If we were rating our favourite parks in London it would be difficult to not put Victoria Park at the top. The place has everything - canals, mini golf, a selection of fine pubs and by several markets. And on top of that Hackney is minutes away for street art and other interesting bars.
things of interest in the park
For keen observers of quirky things in the park, look no further than the Pagoda and the interesting sculptures by the boating lake. On the East side of the park you will also find some ancient relics of Old London Bridge.
From a more modern perspective, there now seems to be an interesting mini golf area to the North of the Park put on by Plonk Golf (360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT | Website).
the secret village
One of the best things about Victoria Park is the 'secret village' to the North suitably titled Victoria Park Village. We will go out on a limb and say it is one of the best roundabouts in London with amazing retailers all around.
Try The Lauriston (162 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JN | 020 8985 5404 | Website) or Hector and Noble (233-235 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7HD | 020 8533 3976 | Website) for pubs and The Deli Downstairs (211 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JN | 020 8533 5006 | Website) or Loafing (79 Lauriston Rd, London E9 7HJ | 020 8986 0777 | Website) for coffee, light bites or to compile a picnic. You won't be disappointed.
Once you have spent some time on the grass it is easy to head to nearby street food outlets or craft breweries.
Walk along the canal to Broadway Market and the breweries of London Fields. Or grab a Sadiq Cycle/Boris Bike and head to Chatsworth Road Market in Dalston. More here on Chatsworth Road. And here for Broadway Market.
on to hackney
There are plenty of quirky bars and offerings in Hackney as you might expect. But Hackney covers a large amount of space. Here the best options east and west of Victoria Park.
Looking west of the park we would recommend the Cat and Mutton (76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ | 020 7249 6555 | Website) for your more authentic pub or the outright weird Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History (11 Mare St, London E8 4RS | 020 7998 3617 | Website).
To the east we would recommend Number 90 (90 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN | 020 8986 0090 | Website) on the banks of the canal. It is an interesting space with pieces of art to look at, good beers to drink and a selection of food.