Camping is the cheapest way of staying in London. Unfortunately, there are no camping grounds in central London (zone 1), or even in zone 2. The most central campsites are in north-east, south and south-east London (zones 3-8), so expect at least a 30-60 minute journey by tube or train to central London.
A good alternative is to camp in someone’s gardens. campinmygarden.com put you in touch with Londoner’s who’ll let you pitch your tent on their property. It won’t be cheaper than the campsites listed below, but you might find something closer to central London.
Scroll to the bottom for a map of London campsites.
Camping in North East London
Lee Valley Camping & Caravan Park
Suburban location, next to a cinema complex and an 18 hole golf course. Regular buses (W8) to the nearest train station. Free WiFi.
Cost: £7.50–£11.50 adult, £2.50–£5.50 child (minimum pitch fee £14.50–£22.50)
Address: Meridian Way, Edmonton, London N9 0AS
Tel: 020 8803 6900
Transport: Edmonton Green train station (1.5 miles). Trains run to Liverpool St station (approximately 25 minutes) or get off at Seven Sisters to connect with the underground (Victoria line)
London Transport Zone: Zone 4
Open: All year
Lee Valley Campsite
On the edge of the River Lee Country Park and near to Epping Forest and historic Waltham Abbey. Regular buses to Walthamstow Central tube station (215).
Cost: £7.50–£11.50 adult, £2.50-£5.50 child (minimum pitch fee £14.50–£22.50)
Address: Sewardstone Rd, Chingford, London E4 7RA
Tel: 020 8529 5689
Transport: The site is nearer to Chingford train station (2.5 miles), but it’s cheaper to take a bus to Walthamstow Central underground/train station (5 miles). Trains run to Liverpool St Station (approximately 18 minutes). The underground takes approximately 25 minutes to Oxford Circus (Victoria line)
London Transport Zone: Walthamstow central – Zone 3. Chingford train station – Zone 5
Open: 1 March–31 January (closed in February)
Camping in South East London
Abbey Wood Caravan Club Tent Site
Surprisingly rural campsite set in landscaped grounds full of mature trees. Convenient for visiting Greenwich and central London and a 10 minute walk to the nearest train station.
Cost: Pitch price £11–£17 plus £7–£9.20 adults, £2.10–£3.80
Address: Federation Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 0LS
Tel: 020 8311 7708
Transport: Abbey Wood train station (0.4 miles). 35 minutes by train to central London.
London Transport Zone: Zone 4
Open: 18 March – 6 November 2016 (camping)
Camping in South London
Crystal Palace Caravan Club Tent Site
Small forest-like campsite in Crystal Palace Park in South London . Plenty of transport options to/from central London.
Cost: Pitch price £11–£17 plus £7–£9.40 adults, £2.10–£3.80
Address: Crystal Palace Parade, London, SE19 1UF
Tel: 020 8778 7155
Transport: Number 3 bus runs directly to central London, or get off at Brixton tube station on the way and continue by the underground. It’s 15 minutes from Sydenham Hill train station to Victoria station.
London Transport Zone: Zone 3
Open: 1 May – 30 September 2016
Camping outside London
Highclere Farm Park
Lovely rural site, convenient for visiting Legoland, the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden & the surrounding Chiltern Hills.
Cost: £15-£30 per tent
Address: Newbarn Lane, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2QZ
Tel: 01494 874505
Transport: Seer Green is the nearest train station (1.5 miles), but it’s cheaper to travel to/from London from Chalfont & Latimer tube/train station (4 miles). Trains to Marylebone station take 35 minutes.
London Transport Zone: Chalfont & Latimer – Zone 8. Seer Green station is outside the London Transport zone.
Open: March–January (closed in February)
Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Tent Site
A pretty riverside site south-west of London. Perfect if you have a car and want to visit Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures or Legoland.
Cost: Contact them for prices
Address: Bridge Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8JX
Tel: 01932 562405
Transport: Chertsey (1.5 miles), Shepperton (2.5 miles) or Weybridge (3.5 miles) train stations. Direct trains to London run from Shepperton station (53 minutes) and Weybridge (30–40 minutes). A change is required from Chertsey station (approx 1 hour). Weybridge station has good parking facilities.
London Transport Zone: This site is outside the London Transport zone area. You will pay more to visit central London by public transport compared to the other campsites listed above.
Open: All year
London campsite map
Last updated: 17 October 2016