Where can you have a BBQ in London parks and what are the local rules?

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People enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, on Wednesday (Yui Mok/PA). (PA Wire)
People enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, on Wednesday (Yui Mok/PA). (PA Wire)

As the weather heats up in the capital, many Londoners will be wondering where they can have a BBQ with friends.

Many London boroughs do not allow BBQs in their public spaces and some of the capital’s green spaces also have limits on the amount of people allowed at picnics without asking permission.

BBQs are not allowed in any of London’s royal parks which include St James’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Greenwich Park.

So what can you do in your local area?

Research from Barratt London has revealed some of the public parks where BBQs are allowed.

These are Waterlow Highgate Park, Camden, which allows BBQs, so long as they are not disposable, in two areas of the park, and they must be extinguished by 7pm.

The borough’s Cantelowes Gardens also allows barbecues in designated areas under similar rules.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Inn Fields also has designated areas but similarly BBQs must be over by dusk and disposable BBQs are not allowed.

The same is true of BBQs in Russell Square, according to the research.

In Burgess Park in Southwark, BBQs are allowed in designated areas but must be finished by 9pm.

You must also ask for permission to host a barbecue in any structure providing shade, such as a gazebo.

In the borough of Sutton, barbeques can be used at Roundshaw Downs and Roundshaw Park but only on designated stands.

Two stands are available on a first come first served basis.

For picnics, the royal parks have varying limits on numbers before permission must be asked and fees become potentially liable.

These range from a limit of 20 people at Green Park up to 40 people at Richmond Park.

The BBQ rules in each London borough

Barking and Dagenham - No barbeques are allowed within Barking and Dagenham’s parks and green spaces. 

Barnet - Barnet Council does not permit barbeques in any of the borough’s parks. 

Bexley - To protect parks, Bexley Borough Council has banned barbeques in the borough’s green spaces.

Brent - Brent Council has urged people not to have barbeques after a barbeque melted holes in a bench earlier this year. Breaching this order can lead to a £100 fine.

Bromley - Following a spate of grass fires, barbeques are not allowed in Bromley Borough parks.

Camden - The council permits barbeques between April 11 and September 20 only and in certain areas. You must also only use approved barbeque fuel or firelighters.

Croydon - Barbeques are not permitted in any of Croydon’s parks or green spaces.

Ealing - Barbeques are not allowed within Ealing’s parks or green spaces.

Enfield - It is illegal to have a barbeque in a park or open space in Enfield. Police and community officers enforce these bylaws, say council officials.

Greenwich - The use of a barbeque or any form of open fire in any of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s parks and open spaces is forbidden. 

Hackney - Barbeques are not allowed in any of Hackney's parks.

Hammersmith and Fulham - Barbeques and open fires are not allowed in any of the Hammersmith and Fulham parks and open spaces unless part of an authorised event with special conditions. 

Haringey - Council have urged people not to barbeque in their parks.

Harrow - Barbeques are not allowed in any parks or green areas within the borough of Harrow.

Havering - As well as camping, barbeques and any other form of open fires are not allowed in green spaces controlled by the council.

Hillingdon - Barbeques and fires are not allowed in any of Hillingdon’s parks or surrounding woods.

Hounslow - Hounslow has a permanent ban on barbeques in all of their parks.

Islington - The council banned barbeques during lockdown. They are currently reviewing this policy but currently, they remain banned.

Kensington and Chelsea - The council does not permit open fires or barbeques in any circumstances.

Kingston - Kingston Council does not have any areas designated for public barbeques and they do not encourage or permit barbeques in any of their parks.  

Lambeth - Barbeques are not allowed in Lambeth parks or green spaces.

Lewisham - After a number of fires caused by barbeques and cigarettes, barbeques are not allowed in any of Lewisham’s parks or green spaces, say council officials.

Merton - To protect the park and local wildlife, Merton Council does not permit the use of barbecues or open fires in any of its parks and open spaces.

Newham - Barbeques are not allowed in any of the Newham Borough Council’s parks.

Redbridge - Barbeques are not allowed in any of the parks that fall under Redbridge Council.

Richmond upon Thames - Lighting fires or using barbeques in any of Richmond upon Thames’ parks and open spaces is against local bylaws and people who do so can be fined.

Southwark - The only park in Southwark where you can have a barbeque is Burgess Park.

Sutton - Barbeques can be used at Roundshaw Downs and Roundshaw Park. Barbeques are only permitted on one of two designated stands.

Tower Hamlets - This council also does not allow BBQs in their parks and open spaces.

Waltham Forest - Council officials said that barbeques and loud parties are not allowed within any of their green spaces or parks. Gathering in large groups is also not allowed.

Wandsworth - Barbeques are not permitted in any of Wandsworth’s parks and commons.

Westminster - Barbeques of any kind are not allowed within the City of Westminster’s parks.

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