Looking for a quiet park not overrun with joggers, cyclists and prams, then this tucked away park in Upper Clapton may just be ideal. This 36 acre hidden treasure which reaches the edges of Stamford Hill has five tennis courts, a bowling green and grounds for cricket, rugby and football. The Lea Valley Walk can be accessed by the River Lee towpath which is also great for riding a bike. There is also the Springfield Cafe which serves cakes, snacks and hot foods. It’s also possible to see the view over the Walthamstow Marshes and beyond from a higher ground.
Mudchute Park and Farm
A large urban park in the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute is the largest city farm in Europe. It is a beautiful contrast to see a herd of sheep and cows roaming around against the Skyscraper backdrop of Canary Wharf. It’s certainly something a little different yet enjoyable for the kids and fortunately, it doesn’t have the noise and hustle and bustle of the city as the park is a fair distance away from it. When feeling hungry you can also find dishes served at the cafe.
This East London Park which opened in 1540 was used for grazing by livestock. Measuring 31 acres, London Fields has a small but useful BMX track, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, table tennis table and a couple of play areas. Perhaps it’s most standout feature however is it’s heated 50m outdoor swimming pool, perfect for swimming in the summer or winter. Also frequently used is the parks cycle path which leads to Broadway Market and also the Pub on the Park, which itself is fittingly the starting point of the Dunwich Dynamo night cycle ride.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Most famous for being the location for the 2012 Summer Olympics, London’s £12bn sporting complex became open to the public in April 2014. Sitting to the East of Stratford City, this park houses impressive facilities and attractions including the Olympic Stadium, London Aquatics Centre, an observation tower and more. The size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined, an abundance of sports are covered here. There are many things to see and do here too including art galleries, trails and tours, and the Velopark for cyclists of all discipline. Fancy a more relaxing day out? Head to the South Plaza and chill out on freshly cut fields, or take the kids to the Tumbling Bay Playground, which contains everything from treehouses and rock pools to sandpits, slides and wobbly bridges. The playground is close to the cafe so you can relax while rest assured your children are in your view. Being in Stratford City there are plenty of places to eat and shop including the famous Westfield Shopping Centre. Transport connections to the park are also excellent with main services from Stratford railway and underground station and several London bus routes.
Victoria Park, also known locally as Vicky Park or the People’s Park, spans across a part London’s East End with an open space of 86 hectares. Opening in 1845, there are many historic artifacts around the park, including a fragment of the old London Bridge and the Hackney Wick Great War Memorial. The park houses two cafes and two playgrounds as well as a skatepark and general sporting facilities including tennis courts. There are also many major festivals held here including the Lovebox.