Spitalfields market is a great location for a bit of shopping. There are independent market stalls selling everything from gorgeous cupcakes to locally produced items of clothing and stylish handbags.
However, nine times out of ten when I’m in Spitalfields market it’s not because I’m looking to find myself a new white t-shirt adorned with hipster pyramids and cute kittens – it’s because I’ve got my short shorts on and am ready for a game of ping-pong.
Right in the middle of the market, on the forecourt of healthy fast food joint Leon, there are three ping-pong tables available for public use – one of which is actually a long dining table with a net in the middle. Obviously it is polite to buy a drink or some food at Leon if you are going to use the tables but I get the feeling that some of the regular players don’t always abide by that etiquette – the empty cans of store-bought lager and supermarket sandwich packets are a bit of a give away if you ask me!
This is my favourite place to play ping-pong. A grand glass ceiling high above the stalls and restaurants shelters the market, ensuring that the air inside is fresh but not windy. This prevents the ball from being distorted by dastardly air currents. The playing area also benefits from being very spacious meaning that rallies are not cut short by annoyingly placed obstacles, as is the case in most other ping-pong bars I’ve been to.