London's best BBQ spots
Central London parks aren’t just for stuffing sarnies into your face at lunchtime. You can barbecue in most Camden parks and this huge flame-friendly public square (the biggest in London, no less) is no exception. Work off the meat with a post-picnic tennis match.
Nearest tube: Holborn
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Come summer time, London Fields is inundated with bearded barbecuers in search of a charred-meat fix. There’s a designated cooking area near the south of the park, so check your spot before you spark, and remember that it's reusable BBQ's only (disposable barbies are a no-go now because of London's litterbugs). Be warned: on a balmy day, it can get packed and seriously smoky.
Nearest station: London Fields Overground
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Grill the day away on this gentle grassy slope. Dubbed a ‘garden for gardenless Londoners’, this scenic north London park welcomes fair-weather feasting. Drool over your barbecued banquet, while enjoying views of the city skyline.
Nearest tube: Archway
Get your alfresco flame on in this petite patch of green. The Islington park is home to community gardens and an imposing Grade II-listed clocktower. Handy for keeping an eye on those Linda McCartneys. There’s nothing worse than burnt bangers.
Nearest tube, Caledonian Rd
The sound of sizzling sausages fills the air at Highbury Fields whenever the weather allows. For fancy barbecue fare and punchy marinades, stock up at Godfreys butchers just north of the park.
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
Russell Square might be better known for lost tourists and academics on their lunchbreaks than baps and burgers, but it’s also a prime central spot for summer-time smouldering. If it’s too busy, the smaller Bloomsbury Square nearby also welcomes skewerers.
Nearest tube: Russell Square
Image: Gordon Rainsford
Sausages with a view of The Shard? Yes please! Burgess Park is a grand green space stretching from Camberwell and Walworth to Peckham and the Old Kent Road, with scenic lakeside barbecue areas. Always grill responsibly – scorched grass and litter isn’t a good look.
Nearest tube: Kennington
Cantelowes Gardens is a secret suntrap away from the Camden crowds. There’s a skatepark, play area and plenty of grass for firing up the barbie. If you need supplies, look no further than Phoenicia, an amazing Mediterranean food hall, for healthy barbecue inspiration.
Nearest tube: Kentish Town