It’s no surprise then that the London 2012 Olympic Games countdown starts this week with Ping! which promises a month of free ping pong fun.
From master classes to competitions and random acts of ping pong, there are round-the-table activities for everyone to join in across 100 London landmarks. And the Natural History of Museum is one of them.
Our ping pong table arrives officially on Saturday 24 July and stays with us until 22 August. It'll be located by the Butterfly Explorers exhibition and is free of charge. Just grab the bats and balls provided and start 'twiddling'.
For ping pong fans, there's a special event on Saturday 24 July, to mark the launch of the Ping! London month. Players can join Passport to PINGland here and at other London venues to complete some tricky challenges and win a top quality bat.
On Friday 30 July, especially for After Hours visitors, our ping pong table moves to the Darwin Centre Courtyard. At this Round the World Ping After Hours evening, coaching classes are on offer. Beginners are welcome.
Other Ping! locations include Hoxton Square, Geffrye Museum, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Soho Square, Brunswick Shopping Centre, Westfield Shopping Centre, the British Library Courtyard, St Pancras International, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Heathrow's terminal 3 and the O2.
Been practising that shakehand grip Boris? Our mayor officially launched Ping! London last month
Ping! is created by Sing London, the participatory arts organisation behind last year’s Street Pianos Project. It is delivered in partnership with the English Table Tennis Association who will bring Ping! to 4 more cities over the next 2 years, returning to London for 2012.
Images courtesy of Flickr's Ping! London photostream