Open BST10.00-18.00/BWT10:00-16:00Monday-Sunday

Closed 24-25 December, Jan 1st 12-16:00

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The Cafe

Set among acres of beautifully landscaped parkland in Upper Clapton, Springfield Park Cafe lives in a Grade-II listed building known locally as The White Lodge Mansion. Together with the park, we are deemed one of East London's 'hidden treasures'.


We opened our doors in 2003 as 'Spark Cafe' with the aim of establishing a warm, relaxing and child-friendly place for our diverse local community. Time Out describes us as having a 'homely charm' and our staff as 'accommodating and mellow' (June 2011).


Come and enjoy our delicious food and drinks, look at our indoor display of paintings featuring local artists, or simply take in the gorgeous views from our tea lawns.


There is both indoor and outdoor seating. We have free Wi-Fi, baby changing facilities (women's toilets), colouring sheets for the kids, and occasionally live music and special events - sign-up to our Mailing List for details. If you would like to exhibit your art at the cafe, contact us in person or email us your details.


We are open every day of the week, including bank holidays, although we do close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our opening hours are 10.00-16.00 in the Winter (October-March) and 10.00-18.00 in the Summer (April-September).


We now also accept credit and debit cards.


Customers are welcome to hire white plastic tables and chairs for their activities in the park. Hire charges £7 for each table and £3 for each chair between the hours of 11:00-17:00. Deposit asked £15 for each tables, £8 for each chair. Once the furnitures returned intact, deposit will be paid back, incase damaged deposite will be used for furnitures to be replaced.


Working at the Cafe

Working here can be demanding, but it is also fun and rewarding. We offer flexible working, free meals during the working day and various perks to staff members who remain with us for over a year. If you are interested in working at the cafe and have your Food & Hygiene certificate, please email us or drop off a copy of your CV together with a brief covering letter about why you'd like to work with us.


About the park

Springfield Park opened as a public park in 1905 and takes its name from its unique geology. It was formed from the grounds of three private houses, of which only Springfield House -  where the cafe is housed - now remains.


Managed by Hackney Council, the Park is approximately 40 acres in size and contains areas of both gardens and conservation areas. It also has extensive views across Walthamstow Marshes.


The park was awarded a Green Flag award in 2010, which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. Recently, the park added a new play area that focuses on natural play. Located in the centre of the park, it provides traditional play elements, as well as table tennis and three outdoor chessboards.