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Celebrate the birth of a child, an anniversary or simply give back to your local community by sponsoring a celebration tree. For more information please visit the sponsor a tree website.

 

Visit our parks

Tower Hamlets has over 120 parks and green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Whether they are small pocket parks, local parks or parks of national repute, they are loved by our residents.

12 of our parks hold Green Flag Awards and we were awarded nine gold awards from London in Bloom.

Victoria Park holds the Green Flag People’s Choice award as one of the Top 10 parks in the country. Victoria Park also won Best Park in London in the Time Out Best of the City Awards 2021. Several other squares and green spaces have won awards for design and excellence.

Our parks are home to a wide range of features.  Victoria Park has historical lakes, the Burdett Coutts Memorial, the bandstand and two of the original London Bridge stone alcoves. Mile End Park provides a natural environment, containing both an Ecology and Art Pavilion, as well as a sports stadium and a go-cart track.

Whether you're looking for playgrounds, outdoor gyms, historic churches, beautiful fountains or peaceful gardens, our parks have lots to explore. 

map of the borough's parks

When you visit our parks please do not feed or leave food for wildlife as this encourages vermin.

Enjoy our parks

Web mile end park play

The borough’s parks host a variety of events and activities throughout the year. The council’s events team co-ordinates and supports a programme of large festivals, funfairs, arts, music and dance events in the parks. 

Find out how to hire our parks for events.

The park rangers hold outdoor community events including guided walks, arts and crafts workshops, bulb planting, play events, meadow seed sowing and other activities.

The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park hosts art exhibitions and workshops.  Both the Art and Ecology Pavilion are available for private hire and are popular wedding venues.  Large music and cultural Festivals are held in Victoria Park.

The parks also provide venues for sponsored walks, fun runs and cycling.

Our children’s playgrounds are very popular. We have been improving our play spaces to make them more accessible and attractive for everyone.  Find out about our playgrounds and inclusive play.

Find out more about recent park developments and improvements.

The history of our parks and open spaces

Parks and open spaces in Tower Hamlets have come into being in a variety of ways. Some were the result of deliberate design or policy, while others were the result of historical accidents.

Find out more about the history of parks & open spaces in Tower Hamlets

Get healthy in parks

Mile End park cyclist

Parks are great places to unwind; just sitting and relaxing in a pleasant green environment and spending a moment in touch with nature is proven to help to reduce stress levels and improve your feeling of well-being.

Tower Hamlets parks also offer a great variety of opportunities for a more active lifestyle. Sports and play facilities can be found in this guide.

Discover the great outdoors on your doorstep! Walk Tower Hamlets have walking groups across the borough that anyone is welcome to join.  Find out more about walking in Tower Hamlets

If you want to improve your health and fitness but don’t know how to get started, our Healthy Lifestyles team can offer advice and information on a range of activities.

Mile End parkrun: A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog or run. This is a free event every Saturday. Advance registration is required.

We have outdoor gyms in parks across the borough.  The gyms have a variety of equipment for strength workouts, cardio, toning, calisthenics.  Find out more about our outdoor gyms.

BBQ's

We do not allow barbeques in our parks and open spaces.  They do permanent damage to the grass and are a fire risk. 

Parks for people and wildlife

Parks in Tower Hamlets perform an essential role in nature conservation by providing habitats for wildlife.

We are working to improve the wildlife value and habitats within parks. Creating areas for nature not only encourages wildlife, it provides ‘spaces for reflection’ – quiet areas, screened by trees and shrubberies with wild flowers where people can enjoy the natural surroundings.

There are two local nature reserves, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and the Mudchute Park and Farm. These nature reserves are examples of excellence in nature conservation and provide training for local volunteers to gain new skills.

Find out more about wildlife and nature conservation in our parks, and view our local biodiversity action plan.

Contact us

Mile End Park and other parks: mileendpark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Park Ranger Team
Tel: 07951 321051

Mile End Park Play Pavilion
Tel: 020 7364 52027

For Arts/Ecology Pavilion bookings (only)
Email: Pavilionbookings@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7364 3115

Victoria Park: victoriaparks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Victoria Park Ranger Phone (during park opening hours):
Tel: 020 8985 5699