Belair Park , SE21
A beautiful park packed full of historic heritage.
Belair Park is the only park in Southwark to have a grade II listed landscape, there are also listed structures within the park including the park lodge, entrance gate and an old stable building.
The original house was built around 1785 on an estate that consisted of two farms. It was probably built by Robert Adam (although this is uncertain) and had landscaped grounds. World War II left the grounds and the house in poor condition, Southwark Council then purchased the lease and had to rebuild the house from the ground up.
The estate was finally opened to the public in 1965 and went through all manner of uses (including changing rooms and ballet hall). The main house has now been turned into an upmarket restaurant. http://www.beauberryhouse.co.uk
If you don't fancy eating at the restaurant then the grounds are well worth a trip. Wildlife lovers will have fun trying to spot the numerous species of birds and bats that can be seen circling the lake around dusk. There is also a wildlife area by the lake containing native wildflowers and log-piles, ditches have been built here to encourage small mammals into the area.
Tennis courts are available and free to use (hooray!) and there also football and cricket pitches. These are available for bookings.