Tower Hamlets has over 120 parks and green spaces for everyone
to enjoy. These are treasured by the local community, whether they
are small pocket parks, local parks or parks of national repute.
The fabulous Mile End Park and the
majestic Victoria Park have both been
recognised as examples of great parks in the National Good Parks
Guide produced by GreenSpace and the Royal Horticultural
Your award winning parks include Weaver’s
Fields, Island Gardens, Millwall Park,
King Edward Memorial Park, Trinity Square Gardens, Mile End Park
and Victoria Park. They have all gained the prestigious Green
Flag Award, a mark of excellence in the quality of provision for
parks and open spaces. Victoria Park also won the Green Heritage
Site award for its historic importance and was voted
the UK's favourite park in 2012. The Bromley by Bow
Centre, a community partner organisation, has achieved the equally
coveted Green Pennant Award for ‘Bob’s Park’ in Poplar. Several
other squares and green spaces have won awards for design and
When visiting your parks, you can expect to find an array of
interesting features. Victoria Park for example, contains
historical lakes, the Burdett Coutts Memorial and two of the
original London Bridge stone alcoves. Mile End Park provides a
more natural environment, containing both an ecology and Art
Pavilion as well as a sports stadium and a go-cart track. Whether
you're wanting historic churches, beautiful fountains or
peaceful gardens, our parks have more than enough to
explore. This is just a snap shot of what your parks can
map of the boroughs parks.
Enjoy the parks
borough’s parks host a variety of events and activities throughout
the year. The council’s events team (part of the Arts,
Parks & Events Team) co-ordinates and supports a
programme of large funfairs, arts, music and dance events in
the parks. For listings of borough wide events visit the
Art and events website.
The community park rangers regularly hold their own outdoor
community events including guided walks, arts and crafts, bulb
planting, face painting, play events, meadow seed sowing and
other activities. Mile End Park regularly hosts arts and
environmental exhibitions and events, while Victoria Park
also functions as a key venue for music and cultural
festivals. The outdoor environment adds something special to all of
these events and provides an opportunity for the whole community to
get together for some fun and entertainment.
The parks also provide venues for a number of fund raising
events for charities such as sponsored walks, fun runs and
Play areas and staffed play facilities are very popular with
children, young people, parents and carers. The council has been
improving these facilities to make them more accessible and
attractive for everyone.
If you would like more information on facilities and events or
want to find out about the plans for further improvements please do
not hesitate contact us.
History of our parks and open spaces
The parks and open spaces of Tower Hamlets have come about
through a variety of processes. Some public open spaces were the
result of deliberate design or policy, while others were the result
of historical accidents. There were broadly three periods during
which public open spaces were created in Tower Hamlets.
The first, was the deliberate creation of Victoria Park in the
mid 19th century, the late 19th century saw the second period with
the conversion of churchyards into public gardens and the most
recent was in the mid 20th century after World War 2.
Many churchyards, particularly in the west of the borough became
public open spaces managed by the local authority. Having been
closed to further burial use because they were full, they were
converted in the second half of the 19th century into public
In the 1990's the London Docklands Development Corporation
created a number of river and dockside spaces, and the creation of
public spaces continues to today with new areas continuously
more about the history of parks and open spaces (pdf
Get healthy with parks
You don’t have to run around your park to improve your health,
though you are welcome to do so! Parks are great places to unwind;
just sitting and relaxing in a pleasant green environment and
spending a moment in touch with nature is proven to help
to reduce stress levels and improve your feeling of well-being.
Tower Hamlets parks also offer a great variety of opportunities
for a more active lifestyle. The sports and play facilities
available can be found under each park listed in this guide.
Discover the great outdoors on your doorstep! The council has
eight published ‘Healthy Walking Routes’ which encompass the
borough’s parks, gardens and green spaces. If you are interested in
improving your health and fitness but don’t know how to get
started, our Healthy Lifestyles team can offer advice and
information on a range of activities and give you information on
our Healthy Walking routes.
Run & Walk
a mile in Mile End Park - Mile End park run is free but
you must register in advance. It is a 5km run - it's you against
the clock, and takes place every Saturday at 9am.
For more information please visit the Parks run page.
Having given much consideration to the issue of permitting and
controlling barbeques in parks we have decided on a blanket ban
across all our parks in Tower Hamlets.
We appreciate this may seem extreme to those people who are
careful and do not allow their cooking to burn the grass or leave
cooked food waste which is very hard to clean up. Unfortunately
however we have had numerous fires caused by ill supervised
barbeques and much damage caused to our parks, sadly we cannot rely
on common sense and responsible usage amongst the whole population
of park users and have nowhere near enough staff to monitor use of
barbeques across our parks.
So in the interests of park users and in order to maintain our
parks to a good standard we have had to take a hard line on
barbeques. We hope you can appreciate the wider issues involved and
thank you for your co-operation.
Parks for people and wildlife
We are aiming to improve the wildlife value and habitats within
parks. Creating areas for nature not only encourages wildlife, it
provides ‘spaces for reflection’ – quiet areas, screened by trees
and shrubberies with wild flowers where people can enjoy the
At present there are two local nature reserves, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and the Mudchute Park and Farm. These nature reserves
are examples of excellence in nature conservation and provide
spaces for local volunteers to be trained and gain new skills.
Getting involved with conservation work, such as creating new
wildlife habitats, can be great fun and has many physical and
psychological health benefits. We are creating new pockets of
natural landscape ranging from simple things like allowing the
grass to grow in appropriate areas to create meadows, through to
establishing new woodlands and woodland walks.
View our Local
Biodiversity Action Plan.
Parks with good biodiversity value:
You can be involved in improvements to the borough’s parks and
open spaces, helping to make them better places for the community.
Wherever possible we will consult and engage with local people in
As well as letting us know your views, you may wish to join one
of the many community organisations that are working with the
council to provide better parks and services. The council continues
to develop strong partnerships with a wide range of community
groups and organisations including city farms, charities,
environmental groups and Parks Friends Groups. There are
opportunities to get ‘hands on’ experience of planting and looking
after plants, as well as maintaining and improving spaces.
Parks and Opens Spaces
Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 1BY
Office opening hours are: 9am to 5pm on Monday to
Mohammed Raja (park development officer – community)
Tel: 020 7364 6108
Paul Sammut (community engagement officer)
Tel: 020 7364 2253
Keith Woodard (park development officer – infrastructure)
Tel: 020 7364 7459
Park ranger team
Tel: 07951 321051
Mile End Park Play Pavilion
Tel: 020 7364 0902
For Arts/Ecology Pavilion bookings (only)
Tel: 020 7364 1213
For general Tower Hamlets parks enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org