London Fields

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 outdoor gym consultation

We ran a consultation about the possibility of creating an outdoor gym in July 2016. Consultation results and next steps.  


  • paddling pool - May to September, 11am-7pm, closed Mondays (except bank holidays) and Thursdays for cleaning
  • two children's play areas
  • cricket pitch
  • p├ętanque area
  • ranger office
  • sports changing rooms
  • London Fields Lido
  • Lido Cafe
  • two tennis courts
  • table tennis table
  • toilets 
  • accessible toilets

Booking the facilities


Barbecues are only allowed in the designated barbecue area [pdf, 202.55Kb] . Our officers may move or extinguish your barbecue if you are not following the barbecue guidelines [pdf, 529.22Kb] .

Paddling pool

The paddling pool will open on 27 May 2017. Opening times, May-September: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun and Bank holidays, 11am-7pm.

Wildflower meadow

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.

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.

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


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.

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