Burgess Park is situated in the London Borough of Southwark, in an area between Camberwell, and Walworth and Peckham. At 46ha (113 acres), it is one of the largest parks in Southeast London.
Unlike most other parks in London, Burgess Park was carved out of a highly built-up area of the city. Virtually all the land now occupied by the park was previously housing, industry and transport infrastructure.
The idea for Burgess Park came out of the 1943 Abercrombie plan for open spaces in London, and the land has been gradually assembled and landscaped over the subsequent decades, first by the London County Council, then the Greater London Council, and since the mid-1980s, the London Borough of Southwark.