Here comes the sun. Southwark is our oyster.
Burgess Park © Copyright Malc McDonald
We are massive fans of Burgess Park, which happens to be Southwark’s largest green space. It certainly has something for everyone: fishing, football, cafes and there’s even a BMX track. The park stretches from Camberwell and Walworth in the west to Peckham and the Old Kent Road in the east.
In 2012, Burgess Park re-opened after an £8 million transformation, creating a space for the community and making a name for itself for its heritage, sports facilities, lake, wildlife, design and horticultural offerings.
But remnants of the park’s past remain. Today you can see three listed buildings: the Chumleigh almshouses, Passmore Edwards Library and wash house plus a lime kiln.
This summer pitch up at the designated barbecue and picnic areas – perfect for small groups of friends and family. It’s first come, first served so get there early to avoid disappointment.
If pedalos and wild turtles are your thing, Southwark Park is calling.
In 2001, the park underwent a £2.5 million refurbishment. Sections of the park were restored to their former glory, including a new bowling pavilion and a new children’s play area. It takes around 30 minutes to walk the perimeter of the park and at the centre is a replica of the 1833 bandstand from the Great Exhibition.
Forget the cacophony of city life over at Gibbon’s Rent. This snug green space is nestled away between Magdalen Street and Holyrood Street – just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station. This lesser known spot is a calm oasis. Settle back on one of the benches and enjoy the little library where you can drop off old books for others to read, and pick up a new one.
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