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Victoria Park is one of London’s most important historic parks and its oldest public park, visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and relaxation.

The park is the largest in Tower Hamlets at 86.18 hectares in area and has one of the highest visitor numbers of all the London parks with around 12 million visits per year. The park is bordered on its northern boundary by the London Borough of Hackney. A wide range of formal and informal sports, sponsored activities, events and festivals take place throughout the year.

Victoria Park is a key link in a green corridor that stretches from the River Thames at Limehouse, along the Regents Canal and through Mile End Park, along with the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park virtually next door.

Victoria Park has won Green Flag status for the past three years, came first place in the People's Choice Park awards in 2012 and second place in 2013. The park was also awarded Green Heritage status in 2013.

Once again this year Victoria Park has been successful in retaining our Green Flag Award and Green Heritage status 2014 for the fourth year.

London Live came down to see what makes the park so special and was given a tour by park ranger Sean Thomas-Stewart.

Visitor information

Opening times

Victoria Park opens at 7am and closes at dusk. The specific times are on the notice boards at all park entrances.green flag award

Victoria Park Splash Pool is open from 11am until 5pm from the last weekend in May until the first week in September.

Park map

Download an overview map of the park (PDF, 162kb) including gates, buildings, historic points of interest and other facilities.

How to get here

Victoria Park
Grove Road
Bow
London E3 5TB

Nearest underground station: Mile End – plan your journey to Mile End station
Nearest rail stations: Cambridge Heath/Hackney Wick station

From Mile End station: turn left and cross over Mile End Road. Turn right onto Grove Road – it’s about 10-15 minutes walk straight down. Alternatively, you can also walk most of the way through Mile End Park, which runs parallel to Grove Road. You will first arrive at the Crown Gates. Alternatively, on Grove Road you can catch bus 277 or 425 to the middle of the park.

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Restrictions

  • Cars are not allowed inside Victoria Park unless they are blue badge holders (max speed limit: 5mph).
  • BBQs are not permitted inside the park.
  • Cyclists are of course allowed in the park, but we ask all cyclists to be considerate and safe.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the children's play areas.

Accessibility

All Victoria Park's public toilets have an accessible cubicle and both our cafés are accessible for wheelchair users. Both our community buildings offer step-free access.

Blue badge holders are allowed vehicle access to the park.

  • West side of the park (E9 7HN) – through Gore Gate off Gore Road with a Radar key.
  • East side of the park (E9 5HT) – a Radar key will grant access through St Mark's Gate South Car Park, off Cadogan Terrace. Go through the car park at St Mark's Gate South and the electronic gate is at the back. Alternatively, when at the gate call 020 8985 5699 and a ranger will be happy to open the gate for you.

Park users in any vehicle are asked to follow the same 5mph speed limit observed by staff and works vehicles. One of the fishing platforms on the East Lake is accessible from the main footpath near the children's playground.

For more information on the accessibility of Victoria Park, please see our DisabledGo page.

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News & events

To keep up to date with events at Victoria Park, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/victoriaparklondon.

Read the latest newsletter(PDF, 400kb) and the Autumn / winter Events Leaflet (PDF, 900kb).

Scenic Pagoda IslandContact us

Ranger phone (for 24-hour assistance in the park):
Tel: 020 8985 5699

Park manager: Ron Cain
Tel: 020 7364 7971
Email ron.cain@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Park development officer (infrastructure): Andrew McIntyre
Tel: 020 7364 5434
Email: andrew.mcintyre@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Park development officer (community): Dave Hime
Tel: 020 7364 7968
Email: dave.hime@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Head park ranger: Marcelo Novillo
Tel: 020 7364 4237
Email: marcelo.novillo@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Community outreach officer: Joelle Copeland
Tel: 020 7364 4504
Email: Joelle.copeland@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Park admin officer (contact for bookings): Samantha Brewster
Tel: 020 7364 5393
Email: samantha.brewster@towerhamlets.gov.uk

For information or enquiries regarding commercial festivals and events in the park:
Email: festivalsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk

For information or enquiries regarding filming in the park:
Tel: 020 8980 8771
Email: info@filmoffice.co.uk

General parks and open spaces service
Tel: 020 7364 2494
Email parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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