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.
Park: Burgess Park
Info: 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.
Tube Station: Peckham Rye
Park: Beddington Park
Where: Borough of Sutton
Info: Beddington Park has a new seating area provided around their 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.
Train Station: Hackbridge
Park: Highbury Fields
Info: There are no designated areas for your BBQs, but you must always have the disposable BBQ on a stand and water with you to extinguish your BBQ after it has been used.
Tube Station: Clapham Common
Park: Paradise Park
Where: Mackenzie Road, N7
Info: Paradise Park offers a range of activities across the large space available, including play parks, five-a-side football and outside gym equipment. The park allows small BBQs that are off the ground.
Tube Station: Caledonian Road
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Park: Finsbury Square
Info: A very popular park complete with four bowling greens. Finsbury Square is especially popular amongst students as a lot of student housing is nearby.
Train Station: Moorgate
Park: Whittington Park
Where: Holloway Road, N7 Islington
Info: 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!
Tube Station: Archway Station
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Park: Caledonian Park
Where: Market Road, N7, Islington
Info: 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.
Tube Station: Caledonian Road Station