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.
Work has now started on the construction of the new toilets in London Fields. The toilets will provide an additional toilet facility for people enjoying London Fields, one of Hackney's busiest parks.
Over 150 people commented on the proposals for the new toilets in the park, which helped the Council decide where to locate them. Construction of the toilets will be followed by improvements to the parks entrance. The new toilets will be open by May.
- 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.
The meadow is sown with both annual and perennial species meaning it will regrow every spring - but it will require management to ensure that a good floral display is obtained year on year.
- More information on urban meadows
- two children's play areas
- cricket pitch
- paddling pool - May-September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays)
- ranger office
- sports changing rooms
- London Fields Lido
- lido cafe
- two tennis courts
- table tennis table
- two toilet blocks
Booking the facilities
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: 5 Dec 2013