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Go-karting in London

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Published November 29th 2010
On a usual drive on the gridlocked streets of London, you're unlikely to reach speeds in excess of 10mph and will no doubt be overtaken by hordes of pedestrians out doing their shopping.

If you really want to rediscover the accelerator pedal, how about jumping in a go-kart and racing friends and family. There are many tracks in London and it makes for a pretty thrilling day out.

Here are some tracks in or near London:
The Raceway in London Docklands. Race indoors in Cobra go-karts (with Honda engines) on asphalt tracks. The Monza bar will cater to your food and drink needs following the race, where you can discuss your respective performances and talk about how you could take on Lewis Hamilton any day.

Playscape Racing in Streatham. Here it takes an average of 26 seconds to do a lap on their six-metre-wide National circuit. There are two other circuits – the Bambino (for 6-8 yrs), and the International. Their go-karts also have Honda engines and can reach speeds "approaching 45mph", though presumably the kids' go-karts go a little slower! All tracks are indoors and there's an on-site cafe for sustenance.

TeamSport Go-karting in Edmonton. With a 450-metre track designed by professional circuit engineers, and go-karts featuring 200cc engines, you'll be sure to feel the wind in your hair going around this circuit (or at least you would if you didn't have to wear a crash helmet). Fancy doing a lap of the indoor track now? Click here then! Refreshments are available at its neatly named Fuel cafe.

Revolution Karting in Mile End. This place has electric go-karts that reach speeds of up to 50mph. The track looks bendier than Mr Bean's face, so you'll be sure to need all your driving prowess to get around this one. The floodlit track allows for late-night racing. For a tasty post-driving tummy filler, check out their a la kart menu – yes that's right: a la kart. Gotta love it.

Surbiton Raceway in Tolworth. With a 700-metre outdoor floodlit track, and using petrol go-karts that can go up to a breathtaking 68mph, this track promises to sort the racing drivers from the Sunday drivers.

A little further out of town, in Essex, you'll find two more tracks – one in Thurrock, the other in Brentwood. The Thurrock track is an impressive 900 metres long while the Brentwood track is just a little shorter at 825 metres. These are both outdoor circuits.

So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Button, go ahead, don a crash helmet, and race to your heart's desire - without fear of being flashed by a speed camera.
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