London Fields is a park and an area of historically common land adjoining the Hackney Central area of the London Borough of Hackney. The name is sometimes also used to apply to the neighbourhood around the park. The park covers an area of 12.65ha, and includes sporting and recreation facilities. The park's history is recorded as early as the 13th century, and it has been known as London Fields since the mid-16th century.London Fields is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, London Edition.
In 1275, the area now known as London Fields was recorded as common pasture land adjoining Cambridge Heath.
The park was first recorded by name in 1540; in the singular as ‘London Field’. Still common ground, it was used by drovers to pasture their livestock before taking them to market in London. By the late 19th century the name had become pluralised to ‘London Fields’ and parts of the Fields were being lost to piecemeal development. There was a threat of comprehensive development of the park in 1860 but this threat was averted.
In WW2 the park hosted an anti-aircraft battery in the south-west corner (the tarmac is still visible under the grass) and a bomb shelter in the vicinity of the tennis courts.
The area was heavily bombed during the Blitz and houses along the northern and eastern edges of the park were among those destroyed. These houses had been built on land that was originally part of London Fields and the land was subsequently restored to the park. The previous boundary is marked by a wide arc of Plane trees.
London Fields features a cricket pitch, a heated 50m lido and lido cafe, grass areas, designated barbecue area, a small BMX track, tennis courts, a table tennis table, toilet blocks and two children's play areas. In 2013 the Council turned a sandy, gritty area of London Fields into a pictorial meadow the size of a football pitch.
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And poppies galore..we enjoy how the grooming is kept limited and grass cut frequently only where needed for walking, leaving the rest to its natural beauty. Public schools and swimming pools make it ... more »
This is a lovely park off the tourist path, but full of vibrant, fun and relaxed Londoners. Take a walk there. Lots of space. more »
A small and quiet halt of a station with no step free access, minimal facilities, no ticket barriers and even limited shelter. Location is quiet and decent enough but that's about it.
It’s a 4 from me. And if you know me, you know that I don’t give out stars lightly. I use this bad boy most days during the week and it’s always a pleasant experience. From walking through the doorway, beeping my card, to waiting on the platform, it’s a very professional, welcoming and warm station. I will be a regular for many years to come. Keep on rocking TFL, I’ve bought the T-shirt !
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