Southwark Park

Opening times

Southwark Park's gates open daily at 7.30am. Closing times vary throughout the year, so please see our opening times page for more information.

Location

Gomm Road, SE16
Entrances - Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Southwark Park Road and Gomm Road

How to get there

Tube - Bermondsey or Canada Water
Bus - 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 395, P13
Car / bike - car park located at Hawkstone Road.  Bikes can be parked at Hawkstone Road and Gomm Road.

Facilities and features

  • cafe - information point, toilets, baby changing facilities and disabled access (contact 020 7064 8115)
  • children's play room - ages 0-5 (0-8 during school holidays) and their parents and carers (contact 020 7231 3755)
  • bandstand - hosts a number of events and concerts during summer
  • art gallery - Cafe Gallery Projects London exhibits contemporary art and launches new talent
  • wheelchair access - available throughout the park and at the cafe
  • trail map for Southwark Park (pdf, 746kb)

Sports facilities

  • Southwark Park Sports Centre - managed by Fusion
  • bowling green - open from April to September (call 07745 267667 to book)
  • football - open from August to March (call 020 7525 1052 to book)
  • tennis courts - free of charge

History of the park

Southwark Park first opened its gates to the public in 1869, and was one of the earliest parks to be opened by the Metropolitan Board of Works. The design of the park is attributed to Alexander McKenzie and covers an area of 25 hectares.

The park boasts London's first public memorial to honour a working class man - a drinking fountain to commemorate Mr Jabez West, a member of a local Temperance Society.

The Ada Salter rose garden was built in 1936 by Alfred Salter, MP for West Bermondsey. It was attributed to his wife Ada when she passed away years later. They both wanted to create a place of beauty where mothers and elderly could sit.

In 2001, the park underwent a major refurbishment with £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Funds. A replica of the 1833 bandstand from the Great Exhibition was replaced.

Many parts of the park were restored to their former glory, including a new bowling pavilion and a new children's play area. The lake was finally restored to its original pre World War II size and the main gates were repaired.

Help us improve Southwark Park

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the improvements we're proposing to the cafe, toilets and other facilities, as well as options for landscaping the nursery site close to Gomm Road. You can find out more for the future of the park here.

Located in Bermondsey, Southwark Park offers fantastic wide-open spaces, perfect for playing games, picnics, walking or just enjoying the scenery.

The Green Flag Award winning park offers a wide range of sporting facilities, a new cafe and an art gallery. There's also a boating lake and wonderful gardens.

Get involved

The Friends of Southwark Park play a key role in running the park and are responsible for organising a number of events. Both groups meet every month.  If you'd like to help, contact us on 020 7525 2000.

Page last updated: 27 February 2017