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.
Exhibitions 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! All exhibitions are free and open to all.
Look Again: an exhibition of paintings by Abhayavajra Newman
Friday 24 September - Saturday 2 October, 10.30am - 6pm
Ecofeminism Festival: Utopia
Thursday 7 - Sunday 17 October, 12noon - 7pm
In Search of Possibilities
Thursday 21 - Sun 31 October, 11.am - 6pm
For full details of all exhibitions please visit our arts and events pages
The Arts Park
Linked to the Ecology Park by a path and cycleway under a railway viaduct, the park includes an “art mound”. This has been used to showcase outdoor art. It gives an opportunity to get a great view of the rest of the park and Regent's Canal.
Play Pavilion opening hours
Opening hours are 10am - 6pm daily. There are portalloo toilets in the playground. There are no baby change facilities available, and the play pavilion will remain closed until further notice.
The playground will be closed on Christmas Day, 25 December.
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