Marlborough Sports Garden




Marlborough Sports Garden is a fantastic public open space a few minutes walk from London Bridge.

The history of the Marlborough Sports Garden owes its existence to Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, 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”. The park was opened in 1921.  

Nearly 100 years later this open space remains a valuable asset for Bankside and we aim to keep it that way.

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 to use, the park also has a football pitch, basketball facilities, table tennis tables, netball court, and of course seating for those who just want to sit and enjoy the scenery in this unique space.

Hiring Marlborough Sports Garden     

The Sports Garden is open from dawn to dusk and is free to use. It is possible to book the courts for private and community hire.

The pitches and sand court are available for hire. If you would like to book sports pitches from Monday to Friday 12-2pm or 5.30-9pm please email  or call 020 7501 8555. For pitch bookings at any other times please visit Open Play here.  

Pitch costs: Football - £60 per hour, Volleyball - £25 per hour, Netball court - £50 per hour.

It is also possible to hire the seated area (pagoda) and other areas of the Sports Garden for events and parties. To do this please use the form below. 

The whole Sports Garden can be hired out exclusively for events for full or half days. Hires of this type can only take place on a Friday. A half day exclusive hire is £1500, a full day costs £3000.   

11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD


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