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London Campsites

Camping is the cheapest way of staying in London. Unfortunately, there are no campsites in the centre of London (zone 1), or even in zone 2. The most central camping grounds are in north-east, south and south-east London (zones 3-8). Expect at least a 30-60 minute journey by tube or train to central London.

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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–£12 adult, £4–£6 child (minimum pitch fee £15–£24)
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. Bus 215 runs from the campsite to Walthamstow Central tube station.

Cost: £7.50–£12 adult, £4–£6 child (minimum pitch fee £15–£24)
Address: Sewardstone Rd, Chingford, London E4 7RA
Tel: 020 8529 5689
Transport: The site is close to Chingford train station (2.5 miles). Trains run to Liverpool St Station (approximately 18 minutes). Alternatively, take the 215 bus to Walthamstow Central underground station for the Victoria line to central London.
London Transport Zone: Chingford train station – Zone 5, Walthamstow Central – Zone 3
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. 60 pitches.

Cost: Pitch price £3.60–£7.70 plus £7.10–£9.70 per adult and £1–£4 per child
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: 31 March – 21 December 2017 (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. 18 pitches.

Cost: Pitch price £5.30–£10.60 plus £6.90–£10.70 per adult and £1–£4.30 per child
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 (Victoria line). It’s 15 minutes from Sydenham Hill train station to Victoria train station.
London Transport Zone: Zone 3
Open: All year. Unfortunately the site is up for redevelopement but will remain open until December 2019.

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: £20-£22 per 2 person tent, £24-30 per 4 person 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, Windsor 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

Another alternative is to camp in someone’s private gardens. campspace.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 slightly closer to central London.

London campsite map

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Last updated: 14 January 2019