The best parks in south west London and Surrey
The best parks and gardens in south west London and Surrey
Enjoy some fresh air with the kids and get outdoors, with our pick of the very best gardens and parks on your doorstep
Get the kids off their screens and head out to one of these great outdoor spaces in our neighbourhoods. There is a fantastic array of open green spaces and parks in south west London and Surrey. Perfect for days out, family adventures and long walks. Not all park facilities are currently open so please check in advance.
Guide to Parks in SW London and Surrey
Set in the grounds of Cannizaro House, Cannizaro Park is just a short walk across Wimbledon Common from Wimbledon Village. The beautifully kept grounds are a picnicing hot spot. There are walled gardens to explore and rhododendron walkways to escape the heat of the sun. Cannizaro Park, free.
Set opposite Wimbledon Tennis, Wimbledon Park is a firm family favourite. There are open playing fields, a lovely boating lake plus two separate play areas with a good range of equipment for toddlers and older kids. There is a central pavillion by the popular tennis courts, a paddling pool and a crazy golf course. Wimbledon Park, free.
Battersea Park has so much going for it, with views of the river, and fantastic walks. Children love it here – there’s lots of open space for games and fitness and cool riverside walkways. Head for the Peace Pagoda set near the river for some zen time and reflection. Next to Battersea Park Lake is the Pump House art gallery and well maintained tennis courts. Battersea Park, free.
A great way to spend a sunny day is to take the (steep) walk between Pembroke Lodge and Petersham Gate playground. Head for coffee and croissants at Pembroke Lodge, admiring the incredible view. Richmond Park, free.
Backing onto Hampton Court Palaces you can enjoy a majestic stroll around the wild and beautiful parkland. There are roaming herds of red and fallow deer to spot whilst you adventure around waterways, gardens and grasslands. Bushy Park, free.
A lovely spot for sunny days, Cheam Park has a great cafe, which serves ice cream, and there is a huge sand pit for the kids to enjoy. Cheam Park, free.
Great park of historical interest, Nonsuch Mansion House sits in the centre with the pantry cafe. There’s plenty of space for kids and pathways to explore, it’s home to a variety of birds, insects and flowers. Nonsuch Park, free.
Horton Country Park
With over 100 hectares, there’s plenty of countryside to discover. There are a variety of habitats including four ancient woodlands and 11 ponds to enjoy on the circular walk around Horton Country Park. Free.
With the wide expanse of the Thames on one side and plenty of open space, Wandsworth Park is a the largest park for Putney and Wandsworth residents to enjoy. The grade II listed Edwardian Park is home to a magnificent avenue of London Plane trees, ornamental shrubberies and is the perfect place to watch a passing boat or two. Free.