Under the Government’s Roadmap, from Monday 29 March, people will be able to meet outside in groups of up to six or with one other household – but those from different households will still need to socially distance from each other.
We are urging all visitors to the parks to continue following the social distancing rules to prevent a spike in Covid infections.
Please also act responsibly in the parks, as an increase in visitor numbers is putting pressure on the natural environment. We know how important the parks are for people’s mental and physical wellbeing and we want people to carry on enjoying these vital green spaces but we need everyone to respect the parks, our staff and other visitors. Simple actions like putting litter in the bins or taking it home with you, sticking to pathways, keeping dogs on a short lead around wildlife and keeping at least 50m away from deer, can make a huge difference and help to protect the parks so they remain beautiful spaces for the year ahead.
Thank you to all our visitors who have been following Government guidance and sticking to the rules.
For the most up-to-date information on all our parks, please see below:
Opening hours and closed areas
Primrose Hill Overnight Closures
This weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings) Primrose Hill will be closed to the public from 10pm until the following morning.
This is a short-term solution to deal with the persistent anti-social behaviour and disruption to the local neighbourhood that we have witnessed since lockdown rules have begun to be lifted. This is reflective of behaviour that has been taking place across London and the country’s open spaces at a time when all leisure venues remain closed.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Royal Parks unit will conduct a number of high visible patrols in Primrose Hill to stop people from gathering when the park is closed and to disperse crowds.
- All parks have now returned to their normal closing times
- All park offices are closed to the public until further notice.
Visit 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.
Playgrounds will continue to remain open across the parks during lockdown.
We ask all visitors to observe Government guidelines and stay at least 2m away from those outside your household or social bubble, and that you bring your own hand sanitiser to use before and after touching surfaces. Unfortunately, the water features are not currently in use.
Diana, Princess of Wales’s Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens
There is a reduced capacity of 250 visitors at any one time and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The playground is operating a 'one in, one out' rule, and visitors must leave as a group and not at staggered times.
Please note: a queuing system has been put in place for entry to the playground and for access to the toilets, in order to facilitate social distancing. Food will NOT be permitted in the playground.
Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use it before and after you have touched any surfaces in the playground, and please observe social distancing at all times.
Unfortunately, the water features are not in use at this time.
All other playgrounds
Please avoid using the playgrounds when they are busy in order to maintain social distancing, and please adhere to the signage at the gates. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use it before and after you have touched any surfaces in the playgrounds and please observe social distancing at all times.
Please note: It is not possible to guarantee that playgrounds are secure from Covid-19 and visitors use them at their own risk.
While the majority of our playgrounds and outdoor gyms are now open, there is one location which remain closed:
- Kingston Gate Playground in Richmond Park
Please check individual park pages for further information on each playground.
Toilets across the parks will remain open. We have implemented all necessary measures to protect our visitors’ safety and to provide a safe working environment for our attendants. During periods when the toilets are cleaned, we will temporarily close access to the facilities until cleaning is safely completed. We will keep our toilet provision under constant review.
All of our chargeable toilets now work on a contactless system. This accepts credit/debit cards, prepaid cards and mobile wallet payments like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Cash is no longer accepted.
From January 2021 to April 2021 we are making improvements to a number of our toilet facilities such as the introduction of touchless taps and toilet flushes, redecoration works and other essential updates to the buildings. To facilitate these works, toilet blocks will need to be temporarily closed. However, other facilities within the park will be available and signposted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during these improvement works.
Public toilets* within The Royal Parks will be open at the following times.
Public toilets at catering outlets are for customers only, and will only be available during the outlet opening hours.*
- Hyde Park (Bandstand) 08:30 to 18:00
- Hyde Park (Reservoir) Closed until mid-March
- Kensington Gardens (Marlborough Gate and Mount Gate) 08:00 to 18:00
- Kensington Gardens (Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground) open to 18:00
* Please note that the toilets at Café North Lodge, Brompton Cemetery are currently closed to the public.
St. James's Park
- St. James's Park (Marlborough Gate and Horse Guards) 09:00 to 18:30
- St. James's Park (Playground) 11:00 to 18:00
From Monday 23rd November, the toilet block at Ham Gate will close permanently. This will enable the Royal Parks charity, which manages Richmond Park, to focus its remaining resources and service levels on the areas of greatest demand in order to provide the best possible visitor experience. The nearest open toilets are at Kingston Gate, Pembroke Lodge, Petersham Gate and Isabella Pegs Pond.
- Richmond Park 08:00 to 19:00
- Bushy Park (Playground) 08:00 to 19:00
- Greenwich Park (Lower Avenue) 08:00 to 18:15
- Greenwich Park (Rockery) 11:00 to 18:30
- Greenwich Park (Playground) 11:00 to 18:00
The Regent's Park
- Regent's Park 09:00 to 18:00
- Regents' Park (Playgrounds) 11:00 to 18:00
Many catering outlets across our parks are open with social distancing measures in place.
From Monday 12th April outlets will be offering either a takeaway only service or a takeaway service and socially distanced external seating.
Please see the full list of open outlets on each tab below, which includes ‘external seating’ and ‘toilets open’ where available. Toilets at catering outlets are for customers only, and will be available during the outlet opening hours.
If an outlet is not listed below then it remains closed.
- Boathouse Kiosk
- Speakers Corner Kiosk
- Serpentine Bridge Kiosk
- Triangle Kiosk
- Hyde Park Corner Kiosk
- Hyde Park Corner Lodge Café - external seating
- The Serpentine Lido Café - external seating, toilets open
- Serpentine Bar & Kitchen - external seating, toilets open
- Will2Win Café - external seating, toilets open
- Italian Gardens Café - external seating
- Broad Walk Café - external seating
- Albert Memorial Kiosk
- Palace Gate Kiosk
- Café North Lodge - external seating, toilets open
St. James's Park and The Green Park
- Storey’s Gate Cafe - external seating
- St James's Cafe - external seating, toilets open
- Canada Gate Kiosk
- Marlborough Gate Kiosk
- Artillery Memorial Kiosk
- St James's Park Playground Kiosk (weekends)
- Ritz Corner Kiosk
- Roehampton Café - external seating, toilets open
- Broomfield Hill Kiosk
- Pen Pond Kiosk - external seating
- Pembroke Lodge Kiosk
- Pheasantry Café - external seating, toilets open
- Pheasantry Kiosk - external seating, toilets open
- Diana Car Park Kiosk - external seating
- Pavilion Café - external seating, toilets open
- Wolfe Statue Kiosk
The Regent's Park
- Regent’s Bar and Kitchen - external seating, toilets open
- Espresso Bar
- Primrose Hill Café
- Broad Walk Café - external seating
- Will2Win Tennis Centre Café - external seating, toilets open
Parking at the parks
Exercise for health and wellbeing is vitally important during this time, but the latest government guidance makes it clear that you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
We therefore strongly advise visitors to walk or cycle to the parks where they can, but we will continue to keep our car parks open for those who need them.
Outer parks - Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park
- The car park in Greenwich Park is open all week.
The car park can be accessed via Blackheath Gates entrance only, and opening hours have returned to normal.
- Car parks in Bushy Park are open all week.
The Pheasantry car park can be accessed from the north side of the park only via Chestnut Avenue and the Diana Fountain car park can be accessed from the south side of the park only via Chestnut Avenue. The car parks will be open during normal park opening hours. Clapperstile car park is also open to blue badge holders every day including weekends.
- Car parks in Richmond Park are open all week
As part of our Movement Strategy we are trialling a scheme that reduces vehicle cut-through traffic while providing access to car parks. Details can be found on our Movement Strategy page for Richmond Park.
Inner parks - Hyde Park, The Regent's Park, St. James's Park and The Green Park
- In Hyde Park, pay and display car parking is available from Monday to Sunday, 08:30 to 18:30. This includes car parking facilities on West Carriage Drive, which is now open to vehicles.
- In The Regent’s Park, pay and display car parking is available from Monday to Sunday, 09:00 to 18:30.
Minibus service, Richmond Park
- We have taken the decision to cancel the free minibus service for the remainder of 2020 due to the recent alterations in the road layout at Richmond Park that make it difficult to access the request stops, and concerns over the safety of passengers and volunteer drivers during the current crisis. We hope to resume the service next year and will update on this when we have news.
Filming in the parks
Filming in our parks will continue as usual.
The Royal Parks is continuing to accept enquiries for filming and photography shoots across all Royal Parks, subject to following Government guidance on coronavirus and social distancing regulations, which is currently a minimum of 2 metres. Please be aware that it may not be possible to film in some locations under these circumstances. We will continue to review our guidelines in accordance with the Government advice.
Please find more information on our Filming and Photography webpage.
- Therefore, The Royal Parks will continue to accept enquiries for small scale filming and photography shoots across all Royal Parks (up to 10 people), subject to following social distancing regulations , which is currently a minimum of 2 metres. Please be aware that it may not be possible to film in some locations under these circumstances. We will continue to review our guidelines in accordance with the Government advice. Please discuss your requirements for a larger crew size, if required, directly with the filming team.
- The Royal Parks has a duty of care to the public and will not agree to any filming or photography request that does not contain realistic proposals to protect the public, each application will be assessed on a case by case basis. Please find The Royal Parks COVID-19 filming guidance here. This is in line with the Film London COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London, the full version of which is available at http://core.filmlondon.org.uk/library/documents/COVID-19GuidanceforLocationFilming.pdf.
- Please submit your online application for filming/photography via our online form. The following documents must be uploaded during submission of The Royal Parks online filming and photography application form:
- Risk Assessment/Method Statement in accordance with the TRP Covid-19 Filming Guidance, specifically addressing the mitigation measures taken to reduce Covid-19 related risks
- Public Liability Insurance to a minimum of £5 million
- A signed copy of the TRP COVID-19 Filming Guidance
- Please find more information on our Filming and Photography webpage.
Following the Government announcement on February 22. We will start accepting small event applications from April 19, 2021 for events which take place after June 21, 2021. To ensure we can balance the needs of everyday park users and those who attend small events we will be assessing small event applications on the basis of their likely scale and impact on the parks and everyday visitors during what we anticipate to be an extremely busy summer in the parks.
The above dates are subject to change and are dependent on the national restrictions being lifted on the dates set out by the Prime Minister in the lockdown roadmap. Delivery of small events will continue to be reviewed throughout the year.
Sport, leisure and personal fitness
All sporting facilities are now closed until further notice due to the Government’s new lockdown restrictions.
This includes the Hub, the Trim Trail and the running track in The Regent’s Park and all outdoor gyms. The Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, all tennis courts, all group fitness training, the football pitches in Hyde Park and golfing in Richmond Park are also closed. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
One-to-one personal fitness training is currently permitted to take place. This remains under review.
The Hub Sports Facility, Regent's Park
The Hub remains closed until further notice.
Until 29th March no grassroots sports (adults and juniors) should take place in Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill in line with government legislation.
The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can resume from 8th March as an exemption during this period. As such Regent’s Park will host mid-week school sports bookings providing vital facilities for the local community.
Organised sports will resume after March 29th. Please respect the park and each other and refrain from playing football with more than one person from outside your household.
For queries please contact email@example.com
Although The Hub will be closed, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill remain open for visitors to enjoy spending time in nature and for 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 exercising and social distancing at all times.
- Bushy Park visitors centre re-opened on Monday 29th March and Richmond Park visitors centre will reopen on Thursday 15th April
- All other visitor centres remain closed until further notice
Learning, community programmes and volunteering
There will be a wide range of digital learning resources available on our website to help families discover and learn about the parks’ natural environment remotely. Face-to-face learning activities in all parks are now on hold until the February half term due to the Government’s new lockdown restrictions.
The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park is closed until further notice.
The Volunteer Ranger Service has resumed in Bushy and Richmond Parks, but other volunteering activities in the parks are suspended until further notice.
Burials at Brompton Cemetery
All immediate burials will continue to take place at Brompton, however advance bookings are on hold. A maximum of 30 people are permitted to attend a burial and a maximum of six people are permitted to attend related memorial events.
Our concessions will be subject to an ongoing review.
Galleries situated within the parks, and the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, are closed.
Booking for the Shire Horse carriage rides is now closed until Spring.