London Fields

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London Fields is a park and the name of an area of London, situated in the eastern borough of Hackney. The park itself was first recorded in 1540. At this time it was common ground and was used by drovers to pasture their livestock before taking them to market in London.

London Fields is just over in extent; about one-third of its original size. It is north-east of Charing Cross.

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London Fields sports a cricket pitch, lido (the only heated outdoor 50 metre swimming pool in London), grass areas, a small BMX track, tennis courts, a table tennis table and two children's play areas. London Fields received a Green Flag award in July 2008.Hackney Today 188 21 July 2008 A much-used cycle path runs from the Pub on the Park to Broadway Market. London Fields also has a railway station linking it to Hackney Downs and to Liverpool Street in the City. The Pub on the Park is the starting point for the annual Dunwich Dynamo night cycle ride.

Every Saturday, a wide variety of producers from around the country take part in the very popular market selling quality produce including a huge array of hot foods, complemented by many others selling hand-made jewellery, gifts, childrenswear and vintage clothing. Every Sunday, the local London Fields Primary School now hosts the London Fields Farmers' Market and there is a crafts market adjacent to the building next door.

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