Alcohol

Camden is a controlled drinking zone. 

We allow alcohol as long as it is not available to under 18s and not being sold (you need a licence to sell alcohol).

If you intend to hold an event with more than 20 people, with promotion, music, sale of food or alcohol read events in parks.

You’ll need a licence for entertainment and the sale of alcohol. Depending on participant numbers, you’ll need either a Temporary Event Notice or a Premises Licence.

Apply for a licence

Picnics and barbecues

Picnics

We encourage picnics for small family groups. Ask for permission if you’re: 

  • expecting more than 20 people 
  • bringing structures - for example gazebos, tables and chairs 
  • playing recorded or live music – you will need a temporary event notice  

It is not possible to give picnics private use of a space. You should respect the park and its wildlife, plants and tree. Tidy up, take your rubbish away and have fun. 

Barbecues

Barbecues are not allowed on Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and Primrose Hill.

We only allow portable, reusable charcoal barbeques. Disposable or gas barbeques are not allowed.

Metal bins for cooled charcoal are provided in our parks and open spaces where barbecues are most popular.

At Waterlow Park there are two designated zones for BBQs.  The zones are at the lower end of the park near the “bandstand area” and near the older children’s play area.  BBQs are not allowed in any other areas of the park.

Barbecue guidelines

If you intend to hold an event with more than 20 people, with promotion, music, sale of food or alcohol read events in parks.