Our sole priority for the last few months has been to keep the parks open and safe, 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 Government's changes to lockdown restrictions on 4th July, we are doing what we can to open our facilities safely but want to warn visitors that it is not business as usual. Social distancing is still essential and we ask that you act with kindness and consideration to other park visitors, as well as making sure you throw your litter in the bins or take it home if they're full.
Please see below for the latest changes to our park facilities.
Diana, Princess of Wales’s Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens
Pirate ship temporary closure
The pirate ship is in need of repair, and will be closed to visitors while we undertake essential maintenance. We are aiming to have the ship back up and running in the next few weeks, and apologise for any disappointment this may cause in the meantime. Please check back to this page for future updates.
This playground is open between 10am and 8pm, with last entry at 7.30pm.
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 and drink 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 and outdoor gyms
Please avoid using the playgrounds and outdoor gyms 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 or outdoor gyms, and please observe social distancing at all times. For those using the outdoor gyms, please wipe down equipment after you have used it.
Please note: It is not possible to guarantee that playgrounds and outdoor gyms 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 are several locations which remain closed:
These currently remain closed but will re-open soon.
Please check individual park pages for further information on each playground.
All public toilets within The Royal Parks are now open between 12:00 and 19:00*. The exceptions to this are:
- Richmond Park toilets and those at the playground in Bushy Park are now open all day during park opening hours.
- Diana Memorial Playground toilets open during playground hours only.
*Public toilets at catering outlets are for customers only, and will only be available during the outlet opening hours.
Please note: 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.
Opening hours and closed areas
- From Monday 27th July Hyde Park will return to its normal (midnight) closing time. All other parks reverted to their regular opening times as of 1st June
- All park offices are closed to the public until further notice.
|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 Park||• Kensington Gardens||• Green Park||• St. James's Park|
|• The Regent's Park||• Greenwich Park||• Bushy Park||• Richmond Park|
|• Brompton Cemetery||• Victoria Tower Gardens|
Many catering outlets across our parks have reopened with social distancing measures in place. They are offering takeaway only, with some having socially distanced external seating from 4th July. There is no internal seating.
Public toilets at catering outlets are for customers only, and will only be available during the outlet opening hours.
A list of open cafés is below, if it's not on the list then it remains closed for the near future.
- Boathouse Kiosk
- Speakers Corner Kiosk
- Serpentine Bridge Kiosk
- Hyde Park Corner Kiosk
- Hyde Park Corner Lodge Café – with external seating
- Band Stand mobile (weekends)
- Reformers Tree Ice Cream mobile
- Triangle Kiosk
- The Lido Pavilion Café – with external seating
- The Lido Mobile Van
- Will 2 Win Café
- Serpentine Bar & Kitchen – with external seating
- Serpentine Bar & Kitchen (Garden Kiosk)
- Serpentine Lido Café
- Hyde Park Playground Kiosk
- Italian Gardens Café – with external seating
- Broad Walk Café – with external seating
- Albert Memorial Kiosk (weekends)
- Broad Walk Mobile Unit Comma Van
- Palace Gate kiosk
- Café North Lodge
- Canada Gate Kiosk
- Marlborough Gate
- Artillery Memorial Kiosk
- Seasonal Mobile Unit 1
- Seasonal Mobile Unit 2 (weekends)
- St James's Park Playground Kiosk (weekends)
- Roehampton Café – with external seating
- Broomfield Hill Kiosk
- Pen Pond Kiosk
- Pembroke Lodge Kiosk
- Pheasantry Café
- Pheasantry Kiosk
- Diana Car Park Kiosk
- Ice Cream mobile van
- Pavilion Café – with external seating
- Wolfe Statue Kiosk
- St. Mary’s Lodge
- Boathouse Café
- Regent’s Bar and Kitchen – with external seating
- Holme Green Kiosk
- Espresso Bar
- The Broadwalk Café
- Will2Win Tennis Centre Café
Parking at the parks
OUTER PARKS - BUSHY PARK, RICHMOND PARK, GREENWICH PARK
The Royal Parks is reopening a number of its car parks in a reduced capacity from Tuesday 14th July.
- The car park in Greenwich Park is now open on weekdays only. Weekend parking resumes on Saturday 15th August.
The car park can be accessed via Blackheath Gates entrance only. Opening hours are 7am-4pm at present, returning to all day (7am-9pm) from Monday 27th July. The car park will remain closed at the weekends for now, but this will be under review.
- Car parks in Bushy Park are now 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 now open on weekdays only.
A number of car parks in Richmond Park are now open: Pembroke Lodge is open with access from Richmond Gate, Sheen Gate car park can be accessed via Sheen Gate and Roehampton café car park can be accessed via Roehampton Gate café. Sheen Gate car will continue to provide blue badge only parking on the weekend, there is blue badge parking in the above car parks during weekdays. Kingston Car Park is open to the public on weekdays only. Isabella Plantation car park remains closed at present.
INNER PARKS - HYDE PARK, THE REGENT'S PARK, ST. JAMES'S PARK AND THE GREEN PARK
- Car parks in Hyde Park are now open on weekdays only. Weekend parking resumes on Saturday 8th August.
Pay and display car parking will be available from 08:30 to 18:30, Monday to Friday. Car parking is not available at weekends, as roads within the park are closed. The only exception is for Blue Badge holders, who can access car parking facilities at the weekend via Cumberland Gate. Stewards will admit them on presentation of their Blue Badge.
- The Mall and Constitution Hill will be closed on Saturdays until further notice, in addition to the regular Sunday closure.
- Public car parking in The Regent's Park resumed on Saturday 13th June.
Pay and display car parking will be available from 09:00 to 18:30, Monday to Sunday.
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.
Cycling in the parks
- We are pleased to welcome cycling back to Richmond Park on weekends as well as week days, from Saturday 1st August.
- We’ve now removed all temporary cycling suspensions, following their introduction in March to support the Government’s social distancing guidelines, maintain public safety and prevent serious congestion at park gates.
- Please be aware we have many new park visitors in our parks, including new cyclists and families, so do take care when cycling and show consideration and kindness to others.
Filming in the parks
- The Royal Parks is now accepting enquiries for small scale filming and photography shoots across all Royal Parks (currently 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.
- 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.
- We have been closely following the Government’s announcements, WHO guidelines and recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of Covid-19.
- As guidelines are continuously changing and there is currently a temporary ban on the organisation and planning of mass gatherings, it is extremely difficult to ensure health and safety of the public in line with moving risk assessments. We will continue to follow the UK Covid alert level for the easing or increase of restrictions for the remainder of this year.
- Small events, as categorised by The Royal Parks, have an enormous amount of variables from event concept (cultural, sporting, charitable) to their capacity, size, infrastructure, management and safety. Event organisers would need to submit plans which meet moving health and safety regulations in line with the Covid alert level.
- For the reasons above, the Royal Parks has decided not to licence any small events for the foreseeable future. Any bookings that have already been made will need to be cancelled.
- Due to the popularity of our parks and the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 virus, we regret that it will not be possible to offer any dates in 2021 at this time. We ask that any enquiries are not submitted until the new year. This will allow us time to issue solid guidelines and requirements, as well as health and safety measures for all small events which we aim to release for event organisers this autumn.
- We understand how disappointing this news will be for you and your participants, customers, and supporters but our priority is to support the national effort in coming out of this crisis, provide open space for the public and protect everyone’s health.
Sport, leisure and personal fitness
- All tennis courts across the Royal Parks have now re-opened
- Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club will be permitted to swim in the Lido from Monday 6th July until 9.30am. 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 has re-opened
- Joggers using Brompton Cemetery for their daily exercise can now run anywhere across the site while maintaining a sensible, safe distance from other visitors. Normal cycling and dog restrictions apply.
- We have begun processing fitness training licence applications again. All operators will need to comply with the latest Government guidance and pass a Covid-19 risk assessment, so applications may take a little longer than usual. We currently do not have the capacity to host one-day fitness licences.
- Dogs must be kept under control at all times in all of London's eight Royal Parks and in Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens. Additionally, visitors are required to obey notices which restrict access to dogs in some areas or require them to be kept on leads
- Both existing fishing licenses and applications for new fishing licenses are suspended until further notice.
The Hub Sports Facility (Regent's Park)
Closure of The Hub
- We have taken the difficult decision to close The Hub until further notice.
Cancellation of summer bookings at The Hub
- We have cancelled the majority of bookings for sports activities in Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill until 31 August.
- Where sports have received government approval to return to play (such as cricket) we are asking to see clubs written COVID-19 plan and risk assessments to ensure compliance with NGB and government guidelines. Due to this increased administration we are not accepting any new sports bookings this summer.
- Our winter sports season is scheduled to commence 5th September. For winter sports booking queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 social distancing to prevent the disease spreading.
Visitor and education centres, community programmes and volunteering
- All visitor centres and The LookOut Discovery Centre in Hyde Park are now temporarily closed
- All learning and education programmes, and community programmes have been suspended for the summer term. We are reviewing this on a regular basis in line with Government guidelines. These include all activities for school groups delivered by The Royal Parks and our partners
- The Royal Parks is carefully reintroducing some volunteering in the coming weeks. This will be a phased reintroduction and will start with roles that can be done outside, are not public facing, and can be undertaken in small groups of six or less, where it is possible to keep at a safe distance from others at all times. The Royal Parks team will be in touch when and if it is appropriate to do so.