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Exercising in the park

We are encouraging responsible use of the parks for exercise whilst adhering to social distancing requirements. Follow our guidance to avoid conflict with all other park users.

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Our sole priority at the moment is to keep the parks open and safe for as long as possible, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure this is the case. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and for following the rules on social distancing.

We know how crucial it is for people’s physical and mental wellbeing to be able to have access to these valuable green spaces, and if we all work together we can keep them open for everyone to enjoy at this difficult time.

Following the latest Government advice that went into effect on 13 May 2020, we have begun to make some changes around our parks. However the crisis isn't over yet. Staying at least 2m away from each other is still essential and we ask that you act with kindness and consideration to other park visitors.

Keeping park facilities and services safe for all

We are closely monitoring Government advice on COVID-19 and are following the advice of Public Health England. We have taken the following measures to keep our visitors safe and healthy during this time. Please see below for the latest changes to our park services and facilities:

Opening hours and closed areas

  • To maintain staffing levels during the crisis we have implemented the following revisions to park closing times from Sunday 29th March: Hyde Park will now close at 10pm. Brompton Cemetery and Greenwich Park will close at 7pm. Kensington Gardens will revert to normal closing times from Monday 11th May.
  • All park offices are now closed to the public until further notice
  • The Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge Gardens in Richmond Park are closed until further notice.
  • St John's Lodge Garden in The Regent's Park is closed until further notice.

Visiting when the parks are quieter
To avoid crowding we recommend you check the parks' busiest times and plan your visit when there are fewer other visitors. You can find this information on Google using the links below:

Hyde ParkKensington GardensGreen ParkSt. James's Park
The Regent's ParkGreenwich ParkBushy ParkRichmond Park
Brompton CemeteryVictoria Tower Gardens

Catering

Catering outlets across our parks have begun to reopen with social distancing measures in place, offering takeaway only, with no seating inside or outside. Public toilets remain closed until further notice.

A list of open cafés with date of reopening is below. We will add outlets as they reopen if it's not on the list then it remains closed for the near future.

Hyde Park

  • Boathouse Kiosk – 15/05
  • Speakers Corner Kiosk – 15/05
  • Serpentine Bridge Kiosk – 15/05
  • Hyde Park Corner Kiosk – 22/05
  • Band Stand mobile (weekends) – 23/05
  • Reformers Tree Ice Cream mobile – 28/05
  • Triangle Kiosk – 30/05
  • The Lido Pavilion Café – 15/05
  • The Lido Mobile Van – 15/05
  • Will 2 Win Café – 18/05

Kensington Gardens

  • Italian Gardens Café – 15/05
  • Broad Walk Café – 15/05
  • Albert Memorial Kiosk (weekends) – 23/05
  • Broad Walk Mobile Unit Comma Van – 23/05
  • Canada Gate Kiosk – 15/05
  • Marlborough Gate – 15/05
  • Artillery Memorial Kiosk – 30/05
  • Seasonal Mobile Unit 1 – 23/05
  • Seasonal Mobile Unit 2 (weekends) – 23/05

Richmond

  • Roehampton Café – 16/05
  • Broomfield Hill Kiosk – 16/05
  • Pen Pond Kiosk – 16/05
  • Pembroke Lodge Kiosk – 16/05

Bushy

  • Pheasantry Café – 16/05
  • Pheasantry Kiosk – 19/05
  • Diana Car Park Kiosk – 16/05
  • Ice Cream mobile van – 16/05
  • Pavilion Café – 28/05
  • Wolfe Statue Kiosk – 28/05
  • Boathouse Café – 28/05
  • Regent’s Bar and Kitchen - 30/05
  • Holme Green Kiosk - 30/05

Roads through the parks

Car parks remain closed. Please follow the Government's guidance on transport by walking or cycling to the parks and, wherever possible, stick to your local green space.

  • All park roads through Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Greenwich Park are now closed to motor vehicles
  • All roads through Hyde Park will be closed to traffic at weekends until the current government lockdown restrictions are lifted
  • Kingston Gate car park in Richmond Park is open for NHS staff working at Kingston Hospital only. NHS staff requiring a permit should contact Kingston Hospital personnel department directly. Access is via Kingston Gate only.
  • All public parking in Hyde Park and The Regents Park is currently suspended with the exception of NHS workers, a limited number of other locally based key workers and Blue Badge Holders. Please note that Hyde Park is closed to all traffic at weekends.
  • The Mall and Constitution Hill will be closed on Saturdays until further notice, in addition to the regular Sunday closure.

Cycling in the parks

  • Cycling in Richmond Park is now permitted before 10am and after 4pm on weekdays with some measures in place. Read the details about cycling returning to Richmond Park.
  • NHS workers with their staff passes and key workers approved by the Government (see list here) going directly to or returning from their place of work can also cycle through the Richmond Park upon presenting documentation from their employers. Those aged 12 years and under can also continue to cycle in the park.
    You can read our official press release here
  • Cycle hire docking stations at all Royal Parks are shut at weekends until further notice.

Park facilities

  • All public toilets remain temporarily closed until further notice
  • All childrens' playgrounds in the parks are now closed until further notice
  • In line with other precautions taken across the park the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain has been switched off and closed to the public

Sport, leisure and personal fitness

  • In Hyde Park and The Regent’s Park the tennis courts have re-opened. The courts in Greenwich Park will reopen from Tuesday 19th May. All others remain closed for bookings until further notice and courts will be physically locked
  • The Royal Parks, in consultation with the Serpentine Swimming Club, have made the difficult decision to suspend swimming in the Serpentine to all swimmers, including members of the Serpentine Swimming Club, until further notice. This temporary closure has been as a result of the unprecedented number of new members joining the club in the last week, making it extremely difficult for social distancing to take place and to ensure adequate safety cover. The health and safety of our visitors is our number one priority. Swimming will recommence when it is safe to do. Visitors to the park are reminded that no public swimming is allowed anywhere in Hyde Park at any time
  • In Richmond Park, the golf course will reopen from Saturday 16th May
  • Joggers using Brompton Cemetery for their daily exercise must stick to the main avenue and stay off of the paths on either side of the cemetery, as these are too narrow to stay a safe 2m+ from other visitors. Please exercise alone or with members of your household. These are rules, not requests. Please work together to keep the cemetery open for everyone who needs it
  • Outdoor adult exercise areas such as the outdoor gym in Hyde Park and the Trim Trail in The Regent’s Park remain closed.
  • All fitness training licences – both for personal fitness trainers and those who run group sessions - have been suspended. Instructors will be offered an extension to their licences to cover the amount of time these measures are in force
  • Dogs must be kept under control in all of London's eight Royal Parks and including Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens. We strongly advise dogs on leads at this time to support government social distancing guidelines.
  • Both existing fishing licenses and applications for new fishing licenses are suspended until further notice. These measures will be reviewed at the end of June.

The Hub Sports Facility (Regent's Park)

  • The Hub in Regent's Park will be closed until further notice. All sports bookings (including school bookings) will be cancelled and refunded with immediate effect until the end of June, when we will review the situation.  No additional bookings will be taken until further notice
  • infoClick for more information - The Hub, Regents Park

    Closure of The Hub

    Due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus on staff resources, we have taken the difficult decision to close The Hub until further notice.

    Cancellation of bookings at The Hub

    To prevent the spread of the coronavirus through social contact in a busy space, we are cancelling and refunding all bookings for sports activities at The Hub, including school bookings, until the end of June, in response to Government and Public Health England guidelines.

    We aren’t taking any further bookings until further notice.

    Although The Hub will be closed, the wider landscape across the Royal Parks remains open for visitors to enjoy spending time in nature and for sports, relaxation and recreation. Staying fit and well is particularly important at the moment and we encourage people to come to the Parks to boost their physical and mental wellbeing. Please remember to follow the Government’s advice on social distancing to prevent the disease spreading.

    For any booking queries please contact 0300 061 2324 or email thehub@royalparks.org.uk

    Please check our website for daily updates at www.royalparks.org.uk/coronavirus as well as our Twitter feed @theroyalparks

Visitor and education centres, community programmes and volunteering

  • All visitor centres and The LookOut education centre in Hyde Park are now temporarily closed
  • All learning and education programmes, community programmes and volunteer activities have been cancelled with immediate effect until the end of April, when we will review the situation. This includes all activities for school groups delivered by The Royal Parks and our partners
  • All small events booked to take place in a Royal Park between now and 30th April will be cancelled. Event organisers will be entitled to a full refund of the event fee or will be able to defer the event to 2021. The Royal Parks is not taking any future bookings for small events at this time

Filming in the parks

  • All filming and photography shoots scheduled to take place in a Royal Park up to the end of May have now been suspended. Organisers will be entitled to a full refund of the fee or will be able to defer the shoot to 2021

This page will be updated on a daily basis so please check it regularly for the latest information about the parks. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Exercising in the park

We are encouraging responsible use of the parks for exercise whilst adhering to social distancing requirements. Follow our guidance to avoid conflict with all other park users.

Find out more »

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