The Marlborough Sports Garden

Marlborough Sports Garden is a fantastic public open space in the heart of London, a few minutes walk from London Bridge. It is managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust who took over the management of the space from Southwark Council and it is now part of a growing network of green spaces looked after by BOST.

A Place For Everyone

The Sports Garden is used by the local community who value it for the role it plays in promoting the health and wellbeing of residents and as a rare outdoor space providing much-needed access to physical activity, sport, and leisure pursuits. Available for everyone living and working in SE1 to use, it has a football pitch, sand court, basketball hoop, table tennis, patball wall and seating for those who just want to sit and enjoy the scenery.

History of the site

Marlborough Sports Garden owes its existence to Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough who decreed that ‘surplus land from an insanitary area between Borough High Street and Red Cross Street should be used as a recreation ground’. 100 years later this open space remains a valuable asset for Bankside and we aim to keep it that way.

Future Developments

Following a consultation with the local community and stakeholders, a masterplan for the future development of the Sports Garden has been agreed and the first phase of its implementation will begin in the autumn of 2016. The plan includes upgrades to the boundaries of the sand court, a new state of the art netball court, improved seating areas, and new planting with much more to follow later.


Hire of the Spaces

The Sports Garden is open from dawn to dusk and is free to use. It is possible to book the court for private and community hire, however to ensure access for everybody there is a cap on the days and times of hire. While private hire is possible, we aim to make the Sports Garden as accessible as possible and preference is given to clubs and teams whose sessions are open to the local community.

During the late spring and summer months we operate free Stay-n-Play sessions from 3.00-5.00 pm where equipment and help to get games such as string tennis, four square, hopscotch, and patball started is on hand. An after-school sports programme is run 3-5 days a week featuring coached sports such as football and tennis, at low cost and with a number of free spaces available.

The pitch, sand court, table tennis, and patball are available for hire 6.00-9.00 pm. It is also possible to hire the seated area (pagoda) and other areas of the Sports Garden for events and parties. To obtain a schedule of our current prices please send an enquiry to the relevant email below:
For enquiries about sports hire contact
For enquiries about events hire contact

For information about our current activities and a weekly schedule of bookings please visit our noticeboards at the front and back entrances of the Sports Garden.

The Marlborough Sports Garden 11-25 Union St, London, SE1 1SD