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BBQ-Friendly Parks in London

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From next Monday, it will become legal to socialise in groups of six outdoors – which means BBQ season is back on. But you’re craving flame-grilled food and don’t have a garden, never fear – there are a handful of BBQ-friendly parks in London where you can legally get your sizzle on. 

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Highbury Fields, Islington

Caledonian Park, Islington

Islington was one of the first London boroughs to introduce BBQ-friendly spaces. Caledonian Park, with copious amounts of open green space, makes a great option for a summer BBQ. There’s also a children’s play area and a court for football, basketball and tennis. Market Road, N7 9PL

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Cantelowes Gardens, Camden

Local Camden gem Cantelowes Gardens is in a prime position, just behind Camden Town, so when the sun goes down and the BBQ has got you sufficiently stuffed, you can party the night away on Camden’s high street. There’s also a skate park if you’re into that sort of thing. 234 Camden Road, NW1 9AE

Highbury Fields, Islington

Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn

Grill your heart out at this historic, buzzy London square. As one of the few barbecue-friendly spots in Zone 1, it’s also within easy walk of some of the city’s best views and landmarks, if you’re keen to make a day of it and work off those hot dogs. Lincoln’s Inn FieldsWC2A 3TL

Crystal Palace Park, Bromley

Bromley’s only BBQ-friendly park. As long as the BBQ is raised off the ground, they’re welcome here. It’s easy to spend a day here, exploring the maze, life-size dinosaurs, the urban farm and the boating lake, open at weekends. Thicket Road, SE20 8DT

Highbury Fields, Islington

One of Islington’s largest open spaces, Highbury Fields also has a tennis court, an adventure play area and an orchardHighbury Crescent, Highbury East, N5 1AR

Waterlow Park, Highgate

Boasting 26 acres of beautiful green space, Highgate’s Waterlow Park is a favourite amongst locals and visitors of North London. Bring your BBQ to one of the two designated BBQ areas and enjoy. Highgate Hill, N6 5HD

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