It’s the summer of the staycation. Time to enjoy the little things in the wide open air and explore our bountiful parks. Which is your favourite? Is it on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

We’re so lucky to have Tower Hamlets idyllic outside spaces. Read on for our top suggested spots.

1. Victoria Park

The pride of Tower Hamlets and arguably London’s best park? We’re not biased honest! For a good daily dose of exercise, walk the full 2.7mile loop and finish up at Gail’s bakery in Victoria Park Village for cinnamon buns and iced coffee – one of our new Corona virus rituals. Be prepared to queue.

W: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

2.Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

This Tower Hamlets hidden gem had been giving us so much solace during the lockdown. 26 acres of beautiful woodland to run, cycle and explore – great for wildlife hunts too!

W: fothcp.org

3.Mile End Park

Often overlooked, you can stroll the linear Mile End Park which follows Regent’s Canal from Victoria Park to Limehouse Basin. There’s a BMX track by Mile End stadium (great for older kids) the Ecology Pavilion and Arts Pavilion are both idyllic spots for picnicking.

W: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

4.Mudchute

32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs and home to one of London’s largest urban farms. There’s an outer path where you can walk around the whole of Mudchute plus several spots to enjoy a picnic and marvel at the Canary Wharf skyscrapers from beyond.

W: www.mudchute.org

5. Hackney Marshes

You can roam the 337 acres of Hackney Marshes, one of London’s largest open commons. There’s a bird hide, conservation area, trim trail and more. The tennis courts have now re-opened following Covid-19 closures too.

W: hackney.gov.uk/hackney-marshes

6. Ropemakers Field

This little patch of green is accessed on the canal by Limehouse Basin and is just minutes from the River Thames if you’re taking a stroll to or from Canary Wharf. A great stop off point to catch up with friends and family and the play park has recently been revamped so fingers crossed for we can use it again soon!

 

7.Queen Elizabeth Park

Our legacy, vast open expanses and water ways with plenty of memories of more exciting times. Many of the attractions are opening again too! Slide down the crazy Arcelor Mittal Orbit and scream as loud as you can. Very therapeutic indeed.

W:www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/the-park/things-to-do/summer-at-the-park