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Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park

Kennington Road, SE1  

This park provides an impressive backdrop to the Imperial War Museum and is the home of the Tibetan Peace Garden (pictured right).

Improvements to Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park

Thank you to all who responded to the first phase of our consultation about improvements to Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

We are pleased to see that so many local residents and visitors took the time to send us their views and ideas. In total over three hundred responses from park users were received. You can view the full report summarising the consultation findings here. 

After careful consideration of the feedback received, we have developed a draft masterplan for the park. The second phase of the consultation will take place from Wednesday 12 October to Wednesday 2 November, where you will have the opportunity to view and comment on the plans.


General facilities

Toilets Car parking Events Wildlife Childrens areaGardens Friends group
  • Toilets: Located at the cafe
  • Children's playground: Suitable for 12 and under
  • Picnic area: There are picnic tables on both sides of the park, and by the cafe
  • Art in the park: Sculptures in the Tibetan Peace Garden by Hamish Horsley. Soviet Memorial by Sergei Shcherbakov
  • Friends group: The park is supported by a Friends Group which can be contacted via the Area Parks Team 
  • Gardens: Other features include a small copse, a family orchard, a world garden and an Ice Age Tree trail

Sports facilities

  • Sports area: The sports area comprises five-a-side football, basketball, netball and tennis courts which are available to hire throughout the week. Contact Everyone Active on 0333 005 0403  
  • There is also a free-for-all multi-use games area with basketball hoops and an outdoor gym  

Location and transport

Park entrances: St Georges Road, Lambeth Road, Kennington Road SE1
Tube/rail: Elephant and Castle (Northern line), Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
Bus: 3, 12, 53, 148, 453, C10, 344, 360, 59, 159
Car: No designated car parking area
Bike: There are cycle racks by the sports pavilion and at the main entrance to the museum

History of the park

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park opened in 1934. The land was gifted to the "splendid struggling mothers of Southwark" by Viscount Rothermere in memory of his mother. The park surrounds the Imperial War Museum.

The Soviet War Memorial was unveiled in 1999 to commemorate the loss of 27 million citizens of the former Soviet Union in WWII.

Also in 1999, on the 13 May, His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the Tibetan Peace Garden in the park, commissioned by the Tibet Foundation and creating an ideal space for contemplation and reflection.

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