Opportunity for ice cream and mobile café concessions in parks

Tower Hamlets has many beautiful parks and open spaces used by both residents and visitors to the borough.

We have a great opportunity for local businesses to trade in our parks for the summer season in 2024.

We are seeking to license:

- ice cream vans and

- mobile café operators at fixed pitches. 

We have opportunities in parks across the borough for vendors who have Public Liability Insurance and Food Hygiene Certificate.

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

The Children's Play Pavilion and Park

MEP playground 2 resizedThe Children's Pavilion is a modern building in Mile End Park. With the Art Pavilion and the Ecology Pavilion it is one of the three earth shetered buildings in the park.

There is a fantastic, fully inclusive playground in Locksley Street.

  • A castle to climb on.
  • A dry riverbed with boats and bridges
  • An imaginative sand pit
  • All play equipment is fully inclusive.
  • An interactive water feature which operates in the school summer holidays.  

We are committed to inclusive play so that children with and without disabilities can play together. Our play equipment helps children to have fun and creative play.

There is a kiosk in the playground. The kiosk serves drinks, teas, coffees and snacks. 

From Monday 30 October 2023 playground opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily.

There are portaloo toilets in the playground. There are no baby change facilities.

The playground is closed on Christmas Day, 25 December.

If you are bringing a school group to the playground please contact us in advance to let us know the size of your group. We may turn groups away if the playground is over capacity.

Tel: 020 7364 5227
Email: mileendpark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Stay and Play

Play sessions

Stay and play sessions

The Playground will be closed Monday 22 – Sunday 28 April, due to essential maintenance works.

 Whilst the Playground is closed, why not visit one of our other Playgrounds in the area:

•Mile End Park, Adventure Park – Next to Mile End Park Leisure Centre

•Bartlett Park, Children’s Play Area – 8 Cotall Street, E14 6TL

The Play Pavilion and stay and play sessions, will also be closed between Monday 22 April – Sunday 16 June.

During this time sessions will take place at Whitehorse Adventure Playground.

Temporary Stay and Play Timetable

Toyhouse Early Years Active Play: 10am – 12pm

Stay and Play: 12:30 – 3:30pm


 Stay and Play: 12:30 – 3:00pm

Adventure Play: 3:30 – 6:00pm


Toyhouse Early Years Active Play: 10am – 12pm

Stay and Play: 12:30 – 3:00pm

Adventure Play: 3:30 – 6:00pm


Stay and Play: 12:30 – 3:00pm

Adventure Play: 3:30 – 6:00pm


Stay and Play: 12:30 – 3:30pm

Register your child

To take part in these sessions parents and carers will need to register their chidlren. This can be done using this form before you arrive.

All those in attendance need to follow our promises and the play work principles throughout their visit to the playground.


Toyhouse run early years sessions for under 5s on Mondays and Wednesday (term time)

All play sessions are free and all children resident in Tower Hamlets are welcome.

Baby changing faciliites and accessible toilets are available to those attending play sessions.

The building is fully accessible.

More information

Direction to the Children's Park from Mile End Underground.

For more information on the accessibility of Mile End Children's Park, please see our DisabledGo page.

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