Alexandra Road Park

Alexandra Road Park is a public park within the Alexandra and Ainsworth housing estate in South Hampstead.  

The park is open during daylight hours. 

Facilities  

  • 3 children’s playgrounds  
  • games area  
  • picnic area  
  • woodland walk  

Address 

Alexandra Road Park  
Abbey Road  
London  
NW8 0QA   

Events and activities   

Free  events and activities take place each week. You can search for events on the Love Camden website

History   

The park opened in 1979. It was designed to provide estate residents with open space. The estate was designed by architect Neave Brown and is Grade II* Listed. The park was designed by landscape architect Janet Jack.  The design provides a reflection of the time it was created and a focus for the community. This is still our aim for it. In 2010, residents working with us bid successfully for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate and restore the park.  This work was completed in 2015.  A collection of drawings, plans and other material related to the park and estate can be found at Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre.  

Bloomsbury Square

Bloomsbury Square is a perfect picnic spot and suntrap in central London. Surrounded by Georgian terraces and Victoria House, it’s close to Holborn business district and The British Museum.  

Statues of politicians face each other along Bedford Place, which connects with nearby Russell Square. 
Facilities include a children’s play area. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  

Address

Bloomsbury Square Gardens 
Bloomsbury Square 
London 
WC1A 2RJ 

History 

For information on the gardens history, visit London Gardens online 

Brunswick Square Gardens

The gardens are overlooked by the iconic Brunswick Centre. A quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby streets.  

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  

Address

Brunswick Square Gardens 
Bloomsbury 
London 
WC1N 1AX 

Near the centre is the finest example of a London plane tree in Camden. It is listed as a Great Tree of London by the charity Trees for Cities. 

Just around the corner is Coram’s Fields, a charity-run park for children. 

History

For information about the history of Brunswick Square Gardens, visit London Gardens Online.

Cantelowes Gardens and skate park

Cantelowes Gardens is a large park next to Camden Road with a range of activities, popular with children and young people.   

Facilities 

  • skateboarding bowl – for BMX riders, rollerbladers and skateboarders 
  • two children’s playgrounds – one for 4 to 7 year olds, one for 7 to 12 year olds 
  • free outdoor gym 
  • multi-use sports pitch and pavilion 
  • dog exercise space 
  • natural play area  

Opening hours

Cantelowes Gardens is open from 7.30am to dusk.  

The skatepark is usually open 10am to 9pm.  

On Bank Holiday weekends the skatepark closes at dusk. 

Address

Cantelowes Gardens 
Camden Road  
London  
NW5 2AP 

Skatepark 

The concrete skate bowl and skate furniture is designed for skateboarding and BMX bikes.  

Facilities are supervised but used at own risk. Protective equipment such as helmets, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads must be worn. Do not use: 

  • after rain or snow 
  • during icy conditions  
  • when closed or after dark 

Book the sports pitch 

Call 020 7974 8765 to book. This is a floodlit AstroTurf sports facility.  

Kilburn Grange Park

Kilburn Grange Park is a large park behind Kilburn High Road, close to West Hampstead.  

Open from 7.30am to dusk.

Facilities

  • 3 tennis courts  
  • multi-use games area  
  • outdoor gym area 
  • trim trail  
  • toddler play area  
  • water play area - Spring to Autumn, weather dependant 
  • playhut  
  • picnic area  
  • dog exercise area  
  • rose garden  

Address

Kilburn Grange Park  
Messina Avenue  
London  
NW6 4LD  

There is a Friends of Kilburn Grange Park group who organise events and work with us to improve and maintain the park.   

History   

For information on the history of the park, visit London Gardens Online.  

Lincolns Inn Fields

Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest square in London and oldest in Camden.

Open 7:30am until dusk. 

Facilities 

Address

Lincoln’s Inn Field 
London 
WC2A 3TL

 Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields work with us to protect and improve the square. 

Red Lion Square

Red Lion Square is a quiet and secluded oasis tucked away in the busy district of Holborn. 

Open 7:30am until dusk. 

Facilities include a park cafe.

History 

Named after the famous Red Lyon Inn in 1698 - the most important Holborn inn at the time. Its name was also given to Red Lion Street. 

There is some discussion that the body of Oliver Cromwell was buried in Red Lion Square. If his body is not there, there is also debates as to whether Cromwell’s head was removed from Westminster Abbey and placed here. 

For more information on the history, visit London Gardens online

Russell Square

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum and Bloomsbury Square.  

Facilities

  • cafe
  • central plaza 
  • water feature 

Open 7:30am to 10pm. 

Find out more about Russell Square.

History

It was designed and built in 1806 by Humphrey Repton for the 5th Duke of Bedford.  

The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed to the restoration and refurbishment of the gardens. This included: 

  • removing some cosmetic alterations made in the 1960s 
  • a new central plaza and water feature 

For more information on the history of Russell Square, visit London Gardens Online.

St George's Gardens

St George's Gardens is an oasis with large trees creating shade. Ivy covered tombs and gravestones are found throughout the gardens. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk 

For more information visit Friends of St George’s Gardens.

History

The gardens was the first London burial ground not next to its church. The gardens are made up of two former burial grounds - St George the Martyr of Holborn and St George’s Bloomsbury of Camden. 

Its restoration was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The renovated Chapel of Ease now provides a meeting place. 

For more information on the history, visit London Gardens online

St Pancras Gardens

Close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. 

Open during daylight hours.  

Address

St Pancras Gardens 
Pancras Rd 
London 
NW1 1UL

History

For information on the garden’s history, visit London Gardens online 

Tavistock Square

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  

A large garden square with a number of memorial features including: 

  • the central statue of Mahatma Gandhi 
  • a tree planted to commemorate the Hiroshima bombing victims 
  • a Conscientious Objectors’ memorial stone 

In one corner is an impressive stone bench commemorating Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake, one of the first women surgeons. 

For more information, visit Friends of Tavistock Square

Address 

Tavistock Square 
Bloomsbury 
London  
WC1H 9EZ 

History 

For information on the history visit London Gardens online 

Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park is set on a hillside in Highgate with views over London.  

The park includes Lauderdale House. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk.

Facilities 

  • formal terraced gardens 
  • a park café 
  • six tennis courts 
  • a small playground for younger children  
  • a natural play area for older children 
  • ponds and lawns 
  • tree lined walkways 
  • shrub beds, herbaceous borders and ornamental bedding 

The park is home to wildlife, including hedgehogs, woodpeckers and bats. There's a wildlife area used for education and maintained with the help of volunteers. 

Address

Waterlow Park 
Highgate Hill 
London  
N6 5HD 

The Waterlow Park Trust works with the local community to improve the park. 

The Friends of Waterlow Park also represents park users.

History

For information on park history, visit London Gardens online