We’d argue that there’s nothing funner than whizzing around a go kart track with the wind in your hair, racing a group of mates. From a mighty track which stretches to over a kilometre in length, to a fun, video game-themed interactive course close to Shoreditch High Street – London ain’t exactly lacking when it comes to both indoor and outdoor go karting tracks. Here’s the Secret London rundown of ten of the best places to go go karting in London, where you can really put your pedal to the metal. Ready, set, go!
1. TeamSport Go Karting, Docklands
First up on our list of the best places to go go karting in London is TeamSport’s tarmac track in the Docklands. Located right on the banks of the River Thames, this unique spot offers up 800-metres-worth of hair-raising fun, and an added mezzanine means you’ll be able to enjoy a multi-level experience throughout your ride.
As your career around tight, hairpin bends and go full hog down long, straight bits of track in brand-new petrol karts, you’ll be able to reach speeds of up to an intense 40mph. This one certainly qualifies for those that have got a need for speed!
South of the river, this track’s nearest stations are Woolwich Dockyard and North Greenwich, although both are over a twenty-minute walk away. Uber it is then.
You’ll find TeamSport Docklands at 3 Herringham Road, London, SE7 8NJ. Nearest stations are North Greenwich and Woolwich Dockyard.
2) Revolution Karting, Mile End
Did you know that there was a go karting track in East London just a stone’s throw away from Mile End tube? Well, neither did we, but turns out there is.
Another one for real adrenaline junkies, this one is one of the fastest go karting tracks in central London, with karts able to go at speeds in excess of 45mph. What’s more, with races starting from just £25 per person for two loops around the 550-metre floodlit track, it’s also pretty good on the old wallet. In fact, this is probably one of the cheapest go karting tracks in London.
More bang for the buck also means more beer money – from here, you’re within easy walking distance of some of the best pubs and beer gardens in London.
You’ll find Revolution Karting at 422-424, The Arches, Burdett Road, London, E3 4AA. Nearest station is Mile End.
3) Karting Nation, Mile End
Ok, so there are actually two go karting tracks in Mile End – who knew hey? Occupying the same spot as Revolution, the folks at Karting Nation offer up a curvaceous, floodlit 750-metre-long beauty of a track, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
You’ll be driving electric karts here which can reach speeds of up to an incredible 50mph in just four seconds – yep, seriously – so better get yourself strapped in and ready to pull some g-force.
There’s a spectator area here, so even if you don’t want to drive yourself, it’s a great spot to watch friends, family et al.
You’ll find Karting Nation at 422-424, The Arches, Burdett Road, London, E3 4AA. Nearest station is Mile End.
4) TeamSport Go Karting, Edmonton
With nine punishing corners and plenty of wide straights offering up ample opportunity for overtaking, this north London go karting adventure is certainly not short of its challenges.
With an 800-metre-long track spread over two levels, each circuit will take you around 45 seconds – plenty of time to try and race your mates. What’s more, with speeds of up to 40mph, the petrol karts certainly ain’t short of horsepower.
Ideal for first-timers and veteran racers alike, this spot also offers great deals for groups, including stag and hen parties. You’re also just a short walk from Meridian Water, so you can easily make your way into Liverpool Street and Shoreditch from here for post-race bevvies.
You’ll find TeamSport Edmonton at 30 Nobel Road, London, N18 3BA. Nearest station is Meridian Water.
5) Capital Karts, Barking
At a whopping 1,050-metres-long, the indoor go karting track at Capital Karts is easily the UK’s longest. In fact, it’s three times the length of a standard indoor go karting track and nearly twice the length of most multi-level tracks, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this one.
Located out in Zone 4 near Upney and Barking on the District Line, it’s easy to reach, and with prices from just £27.50 per person, this go karting track is also pretty good value for money.
The sleek go karts themselves feature powerful 270cc Honda engines – which can reach speeds of up to 45mph – and they’ve got adjustable seats and pedals to ensure maximum comfort.
You’ll find Capital Karts at Unit 1, Rippleside Commercial Estate, London, Barking, IG11 0RJ. Nearest stations are Upney and Becontree.
6) TeamSport Go Karting, Acton
Head to the west of the Big Smoke and you’ll find TeamSport’s Acton track – 500 metres of seven exhilarating banked corners, multi-levels and ultimate go karting euphoria.
Challenge yourself as you drive around in your electric kart to see if you can beat the fastest lap time of just 28 seconds – come on, we have faith in you dear readers!
They’ve also got all the facilities you’ll need for a cracking event – including a bar, food and drink, and even conference facilities for a corporate day out. Team bonding anyone? The Aeronaut – the quirky West London pub with its own circus big top – is also just down the road.
You’ll find TeamSport Acton at 20 Allied Way, London, W3 0RF. Nearest station is Acton Central.
7) TeamSport Go Karting, Mitcham
Another TeamSport addition to this roundup of go karting in London track – this time in Mitcham, south London.
Stretching out over 400 metres’ worth of track, the two, multi-level circuits here – complete with a mezzanine level throughout the whole building – can host up to 20 go karts at one time. Ideal if you and your mates are looking to experience an afternoon of Grand Prix-style racing. Budding Lewis Hamilton’s step to the front!
There’s also a bar on site, so you can get the beers in post-race, and they’ve got brand spanking new go karts. Win, win.
You’ll find TeamSport Mitcham at Unit 18 Streatham Road, Mitcham, CR4 2AP. Nearest stations are Tooting and Streatham Common.
8) Daytona Sundown Park, Esher
While this go kart track isn’t technically located in London – it’s actually based in leafy Surrey – we had to include it due to the high calibre of clientele who have graced their presence here.
Brad Pitt, Kit Harrington, Hugh Grant and even Mr Days of Thunder himself, Tom Cruise, have all raced go karts here – and it’s easy to see why. It’s the only National Karting Association and Motor Sport Association-approved track to be found within the M25, and offers eight challenging corners, hair-raising hairpins and speedy straights over its 900-metre length.
There are go karts here which reach speeds of up to 70mph – no wonder racing driver Fernando Alonso has paid the track a visit.
You’ll find Daytona Sundown Park at More Lane, Esher, KT10 8AN. Nearest station is Esher.
9) Chaos Karts, Bethnal Green
If you’re one of those people who gets just the slightest bit competitive while playing Mario Kart (and honestly, who isn’t), you’d probably jump at the chance of competing with your friends in a real life video game. Right?
Well good news for you, because now you can do exactly that with this video-game-come-go-karting experience. The experience combines real-life go-karting with the realms of a digitally projected world, connecting the physical vehicles with a virtual track. Drivers can cruise through the streets of London, the Nevada desert, the beaches of Florida, and even outer space.
Just like your favourite video games, players can use power-ups and ‘weapons’ such as laser guns, hammers, bombs, and speed boosts to add that extra bit of competitiveness to the battle. Time to get your gamer hat on.
You’ll find Chaos Karts at Fleet Street Hill, London, E1 5ES. Nearest stations are Bethnal Green and Shoreditch High Street.
10) TeamSport Go Karting, Watford
Rounding off this list of the best places to go go karting in London is another addition from TeamSport – this time in Watford. Ok, we know what you’re thinking, Watford isn’t London. Well, we’d beg to differ. It is after all the final spot on the Metropolitan Line…
You’ll find nail-biting bends, intense ramps and unforgettable straights over the course of this 500-metre-long track, which stretches across two intense levels.
Whether you’re a pro-karter or are completely new to the sport, this go kart track is a great one for you to unleash your inner speed demon.
You’ll find TeamSport Watford at Greatham Road Industrial Estate, Greatham Road, Watford, Bushey, WD23 2NZ. Nearest station is Watford High Street.
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