Top 5 dog-friendly parks in London: Perfect for walkies

Two Akita Inus looking over a lake dog-happy

Enjoying the view at Battersea Park for you and your dog

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London is packed with excellent open spaces where you can take your pup to explore and run off some energy. Here's our top five best pup-friendly parks in the capital.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 24/04/2021, 08:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 16:06

It's the perfect time of year to get out with your pup and explore the parks and open spaces our capital city has to offer.

London is bursting with fantastic green spaces, woodland trails and grand historical parks where dogs are welcome to play, sniff and run free (which is really important for their physical and mental health). So without further ado, check out these top 5 dog-friendly parks in London!

1. Battersea Park: For the nature spots

Opened in 1858, Battersea Park sits on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite Chelsea. This Grade II listed space spans 200 acres and has everything you and your dog need from woodland areas, lakes, open space and designated nature spots. This dog-friendly park has a Terrier statue in memory of the dogs once used in research experiments at the turn of the last century. 

2. Hampstead Heath: For a refreshing swim

You won't find better views than perched atop Parliament Hill, the famous summit of Hampstead Heath. It's also popular with kite flyers, thanks to the mound's impressive 100 metres height. Hampstead Heath offers 790 acres of wildlife-rich parkland with woodlands and vast heaths. There is even a swimming pond for dogs, so they can enjoy a splash and a cool dip in the sunshine.

Don't have time to walk your pup? Check our tips on finding a dog walker.

3. Crystal Palace Park: For a fun maze

If you fancy adding some prehistoric fun to your dog walk, head to Crystal Palace Park. Here you'll find dinosaur statues scattered around in the trees dotted around the lake. The models were put up when the park first opened in 1854, and there's even a downloadable audio guide to walk you through the history. There's plenty of fun to be had at this park, especially the maze that adds some problem-solving fun for you and your dog.

4. Alexandra Palace and Park: For epic views

This 196-acre park surrounds the superb Victorian palace and offers dogs and their owners a mixture of grassland, woodland and ornamental gardens. There's also a pretty boating lake to look out over as you make your way around. From the top of the hill, Alexandra Park also boasts stunning panoramic views over the London skyline that are not to be missed.

5. Epping Forest: For a good run

Epping Forest is London's largest open space, and at 5,900 acres, it's a lovely place to take your dog. Whether you fancy exploring the historic Copped Hall Mansion, take a quiet lakeside stroll or take yourself off the beaten track, it's a great place to go for a good run around and some peace and quiet.