Work up a sweat in and around Soho
By SohoLisa | Thursday, July 22, 2010, 16:56
Now, I’m not saying that you guys aren’t beautiful just as you are, but we
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could all do with a little extra exercise now and again right? It got me
thinking exactly what Soho and the West End have to offer in the way of
sporting activities, or anything to work up a sweat and get the blood pumping.
So after a little research, I’ve compiled a list of groups and clubs for both
young and old, guaranteed to make you feel a little better about that cream
cake and pitcher of Pimms!
Disco Health Club is London's most talked about new exercise craze, 80's
aerobics set in a nightclub to Disco music; it has been featured in Vogue,
Heat, Grazia, Look, The Times, Time Out, The Standard, Weight Watchers, Daily
Candy, Qype to name but a few and it is back at the Green Carnation on Greek
Street tonight! Check the website for updates on times and classes.
If you fancy something a little more sedate, but
nonetheless taxing, then why not try a spot of golf. . . . indoors! Urban Golf
situated on Great Pulteney Street in Soho, houses eight golf simulators, a bar,
lounge, two putting greens and coaching facilities. Fore!!
How about something a little more adventurous? Like Ice Climbing perhaps? In
Covent Garden? Yes, that's not a typo. Covent Garden and a great big wall of ice. Billed
as the UK’s most challenging ice walls, Vertical Chill offers 8 metres of real
indoor ice climbing – inside at a constant temperature of 12c! A concave, ice
wall provides a steep challenge for all aspiring adventurers and welcomes
anyone over the age of 13 to join in.
Prefer your water to be not quite so cold? Then maybe this
will float your boat. . .
Westminster Boating Base is a British Canoe Union approved centre. Training
and qualifications issued range from the most basic through to the essential
requirements for instructor assessment, introduction to whitewater, sea
paddling, slalom competition and freestyle.
136 Grosvenor Road, London, SW1V 3JY
020 7821 7389 or 020 7821 7389
There seems to be a minor renaissance in the ping pong world of late,
with Boris Johnson’s plans to install tables in outdoor areas of London, so
here are some that might catch your interest.
Until Sat Aug 14 7
Marshall St, London, W1F 7EH
Billed as an 'unashamedly eccentric table tennis social
club', this one-month pop-up offers the chance to play ping pong for free, and
hosts themed (paid-for) events such as Stoke Newington International Airport's
'A Ping Pong Pub Quiz', 'Ping Pong Bingo' by The Quizzer Sisters and 'Ping Pong
Portraiture', offering the opportunity to have your portrait drawn on a ping
This summer ping pong tables will spring up in the city's squares and landmarks
for all to play and enjoy. Brought to you by the same people who brought us
pianos last year.
Now something especially for the kids. .
Summer Camps 2010
For 10 - 18 year olds
From £49 a week
Do it 4 Real camps just keep getting bigger and
better! In 2010 there are going to be more varied activities than ever before.
Whatever you're into, from climbing or football to dancing or DJ-ing there's
sure to be something for you…
Try quad biking, rock climbing, freestyle dance,
football skills, surfing, kayaking, paint balling, windsurfing, raft building,
archery, high ropes, gorge scrambling, caving, music and video production,
sailing, mountain biking, acting, aerial zip wire, abseiling, costume design,
talent shows, canoeing - the list is endless.
112 Great Russell Street, London WC1
10am-11.30am & 11.30am -1pm Drop in
Every Saturday sessions £2.50 each (can do both)
Trampolining, football, swimming, pottery, and bouncy castle
Summer playscheme available, go to website for info
With the release of the new Karate Kid, featuring Jackie Chan and Jayden Smith,
you might be inspired to learn a little martial arts yourself, so how about TaeKwonDo?
TaeKwonDo at the Chinese Community Centre
In Korean, Tae means foot, Kwon means hand, and Do means way or art making the
ancient art, TaeKwonDo. There are classes running at the Chinese Community
Centre and welcomes many ages – check the website for details.
Feeling suitably warmed up? If you have any suggestions
to add to this list that you think others might enjoy, then get them added!