Parks and Green Spaces

Staying safe in our parks

We know that keeping active is vital for our mental health and wellbeing, especially during these times. However, Coronavirus is still a risk and we need to follow public health advice to keep yourself and loved ones safe, especially when visiting parks and open spaces.

This includes following the guidance in place:

  • You can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors.
  • Please stay local when exercising and avoid busy spaces to help keep everyone safe
  • Stay 2m from anyone you don’t live with
  • Wear a face covering in busy areas, unless exempt
  • Always wash your hands as soon as you are indoors
  • Don’t leave home if you have symptoms of Covid. 

BBQs in our parks are not currently permitted.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms it is absolutely vital that you self-isolate and get tested. Free tests are available in Camden for anyone who needs one. There are three test sites in Camden and test appointments available every day. Book your test at or by calling 119,  or you can book through the Council at or by calling 020 7974 4444 (option 9).

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Please keep yourself and others safe by:

  • Keeping a 2m distance where possible
  • Washing hands and using sanitiser regularly
  • Use face coverings where possible
  • If areas are busy please come back later
  • Do not eat or drink in playgrounds
  • Please bring your own hygiene products and wipe down equipment after use
  • Do not use these spaces if you or anyone from your household has symptoms of Covid

Public toilets

Our free-to-use public toilets are open at the following locations:

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

Find out more

Camden’s Green Space team manage 76 parks and over 300 green spaces on housing estates, sheltered housing sites, verges, churchyards and cemeteries, corporate properties, education sites, nature reserves, and allotments. Within these sites we are responsible for:

  • keeping our sites safe, welcoming and clean (please see our park byelaws)
  • parks infrastructure (for example maintaining boundary and internal fences and gates, pathways, benches, bins etc)
  • playgrounds
  • soft landscaping
  • sports facilities. Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), tennis and netball courts, a skate park, and outdoor gyms)
  • statues and memorials
  • trees

To maintain high quality parks and green spaces we work closely with our grounds maintenance contractor Idverde, Tree Contractor City Suburban Tree Surgeons Ltd, and recycling and waste management contractor Veolia UK.

We also work with partners to provide opportunities for people to get involved with food growing, allotments, nature conservation volunteering, and Friends of Community Groups. As well as the ongoing development of our sites through our Green Space Investment Programme.

Please check out the sections above showing some notable parks in Camden as well as this guide to some of Camden's parks and open spaces.

Many of our parks are locked at dusk, so please check our Park Opening Times before you visit.

Camden is also home to world-famous parks like:

Alexandra Road Park

Alexandra Road Park is a public park within the Alexandra and Ainsworth housing estate in South Hampstead.  

The park is open during daylight hours. 


  • 3 children’s playgrounds  
  • games area  
  • picnic area  
  • woodland walk  


Alexandra Road Park  
Abbey Road  
NW8 0QA   

Events and activities   

Free  events and activities take place each week. You can search for events on the Love Camden website


The park opened in 1979. It was designed to provide estate residents with open space. The estate was designed by architect Neave Brown and is Grade II* Listed. The park was designed by landscape architect Janet Jack.  The design provides a reflection of the time it was created and a focus for the community. This is still our aim for it. In 2010, residents working with us bid successfully for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate and restore the park.  This work was completed in 2015.  A collection of drawings, plans and other material related to the park and estate can be found at Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre.  

Bloomsbury Square

Bloomsbury Square is a perfect picnic spot and suntrap in central London. Surrounded by Georgian terraces and Victoria House, it’s close to Holborn business district and The British Museum.  

Statues of politicians face each other along Bedford Place, which connects with nearby Russell Square. 
Facilities include a children’s play area. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  


Bloomsbury Square Gardens 
Bloomsbury Square 


For information on the gardens history, visit London Gardens online 

Brunswick Square Gardens

The gardens are overlooked by the iconic Brunswick Centre. A quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby streets.  

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  


Brunswick Square Gardens 

Near the centre is the finest example of a London plane tree in Camden. It is listed as a Great Tree of London by the charity Trees for Cities. 

Just around the corner is Coram’s Fields, a charity-run park for children. 


For information about the history of Brunswick Square Gardens, visit London Gardens Online.

Cantelowes Gardens and skate park

Cantelowes Gardens is a large park next to Camden Road with a range of activities, popular with children and young people.   


  • skateboarding bowl – for BMX riders, rollerbladers and skateboarders 
  • two children’s playgrounds – one for 4 to 7 year olds, one for 7 to 12 year olds 
  • free outdoor gym 
  • multi-use sports pitch and pavilion 
  • dog exercise space 
  • natural play area  

Opening hours

Cantelowes Gardens is open from 7.30am to dusk.  

The skatepark is usually open 10am to 9pm.  

On Bank Holiday weekends the skatepark closes at dusk. 


Cantelowes Gardens 
Camden Road  
NW5 2AP 


The concrete skate bowl and skate furniture is designed for skateboarding and BMX bikes.  

Facilities are supervised but used at own risk. Protective equipment such as helmets, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads must be worn. Do not use: 

  • after rain or snow 
  • during icy conditions  
  • when closed or after dark 

Book the sports pitch 

Call 020 7974 8765 to book. This is a floodlit AstroTurf sports facility.  

Kilburn Grange Park

Kilburn Grange Park is a large park behind Kilburn High Road, close to West Hampstead.  

Open from 7.30am to dusk.



Kilburn Grange Park  
Messina Avenue  
NW6 4LD  

There is a Friends of Kilburn Grange Park group who organise events and work with us to improve and maintain the park. 

Kilburn Grange Park Improvement Plan

A master plan to guide future improvements to the park was approved in 2017.  Developed with the local community, it shows current ambitions for the site and will evolve over time.

Kilburn Grange Park Master Plan

Kilburn Grange Park Master Plan projects - current status September 2018


For information on the history of the park, visit London Gardens Online.  

Lincolns Inn Fields

Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest square in London and oldest in Camden.

Open 7:30am until dusk. 



Lincoln’s Inn Field 

 Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields work with us to protect and improve the square. 

Red Lion Square

Red Lion Square is a quiet and secluded oasis tucked away in the busy district of Holborn. 

Open 7:30am until dusk. 

Facilities include a park cafe.


Named after the famous Red Lyon Inn in 1698 - the most important Holborn inn at the time. Its name was also given to Red Lion Street. 

There is some discussion that the body of Oliver Cromwell was buried in Red Lion Square. If his body is not there, there is also debates as to whether Cromwell’s head was removed from Westminster Abbey and placed here. 

For more information on the history, visit London Gardens online.

Russell Square

Russell Square is in the heart of Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum and Bloomsbury Square.  


  • cafe
  • central plaza 
  • water feature 

Open 7:30am to 10pm. 

Find out more about Russell Square.


It was designed and built in 1806 by Humphrey Repton for the 5th Duke of Bedford.  

The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed to the restoration and refurbishment of the gardens. This included: 

  • removing some cosmetic alterations made in the 1960s 
  • a new central plaza and water feature 

For more information on the history of Russell Square, visit London Gardens Online.

St George's Gardens

St George's Gardens is an oasis with large trees creating shade. Ivy covered tombs and gravestones are found throughout the gardens. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk 

For more information visit Friends of St George’s Gardens.


The gardens was the first London burial ground not next to its church. The gardens are made up of two former burial grounds - St George the Martyr of Holborn and St George’s Bloomsbury of Camden. 

Its restoration was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The renovated Chapel of Ease now provides a meeting place. 

For more information on the history, visit London Gardens online

St Pancras Gardens

Close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. 

Open during daylight hours.  


St Pancras Gardens 
Pancras Rd 


For information on the garden’s history, visit London Gardens online. 

Tavistock Square

Open from 7.30am to dusk.  

A large garden square with a number of memorial features including: 

  • the central statue of Mahatma Gandhi 
  • a tree planted to commemorate the Hiroshima bombing victims 
  • a Conscientious Objectors’ memorial stone 

In one corner is an impressive stone bench commemorating Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake, one of the first women surgeons. 

For more information, visit Friends of Tavistock Square. 


Tavistock Square 


For information on the history visit London Gardens online. 

Waterlow Park

Waterlow Park is set on a hillside in Highgate with views over London.  

The park includes Lauderdale House. 

Open from 7.30am to dusk.


  • formal terraced gardens 
  • a park café 
  • six tennis courts 
  • a small playground for younger children  
  • a natural play area for older children 
  • ponds and lawns 
  • tree lined walkways 
  • shrub beds, herbaceous borders and ornamental bedding 

The park is home to wildlife, including hedgehogs, woodpeckers and bats. There's a wildlife area used for education and maintained with the help of volunteers. 


Waterlow Park 
Highgate Hill 
N6 5HD 

The Waterlow Park Trust works with the local community to improve the park. 

The Friends of Waterlow Park also represents park users.


For information on park history, visit London Gardens online.