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London Lions


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The capital’s premier league basketball team

The London Lions started out in 1977 as the Hemel Hempstead Lakers. Located about 24 miles northwest of the capital, their name and team colours were inspired by the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA’s most famous teams. 

Over the next 35 years, they would go through rebrandings and relocations – becoming the Watford Royals and then the Milton Keynes Lions.

For the 2012-13 season, the team moved to London and took up residence at the Copper Box arena, which had been built as a venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2012 London Olympics.

Now known as the London Lions, they joined the British Basketball League the following year, becoming the only professional basketball club in the capital. That season saw them finish sixth, losing out to the Worcester Wolves in the BBL Quarter Finals. 

The London Lions have made the BBL Play-Offs every year since their founding and won the inaugural British Basketball All Stars trophy in 2017.

The team took home the BBL Cup after beating Glasgow Rocks in 2019. The London Lions changed their colours to silver and black for the 2019-20 season, which was ultimately cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the next year saw them make their European debut as well as snag the 2021 British Basketball League Trophy after a win against the Plymouth Raiders.

In 2017, the London Lions also launched a women’s team as part of the Women’s British Basketball League after partnering with and rebranding the Barking Abbey Crusaders, which was founded in 2008. They claimed the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy, their first piece of silverware, for the 2020-21 season.


The London Lions 2021-22 season kicks off in September 2021 and runs through February 2022.

The London Lions play their home games at the Copper Box arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Tickets for the London Lions 2021-22 game dates are on sale now.