Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Residents can take their waste to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street, which is operating as normal.

Find out more about the strike.

Pitch and court booking

Leisure centres

The borough’s seven leisure centres offer a wide range of hall, court and pitch hire opportunities.

Online booking is available via the Better website for group exercise classes and badminton courts where available.

The online booking system is currently only available to Leisure Centre members.

Find information about the facilities and access booking information on our leisure facilities page.

Playing fields

For bookings on the artificial pitches at Mile End Stadium and John Orwell Sports Centre please contact the relevant centre, details for which can be found on our leisure facilities page.

Stepney Green Park 3G pitch

Before you book, please check the fees and charges for 2022/23.

Book Stepney Green Park 3G Pitch



For information on the other grass sports facilities and how to book them please contact pitch.bookings@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 3277 between the hours of 10am–4pm.

Applications for the contractual use of Stepney Green Astro now open.

This is an opportunity for user groups to use the facilities on a contractual agreement.  Applications are open to those currently using the facilities and new groups.

The contractual use aims to allocate a weekly slot at the facilities for the period September 2023 to August 2026.  

All currently contracted user groups need to re-apply if they wish to continue with a new contract for the period above. 

For an application form or further information please contact the bookings team at Stepneygreen.Astro@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Applications  must be received by 5pm on Friday 5 May 2023

Pitch and prices

Bartlett Park, E14 6HS

Full size football (grass)

John Orwell Sports Centre, EW1 2QD

Full Size Artificial Pitch (Sand)

Meath Gardens, E2 0QB

Full Size Football (Grass)

Mile End Stadium, E14 7TW

5 and 7 a side Football (3G)
Full Size Artificial Pitch (Sand)
Full Size Football (Grass)

Millwall Park, E14 3BX

Full Size Football (Grass)
Full Size Rugby (Grass)
Mini Soccer (Grass)

Please note that improvement work to the 9v9 caged pitch off Stebondale Street is taking place. This pitch currently remains out of use. We apologise for any inconvenience

Stepney Green Park, E1 3JX

Full Size Artificial Pitch (3G)

Full Size Football (Grass) (Summer)

Poplar Baths, E14 0ED

5-a-side Football (3G)

Victoria Park, E9 5DU

Full Size Football (Grass)
Mini Soccer (Grass)

Weavers Fields, E2 6JF

Full Size Football (Grass)

Whitechapel Sports Centre, E1 5BA

7-a-side Football (3G)


Tennis facilities in the borough are managed by Premier Tennis. Visit their website to book a court and find more information on tennis playing and coaching opportunities.


There are numerous basketball, netball and tennis courts located within the borough’s parks.

For most of these facilities, usage is free and there is no need to book except for tennis courts which are operated on a pay-and-play basis.

Find A-Z information about the borough’s parks to view the types of facilities and courts they host.