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The world has come a long way when it comes to accepting gay men and women, but sports is yet, on the whole, to get the message. Time Out finds the best clubs in London to offer security, empathy and a great place to work out.

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Badminton

  • Goslings Lesbian & Gay Badminton Club

    Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF

    This social badminton club welcomes all standards of players. Sessions take place at Finsbury Leisure Centre, EC1 (Old Street tube/rail); St George's School, W9 (Maida Vale tube) and Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 (Kentish Town tube/rail). They usually culminate with a few drinks at a nearby pub.
    www.goslingslondon.com.

  • Fit Women Badminton

    Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Road, N1 5JU

    A social club open to women of all ages and ability. Drinks in the pub often follow meetings, and there are occasional camping and walking weekends. Members compete in the annual Goslings International Badminton Tournament, and travel to the World Out Games.
    www.fitwomen.org.uk

  • St Gabriel’s Badminton Club

    Church Hall, Glasgow Terrace, Churchill Gardens, off Lupus Street, SW1V 3AA

    Suited to more experienced players, this is a mostly male club, but all are welcome. The two teams play in the local London league on Sundays and also compete in international gay tournaments. There are social events too. To arrange a trial, email info@stgabriels.org.uk.
    www.stgabriels.org.uk

Basketball

  • London Cruisers Basketball Team

    Women Bethnal Green Technical College, 8 Gosset Road, E2 6NW / Men Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Road, N1 5JU

    Ten years ago, the Cruisers formed a women’s team to play in the Gay Games in Amsterdam. Now they have four teams, including two for men, which participate in league games. Experienced players are always welcome.
    www.cruisers.org.uk

Bowling

  • Bowling Bears

    Queens, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP

    This friendly group is open to gay men looking for a fun, sociable bowling experience (is there any other kind?). Members meet around the bar for a drink before taking to the alleys. Call first or email info@bowlingbears.com
    www.bowlingbears.com

Cricket

  • Grace’s Cricket Club

    Contact Duncan Irvine: 020 7278 3294

    This gay cricket group plays about 25 matches during the summer; training begins in April at the prestigious Lords Cricket Ground. There are opportunities for overseas tours as well. It’s open to all ages and the membership fee is dependent on income.
    www.gaycricket.org.uk

Cycling

  • Cycleout

    Contact Peter: 020 8747 4640

    Covering the greenbelt surrounding London, Cycleout’s weekend rides vary from gentle Sunday spins to more serious racing. Membership costs £4-£6 per year; a list of upcoming events can be found on the website. Cycleout is open to gay men only; email info@cycleout. org.uk to join. Lesbians wishing to participate are referred to the sister group Dykes on Bikes.
    www.cycleout.org.uk

  • Dykes on Bikes

    The sister group of Cycleout, Dykes on Bikes organises a similar calendar of events for lesbian cycling enthusiasts.
    www.dobs.org.uk

Dance

  • Salsa Rosada Gay Salsa Classes

    The Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8UE

    Salsa Rosada has been teaching gay men and women to salsa since 1994. Beginners can attend the first class of the evening, followed by intermediates at 8pm.
    www.salsa-rosada.co.uk

  • Dance Out Loud

    Central YMCA, 112 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ

    Anything goes at this free-form dance class. The clientele is predominantly gay and lesbian.
    www.5rhythms.webs.com

  • Studio LaDanza

    89 Holloway Road, N7 8LT

    The large dancefloor provides plenty of room for ballroom and Latin workshops or socials, which take place from 8.30pm onwards (bring your own refreshments). Individual lessons cost £42 for 55mins. There are also residential weekends in Paris and the annual gay and lesbian black-tie ball in January.
    www.studioladanza.co.uk

Football

  • Club Leftfooters

    Regent’s Park, NW1

    The Leftfooters meet for friendly kickabouts in Regent’s Park every Sunday from 2pm. As the name would suggest, players of all – or no – ability are welcome. Although most of the play is recreational, the Leftfooters do take part in the GFSN Football League. Membership is free.
    www.leftfooters.org.uk/

  • Gay Football Supporters Network

    In the largely straight world of football, the GFSN aims to bring together like-minded footie supporters. There are newsletters, socials, tournaments and an annual knees-up.
    www.gfsn.org.uk

  • Hackney Women’s Football Club

    Contact Amanda: 07867 946 614

    For further details and confirmation of training times, check the website.
    www.intheteam.com/ hackneywfc

  • Joybabe WFC

    Contact Catherine: 07764 752 731

    Based in north London, the Joybabes are a team of experienced players who like to play for the fun of the game, meeting for matches or indoor five-a-sides rather than training sessions. The team play in the Greater London Regional Women’s League, Division 2.
    www.joybabe.com

  • London Lesbian Kickabouts

    Contact Andrea: 07773 928 434

    As the name suggests, this is a football group for lesbians looking for a friendly kickabout. Games are held in Camden on Tuesdays, and Regent’s Park on Sundays, and are usually rounded off with a drink at a pub. Everyone can take part regardless of ability; come as little or as often as you like. Email info@lesbianfootball.com for times or check details on the website.
    www.lesbianfootball.com

  • South London Studs

    This lesbian team has participated in the Greater London League for more than a decade and regularly attends gay tournaments in the UK and abroad. That said, all standards are welcome. Training (7.30-9pm Thur) takes place in Norbury. Matches are played at Burrbage Road, Dulwich, usually 2pm on Sundays. Fees: £3 for training, £5 for matches.

  • Stonewall Football Club

    There’s weekly training near Latimer Rd

    Stonewall is a well-established club that plays a first and a reserve team with weekly Saturday fixtures in the Middlesex County Football League. In addition, there are various overseas tours and social events. Two separate training sessions take place on Thursday evenings; one is just for casual players. Email stonewallfc@hotmail.com if you’re interested.
    www.stonewallfc.com

Golf

  • Irons Golf Society

    Irons play at least one Sunday a month during the summer at courses in and around London. Tours abroad in the past have included such destinations as France and Thailand, and there are knockout tournaments and golf weeks organised around Britain. Open to all lesbian and gay golfers with at least some experience of the sport.
    www.ironsgolf.co.uk

Hockey

  • Remnants Hockey Club

    Eltham College, Marvels Lane, Grove Park, SE12 9PH

    One of the only openly gay women’s hockey clubs in the United Kingdom, Remnants Hockey Club has two teams, with a mix of abilities and skill levels. During the regular hockey match season, games are held every Saturday at various south London venues.
    www.remnantshockey.org.uk

Kickboxing

  • KB Kickboxing

    Contact: 020 7681 0114/ 07881 957 977,

    Kelly Bunyan’s kickboxing school is a great success, with more than 30 classes a week to choose from at various venues in central London. Kung fu, judo, self-defence and Pilates are also taught.
    www.kbkickboxing.co.uk

Martial Arts

  • Kung Fu

    American Church, Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TD

    Run by the KB Kickboxing crowd, this gay-friendly class welcomes everyone. Confirm class times on the website.
    www.kbfitness.co.uk

  • Ishigaki Ju-Jitsu Club

    Contact Simon: 07740 857 261

    Ideal for those wishing to learn self-defence, the Ishigaki Ju-Jitsu Club welcomes a diverse crowd of gay men and women. Beginners are encouraged to watch a session (at a location in central London) and then join the group at the pub afterwards. Check the website for more information about the club.
    www.ishigaki.org.uk

Motorcycling

  • Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club

    With over 150 members, the Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club is the largest organisation of its type for gay and lesbian riders in Europe.
    www.gaybikers.co.uk

  • Women’s International Motorcycle Association

    The UK sector of this international outfit welcomes all female bikers, gay or straight. Members are encouraged to organise rides and meetings in their local area, and attend regional meetings (there are also national UK rallies and international events). You can print a membership form from the website.
    www.wimagb.co.uk

Rugby

  • Kings Cross Steelers RFC

    East London RFC, Holland Road, E15 3BP

    The Kings Cross Steelers were the world’s first gay rugby team in 1995 and are a full member of the English Rugby Football Union. The club has two teams, with the first playing in the Essex 'Spitfire' League 2. The benefits of playing at this reputable club include professional coaching, floodlit training, regular social events, clubhouse with two bars and access to international tickets from Twickenham. The club welcomes both inexperienced and competitive rugby players.
    www.kxsrfc.com

  • Rosslyn Park Slingbacks

    Rosslyn Park FC, Priory Lane, Upper Richmond Road, SW15 5JH

    This women’s team plays in Premier 2 of the national league and welcomes new players at any level. Having a good night out also figures high on the agenda; the Slingbacks often cross paths with the Rosslyn men’s team on socials. Contact the club for details about joining and membership prices.
    www.rosslynpark.co.uk

Running

  • Run together with the Women's Running Network

    London Frontrunners

    Contact: 07092 346 340

    A diverse group of lesbians and gay men who simply love to run. Meeting three times a week, the Frontrunners attract a mixed crowd, from those wishing to improve their fitness levels to those training for marathons. Runs are often followed by drinks. Email info@londonfrontrunners.org or see the website for more details.
    www.londonfrontrunners.org

Sailing

  • Sailing & Cruising Association

    Downstairs, Kudos, 10 Adelaide Street, WC2N 4HZ

    No experience is required to join this group of 350 gay men and women, who enjoy cruises (the sailing kind) during the summer and meet up in the Kudos bar in the West End all year round. If you don’t own a boat, you can still come and crew. Summer dinghy sailing in London (in the Docks or on the Thames) is also popular.
    www.gaysailing.org.uk

Softball

  • London Raiders

    Wandsworth Common, Bellevue Road, SW12

    This gay softball group welcomes new players, regardless of experience – the emphasis is on having fun. Games usually take place on Wandsworth Common.
    www.londonraiders.co.uk

Squash

  • 4play Squash Club

    A squash group for gay people and their friends, which holds regular social outings. All standards are welcome as long as you own a racquet; an annual tournament is held in May.
    www.4playsquash.org

Swimming

  • Out to Swim

    Various London venues

    Aimed at gay swimmers who are confident in at least two different strokes and fit enough to swim for an hour, swims take place most evenings in various London sports centres. There are various membership options;, the cheapest starts with an initial £25, then £3.50 per session.
    www.outtoswim.org

  • Goslings Swimming

    Oasis Sports Centre, 32 Endell Street, WC2H 9AG

    Operating for more than 20 years, the friendly Goslings organise badminton and swimming sessions – usually followed by drinks at a pub. Open to all levels; new swimmers welcome. Contact goslings@hotmail.com.
    www.goslingssportsclub.com

  • Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

    Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR

    The men’s and women’s ponds are open every day of the year; the mixed pond is May-Sept only.
    www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

  • Gay London Swimmers

    Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place, SE5 8TS

    The 30 or so members of this club swim au naturel every week at Camberwell Leisure Centre. Those who don’t or can’t swim can turn up and learn – or just play beach ball. Contact Roger: 020 8591 3508 (evenings only)

Tennis

  • London Gay Tennis Club

    Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, N7 9PL

    A pay-and-play session for confident gay and lesbian tennis players. Contact Derek: 020 8445 3641or Garrey: 020 8673 3351.

  • Tennis London International

    Westway Indoor Tennis Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP

    Every Sunday evening, between 30 and 50 members meet up to play short doubles sets and engage in ‘light banter and heavy gossip’, according to the website. The club also runs the Tennis London International Championships. Lessons for beginners and those needing a refresher course are also held on Sundays; check the website, or email info@tennislondon.com for details.
    www.tennislondon.com

Volleyball

  • Dynamo Dykes Volleyball Club

    Contact: dynamoteam@hotmail.com

    London’s premier lesbian volleyball team takes part in league matches and international tournaments. They practise twice weekly during the volleyball season (Sept-May) – beginners on Thursdays at Brixton Recreation Centre, Brixton Station Road, SW9 (Brixton tube/rail) and intermediate and advanced players on Wednesdays at Bethnal Green Sports Centre, Gosset Street, E2 (Bethnal Green tube). During the summer, the action moves to Hyde Park.
    www.dynamodykes.org.uk

  • London Spikers Volleyball Club

    Bethnal Green Sports Centre, Gosset Street, E2 6NW

    Spikers, a gay men’s volleyball team, offers a welcoming atmosphere for beginners and a chance for pros to prove their talents at league matches and European tournaments. There are individual team sessions during the week and on Sundays. In summer, team training is moved to Hyde Park, near Speakers’ Corner. They won the London Premier League title in 2010. Contact info@londonspikers. org for details of membership prices and to join up.
    http://www.londonspikers.org

Walking

  • Gay Outdoors Club London

    These day walks, held on the second Sunday of each month, attract groups of between 12 and 20 people from various backgrounds and ages. The walks are usually eight to 12 miles long, and start and finish at a rural railway station (about an hour from London). Lunch is often eaten in a pub; alternatively, bring a packed one. From May to September, there are also evening walks in London, rounded off by a meal or pub visit. Visitors to London are welcome, as are non-members who want to give the Gay Outdoors Club a try.
    www.goc.org.uk

  • Gay Sunday Walking Group (GSWG)

    Walks generally take place in London or out in the rolling countryside of the Home Counties – with clearly set out train times and meeting points – and the 30-odd ramblers usually end up in a pub. Membership is only £5/year and application forms to join the group can be printed from the website. For details of walks, send an SAE to the PO Box address above to receive a list of dates.
    www.gswg.org.uk

Yoga

  • Yoga For Gay Men

    Yoga Base, 255-257 Liverpool Road, N1 1LX

    David Tierney’s popular yoga classes are limited to 16 people, so you need to book in advance. Lessons for beginners are held on Sundays.
    www.gayyoga.gn.apc.org


Users say

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Iain Clark
Iain Clark

CycleOut London is the gay cycling club. We offer a range of organised bicycle rides for all skill levels. From tours around London tourist spots (with lots of cups of tea) to cycle touring around the Essex countryside. We also organise holidays away such as Mallorca, Rimini and Sardinia. Lots of weekends cycling as well such as the Cheddar Gorge, Exeter and Durham. Run by volunteers for all members of London's LGBT community. See more details at http://www.cycleoutlondon.org.uk. Guests are welcome on all rides.

JT
JT

any GAY LACROSSE

Evan Darling
Evan Darling

Are there any Auto or Motorcycle enthusiast groups or sites around in the UK?

Gilad Terney
Gilad Terney

KB Fitness is fantastic! it's an ego-free environment where we have a great time and learn while training. I honestly never thought that Martial Arts was my thing, but I'm pleasantly suprised. I met my partner during a Kickboxing class, and we now take full advantage of our membership. We do Kickboxing five days a week, Kung Fu, Yoga and the Self Defence classes. A definite must for anybody looking to get fit, meet people and have a wonderful training environment. The best thing I ever did!

Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson

If you're interest in water polo then London Orca is a team for gays and lesbians and new players are welcome. Check out the Out To Swim website (www.outtoswim.org) for details.

Richard Chere
Richard Chere

The London Royals is a hockey club open to all - gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, it makes no difference. As long you are a field hockey player or a fan of the game you are more than welcome to join. It is not important that you are a good hockey player or just a beginner. Enjoyment is the most important requirement. After competing in the World Outgames in Copenhagen the women are now the proud holders of the gold medal & the men the bronze. The London Royals compete in the Essex Mixed Hockey League 2009/2010 and train regularly on a Sunday afternoon at the John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping. We have also entered 2 teams in to the Gay Games in Cologne and are always looking for more players - male or female