If you haven’t yet caught on to London’s ping pong craze, the prospect of playing five of your friends at the same time might just convince you. This unusual three-way ping pong table is doing the rounds at the ‘Give it a Go’ sports festival at Parliament Hill Fields this Sunday, aimed at giving families the chance to try their hand at several new sports. Playing six-a-side on a table like this is very popular in Australia, apparently. Once you’ve got the wiff waff bug, practise your skills at Rich Mix‘s regular Pongathon event, or visit Bounce in Holborn, a bar entirely dedicated to the game.
And as if that wasn’t enough table tennis for one week, the wonders that are ping pong and retro gaming are combined at this Saturday’s ‘Pop-up Ping Pong’ which takes place at a disused pub in Kensington. Seven tables sit alongside classic arcade games such as ‘Donkey Kong’, and everyone is invited to contribute to the throwback ’80s playlist. The food and cheap drinks on offer may impair your technique, but you can always take some time out to play some beer pong… Katie Forster
Try out the three-way ping pong table at Give it a Go festival, 8 September from 10am, Parliament Hill Fields. Free. Pongathon is at Rich Mix, E1 6LA. Find out when the next event is and book a table at pongathon.com. Pop Up Ping Pong is at the Kensington Bar and Kitchen, 54 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ, from 6:30pm-1am. £7.