Central London parks aren’t just for stuffing sarnies into your face at lunchtime. You can barbecue in Camden parks (from 18 April 2023 and 19 September 2023) 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.
Does it even count as summer if you don't, at some point, cook some meat (or halloumi) over a tray of piping hot coals? Grilling in the great outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures, and you don’t need to head out of the city to indulge in a barbecue. Just make sure you don't scorch the grass and put your rubbish in the bin when you’re done, okay?
Most of London’s lush green spaces are reserved for picnics only, but there are some major parks and local gardens where you’re officially allowed to fire up the BBQ (but sadly not iconic grill spot London Fields anymore, which used to get so packed and smoky on a balmy day the council literally had to ban the BBQ). However, you can still heat 'em and eat 'em elsewhere in the capital. Here are the spots in London where it’s totally chill to grill.
Please note: Owing to the increased fire hazard during periods of particularly warm weather, local councils have been known to issue temporary bans on barbecues in parks where they are usually permitted. Please check local council websites before firing up the grill.
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