BBQs in Camden parks

Bring a picnic not a barbecue to our parks during heatwave

Following London Fire Brigade advice, we’ve introduced a temporary ban on barbecues in Camden’s parks to prevent grass fires during the current heatwave.

However, we don’t want to stop anyone from having fun in the sun – so we’re getting out our blankets, scotch eggs and ginger beer and asking you to have picnics instead of barbecues.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment, said: “We’re experiencing exceptionally hot weather at the moment which means the grass in our parks is extremely dry. Following advice from the London Fire Brigade, who have seen a dramatic increase in grass fires, we have introduced a temporary barbecue ban in Camden’s parks. These are exceptional circumstances but we need to take extra care to make sure we’re all safe. We don’t want to spoil people’s fun, so we’re encouraging you to come down to our parks and bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family.”

So put on your sun cream, bring refreshments and make the most of the summer sun in our parks and open spaces!

Please ignore the information below about BBQ’s in Camden Parks whilst the notice above is displayed.

Enjoy a barbecue in a Camden Park

Families and friends are welcome to barbecue (BBQ) in Camden’s parks and open spaces so they can enjoy outdoor cooking.  Many people living in Camden do not have their own gardens, and we want as many people as possible to enjoy our parks over the summer. We only allow portable, reusable charcoal barbecues.  Disposable or gas barbecues are not allowed. Metal bins for cooled charcoal are provided in our parks and open spaces where BBQs are most popular. 

Friends having a bbq

Some of our sites including our cemeteries and nature reserves are not suitable for BBQs.

We do not manage Hampstead Heath or Regents Park and Primrose Hill and barbecues are strictly not permitted at these sites.

We need people to:

  • Use BBQs safely and responsibly
  • Take some water to put out the BBQ
  • Be considerate to other people
  • Dispose of all litter properly and recycle your rubbish where possible
  • Keep children, pets, games and sports well away from the BBQ

If you intend to hold an event with more than 20 people, with promotion, music, sale of food or alcohol please refer to

BBQs are allowed in most public open spaces maintained by Camden.

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