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 The Sporting Life 
If a trek through the British Museum isn't enough to get your heart rate up, you'll find a range of outdoor recreational opportunities around town, including expansive parks where you can surround yourself with greenery in the midst of London's sprawling gray cityscape. Hyde Park is a terrific place for inline skating (wheels available for hire nearby at Slick Willies in Kensington, and guided horseback excursions along a historic riding track known as Rotten Row (contact Hyde Park Stables,, or Ross Nye Stables,). If you're up for a good long run, there's no finer destination than the recreational paths along the Thames, either through the architectural grandeur of central London or in the more tranquil western suburbs. You'll also find some splendid golf courses in the nearby countryside, including the following pay-and-play facilities:
Information: Slick Willies, +44-20-7262-3791
Pay-and-Play Facilities
Stockley Park, a Robert Trent Jones Senior championship design set in 240 acres of rolling parkland west of London. Information:, +44-20-8813-5700.

Chingford Golf Course, laid out over the old hunting grounds of King Henry VIII at Epping Forest in northwest London. (Note that visiting players may not use the clubhouse of the private Royal Epping Forest Golf Club that shares the course with the public, and all players are required to wear a red shirt, sweater or trousers.) Information:, +44-20-8529-5708.

The Grove, a large and luxurious country resort in Hertfordshire northwest of London featuring a modern course with an appealing traditional layout by designer Kyle Phillips. Information:, +44-19-2329-4266.

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