Opportunity for ice cream and mobile café concessions in parks

We have a great opportunity for local businesses to trade in our parks for the summer season in 2023.

We are seeking to license ice cream vans and mobile café operators at fixed pitches.

This is open to vendors who have Public Liability Insurance and Food Hygiene Certificate.

If you are interested in applying, please contact parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Poplar Recreation Ground

Poplar Recreation GroundSize: 1 - 5 hectares

Address: Hale Street London, E14    


  • fully inclusive playground designed for children aged 5 – 18
  • Bowls green - pay to play
  • Tennis - pay to play
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Multi use games pitch

The park currently holds a Green Flag Award.

Mile End Park green flag award

Memorial to the children of Upper North Street School

The Poplar Recreation Ground Memorial commemorates 18 children killed at Upper North Street School in Poplar on 13 June 1917 during the First World War. It was the first daylight bombing attack on London by fixed-wing aircraft.

Poplar Rates Rebellion mural and information panel

The exterior wall of the park in Hale Street is home to the mural commemorating the Poplar Rates Rebellion in 1921 when 30 Poplar councillors were sent to prison for refusing to collect taxes local people couldn't afford to pay.  In 2021 the mural was restored to mark the centenary of their imprisonment.  A heritage panel giving more information about the events of 1921 has been put into the park, near the entrance from Hale Street. 

Sports courts refurbishment

The tennis courts have been refurbished.  Improvements include:

  • resurfacing,
  • new posts
  • new nets and
  • repairs to fencing

The Multi-Use Games Area  has been refurbished.  Improvements include:

  • Resurfacing and new line markings. 


Nearest DLR station: All Saints

Bus: 15,115 and D6    

For more information please contact the Parks and Open Spaces Service at parks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Before you travel please visit Transport For London (TFL) for directions and maps.