5 best commons and heaths in London

Enjoy a refreshing walk, take a picnic and spot wildlife at London's stunning commons and heaths.
People sitting on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath looking at the view of London on a sunny day.
View of London from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Find an array of green spaces scattered across the capital, from the ancient woodland of Hampstead Heath in north London to vast and beautiful Clapham Common in south London.

1. Hampstead Heath

Explore the leafy wilds of Hampstead Heath and discover why Londoners love this green space. Perfect for rambling or enjoying a picnic, Hampstead Heath has some of the best views and highest points in London, including from Parliament Hill, as well as swimming ponds, sports pitches, playgrounds and more.

2. Clapham Common

Enjoy a stroll in beautiful Clapham Common in south-west London. Take advantage of the many ponds and sporting facilities, which include tennis and basketball courts, cricket nets and a skatepark. Clapham Common's bandstand is the largest in London and hosts musical performances in the warmer months.

3. Tooting Commons

Calm pool water and cabins with colourful doors at Tooting Bec Lido in south London.

Retreat to tranquil Tooting Commons for a wander, a spot of birdwatching, a swim or a cycle ride. Look out for bats, green parakeets and woodpeckers in the spring in this oasis of greenery and wildlife. Afterwards, take a refreshing dip in Tooting Bec Lido, the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London.

4. Wimbledon Common

Stroll along the fields of Wimbledon Common, a popular spot for runners, cyclists and families. You can spot swans and other birdlife during your visit, or take along a picnic to enjoy by the ponds or brooks. Leave time to explore the Wimbledon Windmill Museum, housed in a Grade II-listed windmill on Wimbledon Common.

5. Blackheath Common

Go for a run or long walk on Blackheath Common, one of the largest commons in London, on the southern edge of Greenwich Park. Popular with dog walkers, families and kite flyers, the park puts on funfairs, local festivals and the start of the London Marathon.

Stay outside to explore even more of London’s outdoor attractions, from magnificent parks and gardens, to peaceful nature reserves and woodlands.

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