A lovely, peaceful haven of wildlife and overgrown graves, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a huge open space perfect for nature walks and a retreat from the surrounding streets. It is looked after by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a network of volunteers who maintain it and offer free events, guided walks and volunteering days.
There is a maze of paths to explore between the tangled trees, as well as open areas filled with both wild and planted flowers…
…and even a proper pond with a railway backdrop as an added bonus for the train-loving toddler.
The park is amazingly rich with flowering plants all year round – so it was a good place to wonder at the spring that began so early this year:
The graves are in various states of return-to-nature, made more beautiful by the tangle of plants and flowers that hide them.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery closed as for new burials in 1966 and became 31 acres of public park. It is now London’s most urban woodland as well as a historic site.
See directions here. Just south of the Mile End Road between Mile End and Bow Road stations.
The park is open from dawn until dusk, every day.
Family access & facilities
Buggy access is fine on the main paths, though it can be muddy so wellies are a good idea for toddlers. There are plenty of benches and places to picnic. There’s a monthly wildlife club event for families (free) and a Forest School during school holidays for older children. The Soanes Centre at the North West of the park has facilities such as toilets but is only open to the public during events, so bear that in mind.