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Badminton can easily be played in a huge number of venues because it can be set up any sports hall that has nets and posts. Of course, other requirements specific to the sport are high ceilings, to allow the shuttlecock to soar through the air free from obstruction, and good lighting, not too dim and not so strong that it will induce temporary blindness during a serve. The North West of London has some smashing sports halls equipped with all of the above, ensuring that getting in a game, morning or night, should never be a problem.
Willesden Sports Centre
A spacious and friendly gym, just a stone’s throw away from Willesden Junction Station, the sports centre is an easy, stress-free place to visit. The sports hall is a decent size, with room for three badminton courts and tall ceilings to satisfy those with a high lob.
Price: £14.30 for external players. With a 1Life card, it’s £13.50 during peak time and £5.70 off peak.
Extra Services: Lots of classes and coaching including women’s classes, adult beginners and kids sessions. Racquets can be rented for £2.
Havestock School, Chalk Farm
This school has a fantastic sports hall; lit to competition standard LUX levels, with a fully sprung floor to promote optimum sports performance and remove pressure from the joints. Badminton posts and nets are in good condition and are included in the rental price.
Price: These top of the range facilities don’t come cheap. They will set you back £26 for an hour’s play.
Archer Academy, Easy Finchley
Just a 10-minute walk from East Finchley station, the school’s sports hall is a real gem. It is well marked, well lit; not so bright it will obstruct your vision in your serve, and well equipped for badminton play. Nets are included in the price of the booking and are in good condition. Courts can be booked on weekday evenings or all day on the weekend.
Price: Prices are based on individual enquiries, depending on times and the number of players.
Ark Academy, Wembley
The academy is within shouting distance of Wembley Stadium. If you book a court during a football match, you could pretend that the screams and cheers of fans are in support of your excellent drop shots. The indoor sports hall can be set as 4 badminton courts
Vale farm is one of the most popular leisure centres in the area after undergoing a £1.7 million makeover. There are 4 badminton courts for hire in the sports hall.
Price: £10.50 during peak times and £6.50 off-peak. Card holders receive a discounted price.
Contact: Phone 020 8908 6545.
Extra Services: No Strings Badminton, SmashUp Badminton for kids, Battle Badminton. Lots of courses and classes to get involved with.
Seymour Leisure Centre
Seymour Leisure Centre can be found in the heart of the North West of London, sandwiched between Regent’s and Hyde Park, close to both Paddington and Baker Street Stations. Run by the GLL the sports hall houses 5 badminton courts. Nets and equipment are in good condition and included in the hire price.