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Brockwell Park

Attractions, Parks and gardens Herne Hill
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5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Brockwell Park is a much-needed slab of green (84 acres) just south of Brixton. Locals from the surrounding areas flock here in summer to sun-worship (if they're lucky), fly kites, swim in the outside pool, play football and parade a stunning array of dogs. It's big, diverse and interesting, with numerous areas to appeal to different tastes, from the calm, rolling meadows around Tulse Hill to the sloped football pitches by the Dulwich Road.

Brockwell Park was opened to the public in 1891 by the London County Council. Before that, it was the grounds of Brockwell Hall, the current version of which dates from 1811 and is Grade II listed. The hall still stands in the centre of the park and is now a slightly dilapidated place to purchase tea, cakes and excellent ice-cream.

The famous lido was built in 1937 and (after a difficult decade) was restored to its original beauty in 2007. The playground in Brockwell Park is a favourite, with its aerial slide, massive sandpit and sections for different age groups; nearby are the duck ponds and the huge paddling pool. Regular events include circuses, summer concerts and festivals, and the annual Lambeth Country Show: a sensational mix of village féte, city farm, reggae concert and vegetable sculpture gallery that draws crowds from across the city.

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Address: Dulwich Rd
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SE24 0NG
Transport: Tube: Brixton; Rail: Herne Hill
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tastemaker

Such a beautiful park and worth exploring owing to the beauty and history all rolled in one! There's an enclosed flower garden that is beautifully kept; a large scenic pond; rolling meadows; and an old clock tower amongst many other things to see. However, if you dont feel like exploring, relaxing on the grass with a view of North London is also an option.

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Tastemaker

I love Brockwell Park so much so that I would go as far to say it's my favourite London park. I first started coming here for Parkrun's at 9am on a Saturday morning (a free 5k organised run, if you've never come across it) and then treated myself afterwards to a latte and poached eggs or porridge in the now 'famous' Brockwell Lido Cafe. The park has a very local feel which is why I like it, lots of dog walkers, cyclists, runners, fitness groups, families heading to the playground and groups of friends gathering on the wide grassy expanses. It's a friendly, relaxing place with amazing views into the city, lots of lovely hills to climb, paths to explore and a walled flower garden to stroll in. Perfect on a sunny day.

Tastemaker

Brockwell park is a huge green space with amazing views of the city from the top of the hill. There are quite a few entrances which can make it tricky to meet up with people but there are some landmarks like the lido and the cafe on the top of the hill.

As well as containing the famous Lido, Brockwell contains a great children's play area, a couple of ponds, a paddling and sand play area, basketball courts, tennis courts, a secluded lottery funded flower garden, all the space you could want to run around and more.

It's also host to the very popular Lambeth Country fair and has plenty of other events all year round.

Tastemaker

This is a deceptively charming park.  What may look like a large bland field from the outset is actually hidings secluded ponds, rolling hills, and long yellow grass in it’s midsts.  Not only that but Brockwell Park is also host to the Lambeth Country Show and other London based festivals.  If I have one piece of advice, go find this bench -

Tastemaker

Save yourself the train fare to the country and come here instead. This place is huge and beautiful. There is enough space to let kids, dogs, and pokemon zombies roam freely. I am not a jogger, but I imagine it would be a great place to run around. It is very surreal looking through the trees and spotting the city to your right and the shard to the left. There is without doubt something for everyone here, space, brilliant food, secluded spots and amazing views. Get yourself some personal space and pop along for a breather. 

Tastemaker

One of my fav green areas in South London and never overcrowded, sometimes Clapham Common can be swarmed during good weather! One for dog lovers as pooches are always running free and also great views of the city. The Brockwell Lido Cafe is renowned for it's great food and one breakfast experience here will let you know why!

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