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Campden Hill
Lawn Tennis Club

The Club prides itself on its friendly and informal atmosphere, welcoming
newcomers and encouraging members to socialise as well as play tennis.

Campden Hill Lawn Tennis Club

Privately-owned tennis club in the heart of London 

The Club was founded in 1884 soon after the first Wimbledon Championships and is situated on Campden Hill in Kensington. The Club has 12 courts - six outdoor and six indoor - together with a practice area and a Clubhouse. The Club is non-profit making, owned by its members and run for the benefit of its membership of about 1,600 ranging from Juniors to Veterans. 

A Committee of ten members has overall responsibility for the Club, with a Club manager, duty managers, bar and catering staff and a groundsman. The Club prides itself on its friendly and informal atmosphere, welcoming newcomers and encouraging members to socialise as well as play tennis.

Campden Hill Lawn Tennis Club The Club’s constitution is set out in the Club’s Articles of Association, which is available for inspection at the Club’s office. This deals with, amongst other things, the conduct of the Club’s meetings, the nomination and election of the Committee and its powers. 

In addition to friendliness and informality, the cardinal features of the Club are:
• Proficiency at tennis is required for full playing and voting membership
• Courts may only be booked at peak times
• Members are encouraged to "cut-in" and play with others of a similar standard
• There is no payment for playing (additional to subscriptions) other than for booked courts and for entering certain club competitions.


All membership categories are full. At present we are accepting new applications for Midweek membership waiting list. When applying for Midweek membership, applicants must be sponsored by two existing Voting members of CHLTC. For further information please contact the Club's Membership Secretary

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Club history

The Club was founded in 1884, just seven years after the first Wimbledon Championships were held. There were 12 courts (all with hard surfaces) and a full-time caretaker called Mr Zilwood. He lived at the Club's cottages with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. In the summer, Zilwood's daughter used to prepare refreshments for the members. For a shilling you could buy a cup of tea, two biscuits and a rock cake, How times have changed!

Between the wars, most Club members were male. There were a few female players who used to enjoy a hit in the afternoons, but they were expected to make themselves scarce in the mornings and evenings when the men took over.

Zilwood died around the time of the outbreak of the Second World War and was succeeded by a Mr Mann who also worked as an air raid warden. Since the Club was on top of Campden Hill, and occupying the highest ground in the immediate area, during the War an anti-aircraft gun was stationed on one of the tennis courts, and play continued around the gun station.

Some time after the war it was decided to employ a full-time manager and to modernise the Club buildings. Various improvements were made over the course of the next few decades.

Finally, between 2001 and 2002, the Club was extensively refurbished and the 12 outdoor courts were turned into six indoor and six outdoor courts. The Club now boasts one of the best tennis club facilities in London.


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Campden Hill Lawn Tennis Club
9 Aubrey Walk
W8 7 JH
London, UK


Phone: 020 7727 4050