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) 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.
Currently the only council 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The park contains a number of barbecue stands in a specially designated area close to the cafe. Thanks to @LondonWebMaps for the tip.
Fred Wells Gardens
Not far from Clapham Junction station, between Battersea and Wandsworth bridges, is this tucked-away lesser-known park not far off the Thames. As of 2012, it gained a designated area where you can use your disposable barbecues.
Set right on the Putney riverside, this large open park was given a designated barbecue area at the same time, and is an ideal spot for grilling some fish by the water. Given the Thames is tidal here, it’s practically the sea, right?
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