Culture vultures, shopaholics and history buffs will all find something to do in London. Although its parks are world famous and perfect for a picnic, the city is limited on green space so falls short when it comes to good touring parks. After looking at the brilliant Abbey Wood site and its new connection to London thanks to the Elizabeth line, we’ve picked some of our other favourite caravan parks in London where you won’t have to compromise on space, scenery or access to the city.
Pitch+2: £45 per night (standard pitch with hookup)
Open: 12 Apr 2020 – 18 Sep 2022
In terms of location, one of the best caravan parks in London is the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Crystal Palace location. Visitors can get the number 3 bus from near the campsite which terminates at Whitehall. Along the way, hop off at Herne Hill or Brixton to enjoy quirky cafes and Brockwell Park and Lido, or stay on until Westminster to wander along the Southbank. The site itself is next to Crystal Palace Park, home of Paxton’s Dinosaurs and various historical remnants of the palace itself. Set in mature woodland, the pretty park is dog friendly with cycling routes nearby offering laundry facilities, showers and toilets, WiFi and disabled access.
Pitch+2: £30.50 (hardstanding or grass with hook-up)
Open: All year round
Located near 2 reservoirs and the River Lea, this peaceful site is a short drive from Epping Forest, Forty Hall Estate and Walthamstow Wetlands. A 16 minute walk away is Ponders End station where you can catch a 20 minute train to Liverpool Street. From there, the East End is easily accessible, or you can pick up the Elizabeth Line to get to central or West London. On-site are showers and toilets, laundry facilities, WiFi, a kids play area and a shop. Bikes and fire pits are available to hire and nearby are shops, cafes, a cinema and a leisure park. The surrounding area offers walking and cycling routes, nature reserves and watersports on the river.
Pitch+2: £35 per night (hardstanding with hook-up)
Open: All year
This scenic Camping and Caravanning Club site lies on the outskirts of Hertfordshire, but it still makes a great base for getting to London while enjoying a rural setting. Hertford East station is just a 20 minute walk from the site and from there visitors can catch a train straight to Liverpool Street. Within a half hour drive you’ll find Broxbourne Woods, Hatfield House and Park and the RSPB Rye Meads. The park offers a variety of secluded and spacious pitches with access to laundry facilities, showers and toilets, a shop, dishwashing area and a dedicated dog walk. Near the site you’ll find National Cycle Network routes and Balls Park.
Pitch+2: £30.50-£40 per night
Open: 11th February – TBC
Sitting on the edge of Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this picturesque family-run site is well-positioned for exploring London and the surrounding areas. The pretty town of Henley-on-Thames is a short walk from the site and there are plenty of walking and cycling routes nearby. For visitors looking to explore London, Henley on Thames station is a 20 minute walk from Swiss Farm and is serviced by a regular train to London Paddington. From there you can catch various tube lines to get around the city. The site itself is home to a heated outdoor swimming pool, showers and toilets, waste disposal facilities and a dog washing point.
If you’re heading to the Big Smoke, have a look at our South East travel guide for more info on the surrounding areas.
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