Summer in London is synonymous with the pop of the corks from sparkling wine and the scent of barbecue wafting through the city’s green spaces. You can pick up a reusable grill before heading off for a leisurely afternoon under the sun. However, not all green spaces permit the use of barbecues – that includes the Royal Parks. These are the best 5 parks close to hotels near Central London where you can fire up a smouldering feast.
- Highbury Fields
Located in Islington, Highbury Fields has a dedicated BBQ area on the west side of the field closest to Highbury & Islington station. Primarily used by local residents as a recreation ground, this public lawn is popular with runners as well as those using the tennis court or football pitch. There are several playgrounds for children and a wonderful supply of cafes and supermarkets around the periphery. All barbecues must be extinguished by 9 pm.
- Lincoln’s Inn Fields
The dog-friendly Lincoln’s Inn Fields is right around the corner from Sir. John Soane’s Museum, the British Museum and Covent Garden. Therefore, it’s a convenient spot to round off a day of sightseeing before returning to your chosen Central Park Hotel. The park features a mix of lawn space open to the elements and shelter beneath the trees. Sit close to the tennis courts and you can watch a practice while you grill. Only reusable barbecues are permitted at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Russell Square
Another central option, Russell Square is within walking distance of King’s Cross. Popular with those working in the vicinity, this square garden fills up from 5 pm onwards on weekdays but remains fairly quiet on the weekends. It’s easily accessible from hotels near Central London with several cafes within the grounds if you run out of supplies. Again, only reusable grills are allowed to be used.
- Burgess Park
Tucked away in Camberwell, a short ride from London Bridge, Burgess Park is a huge park with appeal to couples, families, and dog owners. The park contains a lake and a sequence of mounds that you may choose to run up if you fancy a cardio workout. Recreational grounds include BMX, football, rugby, and tennis. There are designated areas where you are permitted to barbecue with your own grill, or you can bring charcoal and use the built-in public BBQs. Barbecues are allowed only until 9 pm and are subject to bans based on the weather. Fishing from the lake is allowed with a day permit.
- Waterlow Park
Backing onto Highgate Cemetery, Waterlow Park is a green oasis with ponds, garden plots, and scenic views of the city. If you visit with kids, there is an excellent playground in the southeast corner. Lauderdale House has a small cafe while the park is surrounded by artisanal bakeries where you can fill your hamper. Only reusable barbecues are allowed at Waterlow Park. Not far from Hampstead Heath, you could consider visiting these two parks in tandem as a day out from your Central Park Hotel.