East London Park Guide
There are plenty of parks and green spaces throughout East London that offer an escape from the hectic city life. Here’s a roundup of our favourites.
Located next to the tube station, in the heart of Bethnal Green is Bethnal Green Gardens. Not only is there plenty of greenery to enjoy, but this child-friendly park has separate play areas for little ones up to four years old, and one for those five and over. While you’re there, check out the local war memorial, known as the Stairway to Heaven.
Address: Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2
One of London’s oldest and most historic parks, Victoria Park is visited by millions of locals and tourists every year. The expansive space is perfect whether you want to take a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll, go running, or make the most of the British sunshine with a picnic. Be sure to also check out the events that are held at the park on a regular basis.
Address: Grove Road, Bow, London, E3 5TB
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the former venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Today, you’ll find award-winning parklands, tranquil waterways and adventure playgrounds to make use of. There’s also the London Aquatics Centre and the slide at the AcelorMittal Orbit alongside a variety of food and drink options.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST
What was once industrial land devastated by war, is now the stunning Mile End Park – which runs alongside Regent’s Canal, from Victoria Park to Limehouse Basin. This linear park is teeming with wildlife thanks to the rich biodiversity of the meadows and woodlands. Keep a look out for colourful butterflies and spectacular birds.
Address: Clinton Road, London, E3 4QY
If you’re looking for a way to take full advantage of the sunshine while entertaining the kids, look no further than London Fields Park and its two children’s play areas and charming paddling pool. There’s also plenty of amenities for sporting enthusiasts, including a cricket pitch, two tennis courts and an outdoor gym.
Address: London Fields Westside, E8 3EU
Situated in Upper Clapton, in the London Borough of Hackney, Springfield Park was originally formed in 1905 from the grounds of three private houses. One of these houses still exists today and operates as a café. The park spans from the edge of Stamford Hill to the River Lea and although relatively unknown, is a popular spot among locals.
Address: 61 Ashtead Road, Clapton, London, E5 9AX
One of Hackney’s most popular parks is Clissold Park, and for good reason. The park not only has a wide array of amenities including animal enclosures, play areas and a paddling pool, but it also houses the exquisite grade-II listed Clissold House, which serves as a public events venue and café.
Address: Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London, N16 9HJ
Sandwiched between Bethnal Green Road and Oxford House in Bethnal Green, lies Weavers Field. This sprawling park contains three full-size football pitches and an enjoyable woodland walk, on top of plenty of green, open spaces. With a dedicated dog walking area, it’s also a great spot for walking your furry friends.
Address: Vallance Road, London, E2 6HD
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