If you’re looking to hire a football pitch in West London, looked no further than PlayFootball Shepherd’s Bush. Situated just a few minutes walk from White City tube station, the venue boasts a number of high quality 3G astroturf pitches, all of which can be booked online. Playing after work? No problem, the centre is fully floodlit, allowing for games well into the cold and dark winter months.
Located just slightly further west of White City in Acton, sits V Sports. The super venue contains an excellent 5-a-side astroturf pitch for hire, which is also available for online booking. With Acton Central station located just a short walk away, it serves as the perfect opportunity for a warm up/down for your game of footy. The fully floodlit pitch stays open until late during the week, also providing the perfect opportunity to get down in the evenings for a run about.
Chelsea Sports Centre (pictured above) is another stunning facility offering a superb 5-a-side football pitch available for online booking. In the heart of Chelsea, just a short walk from the King’s Road is another aesthetic venue. The astroturf pitch is located on Sydney Street directly next to St. Luke’s Church and will certainly be an experience you won’t forget. If you’re looking to book a football pitch in Chelsea and Kensington, this is the venue for you.
Where to play football in south London
If you’re a south-London resident and keen for a game of football, look no further than the Selhurst Sports Arena, situated in Croydon. This facility boasts immaculately kept 3G astroturf pitches, catering for 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11-a-side games. Whether you’re looking for a small-sided kick about in the evenings or the full-size pitch, you’ve found the venue. With Selhurst station located just minutes away, access to the venue is easy.
If you’re local to the Kennington area and looking for a venue to play 5-a-side football, then Bethwin Adventure is for you. Located directly next to the scenic Burgess Park, Bethwin Adventure boasts a fully floodlit 5-a-side astroturf pitch available to hire. One of the coolest pitches around, with the surroundings covered in urban wall art – giving a real city feel to your game. Sessions into the evening aren’t a problem here, with the centre remaining open until late on weekdays. So grab your mates and head on down to Bethwin Adventure!
Coldharbour Leisure Centre is another fantastic football facility, located in Eltham, south east London. The centre represents a hive of footballing activity throughout the year with a vast amount of pitches available for hire. Whether you’re looking for a small-sided game or a full-size pitch, Coldharbour Leisure Centre has you covered. 5-a-side, 7-a-side, 8-a-side and 11-a-side pitches are all available to hire and call all be booked online through Playfinder. There is no excuse not to enjoy the beautiful game at this venue if you’re local to the area.
Where to play football in east London
if you’ve just finished a long day working in and around Canary Wharf and are looking to fit in some footy in the evening, Powerleague Docklands represents the perfect opportunity for you to do, being situated just a few minutes walk from Canary Wharf and Crossharbour stations. The 5-a-side pitch is available to hire in east London. It’s a great place to play if you’re looking to squeeze in a game during your lunch break.
East-London has a multitude of superb football venues, with Drapers Field (pictured below) being one of the best in the whole of the city. Located in Leyton – just a few minutes walk from Leyton tube station – the venue boasts immaculate 3G astroturf pitches which cater for both 7-a-side and 11-a-side matches. Once you’ve played here once you’ll be itching to return, so make use of the block booking availability and secure the pitch for up to 10 weeks at a time.
Another terrific venue in the area comes in the form of Mile End Park Leisure Centre, situated in a scenic location within Mile End park. The centre is a hub for many sports, but the football facilities are definitely one of the main attractions. Catering for 5 and 11-a-side games, round up your friends and get them involved for a game of football within this splendid venue.
Where to play football in north London
If you’re looking to play football in London, specifically north London, then Market Road ATP’s (pictured below) offers some of the best football pitches available to hire – located just a few minutes from Caledonian Road tube station on the Piccadilly line. Offering both 11-a-side and 5-a-side games, the venue is extremely popular during peak times so do check the online calendar to view what times are available.
Another classy football venue in north London comes in the form of New River Sport and Fitness, situated nearby to the Wood Green tube stop. An outstanding centre that offers market leading quality for a variety of sports – with their football pitches being some of the best around. If you’re serious about organising some training or matches, check this venue out!
Powerleague has a strong presence throughout London and Playfinder are proud to be partnered with the company. They operate a number of venues in north London including centres in Barnet, Finchley and Tottenham. If you’re in the area then do check them out, Powerleague venues are a hallmark of quality, whichever centre you visit you are sure leave being more than satisfied with your experience.
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