Formerly the preserve of bored teens in youth clubs, table tennis couldn’t be hotter in the capital right now.
When London landed the bid for the Olympics in 2008, Mayor Boris Johnson announced that ping pong was coming home. And it seems to have done just that, with hundreds of tables and tournaments popping up across the UK. But where better to practice your moves in this old-but-new sport than at the emerging King’s Cross development.
Four ping pong tables can be found in The Crossing – the public area of the Granary Building. This vast space allows plenty of room to dance around the tables. It is completely free to play, with no booking required. Just show up and get your game on. You’ll find bats and balls stored in the tables, or ask for replacements at the Visitor Centre. The tables occasionally move outside if there is an event on in the Crossing, or if the weather is fine.
You can also master your backhand at Fred Perry’s newly installed ping pong table outside their Coal Drops Yard store from March 1st. It is free to play, just ask the shop staff for bats and balls. Players will be restricted to one-hour timeslots when the table gets busy.