Best 5 commons and heaths in London

Enjoy a refreshing walk, take a picnic and spot wildlife at London's stunning commons and heaths.

Find an array of green oases 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 it’s one of London's best loved green spaces. Perfect for rambling or enjoying a picnic, it 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 southwest London. Boasting many ponds and sporting facilities, including tennis and basketball courts, cricket nets and a skate park, Clapham Common is very popular with locals. Clapham Common's bandstand is the largest in London and hosts various music gigs in the warmer months.

3. Tooting Commons

Retreat to tranquil Tooting Commons for a wander, a spot of birdwatching or a swim. Great for a cycle too, the commons are an oasis of greenery and wildlife, where you can spot bats, green parakeets and woodpeckers in the spring. Take a refreshing dip in Tooting Bec Lido, the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London, before summer’s out.

4. Wimbledon Common

Stroll along the fields of Wimbledon Common, a popular spot for runners, cyclists and families. Spot the swans and other birdlife that live here, or take along a picnic to enjoy by the lake. The Wimbledon Windmill Museum, in a Grade II-listed windmill on the common, is also worth a visit.

5. Blackheath Common

Go for a run 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 – it’s often breezy out here – the park is home to fun fairs, festivals and the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Make sure to discover more of London’s outdoor attractions, from magnificent parks and gardens, to peaceful nature reserves and woodlands.

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