UK's Best Park - London
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Voting is now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within London are listed below. Voting closed at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
To view parks nominated in other areas around the UK simply follow one of the links below.
Albert Road Recreation Ground
Albert Road Rec is only three square acres in size but it certainly punches above its weight! At weekends and after school it buzzes with the sound of cheerful kids, football shouts and tennis racket thwacks. The Pavilion cafe is the hub of social events and classes. It's a community.
Alexandra Park has stunning views of London. It includes a boating lake (with flamingo pedalos!), a native woodland, cricket and football fields and grass to relax on. Also there is a pitch and putt and two new Go Ape courses. An active "Friends" group runs an average of four events per month.
Arlington Square is a much loved local park that has been transformed in recent years by the local community. Volunteers have raised tens of thousands of pounds and have planted nearly 50,000 bulbs, plants, shrub and trees. The square is a green oasis at the heart of its neighbourhood.
Barn Elms Playing Fields
Barn Elms Sports Trust is a great community playing field open to the public all year round. The fields are maintained to a very high quality and are available for schools, sports clubs and the general public.
Barnard Adventure Playground
They say you can find magic at the end of the a rainbow, we say you can find it at Barnard. A vibrant hub for children, nestled quietly behind a bustling market, makes for a breath of fresh air, greenery and happy children building dens or whizzing down the zip-wire.
Battersea Park brings a touch of the countryside to the heart of London. There are trees, wonderful stretches of grass, formal gardens, a lake full of wildlife, a river walk, glorious avenues of plane trees, playgrounds: something for everyone. There is history, beauty and tranquillity as well as a buzz.
One of the most loveliest parks, pleasant environment, friendly atmosphere. One feels like visiting and spending some time in it. Facilities are good for all ages of people.
Beckenham Place Park
South London's largest public parkland and ancient woodland providing everybody with 237 acres of enrichment through nature and culture. Recently awarded HLF grant towards rejuvenation of buildings and lake restoration.
A lovely family park which is kept in prestine condition. Recently received lottery funding, and is undergoing some improvement work. A great place to be with friends and family.
Blythe Hill Fields
Wonderful views of London and a beautiful well-cared for green space for peace and relaxation for old and young alike - a wonderful local fair every July.
Bourne Farm Playing Fields
Even though Bourne Farm is just a playing field it is the heart of local youth football with more than 200 youth members. The area is looked after by a team of volunteers who relentlessly cut and mark out the football pitches at no cost to the community or local authority.
Brent Lodge Park
(Known as Bunny Park & Churchfields) Brilliant for families. Very popular, with a good, small zoo with meerkats, gift shop yew maze, excellent cafe and good play area. Attractive, gently rolling double park. Great for walks by the River Brent, which skirts it, with fine trees and Brunel's magnificent Wharncliffe Viaduct. Delightful surprise so near London.
Something for everyone. Lido, peaceful walled garden, brilliant playground, water play, tennis, basketball, volleyball, football, cricket nets, BMX track, cafe, historic house, wildlife ponds, birds including breeding swans. An oasis in a gritty, urban area. Where people meet and enjoy the park together. Wonderful volunteers. We love our park.
Great historic park with lakes and many facilities, and a very active Friends group, involved in managing and running café, conservatory and community orchard.
Burgess Park was created after bomb damage in WWII. It follows the route of the Old Surrey Canal. You couldn't find a livelier park, teeming with foxes, wildfowl and people - some dancing, some making barbecues. So much goes on there. Gorgeous planting, history, bees, hens, fishing, astronomy, theatre and BMX. Community heart.
Cannon Hill Common
Cannon Hill Common is an open park. It has grassy spaces for kids to play; it has woodland walks with beautiful trees and a lake where people can fish or sit an admire the wildlife. There is also a community fruit hedge and nature reserve for everyone to enjoy.
A vibrant park with something for everyone. A playground for children, Fitness Trail for teenagers, paths into meadowland for disabled people, a cafe for Mums, croquet and bowls club for older people and a meadow and newly planted trees for wildlife and finally stunning views of London.
Chislehurst Recreation Ground
A park that brings the whole community together with events such as bear hunts for kids, Chislehurst Rocks and fireworks. Fantastic kids playground and amazing walks for everyone, including the dogs! And the people care about their park.
It's the most beautiful small park in London, well kept and used by all local residents. It has everything locals could wish for. A cafe, deer, a herb garden, swimming pool for toddlers. And it's gorgeous!
Crane Park is a riverine park which hosts a large variety of wildlife including marsh frogs, water voles, bats, deer and many butterfly/other small species including a great variety of birds including woodpeckers, grey herons, sparrowhawks, owls, kingfishers etc. A great educational place for children and families to visit.
A big picturesque park with beautiful gardens, a boating lake, a lovely café and numerous sporting facilities including a big playground, free tennis courts, cycling paths, an outdoor gym and trees to climb. It is the best place to spend your free time!
Fortune Street Park
A briiliant, old and tiny park in the heart of EC1. Heavily used all year round by families and office workers with a family fun day every summer organised by friends. Under threat by over development.
Golders Hill Park
This is a family friendly park with excellent gardens, play area, café and toilets. Animal Park and pond with bird life it just has it all plus attached to the heath.
Beautifully green with great views across London!
Hayes Common is an easy to get to park as its close to public transport and easy to get to by car. It has some amazing views of Hayes and surrounding areas and has lots of walks for dog walkers, individuals and families alike.
A beautiful, family friendly and great place to spend your summer days getting a sun tan!
Island Gardens is a Grade II listed park on the Isle of Dogs. Amazing views of Greenwich across the Thames. Entrance to Greenwich Foot Tunnel brings over 1.8 million visitors a year to this peaceful gem. The site of where the famous Canaletto painting was done.
Jubilee Park is a wonderful green space in Edmonton and is well maintained by Dino and Stuart. There's something for everyone - children's play area great place for dog walkers, exercise area for the energetic and generally a lovely place to visit. Please give Jubilee your consideration.
Kenwood House & Park
Kenwood House and Park, situated close to Hampstead Heath, is a beautiful walking space that overlooks Central London. Though walking distance to East Finchley and Hampstead it's a peaceful, tranquil space that lets you relax and chill out. Also has wonderful restaurants and an art gallery. Used many times as a film location.
King Henry's Walk Adventure Playground
King Henry's Walk Adventure Playground has been part of the community for over 40 years offering continuous play in the community. This play space is solely for the use of children and consists of a pond, campfire, climbing structures and a garden area where are users grow plants of their choice.
This park has two children’s play areas, tennis courts, an artificial turf football pitch, and a basketball court. There is also an outdoor gym and table tennis tables - it has a cafe and a community garden too. An active Friends of the Park group have successfully supported improvements to the park in recent years.
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London. It has netball and tennis courts for the more active and a historic bandstand. The grassed area and numerous benches provide quiet relaxation away from the bustle of the city.
Little Wormwood Scrubs
Our park has so much - an adventure playground, a nursery, an outdoor gym, a pretty picnic table, a fairy circle of tree trunks, tons of blackberries and beautiful trees. It's impossible to be there without feeling good.
London Fields is well maintained by Hackney Council, with improvements each year. It's immensely popular, as evidenced on fair summer days especially, and on Saturdays when Broadway Market flourishes. There is a longstanding active User Group serving as a conduit for residents concerns. Its open air Lido is wonderful!
Lordship Recreation Ground
This park has gone through a massive transformation over the past few years and having grown up here its been a joy to watch it evolve into a well used, loved local park, by all sections of our fantastic, multicultural community. It deserves a win, so does Tottenham.
Marble Hill Park
A park used by 40,000 visitors each year. Rugby, tennis, cricket, football pitches, adventure playground, activities for special needs kids, picnics, cafe situated in ancient stables, grotto, beside river Thames, historic house, house Festival, haven for wildlife, parking, much loved by everyone, the perfect destination for all ages throughout the year.
Full of beautiful mature trees and wildflowers, Millfields Park is a great open space and part of an invaluable green corridor in Hackney. The playground is always teeming with excited children and the newly installed trim trail and outdoor gym equipment has lots of dedicated users.
Myatt's Fields Park
This stunning, Tardis-like Victorian park lights up my day, every single day. From the other friendly dog walkers, to the beautiful horticulture, to the community events that take place daily, to the Little Cat Cafe. It's a very special place.
Its beautiful, its varied, it picks us up when we are down, it calms us down when we are stressed, it gives us space where no other space is around us, it gives our kids a place to play, it gives us a place to feel and be better.
Nursery Row Park
A small but versatile and well-loved park at Walworth near the Elephant & Castle. It is both a place to breathe/reflect, and a place for celebrations and events. The park has a big community involvement programme and varied planting (orchard and chalk wildflower meadow), with big potential for play.
I recall when the park was covered in football pitches, then a mini golf course. The park has been rewilded and... surprise, Mother Nature knows best, beautiful mature trees,wildlife habitats, room to exercise, adventure playground, tennis courts and interesting history complete with lichen covered ice well. Fab!
Old Farm Park
Being an oasis in a London suburb, Old Farm Park is the hub of a vibrant community, with the elderly socialising, the young playing sports, dog walkers mingling and the plethora of wildlife thriving on the ground and in the 2,000 trees.
Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden
Lovely oasis in middle of busy London. Heaven for locals to relax and get away from hustle and bustle - unfortunately apparently will be destroyed to make way for flats.
Peckham Rye Park
I've known it all my life, since the 1950s. It has moved with the times and is now better than ever. The old rose garden and newer family party area and community garden complement each other, and my favourite rockery is still thriving.
It's a magical hidden oasis in the middle of London, that offers peace and quiet, with a great selection of blooming natural and wild plants, with buzzing wildlife including frogs, birds and butterflies. Run by enthusiastic dedicated volunteers. Just wonderful! A life saver in a busy city!
Small, sheltered, with outstanding old trees and the wonderful children's charity, the Westminster Boating Base right on the Thames. A centre for children from all the Pimlico estates.
Pinner Memorial Park
All interests are covered in this tranquil park with a children’s play area, Peace Garden, pond with ducks and geese, bowling green and café. The park is also home to the unique Heath Robinson museum (the iconic English illustrator) contained within the historic West House.
Queen's Park has it all! A beautiful and restful park, yet tucked away on one side is a full children's play area. When my daughter was little she and I enjoyed daily play dates there. The cafe is warm and full of goodies. Queen's Park Day is an annual treat! LOVE!
We've got everything - children's playground, football pitches, cricket pitch, nature reserve, ponds, miniature railway, trees, grasslands, a brook running through it, footpaths, basketball hoop, outdoor gym, benches, changing rooms and pavilion which we use as a pop-up cafe and free live music venue! What else can anyone want?
Russia Dock Woodlands
This oasis of green was formed by filling-in a former Thames Dock to create a new woodland area. Once used to unload imported timber from Norway, Russia and Sweden for newsprint and furniture manufacture, it is now home to a delightful collection of mature trees and enjoys Local Nature Reserve status.
The park was one of the very first municipal parks in London after being fought for by local people, and it has been a park that is very much for the people for almost 150 years. It has always been improved by the people who love it for future generations.
Great combinations of space: children space, tennis courts, pond and trees. Good cafe. Close to the canal and marshes.
Stephens House & Gardens
Ten acres of stunning park area; a mix of open park, wooded area, fantastic playground, bog garden, huge trees, outdoor fitness trail, 'secret' Bothy garden... there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. The backdrop of Avenue House, a Grade II listed mansion adds to the beauty of this park.
Streatham Common is a fantastic space used and loved by the whole community. We host free events like kite day, dog shows and birds of prey. The beautiful Rookery gardens are maintained by the Streatham Common Cooperative are used all year around. Fresh veg is grown in the Community Garden.
Three Corners Adventure Playground
Three Corners Adventure Playground is an amazing free adventure playground open for all ages. We are really busy and have visitors from all over the world that always comment on how cool it is as they have never seen anything like it before.
Tooting Bec Common
It's the place I can think, feed a duck, walk the dog, run or even do a tricep dip (if I can). And there's a fantastic Lido too - right on my doorstep!
Valentines Park has evolved over to become a beautiful destination with lakes, ponds, woodland and wide green spaces. Along with sports facilities, a traditonal walled garden, rose garden, ancient trees, a mansion now a public space for exhibitons and a cafe, a 50's style restaurant, flowers, squirrels and birds galore.
Victoria Recreation Ground
A beautiful green space. It's got a fantastic playground, where my kids have loved coming over the years, and has plenty of space to be able to kick a football around, chuck a frisbee, do whatever you like. It's a wonderful place.
At the heart of our community, located in a unique position alongside the Thames, it is used by nearly 4,000 visitors daily, cherished for its avenue of lime trees and Riverside Walk. It is protected habitat for extensive wildlife, notably Egyptian geese, five species of bats and tawny owls.
Waterside Adventure Playground
Waterside Play is a popular adventure playground located next to the Regent’s Canal within the St Peter ward in Islington. The adventure playground features a maze of underground tunnels and a range of walkways interlinked through sandblasted trees. There are swings, a zipwire and many places for children to hide.
West Ham Park
77 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Newham in London's East End and well loved by all the local community.
It is an area of nature between Wimbledon and Putney with varied habitats and lots of walking paths; is has tracks for cyclists and horse riders. And is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It is also home to the Wombles!
Woodland Gardens, originally a woodland walk created in 1925, consisted of two early nineteenth-century plantations. It has been fully restored and is now enjoyed by thousands of people every year.