"London Fields"
London Fields at twilight
Public DomainLondon Fields at twilight - Credit: Fin Fahey

London Fields is the name of a park in Hackney, east London. The surrounding area is also known by the same name. Roughly 31 acres in size, the park was first recorded in 1540 as an open area used for grazing cattle. Today it boasts a cricket pitch (used since the early nineteenth century), outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, play areas and bike paths and holds regular markets at the weekend. In recent years it has been the unfortunate location of some of London's gun crime involving local gang members.