After much thought and having considered recent government decisions, we have decided to close all Camden libraries until further notice.

We will continue to review government advice and will update residents if further changes need to be made.

People will still be able to access our free online library offer. This includes e-books and audio-books, online newspapers, magazines, graphic novels and comics.

We are extending library renewals and suspending all fines until mid-July. This will be reviewed at that time.

Please use our digital library to get a range of e-books, e-audio-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers.


Leisure centres

Camden’s leisure centres are managed by Better. Following Government guidance issued on Friday 20 March, all Better Leisure Centres and Better Gyms across the UK have temporarily closed. 

This includes: 

  • Kentish Town Sports Centre, 
  • Oasis Sports Centre, 
  • Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, 
  • Pancras Square Leisure 
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch

The following services have temporarily stopped operating: 

  • exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch – all children and adult drop-in, term-time and holiday sports programmes
  • sports outreach activities (Kilburn Grange) and Friday Night Project (FNP)
  • Camden Health Walks
  • community based Better 55+ Club activities (Peckwater Centre, Royal Free Recreation Club)

The health and wellbeing of staff and customers is paramount and we have a social responsibility to everyone in the community to take action to protect ourselves and others. Better will automatically apply a payment freeze for all members. This means that you will retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. 

If you are a Better member and would like further information or have any queries, please visit their dedicated page.

We are working closely with Better and local public health authorities and receiving official updates from the Government. Further updates based on this advice will be given when available.


Following the recent government announcement, from Wednesday 13 May the guidance on how you can use parks and open spaces has changed. 

Using parks and open spaces safely – new guidance 

When using our parks and open spaces always keep 2m apart from anyone who doesn’t live with you . Always wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. Please don’t barbeque in our parks. Outdoor gyms, skate parks and playgrounds will remain closed as these spaces have a higher risk of close contact. Please take extra care at entrances and exits and avoid parks and open spaces when busy to help keep a safe social distance.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Tennis courts and Multi-Use Games Areas

We will open our tennis courts on Tuesday 2 June, bookings are now open here. You can find advice to help you stay Covid safe whilst playing tennis here
Multi-Use Games Areas remain closed at this time.

Further guidance 

For more information, visit the government website.

Public toilets

We have closed our public toilet sites until further notice: 

  • Camden Town
  • Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Pond Square
  • South End Green
  • West End Lane 

Most Community Toilet Scheme locations are also now closed. 

We will continue to review government advice and will update residents when we can reopen council public toilet sites.


In line with government guidelines, our markets and street trading sites remain open to help you buy essential supplies:

  • Grocery and food
  • Home and hardware goods
  • News and confectionary kiosks
  • Pet stalls
  • Hot food takeaway and deliveries

Currently we have traders operating in:

  • Queen’s Crescent – Thursday and Saturday (household goods, bread and hot food takeaway)
  • Eton Avenue – Wednesday (farmers' market fresh produce and hot food takeaway)
  • Chalton Street – Friday (household goods)
  • West Hampstead Overground – Saturday (London Farmers' Market, fresh produce)
  • Twyford Place – Monday to Friday (fruit and vegetables)
  • Hampstead Station – Monday to Friday (fruit and vegetables)

When you are visiting our markets and street trading sites please follow social distancing guidelines by keeping 2 metres distance from people, complete your purchase promptly, and return home as soon as possible. 

Find out more about markets in Camden  

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