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Camping In London: 5 Best Campsites Inside The M25

Can you really go camping in London? These awesome campsites are all within the M25

Camping holidays in London do exist, you just need to know where to look… Photo: iStock

Camping in London isn’t something you might not have considered before. However, if you are a looking to spend your holiday in London, camping might be the most affordable way to do it.

We’ve already given you the best remote campsites in the UK as well as beginner friendly campsites and best campsites for surfers.

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Now we’ve put together five of the best campsites in London. They are all within the M25 motorway, so you can be sure it won’t take you long to get to the capital’s centre.

If you need advice on what to bring, read our camping equipment guide here as well as a specific camping stove guide here.

Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park

You can sleep in one of these pods at Lee Valley. Photo: Lee Valley Caravan Park

Lee Valley Campsite is ideal if you want to pitch your tent near London. It’s set in the middle of the River Lee Country Park – and it’s only 30 minutes from central London by public transport.

There are dozens of caravan and tent pitch sites as well as wooden pods (or cocoons) and cabins to sleep in. Also there is 1,000 acres of traffic-free cycling and hiking trails to explore plus it’s a great place for white water rafting.

Visit the Lee Valley Campsite website for more information.

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Walton on Thames Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Llama trekking in London? They’ve got everything at the Walton on Thames campsite. Photo: Walton on Thames Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Located near Hampton Court Palace, the Walton on Thames campsite is leafy and spacious campsite, despite being within the M25.

It’s just a 45 minute ride on the train into central London. If you want to stay in the area, there are plenty of walks along the river, llama trekking, golf and horse riding nearby.

There’s even a pick-your own fruit and vegetable site (during summer season) just ten minutes drive away.

Visit the Walton On Thames campsite website for more information.

Abbey Wood Caravan Club Campsite

Looking for a campsite near London? Look no further… Photo: visitlondon.com

Abbey Wood Campsite is an ideal setting for campers wanting to get into London quickly.

Nestled near Greenwich, you can get on a boat on the River Thames and travel to Tower Bridge, Westminster, Kew, Richmond and Hampton Court. The train will also get you into London in 35 minutes.

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It’s open all year round, but we would recommend booking your camping holiday in advance as it can get booked up quickly.

Visit the Abbey Wood Campsite website for more information.

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Campsite

You can be in central London in 45 minutes from this campsite. Photo: Martin_und_Moni via. TripAdvisor

Crystal Palace campsite is just a short walk from the centre of Crystal Palace and you can easily get a bus or train from here to central London in 45 minutes.

The staff are friendly, the facilities are clean and visitors come back time and again because they like it so much.

Visit the Crystal Palace Campsite website for more information.

Theobalds Park Camping and Caravanning Club Campsite

This campsite is just 15 miles from London. Photo: Theobalds Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Just north of London, you’ll find Theobalds Park, a great campsite just inside the M25 motorway near the Lee Valley Country Park and Epping Forest.

It’s a perfect place to explore London from as it’s only 15 miles from the capital centre. Just catch a train from Waltham Cross and you can be at the Houses of Parliament in under an hour.

Visit the Theobalds Park Campsite website for more information.

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