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South London (fully enclosed) dog parks: the ultimate guide

By May 20, 2017May 31st, 202029 Comments

After the reviews of North London dog exercise areas, I thought to share with you our reviews of 12 enclosed dog parks located in South London. Argo and I, as usual, have visited each dog area in order to verify all information, take photos and measures and dog test them! You will also find a map at the bottom of the post.

South London dog parks

  1. Myatt’s Fields Park (SE5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  2. Slade Gardens (SW9)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  3. Newington Gardens (SE1)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  4. Lambeth Walk Open Space (SE11)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  5. Pasley Park (SE17)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  6. Perlier Park (SE17)   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  7. Vauxhall Park (SW8)   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  8. St Giles Churchyard (SE5)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  9. Eckington Gardens (SE14)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  10. Manor House Gardens (SE13) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  11. Bellingham Green (SE6)   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  12. Edenvale Open Space (CR4)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  13. Thomas Wall Park (SM4)  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  14. Honor Oak Sports Ground (SE23)  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  15. Bedford Road (SW4) ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  16. Evelyn Green ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ / ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (SE8)
  17. Kennington Park (review coming soon)

In addition, there are a few more dog parks that I will review in the next few weeks and add to this blog post.

One further note. I also checked out Dulwich Park’s designated ‘dog run’, however this is not fenced off and consists in a path running around the perimeter of the park, close to the bike path, which does not make much sense to me.


Myatt’s Fields Park

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Myatt’s Fields Park, Cormont Road, Camberwell, SE5 9LS, London

Myatt's Fields enclosed dog exercise area

Myatt’s Fields Park hosts a large dog exercise area, next to the tennis courts. According to the information the Council provided me with about its size, the dog park measures approximately 2,500 square meters (approx. 26,910 square feet). This is one of my favourites (and Argo’s) among the dog parks we have visited so far: large, well maintained, safe and cozy!

I will tell you more about it. The dog area has two gates, which locks work properly, and is enclosed by a metal fence (which has a metal frame and a net) 128 cm high (approx. 50.39 inches) on the border with the park. The net makes it safe for small dogs and I didn’t notice any gaps under the fence (the gap under the gate measures 6 cm circa, approx. 2.36 inches).

Details of gates and area of Myatt's Fields Park dog park

The edge with Cormont Road is enclosed by a metal bar fence with a low brick wall at the bottom. The dog area also borders with the tennis court, which has a high metal fence. Of course if you have a nervous dog who does not cope well with tennis balls being thrown around in the court, it is probably a good idea to take this into account before entering the dog area, but apart from this it looks like a quiet area so you shouldn’t have any issue.

There are two benches and one dog waste bin in the dog area, which, at the time of our visit, appeared well maintained and clear from dog mess/rubbish.

Argo had a great time running around and the tennis players also gave him a ball! They probably noticed that, despite me having brought his balls, he was much more interested in their tennis ones… clearly grass is always greener on the other side of the fence in his opinion!

dog lying down at the dog park with a tennis ball

Slade Gardens

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Slade Gardens, Stockwell Park Road, Stockwell, SW9, London

Dog at Slade Gardens fenced dog park in South London

Slade Gardens are located in Stockwell and accessible from Stockwell Park Road, Brixton Road, Lorn Road and Robsart Street and the closest tube station is Stockwell (about 12 minutes walk) not too far from Myatt’s Fields Park dog exercise area either (less than 15 minutes walk). Slade Garden’s dog park is another of our favourites and it is perfect for long runs and fetch ball.

The dog exercise area, according to the information provided by the Council, measures 70 meters by 20 meters (approx. 229.5 by 65.6 feet), i.e. it is 1,400 square meters large (approx. 15,069 square feet).

The fence with the rest of the park is made of metal bars and is 120 cm high (approx. 47.2 inches), plus has a stock fence (that covers about 2/3 of its height), which makes it safe for small dogs. The gap under the left gate measures 10 cm (3.93 inches). The boundary with the residential area is enclosed by a high brick wall and wooden fence.

There are three gates, which locks work all fine and the area is provided with three wooden benches and two dog waste bins.

The dog park is clean and well maintained. However, there are two small parts which are under maintainance works and are fenced off, and the part near the gate that is nearer to the entrance on Brixton Road has some not so well maintained shrubs (see photos below). Anyway, in my opinion, the area is so large and in general so well maintained, that these do not constitute a big issue!

Newington Gardens dog park

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Newington Gardens, Harper Road/Swan Street, Newington, SE1 6QE, London

Newington Gardens dog park

Newington Gardens host a dog area just on the other side of the road from the main gardens, with entrance on Swan Street.

The dog area is enclosed by a metal bars fence 140 cm high (approx. 55.12 inches), with space between bars of 10.5 cm (approx. 4.13 inches). Under the double gate on Swan Street there is a gap of approx. 15 cm (approx. 5.9 inches), which in my opinion is quite wide.

The dog park is provided with three benches and a waste bin and has two entrances, although the one on Harper Street was locked when we visited the area. There is a concrete path, a lawn, some trees and a few bushes. At the time of our visit the area appeared fairly clean and well maintained.

Lambeth Walk Open Space

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 Lambeth Walk Open Space, Fitzalan Street, Lambeth, SE11, LondonLambeth Open Space dog park from outside

Lambeth Walk Open Space is located in Lambeth and hosts a circular dog exercise area. The Council confirmed that the dog area measures 15 meters (49.21 feet) by 15 meters, and the wooden fence measures from 1.5 to 2m in height.

The dog area has three benches and five gates, four of which were locked, when we visited it. There is a lawn and no trees nor shrubs.

The wooden fence enclosing the dog park has a minimum height of 105 cm (approx. 41.33 inches) and spaces between the wooden fence posts measure 9.5 cm (approx. 3.74 inches). There are some barriers for small dogs, but we found a hole dug under the fence. At the time of our visit we found many empty alcoholic drinks cans left on the ground in the dog area and a few other pieces of rubbish.

Vauxhall Park

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Vauxhall Park, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, , London

Vauxhall Park hosts a double dog exercise area side by side. According to the information provided by the Council, the larger dog area measures 25 meters (82 feet) by 15 meters (49.21 feet), while the smaller one is 15 meters by 10 meters.

Overall we weren’t much impressed by the dog areas: although having a decent size and being relatively safe with regards to fences and gates, we found them quite dirty, with unpicked dog mess scattered around and other rubbish. They also looked quite dark being placed under some big trees.

The larger area is enclosed by a metal fence with a stock fence, approx. 110 cm high (approx. 43.3 inches), while there is a high stock fence on the boundary with the road. The area is provided with a bench and a dog waste bin. The area has two gates, but the one on the other dog area was locked.

The smaller dog area has the same type of fence but does not have the additional stock fence.

Eckington Gardens

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Casella Road, New Cross Gate, SE14 5QN, London

Eckington Gardens host a U-shaped dog exercise area, which has 3 gates, all closing well.

The area is enclosed by a red metal fence with the rest of the Gardens and a high brick wall with the residential area behind. The metal fence is 104 cm high (approx. 40.94 inches) and is a very secure type of fence for small dogs since bars are 5 cm distant between each other (1.97 inches) with no gaps under the fence. The area is provided with 3 waste bins and it is mainly well maintained, apart from a few undisposed dog mess near one of the gates.

Under the middle gate there is a gap of about 15 cm (5.9 inches), and of 13 cm (5.11 inches) under the gate near the entrance of the Gardens.

Pelier Park

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Pelier Park, Perlier Street, SE11, London

Probably the smallest dog exercise area we have ever visited so far, and we didn’t like it very much. We found it badly maintained and dirty, with unpicked dog mess and rubbish (even though you can’t really see it in the pics), and there is not enough space to have a decent run and play around.

The area has one gate and the fence is made of green metal railings 120 cm high (approx. 47.24 inches), with space between bars of approx. 10 cm (3.93 inches).

Manor House Gardens dog park

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Manor House Gardens, Taunton Road, Lee, SE13 5SU, London

Manor House Gardens host a large dog exercise area in the South part of the Gardens. It it very curious that Lewisham’s Council mentiones the dog area on its website, but when I got in touch with them asking if they had any record of the exact size of the area, they said that there are no dog areas at all in their Borough…

The dog exercise area, which has a very good size, has 3 gates on different sides. It borders with the gardens, a tennis court, a residential area and Quaggy river.

The edges with the gardens and the river are enclosed by a rail fence approximately 120 cm high (47.24 inches), provided with stock fence about 50 cm high (19.68 inches), while there is a high brick wall on the boudary with the residential area and a high fence divides it from the tennis court. We visited Manor House Gardens in winter and the dog area was a bit muddy, but I am sure that in spring and summer they must be even more beautiful and have some more grass.

When Argo and I visited the area there was a jogger who was running laps around the park and entered the dog area leaving the gates wide open several times (despite after the second time we kindly ask him to close it behind him). We really loved the dog area, however it is to consider that you can’t really keep all the three gates under control at all times and we found a few people passing through, to get to the other side of the gardens… therefore you need to be a bit careful (and this is why I would rate it four stars rather than five that I would have otherwise scored).

There is also a driking fountain near the cafe of Manor House Gardens, so all you need is a bowl (I usually carry a collapsible one) without the need to carry your own bottle of water!

Bellingham Green dog exercise area

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Bellingham Green, Lower Sydenham, SE6 3HD, London

The nearest train station is Bellingham. Bellingham Green dog area is small/medium sized. There are two gates and two dog waste bins. The fence with the rest of the Green is made of metal bars and is 97 cm/1 meter high (38.18/39.37 inches) with space between bars of 8 cm (3.14 inches), while the fence with the street measures 170 cm (66.92 inches) and the gap between bars measures 12 cm (4.72 inches).

At the time of our visit, the dog area was full of undisposed dog mess and some rubbish such as beer cans here and there.

Edenvale Open Space dog run

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Edenvale Road, Mitcham, CR4 2DP, London

dog with a ball at Edenvale Open Space dog runEdenvale Open space is an enclosed dog run which consists in a woodland path developing in lenght. The fence on the side of the park is approximately 105 cm high and consists of a stock fence with a wooden frame. On the border with the street the fence consists of metal bars and is 130 cm high, with a gap between the bars of 10 cm.

There are three gates, all on the side of the park, but you can’t see them all from inside the area. The only lock which was working at the time of our visit was the one of the nearest gate to the entrance of the open space. We also found that there was a gap of approximately 20 cm under the middle gate.

The dog park was not greatly maintained in terms of cutting trees/edges and grass, although it was fairly clean.

Edenvale Open Space dog run

Edenvale Open Space dog run on the right, seen from the open space

Dog at Edenvale Open Space dog exercise area

Thomas Wall Park dog park

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Love Lane, Morden, SM4 6LL, London

Thomas Wall Park dog enclosureThomas Wall Park dog exercise area consists in a very large lawn of L shape. The entrance of the dog park is a bit hidden on Love Lane and you have to open the gate and take a narrow and dirty path between the park and the residential area before reaching the dog park.

The narrow corridor entrance to Thomas Wall Park dog area

The narrow corridor entrance to Thomas Wall Park dog area seen from inside the dog park

The dog exercise area is enclosed by a metal stock fence approximately 150 cm high. There are two gates: one on Love Lane (which lock works fine) and one with the park, under which we found a gap of 16 cm circa and a hole in the upper part. Watch out for some holes in the upper part of the fence too.

Thomas Wall Park dog park has a great size, which makes it ideal for nice good runs and playing fetch. Apart from the “entrance corridor”, we found it clean and absolutely loved it.

Dog running in the dog park at Thomas Wall Park in South London

Honor Oak Sports Ground dog park

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Brenchley Gardens, Honor Oak, SE23 3RF, London

Honor Oak Recreation Ground dog exercise areaAt Honor Oak Sports Ground you can find a large enclosed dog park, next to the tennis courts. The dog park borders with the cemetery and with the tennis courts on the shorter ends and with the ground on a longer side.

The dog park has two picnic tables, a concrete tunnel under a little hill and one bin. There are two gates, both on the same side of the park.


  • fence with the cemetery: metal bar fence approximately 210 cm high, with gap between bars of 9.5 cm circa and gap under the fence of 18 cm circa.
  • fence with the tennis court: very high metal fence with very tight bars, over 3 m.
  • fence on the back of the dog area: metal bar fence, 150 cm high circa, with gap between the bars of 11 cm.
  • fence with the rest of the ground: metal bar fence 85 to 96 cm high, with gap between the bars of 8.5/9 cm, circa 13 cm under the gate close to the tennis court.

At the time of our visit we found the dog area fairly clean (there were just some rubbish probably taken from the wind) and well maintained. The only dowside, from a large dog owner perspective, is that the fence with the rest of the ground is too low, so your dog could easily jump over it (and you have to consider that people play football and do other sports in the rest of the ground).

Honor Oak Recreation Ground dog exercise area

Bedford Road dog park

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Bedford Road, Clapham, SW4 7RD, London

Dog running at Bedford Road dog exercise area

Small enclosed dog park in Bedford Road. Incredibly full of unpicked dog mess, basically a dog toilet. The area is enclosed by a metal bar fence 118 cm high, with gap between bars of 12 cm circa, and has two gates.

In the area there is one bench, a bin and a dog waste bin, as well as an empty dog bags dispenser.

Pasley Park

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the review in this blog post.

3 London Dog Parks to Visit This Spring

St Giles Churchyard

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read the review in this blog post.

South London Dog Areas | St Giles Churchyard

Evelyn Green dog exercise area

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ /★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Evelyn Green, Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5FS, London

Evelyn Green dog exercise area is a large fenced area on a hilly lawn, at the end of Childers Street. The fence is made of metal bars with a gap between bars of 10/10.5 cm circa and it is 120 cm high circa, with a higher fence in the back part of the area and on the border with the sports court. In some parts of the fence, the gap under it can reach 20 cm, so be careful with small dogs who may be able to sneak out. There are two benches and three dog waste bins in the area and a general bin. When we visited, we found that there were several used tires at the back of the area, near the fence behind which there was some mechanic. Overall, it has a decent size, although being on non-flat ground, if you throw a ball it can go all over the place.


In order to make it easier to locate the nearest enclosed dog area, we have put together a map of all enclosed dog parks in London. You can navigate it to find the closest dog park to you on the Enclosed dog parks hub.


  • Sue Fine says:

    Which green areas/ parks in the Camden/WC1/Kings X areas am I allowed to walk my dog?(on or off lead) (excl the dog parks, exercise areas etc already mentioned here).

    Many thanks


    • The Londog says:

      Hello Sue,

      many thanks for getting in touch!

      Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are very beautiful places where to go and have a walk with your dog, if they are included in your area of interest.
      In WC1 here are also Russel Square Gardens (there may be a dogs on lead restriction there if I remember correctly) and Bloomsbury Square Gardens. On the contrary I know that dogs are unfortunately excluded from Coram’s Fields and Bedford Square Gardens.
      I don’t know about rules in other parks and open spaces, but I can have a look at this later.
      About dog access restructions in parks in the Borough of Camden in general, I know that last year the Council ran a consultation on dog access to public spaces, irresponsible dog ownership etc. in view of introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), but I am unaware of any follow up to this. Previous Dog Control Orders excluded dogs from accessing areas including the North part of Camden Square Gardens (but the south part is a dog exercise area), Chalcot Square Gardens, Primrose Gardens (South part), Fortune Green picnic area, as well as children’s play areas, fenced sports areas, multi use games sreas on housing estates, nature conservation areas, and flower beds and planted beds.
      I hope this is of help! Let me know if I can provide you with any other information.


    • Lesley Morton says:

      There is a small enclosed dog park on Judd Street, between Coram fields and Kings cross stn.

  • June Snow says:

    Hi Cristina
    I just moved to the Hamilton Road area from Nova Scotia and I have two 20lbs dogs and wondering what would be the closest place to let my little ones off leash. They run and bark at everything they see and I can’t let them off leash in most dog parks because bigger dogs are there. I am 68 years old and they are a little hard on me at times. LOL. I would like to be able to take them where smaller dogs are. They are very friendly. Thanks June Snow

    • The Londog says:

      Hi June,
      many thanks for your message! Could you just confirm that you mean Hamilton Road as SW27 postcode? If so, unfortunately there is none at walking distance. The nearest would probably be Edenvale Open Space (Mitcham, CR4 2DP), but nicer dog areas would be the ones around Camberwell. In particular I would recommend Slade Gardens in Stockwell, St Giles Churchyard, and Myatt’s Fields Park. I understand they are a bit far though. If you want to give it a try, I was told that there is also a fenced field just outside Cator Park (closer to you) where some people take their dogs, but is a private land so enter at own risk. I hope this is of help.
      I also heard

  • Liz says:

    Many thanks for all this useful info! We went to Myatts Fields today for the first time on your recommendation and it was great for our dog and there was also a lovely playground for our daughter.

  • Holly McCready says:


    There is a dog park in Deptford on Friendly street too, if you are ever in the area. Very well enclosed.

    • The Londog says:

      Hi Holly, thank you very much for your comment. Is it the park just before Friendly Gardens coming from Deptford Bridge? Many thanks!

  • Martin Munroe says:

    Edenvale Open Space is lovely, the only issue seems its not used by many dogs, so not very social. Bellingham Green was horrible. Moody looking teens watched me and my dog in the filthy dog park, its a shame as its a reasonable size, just not kept well. Again no other dog users when I went there ( November 2017)

    Myatts Field was the best so far of the ones I’ve visited. The only downsize was lack of use. Only 1 other dog when I took my girl (she loves other dogs).

    • The Londog says:

      Hi Martin,
      Many thanks for your comment! If you want a more social one try and go to St George Square’s dog area in Pimlico: there are always many dogs there!
      Otherwise need to organise some play dates 🙂

      • Martin Munroe says:

        Thanks, I will.

        This is such a great site, nothing as good as this online. As a Londoner with a hectic German Short Haired Pointer that loves to be outdoors, this website is a godsend. Very well designed, packed with great info for London doggie parents and great pictures.

  • Danielle says:

    Hi Cristina,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all your hard work putting this list dog parks in London together. Your work is helping us with house hunting endeavour, as it is important we find enclosed places for our 11 year old lurcher to run and we have added all your locations to our Google map. 🙂

    Secondly, are there more east London dog parks you haven’t reviewed? We made note of the two you have reviewed but would love to know if there are more around.


    • The Londog says:

      Hi Danielle!

      Many thanks for your comment, it fills me with joy to know that this is proves to be helpful! 🙂 Yes, there are quite a few in East London, a guide covering them is on my to do list! I will be also releasing a map with all dog areas once the project is finished.
      In the meantime I will send you an email so I can suggest some other spaces and we can chat over there.

      With all the best wishes,

  • Sheree says:

    Hi, I live in South West London SW18 and I would love to know if any of the numerous green areas around us have an enclosed dog area? I have a few friends whose pups are still learning the recall and it would be lovely to be able to go for a walk with them…

    • Jane Saunders says:

      Hi Sheree,did you manage to find anywhere,i live in sw18,nearest I’ve found is Thomas wall in morden up by rose hill,but not many other dogs,thank you ever so much

  • Jane Saunders says:

    I visited Edenvale in mitcham and Thomas wall in morden,and can tell you the following:-Edenvale is only small approx 20m by 6m ,nice few trees,logs etc,alot of glass mind,despite being small has 3/4 gates,a couple not closing properly,also gaps in fencing and under quite big 25cm,all in all better than nothing,
    Thomas Wall much bigger ,all grass with tree edging,L shaped but at least 100m by 15m all told,a bit of un collected dog poo,but on the whole a great little park,a few bits of fencing up off the ground,foxes I think but unless you have a tiny dog,very good

  • Miana says:

    I have a husky who is 8 month old very active nice if he could meet other dog
    I would like to know any safe park in Kidbrooke Se3 or blackheath Se3
    Many thanks

    • Miana Nkwo says:

      I live in kidbrooke ,there is a park on weigal road se12 also Sutcliffe park on Eltham road very nice to walk your dog

  • David Mallett says:

    Many thanks for putting this info together – very useful. My dog Bravo who is a shepherd cross looks like he could be related to Argo. He was found as a stray in Benidorm, Spain and ended up in London via a UK rescue centre. Question – in these dog walking areas, are there any rules?

    • The Londog says:

      Hi David,
      Many thanks for your kind message and lovely to hear that this information is useful! 🙂 Also lovely to hear that you have a fellow shepherd cross! Argo was rescued from Southern Italy by an association. To reply to your question, in the dog parks the main rule is picking up dog poo as in the rest of the park, for the rest not sure what rules you were thinking of. I would say always to respect etiquette when entering one and ask if a dog already in is ok with it, etc.
      I hope this is of help.
      Best wishes,

  • Susan Clements says:

    Hi, I have one full and one rescued cross malamutes. I live in S e 9 I cannot let my boys off the lead as they have no recall. Are the parks in Weigal rd and sutcliff secure. Many thanks for this site it must take up a lot of your time it’s wonderful

  • Venancio says:

    Thanks for all the great work on this. It’s very helpful.
    There’s also a very large enclosed space in Norbury Grove in SW16 (right by Streatham Common) that, while not formally a dog park, is basically one in practice. The door at the top is sometimes left open but that leads to other parts park areas so shouldn’t be dangerous.

    It’s great for active dogs who need a lot of space to run.

  • Nick says:

    What a useful page. Thank you. Our Toy poodle says thanks as well!!
    Luckily we are in Catford so have 3 places close by – even if the Bellingham one isn’t very good (We’d discovered that one by ourselves as it’s next to our dentist).

  • Kelly says:

    I have just come across your website having recently adopted two rescue dogs, and it is a God-send! I had found myself wondering if there was anywhere enclosed in London that I could safely let the dogs off lead (as their recall is virtually non-existent at the moment!) and so I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this page. Thank you so much for all the hard work that has obviously gone into your reviews, it is a huge help and greatly appreciated!

    • The Londog says:

      Hi Kelly, it’s great to hear this is of help and this work goes to good use! I hope your dogs enjoy them and you find some close ones to you! If you’re looking for more tips, the London Enclosed Dog Parks Facebook Group is a very supportive community and everyone is always very keen to help finding new spots! 🙂
      Best wishes

  • Glenn says:

    I use Thomas wall park enclosed dog area ..
    Was told by the other local uses that if there’s a stick in gate ,there’s someone in there and to check first in case dog is not to good around others..
    Witch I have no problem with and do the same ..
    I was in there and someone walked in with 4 dogs .
    So I explained what I was told and more so he didn’t walk in on a reactive dog …
    He told me that it’s not just mine and tuff really..
    My dogs good as gold , so would of gone in main park gladly or let them play together…
    What is that enclosed area for and what is the etiquette used ,as being told I’m in the wrong !!

  • Norma says:

    Hi there I live in Belvedere,Kent and I don’t think there is anywhere near me where I can continue my recall training with my German Shorthaired Pointer. Do you know of a place?

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