This 200-acre green space opened in 1858 in Battersea; alongside the River Thames, and facing the salubrious Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is very much a working park. Teaming with humans and hounds all day, every day, and open later than many other London parks, this famous city escape has something for everyone.
Its cleverly designed spaces interweave with ease, and combine such a myriad of delights, we find it hard to imagine that any paw wouldn’t be able to find a spot they adore.
With the Bandstand as its central hub, a selection of paths lead from here, all of which go on to connect with the carriage drives and parade. Together, these form a loop inside the park, which cars can access (in part, for access to parking) and on which many a jogger, cyclist, dog-walker and roller-blader can be found.
From the Bandstand, we suggest a saunter north through the more formal gardens, past a park cafe (complete with many bowls for paws), and across the North Carriage Drive (be sure to have fido close at hand here, or on the lead, as it can be busy) to the green ahead. You’ll find the iconic Peace Pagoda ahead of you; here, turn left, and take in arguably the prettiest bridge in London, Albert Bridge, connecting Battersea and Chelsea.
You pup will love sniffing along and playing in the woodland environment you will find yourself in near Albert Bridge. From here, head south east down the inner road, and you’ll find yourself heading past the Old English Garden and bowling green on one side, and an expanse of green any dog can use up his energy on, to the other.
For a scenic sniff spot, as you follow this path, look out for the entrance to the Sub-Tropical Gardens, at the southern end of the park. Meander past the lake as you explore this delightful area with you dog.
By now, you’ve definitely earned a treat. As you exit the Sub-Tropical Gardens, take a left on to the pedestrian path just in from South Carriage Drive. Walk past the boating lake (where beware, water loving dogs may try and take a running dip); continue to follow the path around the lake as it turns left, and you will soon find yourself at Pear Tree Cafe. While Battersea Park has many a stand to grab a drink or snack from, this is something different, and a destination in its own right. A foodie delight, this all day eatery (which is open during the evenings in the summer) has delicious food, and is well worth a trip.
Other attractions in Battersea Park include the zoo, Go Ape, play areas, the exercise centre and athletics track, tennis courts and sports pitches. There’s more than enough to keep all the family entertained while you and fido have some human and hound time.
Lying just across the water from Chelsea, you can combine a park trip with exploring this well-known borough, or a spot of shopping on the Kings Road. Alternatively, Battersea and Clapham greet you to the south.
With Battersea Power Station undergoing a major redevelopment, the waterside walk in Battersea Park can now be taken east towards to the iconic power station. This new development is opening up to reveal a group of new eateries and spots to explore.
Right at the heart of bustling London, you are spoilt for choice for dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to try together. For inspiration see our dog-friendly London destination page.
For dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Should you decide to drive, there are several pay & display areas within the park. For costs, and exact locations, click here.
Arrive in style and take the Thames Clipper or London River Bus services to Cadogan Pier. Just across the water, it lends itself perfectly to a walk over the stunning Albert Bridge. Dogs are allowed on the boats on a lead.
The nearest underground station is Sloane Square, around 15 minutes’ walk away, and is served by the Circle and District Lines. Alternatively, National Rail services come close to the park, stopping at Battersea Park Station. There are also many buses that pass the park. For your best route, use Transport for London.
For a time, Battersea Park was Rigby’s daily walk – his pick of the paw routes will be coming soon, but it’s safe to say he gives a big paw-up to this park.
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