Adults in Hillingdon and Harrow are among the least likely in London to take part in sports .

New figures show less than half participate in a sport, while on the flipside, some of the most active adults can be found in Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea .

The findings have been published by , which has crunched numbers put together by the London Assembly.

It showed Barking and Dagenham was the worst London borough for inactivity, with 67% of residents not taking part in any sports whatsoever.

Camden was the most active, with only 35.7% of residents not participating in any sports. also conducted a survey to find out why Londoners are not actively engaging and participating in sports.

From 1,426 responses, it was found that "pre-occupied/ busy with work" was the most cited reason as to why Londoners are not playing sports at 32%.


% of Boroughs population not

participating in any sports

Borough's total population

number not participating in

any sports

Hillingdon 58 136,100
Harrow 57.3 112,900
Brent 57.2 146,800
Hounslow 54.2 115,200
Ealing 51.4 138,900
Westminster 44.1 90,100
Hammersmith and Fulham 43.8 65,100
Kensington and Chelsea 42.8 56,600

Gary Swift, managing director, said: “The fast-paced nature of London unfortunately translates to its residents, who are consistently preoccupied with work matters and social engagements.

The map showing inactivity in London's boroughs

“As a result, they have little or no time for physical activity. Whilst the Olympics did initially surge sports participation numbers, its seems the nostalgia is now stagnating.

“To counteract this, there needs to be a new and creative approach to illustrate the long-term benefits of sport participation on physical as well as mental health”.

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