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.

To learn more about the principles of how the park will be managed over the coming year read The Management Plan.

Barbecues suspended in London Fields

Barbecue use at London Fields will continue to be suspended this year, as a result of damage to the park, high volumes of rubbish and increases in air pollution in the park during the summer months.

We will monitor air quality and other issues in the park so that the impact of suspending barbecue use can be measured.

The delegated powers report outlines the reasons for the suspension:


  • paddling pool (closed)
  • two children’s play areas
  • cricket pitch
  • p├ętanque area
  • outdoor gym
  • wildflower meadow
  • sports changing rooms
  • London Fields Lido
  • Lido Cafe
  • two tennis courts
  • table tennis table
  • toilets
  • accessible toilets

London Fields paddling pool to be refurbished

The paddling pool in London Fields is set to be replaced with new improved facilities that are integrated into the wider project to deliver a new learner pool at the Lido site. We will be consulting paddling pool users on the type of replacement facility that will be delivered. The existing pool has come to the end of its life in its existing form and, given its popularity, cannot continue to be operated safely without major work. In order to facilitate the work, the paddling pool will be closed for 2020 while consultation and work takes place.

Booking the facilities


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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Page updated on: 12 February 2021

London Fields Park


London Fields Westside
E8 3EU


Opening times

  • 24 hours a day