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There was time, not so long ago, when ping pong tables lived in dusty corners of church halls and youth club basements. But all that has changed.
You’ll now find tables in the most public of locations, from train stations to housing estates, museums to markets, pubs to public squares. And it’s all because of Ping!
Ping! is the street table tennis project funded by Sport England that has changed the face of ping pong. What began as a tentative flirtation with the game has turned into a massive love affair that has changed the landscape of ping pong across England.
When Ping! launched in London 3 years ago there was just one outdoor table. Summer 2013 sees Ping! sweeping across London from the Olympic Park to Leicester Square, the Roundhouse to Clapham Common, the public now has over 100 tables to discover and enjoy, courtesy of Ping!
To join the fun, grab a bat from the side of the table and play ball! In addition to freeplay, each Ping! table offers Random Acts of Ping! Pong. These events span ping pong masterclasses to the Ping! Revolution and Smash the City.
Ping! London is back! Celebrate by eating, drinking and ping-ing at our official opening night extravaganza. Who’s invited? You are! There will be a press reception for Ping! at the HMS President, Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y OHJ on Wednesday 24th July, from 6.30- 8.30pm. Please rsvp to Luke@margaretlondon.com
Picnics and ping pong are two of our favourite things. Join us in the sunshine at Soho Square on 2nd August from 12 – 2.30pm to enjoy both. There’ll be party games to get everyone playing and coaches on hand if you want to improve your game.
Canary Wharf’s popular summer ping pong event is back. From 2 – 11th August, there will be four full-size tables in Jubilee Place for you to play on between 11.00am and 5.30pm. Special events include competitions, coaching and Ping! legends taking each other on in showcase matches.
What better way to enjoy London than rolling by on bicycles looking for the best spots to play some round-the-table ping pong? The Ping! Revolution are regular cycle rides exploring the city one ping pong table at a time.
The first ride will set off from Golden Square, Soho on Saturday 10th August at 7pm and will end up at Hackney City Farm for some pedal-powered ping pong movies, courtesy of the Magnificent Revolution.
It’s over to our Ping! coaches for a weekend of practice makes perfect, from first time taster sessions to advanced drills and skills to help you win more matches.
The event takes place from 16 – 18th August at various tables across the city. Full details can be found at www.pinglondon.co.uk/events
Our annual King Ping! Tournament is hosted this year by Stoke Newington International Airport. You can expect music, drinks, prizes and opportunities for everyone to get involved. You don’t need to be superstar: just sign up and have a hoot! 7-10pm, 29th August, The Crossing, Granary Square, Kings Cross
You don’t have to stop playing just because Ping! is over: sign up to the The Big Ping! – a unique event to get as many people as possible playing ping pong in public spaces once a year.
New locations for 2013
Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS HMS President, Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0HJ Clapham Common, West Side, SW4 9AN Trinity Gardens SW 1 table locations across Camden NW 1 table locations across Camden NW 1 table locations across Camden NW 1 table locations across Camden NW 1 table locations across Camden NW 1 table locations across Camden NW St Pancras International Station, Euston Rd, N1C 4QP Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park E20 2ST Thomas Moore Square, E1W 1YU Kennington Park, SE11 4BE Deptford Lounge, Lewisham, SE8 4RJ Peckham Square SE15 5RS Surrey Quays Library Unicorn Theatre, Tooley St, SE1 2HZ