Friday 9 March 2007

Brockwell Park, South London

Good-sized, rolling green space, commanding distant views of the glittering towers of Canary Wharf and the Square Mile. Away from the busy Herne Hill junction, the south west corner of the park borders quiet residential streets clustered around an elegant Victorian church, giving it a calm, rural feel. In the middle of the park is a dilapidated mansion housing a scruffy cafe, serving high-cholesterol fry-ups, ice creams and passable coffee. Towards the Brixton-side of the park is a walled garden, a BMX track, a well-equipped children's playground and a long-standing lido, now being enlarged and refurbished. Unlike nearby Clapham Common, Brockwell Park doesn't attract hordes of frisbee-throwers or rugger-buggers, even in the height of summer, leaving plenty of space to kick a football, sunbathe or have a picnic. 7/10