London Fields is one of Hackney's most popular parks. It is classified as common land due to its history as a site for grazing animals and moving them to market at Smithfield. The park's large grassy spaces are surrounded by London Plane trees. London Fields site map (PDF, 283KB).
The park holds a Green Flag award - an award given annually to the best green spaces in the country.
- paddling pool - May-September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays) and Thursdays for cleaning
- two children's play areas
- cricket pitch
- pétanque area
- ranger office
- sports changing rooms
- London Fields Lido
- Lido Cafe
- two tennis courts
- table tennis table
- two toilet blocks
Booking the facilities
In 2013 the Council turned a sandy area of London Fields into a giant pictorial meadow. The meadow provided a rich habitat for butterflies and bees and we heard from a local honey producer that production had "gone through the roof". The meadow proved to be very popular with park users who took advantage of the paths through it to wander and sit among the flowers. We use 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. You can expect colourful flowers between June until October.
More information on urban meadows.
Additional toilet facilities are now available. Over 150 people commented on the proposals for the additional toilets in the park, helping us decide where to situate them.
- More information on the new toilets (PDF, 44KB)
- Consultation results (PDF, 52KB)
- Toilet block location plan and cross sections (PDF, 500KB)
- Toilet block layout (PDF, 56KB)
Free group exercise classes
Our Parks provides free group exercise classes in London Fields and Hackney other parks. The sessions are led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors.
London Fields is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out more about holding events in parks.
London Fields and 'Albert Square' walk
The London Fields and 'Albert Square' walk takes in the Mapledene conservation area, London Fields and the inspiration for the famous Albert Square in the BBC soap Eastenders, in under an hour.
Love London Fields - litter and recycling
Please recycle your bottles and cans in the bins at the entrances to the park, taking any 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.
Trading in London Fields
See our Trading in Hackney's Parks page to find out more about trading in London Fields.
Dogs are not allowed in the play area or sports facilities. If your dogs are behaving aggressively or causing damage, or are out of your control, council officers have the power to request that you put them on leads. More information on dogs in parks.
London Fields User Group (LFUG)
The LFUG is a group of local residents and park users who work with us to maintain and improve the quality of the park and its facilties. They also look at sports provision, nature conservation and biodiversity. Follow LFUG's activities on Facebook. Contact Mike Martin (chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page updated: 14 May 2015