This former docklands site complements Island Gardens, by providing for active sports and play as well as space to get away from the urban scene and to see the sky. The site is linked to the Mudchute Urban Park and Farm. The three sites together offer a tremendous variety of scenic interest and considerable wildlife value, all within the heart of Canary Wharf.
WHERE Manchester Rd, Isle of Dogs
Sir John McDougall Gardens was laid out in the middle of the 20th Century and is situated near the Barkantine Health Centre. The park features a children’s playground.
WHERE Westferry Rd, Isle of Dogs
Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as The National Maritime Museum.
There is also a newly improved Playground and a Dear Park.
There are so many educational and fun things to do indoors or outdoors, which guarantees a great time out with the children, no matter the weather!
An old time favourite to the local families, the park has two playgrounds, one on either side of the park, as well as sporting facilities and a skatepark in the East. A fleet of 40 boats are available to members of the public to hire
A 12 million pound refurbishment to ensured the park's old features have been reinstated or repaired, making it a wonderful venue for some family time. It is the only Park to have won the Green Flag People's Choice Award for the most popular public green space in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016; no other park in the UK has won the award four times.
WHERE Grove Rd, Bow
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park offers everyone a breathing space in the heart of East London. This woodland cemetery is a unique place of transformation: a people's cemetery, a place for remembrance, a sanctuary for humans as well as nature, a place for festivals, field studies and forest schools.
Always changing with the seasons, it is rooted in the history of the East End, a place of rich heritage that is full of possibilities and freedom for all.
WHERE Southern Grove, Mile End.
Mile End Park
The Children’s Centre, like the Ecology Centre and the Arts Pavilion, is earth sheltered and provides a home for a Stay and Play and a fantastic playground with water fountains, play equipment and a castle to climb to.
A dry river bed complete with boats and bridges, offer an imaginative sand pit.
The Play Park is committed to inclusive Play so that children with or without disabilities can play together.
WHERE Clinton Rd, Mile End
Thames Barrier Park
Beautiful, vibrant and surprising, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a joy for nature lovers: 111 acres of open space include gardens full of flowering plants, broad meadows and intricate wetlands.
Built on the natural landscape of the Park, the Tumbling Bay playground features rock pools, sand pits, tall treehouses, and wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. Children have the chance to play in a real, natural environment that encourages them to experiment.
The Thames Barrier Park is a 14-hectare (34.6-acre) park in London's docklands, named after its location on the north side of the River Thames next to the Thames Barrier. It was opened in 2000. The green trench running through the park was intended as a reminder of the site's dockland heritage. It provides a sheltered microclimate for a 'rainbow garden' - strips of coloured plants. A Pavilion of Remembrance near the River commemorates local people who died in the Second World War. The most dramatic feature of the park is its view of the Thames Flood Barrier. It is adjacent to Pontoon Dock DLR station in the Silvertown area of the London Borough of Newham.
WHERE Pontoon Dock
PARKS outside London...
After a short 40 mins drive from Canary Wharf, you can discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.
This trail helps children understand the woodland and see it as a welcoming place. The Gruffalo Trail takes about 45 minutes. Get a map at the Countryside Centre and wear wellies!
There is no need to book to do the Gruffalo Trail as it is a self-guided walk.
WHERE Brentwood, Essex
Only 50 mins drive from Canary Wharf and with 1,000 acres to explore, Knole Park is an heavenly place for families looking for a qualitative time while recharging their green batteries. Kent's last medieval deer park is home to a 350-strong wild deer herd. They're descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII. Knole's parkland is exceptional in its vast size and unmanaged landscape. Expect trees fallen and left to nature and bracken thick with protected wildlife.
Parking 60 yards from the entrance. £4 charge (free to National Trust members).
WHERE Sevenoaks, Kent