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Parks in Camden

Find out:

  • What Camden parks offer and their health benefits

  • Where Camden parks are

  • The main parks in Camden and their features

  • Activities in parks, including ones that are approved for referrals by health professionals

  • Links to social prescribing in Camden and other information about Camden parks and green spaces

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Why visit an Camden park

What Camden parks offer
  • Free and open to everyone

  • Offer something to see and do, to be in nature in a city, and to meet other people

  • They offer a place to be outside - 39% of Camden households have no garden

  • Open long hours, usually from 7.30am to dusk

  • There are over 70 parks in Camden, so there is a park near to everyone

Health benefits
  • Two hours a week spent in a park, in one visit or more, reduces the risk of poor health by 45%

  • Visiting a park reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and is good for your mental health and wellbeing

  • Parks are an excellent place to be active, which cuts the risk of dementia & Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, bowel, breast and womb cancer, type 2 diabetes and other health conditions

Camden Parks

Find parks in Camden.

The main parks in Camden:

Alexandra Road Park, Abbey Road, near to South Hampstead and Kilburn High Road stations, NW8. Renovation and restoration work in the park finished in  2015. Features include:

  • three children’s playgrounds

  • a games area

  • a picnic area

  • a woodland walk.

See below for activities in the park.

Bloomsbury Square, WC1, is a perfect picnic spot and suntrap in central London. Surrounded by Georgian terraces and Victoria House, it is close to Holborn business district and The British Museum.

Brunswick Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1, are overlooked by the iconic Brunswick Centre. It is a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby streets. 

See below for activities in the park. 

Cantelowes Gardens and skate park, Camden Road, NW5. Features include:

  • a skateboarding bowl for BMX riders, rollerbladers and skateboarders

  • two children’s playgrounds, one for four- to seven-year-olds and one for seven- to 12-year-olds

  • a free outdoor gym

  • a multi-use, floodlit astroturf sports pitch and pavilion (ring 020 7974 8765 to book the pitch)

  • a dog exercise space

  • a natural play area.

Kilburn Grange Park, Messina Avenue, near to Kilburn High Road, NW6. Features include:

  • three tennis courts (booking is required)

  • a multi-use games area (booking is required)

  • a 0.8-mile walking route

  • an outdoor gym area

  • a trim trail

  • a toddler play area

  • a water play area (spring to autumn, weather dependant)

  • a play hut

  • a picnic area

  • a dog exercise area

  • a rose garden. 

See below for activities in the park.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2, is the largest square in London and the oldest in Camden. Features include:

See below for activities in the park.

Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1, is a quiet and secluded oasis tucked away in the busy district of Holborn. 

See below for activities in the park.

Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1, is close to the British Museum and Bloomsbury Square. Features include:

  • café

  • a central plaza

  • a water feature. 

See below for activities in the park.

St George's Gardens, near to Grays Inn Road, WC1, is an oasis with large trees creating shade. Ivy-covered tombs and gravestones are found throughout the gardens. 

See below for activities in the park.

St Pancras Gardens, Pancras Road, NW1, close to King's Cross and St Pancras stations, is a leafy green park with a churchyard, and is full of history

Tavistock Square, near to Euston Road, WC1. Features include:

  • the central statue of Mahatma Gandhi

  • a tree planted to commemorate the Hiroshima bombing victims

  • a Conscientious Objectors’ memorial stone

  • a stone bench commemorating Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake, one of the first women surgeons. 

See below for activities in the park.

Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6, is set on a hillside in Highgate with views over London and a rich history. Features include:

  • Lauderdale House

  • formal terraced gardens

  • a café

  • six tennis courts (booking is required)

  • 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 is a wildlife area used for education and maintained with the help of volunteers. 

See below for activities in the park.

Camden is also home to Regent's Park, Hampstead Heath, and Highgate Cemetery.

Activities in parks

Many parks have regular activities taking place. This includes Friends of Park groups, who are local residents that volunteer to help maintain a park and may do gardening and other activities. They are a great way to be involved with a park and meet other people. 

Highlighted are activities that have been approved by Voluntary Action Camden in its role as a social prescribing organisation to accept referrals by health professionals. 

Love Camden list events and activities in Camden that includes parks.

The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens is an umbrella group of the Friends and other organisations that support or manage squares and gardens in the Bloomsbury area:

Nature conservation activities called green gyms take place across Camden:

  • Belsize Green Gym run by volunteers is in Belsize Park

  • Camden Green Gym run by TCV takes place in different parks in the borough. This activity has been approved to accept referrals by health professionals

  • West Hampstead Green Gym run by volunteers is in Westbere Copse, Minster Road and Mill Lane open space

Alexandra Road Park, Abbey Road, near to South Hampstead and Kilburn High Road stations, NW8, has a Friends Group.

Hampstead Heath. A walk for advanced walkers with Hornsey Lane Estate Community Association every Thursday 2pm; meet at Gospel Oak overground stationThis activity has been approved to accept referrals by health professionals. Registration is required beforehand: contact Susan Aykroyd, walkleader@hlcea.org.uk, 07985 156876. 

Kilburn Grange Park, Messina Avenue, near to Kilburn High Road, NW6has a Friends Group.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2, has a Friends Group.

Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6, has a Friends Group. The group offers gardening sessions.

Social prescribing in Camden

Find out about social prescribing in Camden.

Other information

Parks and green spaces has information about getting involved in Camden parks, trees, biodiversity, holding an event, community festivals, and mobile catering opportunities.

Record updated: 13/01/2022