Everyone loves a good BBQ, but unfortunately, in a big city, this usually means paying for it in a bar or restaurant. So for all you BBQ fanatics out there, we have compiled this quick guide about BBQ friendly parks in London!
Apart from Islington, who have now opened some of their parks to allow BBQs, all royal parks in London and most boroughs of London do not allow BBQs. Therefore, most of the parks and green areas that allow BBQs are on the outskirts of London; the majority with allocated BBQ areas so not to disturb others using the park.
All parks that allow BBQs state that you should not use the foil BBQs, but ones that stand away from the ground so not to burn the parks grass. However, always take care when having a BBQ and make sure you do not leave any burning BBQs unattended.
1. Burgess Park
Tube Station: Peckham Rye
Burgess Park has two central areas near to the lake that are designed for BBQs, with facilities for disposable BBQs or the option to bring coal and use the BBQs the park provides. The park also has the added bonus of being super picturesque.
2. Beddington Park
Where: Borough of Sutton
Train Station: Hackbridge
Although technically just outside of London this park is perfect for a summer bbq and all-round great spot to spend a summer afternoon. The park also has a new seating area and BBQ spots which are fully equipped and even come with bins designed for disposable BBQs. To make sure you get a spot on those busy summer days book in advance here.
3. Highbury Fields
Tube Station: Clapham Common
At this park, there are no designated areas for your alfresco cookouts, but disposable BBQs are welcome. Just make sure you put them on a stand and have some water with you to extinguish your BBQ after it has been used.
4. Paradise Park
Where: Mackenzie Road, N7
Tube Station: Caledonian Road
Paradise Park offers a range of activities, including play parks, five-a-side football pitches and outside gym equipment – making it a great summer hangout for energetic travelers and locals alike. The park allows small BBQs that are off the ground.
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5. Finsbury Park
Train Station: Moorgate
A very popular park complete with four bowling greens. Finsbury Square is especially popular amongst students as there are a lot of student housing nearby – if you’re a young twenty-something looking for a hipster hangout, this is the park for you.
6. Whittington Park
Where: Holloway Road, N7 Islington
Tube Station: Archway Station
Another very large park, Whittington Park has many amenities on offer including ponds, kids play facilities, sports equipment and designated areas for BBQs, disposable or not!
7. Caledonian Park
Where: Market Road, N7, Islington
Tube Station: Caledonian Road Station
Secluded away from the world, complete with a listed clock tower building, this massive park is the perfect place to have a BBQ. Again, like other parks, it is suggested that you do not use foil disposable BBQs but rather ones with stands.