Merton and hockey have long had a sporting association. The south west borough has some of the best hockey facilities for renting in London. Hockey pitches in the borough are either sand-based or water-based astroturf. A selection of the hockey venues have floodlights surrounding the edges that makes it possible to have a fixture once it’s dark and during the winter months. Make sure to check in with the venue personnel to enquire if they have changing rooms onsite and some of them will even have a club for catching up with mates following a hockey game.