London Fields is one of Hackney's most popular parks. It is classified as common land due to its historical roots as a site for grazing animals and as a route for moving animals to market at Smithfield. The park has large grassy spaces surrounded by London Plane trees. London Fields site map (PDF, 283KB).
The park holds a Green Flag award. The awards are given to the best green spaces in the country and are awarded each year to make sure the quality of the green space remains high.
Have your say on planned improvements to the entrance to London Fields at the top of Broadway Market
New public toilets opened in London Fields this April following an earlier consultation. Further works are now proposed to improve access to the toilets; modernise the park entrance, which is in need of repair; incorporate new flower beds; and level out access, while improving the definition between pedestrian and cycling routes in the park.
London Fields is common land, which has a greater level of protection from development than other parks and green spaces. This requires consent from the Planning Inspectorate before making changes, such as changing the appearance and layout of the park's Broadway Market entrance.
What we want your views on
We would like to assess support for the proposals before submitting an application for common land consent to the Planning Inspectorate.
- Artist's impression of the Broadway Market entrance (PDF, 247KB)
- Plan of the Broadway Market entrance (PDF, 365KB)
How to have your say
Please complete our survey:Have your say
The consultation ends 4 July 2014.
For more information please contact David White on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8356 3899.
New additional toilet facilities are now available for people enjoying London Fields, one of Hackney's busiest parks.
Over 150 people commented on the proposals for the new additional toilets in the park, which helped the Council decide where to locate them. Construction of new toilets (broadway market side of the park) will be followed by improvements to the parks entrance.
- Consultation results (PDF, 52KB)
- Toilet block location plan and cross sections (PDF, 500KB)
- Toilet block layout (PDF, 56KB)
In 2013 the Council turned a sandy, gritty area of London Fields into a giant pictorial meadow the size of a football pitch. The flowers provided a glorious display for the senses with a myriad of colours and a thick honey scent which had to be smelled to be believed.
The meadow provided a rich habitat for butterflies and bees and we even had a report from a local honey producer who said his production had gone "through the roof". The meadow proved to be incredibly popular with park users who took advantage of the paths cut through the meadow to wander and sit among the flowers. We used both annual and perennial species, so it will regrow every spring - but it will require management to ensure a good floral display year on year.
The meadow area will be rotivated and re-seeded the week beginning 22 April 2014. The area will be fenced off until late June to allow the meadow to establish. You can expect colourful flowers between June until October.
- More information on urban meadows
- two children's play areas
- cricket pitch
- pétanque area
- paddling pool - May-September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays) and Thursdays for cleaning
- ranger office
- sports changing rooms
- London Fields Lido
- lido cafe
- two tennis courts
- table tennis table
- two toilet blocks
Booking the facilities
Free group exercise classes
Our Parks is a brand new initiative bringing free group exercise classes, led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors, to Hackney parks.
London Fields is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out about holding events in parks.
London Fields and 'Albert Square' walk
The London Fields and 'Albert Square' is an interesting Hackney walk of under an hour. The walk takes in the Mapledene conservation area, London Fields and the inspiration for the famous Albert Square in the BBC soap Eastenders.
Love London Fields
Please love London Fields by recycling your bottles and cans in the bins at the entrances to the park, taking non-recyclable rubbish with you when you leave and picking up your cigarette butts and bottle tops. Please respect local residents by keeping noise to a minimum after dark. All of this will help keep London Fields lovely for everyone who uses it.
Dogs are excluded from the play area and sports facilities. Council Officers have the power to request that dogs are put on leads if they are behaving aggressively, causing damage, or if their owner does not have appropriate control over them. More information on dogs in parks.
Trading in London Fields
Visit our Trading in Hackney's Parks page to find out more about trading in London Fields.
London Fields User Group (LFUG)
The LFUG is a group of local residents and park users. The group works with the Council to maintain and improve the quality of the park and its facilties including sports provision, nature conservation and biodiversity. You can now follow LFUG's activities on Facebook.
Page updated: 24 Jul 2014