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Lungs of London - Brockwell Park

This Lung of London makes an ideal outing on a nice summer day, especially for families with young children. Although at first it might seem a little out the way in the rugged domain of South London, it is well served by public transport, just across the road from Herne Hill railway station, and well worth the effort.

It boasts 124 acres of wonderful hilly parkland, including ornamental ponds, formal flower beds, a walled 'old English' herbaceous flower garden, and a 19th century clock tower.

Other sporting facilities, includes basketball, football, cricket, tennis courts and Brockwell Lido; a 1930s art décor style lido which is one of London's biggest and most popular outdoor swimming pools. A child’s paddling pool and dog free play area. For the young cyclist’s there is also a purpose-built BMX track.

Front and Back View of Brockwell Hall

Brockwell Park once a country estate in what was then the county of Surrey, with Brockwell Hall being built between 1811 and 1813, John Blades, a wealthy Ludgate Hill glass maker, brought the estate which now makes up Brockwell Park.

The private estate secured for public use by Norwood M.P Thomas Lynn Bristowe, who raised the necessary funds from private and public donations. On the parks opening day 6th June 1892, sadly Bristowe collapsed and died of a heart attack on the steps of Brockwell Hall.

The Hall these days acts as refreshment café for the visitor.

19th century clock tower.

The Duck Pond

Looking North towards the City, where in the distance you can see the Gurkin, and in the foreground the 1930's art décor style lido.

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