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Date updated: 22/07/2022

A Visual History of London’s Parks and Open Spaces

London's parks and open spaces played a hugely important role in the lives of Londoners during the recent years of lockdown. They provided an escape; a place to breath and relax, to exercise and play.

This exhibition of photographs and prints celebrates our green spaces and the ways that Londoners have embraced and enjoyed the great outdoors since the sixteenth century, including festivals, gardening and promenading; from playgrounds to allotments, bruising Sunday football to grazing flocks of sheep.

Presenting some of the finest images from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives, Green City explores life in the capital's woodlands and forests, on its heaths and commons, and in its parks and gardens.

This free outdoor exhibition will tour the City and London’s open spaces this summer as follows:

  • Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July at Guildhall Yard, off Gresham Street, EC2V 5AE (please note that the exhibition will be closed between Monday 25 and Friday 29 July)
  • Monday 1 August to Sunday 14 August at Aldgate Square, Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AF
  • Monday 15 August to Wednesday 31 August at Hampstead Heath, South End Green entrance to the Heath, close to Hampstead Heath Overground station, NW3 2PY
  • Thursday 1 September to Sunday 18 September at The View, Epping Forest Visitor Centre, 6 Ranger's Rd, London E4 7QH