Although it may now be best known for one high tech roundabout in particular, when it comes to wide open spaces East London residents are luckier than most other city dwellers. There are stacks of places to go and be at one with nature for a few hours and thanks to the recent regeneration all of them are now family friendly. This makes them great places to while away the hours – whether you’re conferring with the flowers or not!
Let’s take a closer look at some of best public parks that East London has to offer:
Victoria Park, Bow E3
Vicky Park, as it is known to the locals, is a fantastic place to be when the sun is shining. Formally one of the Royal Parks, it is now a municipal and much loved by locals old and new. Its lake is home to all manner of birdlife and there is even a deer enclosure to bring a little bit of countryside to its extremely urban surroundings. Fantastic for kids and home to some of the capitals best music festivals, Victoria Park should be high on anyone’s list of parks to visit whenever they are in this part of the world.
London Fields, Hackney E8
London Fields has been part of London’s parkland since it was first recorded back in 1540. One of East London’s busier parks, London Fields is the place to head to if you are after a more sporting bent to your park life. Home to several teams that make up the North East London Cricket League, this little part of Hackney also sees plenty of running, football, cycling and tennis too – it even has one of the capitals last remaining lidos! Close by Broadway and Netil Markets offer up a wealth of street food to satisfy your hunger after working up an appetite on a Saturday afternoon.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20
The newest of all the East London parks by a long shot is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Home to the impressive and highly successful 2012 London Olympics, the area boasts not only beautiful parklands but also world class sporting facilities and the fantastic Westfield shopping centre too.
As you’d imagine, there’s no end of things to do here, with pop-up attractions and trails and tours that let you explore the park and take in the impressive stadia at the same time. However, if you are looking to get away from it all then the north side of the park is for you. Opened in 2013, this part of the park is natural haven for various types of meadow plants and wildlife, offering you a relaxing retreat from the hubbub of East London life.
Lloyd Park, Walthamstow E17
The smallest of the parks on our list is probably one of the most beautiful. Set behind the stunning Lloyd House, Lloyd Park is a little known gem in the heart of Walthamstow. Fabulous gardens with a wide and varied array of flora and fauna are complemented by a small expanse of water and a larger open space which includes a tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, climbing logs and outdoor fitness area too. Lloyd Park was restored to its former glory in 2012 and has become extremely popular with the residents of E17 and beyond ever since.
So, there you have it, four of the best public parks that East London has to offer. Next time you head out for a run, cycle or just a walk with the dog, why not check out one of the above and get back in touch with nature for a little while to shake off all of those city stresses.