When can I play?

Highgate has some of the best tennis facilities in the area, including 9 floodlit hard courts and 3 shale courts at Brookside. 5 main club courts are situated outside the club house and four ‘school’ courts by the school. There are activities all week and all year round.

To see what is happening on our courts check out our online court schedule.

Social tennis

Turn up, play and mix in with other members for doubles. All levels can join in and it’s a great way to meet people at the club.  You provide the tennis, the club provides the balls. If you are new, just introduce yourself by the benches and someone will help you mix in.   If you bring a guest, please pay the £5 visitors fee to the club bank account. Email info@highgate-tennis.co.uk for bank details.

All year: (January- December)

  • Thursday Afternoon: 2pm-4pm (book online)
  • Saturday: 2pm-5:00pm
  • Sunday:  2pm-5:00pm


  • Thursday Evening: 7pm-9pm
  • Friday Eveing: 6pm-8pm (Beginners & Improvers – book online)

Members only – no booking required unless stated above

Pre-arranged play

Members can also play ladders, practice or arrange their own fours outside club sessions see the court schedule for availability.

The school courts can be used during any free play sessions on the court schedule. 

The main courts are available for free play as follows:

  • Saturday & Sunday until 2pm & from 5:00pm to 10.00pm (both summer and winter)
  • Monday to Friday until 4pm

Outside these hours there is some limited availability – please check court schedule.

In school holidays junior coaching camps may be taking place during the day time. This will vary from week to week.– please check court schedule for details. Two of the main courts are always available for members’ use, except when it’s wet. See Wet Weather Policy for more information.

Booking a court

We have an online court booking system for all courts for members only. The standard booking window is 7 days and operates on a rolling basis. Every adult and peak junior member can have 3 open bookings (of up to 90 mins each) at any one time. Two at peak times and one off peak times. Off Peak times are: before 5pm on weekdays and after 5pm at weekends.

To make an online court booking here is the link

Booking rules (including tips) for the court booking system can be found here


Members are now allowed to bring guests to the club. Visitors are allowed after 5pm on weekends and before 5pm during a weekday; up to 6 times per year max. Members have to pay £5 per hour for their guest for every visit.


All of our courts apart from Brookside (shale courts) are floodlit. Lights are free during social tennis. When booking a court with floodlights a fee of £2.50 will show for each half an hour slot. If your booking falls completely within the floodlight period, you will need to pay the floodlight fee to book the court (£7.50 for 90 mins).

More information on floodlights can be found here


Sometimes the door to the clubhouse is locked and alarmed (out of hours) and you won’t be able to get in. If the door has simply shut, you will need to type in a code into the keypad, email info@highgate-tennis.co.uk if you need the code

First Aid

There is a first aid kit in both the main clubhouse, and at the Brookside clubhouse (when open). Please see the noticeboards for details of the club first aiders, the nearest pharmacy and the route to the closest hospital.

The club now has a defibrillator situated downstairs in the clubhouse (look for the sign). Please do spend a few minutes watching the training videos here in case you ever need to use it.


Highgate has a very active tournament calendar – go to the competitions page for more details

What else do I need to know?

Highgate has a friendly attitude to playing. We like competition, but we expect players to be courteous and respect rules and etiquette. For more info, see our Code of Conduct and etiquette info as well as the rules of tennis. We also expect members to dress accordingly on court. We don’t demand whites, but it does mean proper footwear and clothing. For more info, see our Court Etiquette and Code of Conduct.

The ITF’s tennis rules can be found here.