The Shaftesbury’s Big Catch: A collection of the best places to go fishing around London

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A big city like London might not seem the most obvious choice for those seeking the peace and tranquillity of fishing, but in actuality it contains many fantastic spaces for getting away from it all to fish. Whether you want to spend the day by the water or just seek some solace for a few hours, here are some of our top picks for indulging in a spot of fishing during your visit. Just grab your rod, a refreshment or two and your bait and you’re good to go.

Clapham Common Ponds

Clapham Common Ponds

One of the best spots in the city for scoring a great catch with a view, Clapham Common Ponds are sometimes quite busy with fellow enthusiasts all staking their claim in the hope of reeling in a big fish. If possible, plan to arrive early for the best chances of getting a great spot to set up camp. There are three different ponds to choose from, so why not make a few different visits to try them out? It’s an approximate 40-minute trip on the Tube from the Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch to Clapham Common.

Popular species of fish caught at Clapham Common Ponds include Carp, Bream and Roach.

Find out more about the ponds and plot your journey here.

Bedfont Lakes

Bedfont Lakes

Bedfont Lakes Country Park has some of the best coarse fishing in the capital, and is most noted for its Carp. Booking in advance is required so you’ll need to plan your visit ahead of time. To find out how to book and to discuss your requirements, contact the Bedfont Lakes fishery team at the official website.

Perch Pond

Perch Pond

One of the most popular and highly acclaimed fishing venues in the UK, Perch Pond provides a wide variety of coarse fish including Gudgeon, Dace and Perch.

Fishing is available at the pond free of charge. The pond is also accessible whilst staying at Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch. Find out more about the venue here.

Birchmere Lake

This eleven-acre lake fetches carp up to 30lbs, making it an ideal fishery for anyone looking for a big catch! Perch and bream are also regularly caught here, and pike up to 20lb have also been seen, with the British Record for largest pike caught at Birchmere Lake standing at 41lbs. Find out more about the cost of fishing here at the official website.

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Fishing at Walthamstow’s reservoir network requires a permit, but it is a rewarding pond for those who persevere – including not only species of carp and bream, but other popular variations such as eels and pike.

Find out more about fishing at the reservoirs here.

Tooting Common Pond

A rewarding and well-established pond beloved by local anglers, Tooting Common Pond is home to all manner of fish species. The venue requires a fishing permit with a fishing season running from June – March yearly.

Find out more about how to fish at Tooting Common Pond online.