Where Can't You Fly A Kite In London?

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 26 months ago
Where Can't You Fly A Kite In London?
Photo: Barney Moss

Autumn's here and with it comes a stiff breeze or two — so perfect kite-flying weather then.

We were going to bring you a list of the best places in London to fly a kite*, but that just seemed too obvious. Instead, we looked at the places in London where you can't fly a kite. Just in case you ever fancy busting out the strings at Oxford Circus or in the middle of the A13.

The basic rules for flying a kite, anywhere, are as follows:

  • Don't fly your kite more than 60 metres off the ground.
  • If you're close to an aerodrome, airport or flight path, don't fly your kite more than 30 metres off the ground.
  • Don't fly your kite in stormy weather.
  • Don't fly your kite near power lines or roads.

So, apart from that and provided you're not in the vicinity of Heathrow, City Airport or any other airports, or any roads, you should be OK. But there's more.

According to the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, it is illegal to fly a kite in "any street, to the obstruction, annoyance, or danger of the residents or passengers." In other words, don't make a nuisance of yourself with kite in hand, which probably rules out any Oxford Circus dreams you may have been harbouring. Sorry about that. Best stick to London's parks and green spaces for kite-flying purposes.

*If you're at all interested in what that list would have looked like, it's something like this, as suggested by our readers:

  • Hampstead Heath (Parliament Hill specifically)
  • Blackheath
  • Streatham Common
  • Primrose Hill
  • Crystal Palace Park
  • Brockwell Park
  • Morden Park

Other suggestions in the comments, please.

See also: our photo gallery of kites in London

Last Updated 02 September 2015

Harry Kobeans

Horsenden Hill, between Perivale and Sudbury.

NORTHOLT999

Northala Hills, Northolt, West London

JW

Alexandra Palace, home of the first ever Cody Kite , manned kite flight. A lot quieter than Parliament/ Kite Hill in Hampstead, but an equal number of dog walkers. Good at any time but can be waterlogged in the winter.
Home of North London Kiteflyers, a Facebook group. For map and details of other sites in London see.

http://www.kitemap.org/find-ki...

In South London, Blackheath Common has a flying area. As does Victoria Park in Hackney.. Check local notices for designated flying areas. Generally static flying is allowed (simple kites with one line) but using kite buggies or boards may be restricted (as they are in the flying area in Richmond Park.)

Dorothy(Dot)Commie

Blackheath has wide open space where Kite Festivals used to be held. Viewing Kiter-kids 'highflying their stuff' was a great treat to see and spend a summer picnic enjoying the show of amazing professional acrobatic kiters and ordinary kids flying their kites. Unfortunately, local doleful resident and other wimpy curmudgeons have complained, and summertime Blackheath kite festivals have been banned. What an absolute shame that local grumpy 'hole dwellers' can put a stop to 'Reach For The Sky Highflyers'?