Archbishops Park Lambeth London SE1 is a lovely green space situated near Lambeth North and Waterloo stations. The park was part of the Lambeth Palace grounds which is nearby. From 1869 the land was a place for playing and ball games. It was called Lambeth Palace Field by the locals. It was officially open to the public as a park in 1901. Today it is perfect for playing sports thanks to the football pitches and tennis courts. The children’s play area is excellent. The park has a relaxed and laid-back vibe. It’s undoubtedly a pleasant place to meet a friend, eat your sandwiches, let the kids play or get involved in sports. Read on to discover the main attractions at Archbishops Park Lambeth London SE1.
Archbishops Park Lambeth London SE1 Attractions
The sporting facilities are well worth checking out if you work or live nearby. There is a football pitch, and two 5/7/9 aside football pitches.
If you fancy a game of tennis book one of the tennis courts which are also used for netball. There are cricket nets available should you wish to swing a bat around. You can book the Archbishops Park sporting facilities online.
I’m a big fan of playing outdoor table tennis and often carry my bats and balls around with me. There are a couple of tables in the park so you can have fun.
Next to the table tennis tables, you will see an outdoor activity course which is perfect if you want to keep fit.
Kids can enjoy the extensive play area which has climbing frames, swings, slides and other adventure type structures.
There is a free Gardening Club which is open every Friday from 1.30 pm until 4 pm. Refreshments and tools are provided so rock up and take part. The Gardening Club Hut is by the Carlisle Lane entrance.
You may notice a chalkboard outside saying Honey for sale. It is raw honey from the bees at Archbishops Park. Look out for the bee homes near the Nature Garden.
Make sure you explore the Nature Garden. When I visited the park, the Gardening Club was busy tidying it up. Walk along the mulch path which takes you close to park perimeter.
By the Nature Garden, you will find a bronze hand statue called The Gardener’s Hand. It was made to acknowledge the hard work that volunteers do in the park. You will notice a crocus in between the fingers.
The Tuckshop Tanner Statue (Lizzie Lambert) is near the outdoor table tennis. The bronze sculpture is by artist Jessica Wetherly. It is designed to symbolize human kindness. Look out for the sixpence on the belly which you rub for good luck. The sculpture stands on the former site of a tuck shop which was run by women who gave sixpence to children on their birthdays.
The blue wooden shelter with seating is one of the oldest features in the park. It dates from 1937 and was restored in 2011.
Archbishops Park Lambeth London SE1 Information
To find out more about information, go to the Archbishops Park Facebook Page and The Friends of Archbishops Park. Opening times vary depending on the month. The park address is Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LE. The nearest station is Lambeth North Underground on the Bakerloo Line. In previous years there has been a Zip Wire in the park which may return so look out for it. You might want to read my Ten Things To Do In Lambeth article. Enjoy your visit.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.