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.
This summer we are creating Hackney's biggest ever wildflower meadow in London Fields. The meadow will be full of beautiful flowers and provide a rich habitat for insects and birds. The meadow will have paths mown through it and places to sit, so everyone can enjoy it.
The area needs to be fenced off as we need to improve the soil and give the meadow a chance to establish itself. The fence is due to come down in July, we hope you don't mind the disruption, we think it will be worth it.
Over 150 people commented on the proposals for new toilets in the south of London Fields near Broadway Market. Most people supported the proposals and in March 2013 the Planning Inspectorate gave consent for the toilets to be constructed.
Preparation works are already underway on site with the area being re-landscaped and utilities connections installed. This summer plumbed in temporary toilets will be installed in this location and work on building the new toilets will start Autumn / Winter 2013.
- 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)
- two children's play areas
- cricket pitch
- emergency telephone
- paddling pool
- ranger office
- sports changing rooms
- 50m heated open air swimming pool
- park cafe (outside Lido)
- two tennis courts
- table tennis table
The paddling pool reopens late May 2013.
Booking the facilities
Tennis courts can be booked via the tennis office which is located in the Mansion House in Clissold Park or you can call 020 7254 4235. The office is open: October-May Mon-Fri 10am to Sunset Sat-Sun 9am to Sunset and June-September: Mon-Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 8pm. Further details can be found at www.hackneycitytennisclubs.co.uk
The cricket pitch can be booked by calling 020 8986 7955.
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.
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: 14 May 2013