Mile End Park
Mile End Park is a linear park of some 32 hectares and was created on industrial land devastated by World War II bombing. Some of this land is separated by roads, railways and waterways.
The park follows the Regent's Canal from Victoria Park to Limehouse Basin, and is separated from the southern edge of Victoria Park by the Hertford Union Canal.
A plan existed from the end of the Second World War to create the park, part of a wider scheme to create several green routes connecting different areas of London to the River Thames, but extensive development did not begin until the end of the 20th Century. The Green Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the Mile End Road, which bisects the Park close to Mile End tube station, opened in July 1999. The award winning bridge was designed by Piers Gough.
Wildlife is everywhere in Mile End Park. The meadows and woodland throughout the park support a fantastic diversity of wildlife, including birds, butterflies and bees. Over 400 species of beetle have been recorded, including the very rare Streaked Bombardier, while around 170 types of spiders include two species never recorded in Britain before. For more information about nature conservation in our parks.
The park is home to a multitude of exciting resources:
Nearby are an extreme sports centre and Revolution Karting, an electric Go Kart track as well as the Ragged School Museum.
Tree planting event in Mile End Park, Saturday 30 November
Tower Hamlets Council will be hosting a community tree planting event on the morning of Saturday 30th November, as part of the Woodland Trusts Big Climate Fightback.
This will see a mixture of deciduous and evergreen tree species planted on Haverfield Green, to help enhance the Mile End Park Woodland Trail and provide continuous canopy cover from one end of the park to the other. The tree species mix will be made up of Common Alder, Beech, Silver Birch, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Hornbeam, Large Leaf Lime, Small Leaf Lime, Scots Pine, Wild Service and Yew and have been chosen to replicate native tree species that you would expect to find in British woodland.
A diverse mixture of species has been chosen to help enhance biodiversity outcomes and provide improved resistance against the increased instances of tree pests and diseases. This eclectic mix of species also enables the council to teach local interest groups about a greater number of tree species, when giving woodland trail talks to local interest groups on the importance of trees.
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Meet in Haverfield Green (nearest to Haverfield Road), Mile End Park, E3
All necessary materials and gloves will be provided.
For further details or if you wish to attend, please contact us at:
Autumn Season at The Art Pavilion
Our stunning gallery space hosts a varied line-up of free exhibitions and is a great place to escape to for a bit of cultural immersion right on the doorstep!
From 22 November - 1 December the East London Printmakers are back with their annual exhibition of artworks at affordable prices with Festival of Print 2019. And last but not least, the Stonebridge Wharf Heritage Art Project 3 - 9 December is a showcase of Sir William Burrough School pupils’ work exploring canals and their history!
For full details of all exhibitions please visit our arts and events pages
Play Pavilion opening hours
The play pavilion playground is open from 10am every day.
From Saturday 28 September 2019 winter opening hours will be 10am to 5pm every day.
You can download your own copy of the MEP map, which includes information regarding toilets, park facilities and the local area.
How to get to us
Bus: 25, 277, D6, D7 and N25 pass close to Mile End Park.
Tube: the nearest station is Mile End. This station is in Zone 2 and is on the Hammersmith and City Line, the District Line and the Central Line.
Cars: cars are not allowed in Mile End Park. Pay and display parking is available in Mile End Leisure Centre.
For more specific information regarding accessibility, DisabledGo provide details for Mile End Park.
Mile End Park enabled maps and audio walk
Mile End Park has produced a set of maps to provide a step-free journey to assist our visitors with disabilities. The enabled maps offer a step-free route from Mile End Underground Station to the Children's Park and Art Pavilion.
We are expanding opportunities for people to volunteer with work and events in Mile End Park. We are looking for volunteers to help with:
- Environmental work
- Assisting at events
- Providing activities in the park
- Helping the rangers with projects
- Visitor surveys.
To express your interest in volunteering in Mile End Park please complete the volunteer contact and skills form.
This park holds a Green Flag Award.
Mile End Park
Tel: 020 7364 5227
Park Ranger Team: Tel: 07951 321051
For Arts/Ecology Pavilion bookings
Tel: 020 7364 3115