01 October 2016 | 10 °C

Food | By: Ben Norum

Where To Barbecue In London Parks

Where To Barbecue In London Parks
By Peter Photographic from the Londonist Flickr Pool

Updated May 2016

Few of us in London are lucky enough to have gardens, so if we fancy a barbecue then we need to be more creative about where to hold it. While pesky by-laws banning the barbecue in most green spaces across the capital don’t seem to stop everyone, finding somewhere legit to light-up is no mean feat.

Here’s some inspiration on where to sizzle those sausages in the form of a few parks (mostly in Islington and Camden) where barbecuing is allowed, at least in designated areas. We wish there were more.

We’re sure there are some privately owned spots around London where barbecuing is just fine. If you know of any, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list.

Camden

One of only two councils in London to allow barbecues in all its parks, wonderful Camden Council has issued some helpful guidelines for barbecuers (Pdf). Remember though that it doesn't manage Hampstead Heath or Regents Park and Primrose Hill and barbecues are strictly not permitted at these sites.

Why not head to one of these:

Waterlow Park

Up high with wonderful panoramic views, this is a top spot for cooking up some delicious barbecue grub and enjoying the vista (plus it's next to Hampstead Heath, where you can't barbecue, so makes a great alternative).

Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Yes - you can barbecue in central London! Because this wonderful green space a stone's throw from Holborn station is technically within Camden's remit, you can get your barbie on with impunity.

Islington

The other of only two councils in London to have lifted its blanket barbecue ban, any green space in Islington is fair game for firing up — so long as you do so responsibly. These are a few of the best spots.

Highbury Fields
Mere minutes from Highbury & Islington station, this tree-lined 29 acre park has swimming and fitness facilities, an orchard and a children’s play area complete with sandpits to entertain, as well as the option of a barbecue.

Caledonian Park
Complete with basketball court, woodland areas, this Darwin Trail and a Grade II listed clocktower, there’s plenty to see in this park near Caledonian Road station. In between eating your sausages, of course.

Gillespie Park
Large, bridged ponds and overgrown grass make this park in the shadow of Arsenal football stadium feel much more rural than it is. Parts of it are a designated nature reserve, so be careful where you light up.

Hackney

London Fields
A large swathe of these ever-busy fields towards the Broadway Market end are designated as barbecue-friendly. There’s even a handy map to show you exactly where.

Southwark

Burgess Park
There are eight purpose-built barbecues and 10 more spots for disposable ones built around the picturesque fishing lake of this Camberwell park, and the area can get a communal smoky buzz of a sunny day.

Sutton

Beddington Park
The park contains a number of barbecue stands in a specially designated area close to the cafe. Thanks to @LondonWebMaps for the tip.

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Last Updated 01 October 2016

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Charlie

Thanks for making this, really helped my summer plans :)

Kasia

BBQs not permitted in Fred Wells Gardens anymore.

fdsfsd

Wandsworth Park no anymore!

harysmith

I also wanna say thanks for this and because through this I have also get some informative stuff and would like to say all must read this at least once.