This actually used to be a real marsh, but it was drained in medieval times, and rubble was dumped here from buildings damaged by air raids during World War II. Now one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London, Hackney Marshes is famous for Sunday league football. On a typical Sunday, more than 100 matches are played by amateur teams in several local leagues.
Where is it?
Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, London
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Good to know
There’s a loo, a café, a public terrace and changing rooms at the Hackney Marshes Centre.
It’s the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with 88 football pitches.
Find out more
020 8986 7955
Things to do
- Watch a game on Sunday mornings.
- Go fishing or pick berries.
- Test out your muscles on the trim trail.
- If you’re 13 years old you can join the timed 5km Saturday Parkrun.