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Sport in Greater London Get healthy or simply be entertained with a wide selection of sports on offer in London. There’s a wealth of world-famous sporting events taking place around every corner of London.

From top premiership football teams to running and rowing, you’ll find an eclectic mix to suit every sports fanatic and those who prefer to cheer from the sidelines.

Every year Wimbledon welcomes thousands and thousands of tennis fans and celebrities who flock to the Lawn Tennis Championships [map]. Book well in advance for your centre court seat to see some of the world’s best players go head to head, as you relax and enjoy the very traditional strawberries and cream that accompany the unpredictable British weather. The tennis courts are located at Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19.

The Michelob London Triathlon [map] also begins in SW at Lower Grosvenor Place, SW1. See international athletes warm up to participate in the gruelling annual swim, cycle, and running tournament.

There’s plenty of football in London but it’s not all about the premiership. Prepare for a great evening of fun at the England Monarchs American Football Club [map], Crystal Palace Arena, SW9. Cheer on the Monarchs who are one of the most successful American football clubs in Britain. Grab a beer and dance along with the Monarchs’ cheerleaders.

Australian football is extremely popular in this area. The British Australian Rules Football League [map] is based here at Quicks Road, SW19, and spectators can watch top teams such as The Wandsworth Demons in action at Clapham Common, SW4.

Take to the ice at the unusual out door rink Broadgate Ice Arena, located at Broadgate Circle, EC2. From November to April there’s family skating and even the unique sport of broomball, which is entertaining, if not bizarre. If this rink proves too crowded there is another seasonal ice rink at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2. This rink is set within the picturesque courtyard of Somerset House and has a cosy Victorian atmosphere about it.

Staying with the wintry theme if you have a head for heights a visit to The Vertical Chill should be high on your agenda. This amazing eight metre tower of ice on Southampton Street [map], WC1, is the perfect place to practice your ice mountaineering skills and beginners are welcomed. Tuition and hire clothing and kit are provided.

If being a spectator is more your cup of tea you’ve got a ringside seat for some of the best rowing in the world. Throughout the year the River Thames plays host to a variety of rowing events including The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, The Twickenham Regatta, and the world’s oldest rowing race: The Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race.

For a great family day out visit The Thames in September for The Great River Race. More than 15 crafts compete in this fun race and modes of transport include Chinese dragon boats, Viking longboats, Hawaiian war canoes and whalers.

Funland [map] at The Trocadero, Coventry Street, W1, is perfectly suited to those who like to take their exercise more gently. This huge five-floor building brings a range of family activities including 10 pin bowling and pool to the masses. This is the perfect place to bring teenagers who will enjoy the very latest sports game simulators and arcade games. When you have built up a thirst, why not relax in the sports bar and enjoy some liquid refreshment or a meal.

There’s also plenty of leisure centres dotted throughout London if you want to get fit and healthy and have fun doing so.

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