Most of us really enjoy the great outdoors. And unlike a lot of European cities – London is full of secluded green spots.
Some of us city bods like a brisk walk along the River Thames, a quick pint in a beer garden or little trip down to the local farmers market.
And other Londoners like to take a trip down to their local dogging spot for some intimate fun with a bunch of strangers.
Doggers engage in or watch sexual activity in a public place and although the ‘hobby’ sounds crass, it’s probably happening closer to home than you might think
And it seems that there are no shortage of people prepared to indulge in a spot of dogging and South London appears to be the friskiest location to grab a bit of the alfresco action.
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A host of websites list the “best” spots for doggers to engage in the intimate pastime.
Some of the spots include a famous landmark, next to a royal household and a supermarket car park, I guess it’s true that mums do go to Iceland!
So here’s a list of the places you might want – or not – to avoid!
Biggin Hill, Bromley
According to one site the public toilets in Leaves Green is a popular spot for those who enjoy “dogging all day”, we’ll take their word for it.
Kenley Common , Caterham
One website suggests Fridays and Saturdays are the times to visit, adding that “there is a wooded area and so hiding places to have some fun”.
Blackhorse Lane, Woodside
Apparently there is a spot close to the tram stop that’s a favourite meeting place. Maybe it is best not to look out of the window next time you are passing on the tram!
Coombe Lane, Croydon
One reviewer advises on exactly how to get on all the action at Coombe Lane: “Look for Oaks Lane on the left. Turn left and immediately turn into a dirt car parking area. Walk away from the entrance towards a brick structure at the end, on the right are a couple of paths into the bushes and some clearings with plenty of evidence of action”. We will leave you to imagine what such evidence might look like.
Jubilee Country Park, Petts Wood, Bromley
A user on one site said the car park in the woods is used for “fun” during the day and in the early evening. If you say so.
Crystal Palace Park
One excited reviewer exclaims: “This is a perfect place for dogging. Go down Anerley Hill just after Crystal Palace Museum is an entrance on your left to the park. There is a barrier up so you need to park up in Anerley Hill, walk into the park and on the left is a wooded area. It is very dark.” At least that suggests they aren’t visiting during daylight hours!
South Norwood Country Park
One desperate writer says that this is a perfect spot for “low key sex” but complains that there are “too many men – we need a lot more women”. The life of a dogger is never easy.
Purley Way, Croydon
This tipster recommends a small woodland car park off Purley Way. We can’t picture where that would be. Which is maybe for the best.
Bromley College car park, Bromley
Apparently the college green is popular spot.
Harvington Woods, Beckenham
This is described as a new spot. One to watch perhaps as it rises up the, er, pecking order.
Victoria Park, Bow
This East London spot is close to the Olympic Stadium. Fortunately dogging hasn’t made into on to the list of Olympic sports just yet.
Think of the things those poor Wombles must have seen.
Bromley Common, Bromley
There are over 300 frisky doggers who advertise themselves as regulars to the Bromley Common love making site.
Trent Park, Enfield
One tipster tells fellow dogging fans that there are five car parks to choose from in this part of North London and even recommends their favourite. Well, it’s nice to be spoilt for choice.
One reviewer says there is a “very discreet” spot where they have had “car sex” several times. Perhaps it’s not so discreet now you’ve shared the details on the internet, though.
Foots Cray, Bexley
Best time to visit? “Woods on the side of the road, Friday and Saturday nights after 11 said one used on Swinger Nation. Thanks for the heads-up!
Michenden car park, Southgate
An inquisitive follower of one website asked what time was best on a Saturday night at this spot. Nobody replied. Bless.
Lea Valley ice skating rink car park , Leyton
One proud reviewer brags that they’ve never been caught at this spot. Yet, my friend. Yet.
Surrey Quays Leisure Park
Apparently there is a spot near the cafe where there are no security cameras. And there we were thinking your average dogger would have thrived on the extra thrill of being on CCTV!
A younger crowd is promised here – although we don’t know how that translates to in dogging years!
Burgess Park , Southwark
Apparently the regeneration of the park has led to a plethora of prime spots for doggers to choose from. When the planners designed the revamp we doubt that was their intention.
The O2, Greenwich
Being a busy area, especially on weekends, it be a surprise to learn the car park at The O2 sometimes is used by doggers who advertise their activities on one site.
One reviewer recommends a lay-by on the eastbound A40 just after it ceases to be the M40. There’s a spot not to break down.
Near the tennis courts is the place to go. That brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “new balls please” .
Apparently there are “lots of places” in Beckton, including the Sainsbury’s car park by the recycling bins. Well, it’s nice to be known for something.
How did we guess that this would be on the list?
Iceland supermarket, Petts Wood
The rear of the supermarket car park doesn’t have much surveillance going on in form of CCTV meaning this spot is the perfect haven for doggers who arrive in the early hours, apparently.
Supposedly you will find couples looking on a Sunday night. Well, it beats watching Antiques Roadshow.
Commons seem to be, erm, common spots for dogging.
Tooting Bec Common
One tipster says he had a great time here. We imagine they just met for a chat and a coffee.
Oxleas Wood, Greenwich
One user says there is “good couples dogging action” and was a “well kept secret”. It all happens in the car park at the top of Shooters Hill in case you were wondering.
Victoria Gardens, Woolwich
The place to be for younger doggers according to one user.
Alexandra Palace car park
This is where the World Darts Championships are held and is apparently the perfect spot for doggers looking to hit a bullseye.
Nugent retail park, Orpington
We thought this place was handy for a quick Nandos, turns out there are “some good sessions at the back by the bridge” according to one user.
This spot is apparently “becoming busier”.
Mottingham sports fields, Bromley
The massive field leads into a very woodland area making it a “very secluded’ spot according to users. But sounds creepy to me.
Well, with a name like that, it just had to be.
This one is right next to Buckingham Palace. So you can combine sightseeing with dogging. What a day out.
One helpful tipster says that you will catch “occasional couples putting on a show”. I’ll cancel those theatre tickets then.