London Fields is one of Hackney's most popular parks. It's 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. The park holds a Green Flag award - an award given annually to the best green spaces in the country.
London Fields improvements
We have installed a sustainable urban drainage system at the southern end of the park to combat the flooding of the paths during heavy rain. The grassy hollows will draw the water away from the paths and allow it to drain away slowly through a large gravel soak away.
A new outdoor gym is going to be installed in the park in May / June 2017. The new facility will replace exercise equipment currently located in the parks play area. The equipment will consist of a set of parallel bars, a series of chin-up bars and a space for floor exercises. For more information see the consultation results.
- paddling pool - May to 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
- accessible toilets
Booking the facilities
Barbecues are only allowed in the designated area. If you're not following the guidelines, our officers may move or extinguish your barbecue.
Opening times from Saturday 27 May until September: 11am-7pm, Tueday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays.
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. This year have sown a perennial grass and flower mix to improve the biodiversity value of the meadow. It will regrow every spring and you can expect colourful flowers between June until October. More information on urban meadows.
London Fields is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out more about holding events in parks.
Love London Fields - litter and recycling
Please recycle your bottles and cans in the bins at the entrances to the park, take any non-recyclable rubbish with you when you leave and pick up your cigarette butts and bottle tops. Please also respect local residents by keeping noise to a minimum after dark.
Trading in London Fields
See trading in Hackney's parks to find out more about trading in London Fields.
London Fields user group
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 facilities. They also look at sports provision, nature conservation and biodiversity. Follow LFUG on Facebook. Contact Mike Martin (chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.