Best for… views
Norwood Park is situated on one of London’s highest points and offers stunning views of the city. Following a significant investment, the park now houses a new floodlit games court, as well as a large wet play area next to the existing children’s playground.
Salters Hill, SE19
Nestled within the gorgeous expanse of Streatham Common, you’ll find the Rookery, an enchanting area containing an Old English Garden, a White Garden, water features and a well that sits on the site of one of the original Streatham spas. You’ll also find an orchard (great for picnicking!), a beautiful sloping meadow and sports and restaurant facilities.
Streatham High Road, SW16
Myatt’s Field Park
Feeling hungry? Myatt’s Field Park hosts free cookery events all year round. Head down on Fridays for the Under 5’s Breakfast Club and a Retired Person’s Lunch Club. But save room for the Food Heroes cook and eat sessions on Saturdays – a chance for locals to share their favourite food tips. There is now also a new playground with water play, café and wildlife areas, as well as music on the bandstand every Sunday during the summer, and the popular volunteer greenhouses.
Cormont Road, Lambeth, SE5 9RA
Best for… history
Kennington Park is an historic open space with a rich past. It was first mentioned in official records in 1600, and has since transformed into a hive of activity, with sports facilities, a dog area, children’s playground, Victorian garden, café and nature trail, to name just a few of the facilities. Look out for the Family Fun Day on 8 September, when the park will be celebrating its second Green Flag award and the 10th anniversary of the Friends of Kennington Park.
Kennington Park Road, SE11 4BE
Best for…plant life
Budding horticulturalists need look no further – Brockwell Park is blooming with events this August (run by the on-site charity Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses). Learn how to make your very own flower brooch, your own paper, or even a rain gauge and weather vane. The park also contains a number of historic buildings, including Brockwell Hall and the Brockwell Lido, as well as a walled flower garden, a new playground and – for the adrenaline junkies – a BMX track.
Norwood Road, Brixton, SE24 9BJ
Best for… relaxing
Clapham Common is one London’s largest green spaces and has existed for more than 1,000 years. Its three large ponds attract anglers and model boaters from far afield, while the open space is perfect for dog-walking, cycling, picnicking and recreation, and a range of sports activities. Regular events are also held at the restored bandstand, which now offers free wi-fi in its vicinity.
Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE