Albert Road Recreation Ground

Albert Road, N22.


  • Pavilion and café with toilets
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Play area
  • Trim trail
  • Football and rugby pitches
  • Bowling green
  • Petanque terrain
  • Woodland
  • Wildlife pond
  • Oliver Tambo memorial garden with bust and life-size/lifelike statue
  • Staff Depot
  • Wheelchair Friendly

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Green Flag Award 2006

Albert Road Recreation Ground first won the prestigious Green Flag award in 2006 and has retained it ever since.

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About Your Park

A century ago, Albert Road Rec was an area of land with a brook running through it and with no housing anywhere nearby. As the land around it became developed for housing in the 1900s, Albert Road Recreation Ground changed from an informal open space into, by 1925, a formal recreation ground with tennis, bowling, a pavilion and later mini golf and a café.

Set in a very residential area of Haringey, with two schools backing on to the perimeter of the Park, Green Flag award winning Albert Road Recreation Ground is incredibly popular with both adults and children of all ages.

Albert Rec received a Safer Park gold award from the Mayor of London in 2011 and it became a Queen Elizabeth II designated park at the end of 2011 gaining protection in perpetuity.

To find out more about the management of Albert Road Recreation Ground, please read the  Albert Road Rec Management Plan 2020 (PDF, 3.4MB)

Oliver Tambo

The site has a memorial to Oliver Tambo, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner who lived near the Rec in his exile years.

Oliver Tambo, was a South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991.

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Pavilion Sports and Café

Within the vast expanse of the green open space is the popular and much loved Pavilion Café. Providing a community focal point often used for meetings and parties, it is also home to Haringey Tennis (external link) an organisation that manages and takes bookings for the Park's very popular tennis courts. In 2010 the site was awarded Beacon status from the Tennis Foundation in recognition of its high quality, affordable community tennis programmes.

The Pavilion Café's terrace provides the perfect viewing point to watch the regular football and Aussie Rules football that takes place on the playing field throughout the year. Since The Pavilion has been open its presence has lead to a signifiant reduction in crime and ASB in the park through the provision of sporting and diversionary activities.

Albert Road Rec has many facilities. The brightly coloured playground is a favourite for the younger children and the tennis and basketball keep people of all ages entertained. The old bowling green and pavilion now offer the community a variety of events and activities organised by the Pavilion Café.

To find out more about what’s on offer, please contact them directly by dropping into the café within the park, visiting the Pavilion Sports and Café website (external link), or calling them on 020 8365 8889.

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Latest Projects

  • A new statue to commemorate the life of Oliver Tambo was unveiled on 27 October 2019, which would have been his 102nd birthday and also marked 25 years of freedom for South Africa. The launch event was attended by dignitaries from South Africa including the South African Ambassador and the South African High Commissioner
  • We are currently working on a project to upgrade the play area at the same time as addressing some of the flooding issues at the site
  • Recently completed works to address asset repairs to bins, benches, paths, railings etc.
  • We are also exploring the option of adding an out door gym

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Albert Road Recreation Ground
Albert Road
N22 7XL

Page Last Updated:

1 December 2020

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