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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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Litter in our parks

Litter is up 30%-50% in the Royal Parks and we need people to take their litter home

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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.

In preparation for the Government's lockdown restrictions changing 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.

Playgrounds

The Royal Parks, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and City of London Corporation, who operate the largest open spaces in London, have decided to keep playgrounds and outdoor gyms closed this weekend.

This will be reviewed over the coming days but when they do re-open, we will ensure there is clear and appropriate signage telling users to take precautions, security fencing is removed and safety checks have been completed on equipment not used for some time.

The review of re-opening will also consider how large demand could be and if it is realistic for visitors to use our popular facilities and still maintain social distancing.

Safety is our biggest priority, both from using the equipment and minimising the risk of passing on infection when using the equipment, and this will continue to be assessed.

Toilets

From Saturday 4th July, the following public toilets will be open in our parks between 12:00 and 19:00:

  • Hyde Park (Bandstand, Reservoir, Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Lido Café)
  • Kensington Gardens (Marlborough Gate, Mount Gate)
  • The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill (Chester Road, Boathouse, Primrose Hill, Regent's Bar & Kitchen)
  • St James’s Park (Marlborough Gate and Horse Guards)
  • Greenwich Park (The Avenue, Rockery, Blackheath Gate, Pavilion Café)
  • Richmond Park (Kingston Gate, Roehampton Gate, Sheen Gate, Richmond Gate)
  • Bushy Park (The Playground, The Pheasantry Café)

All remaining toilets (apart from those in playgrounds) will open during the week commencing 6th July.

All toilets in playgrounds remain closed at this time.

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

  • To maintain staffing levels during the crisis Hyde Park will now close at 10pm. All other parks have reverted to their regular opening times as of 1st June.
  • All park offices are now closed to the public until further notice
  • The Isabella Plantation in Richmond 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

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.

A list of open cafés is below, if it's not on the list then it remains closed for the near future.

Hyde Park

  • 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

Kensington Gardens

  • Italian Gardens Café – with external seating
  • Broad Walk Café – with external seating
  • Albert Memorial Kiosk (weekends)
  • Broad Walk Mobile Unit Comma Van

Brompton Cemetery

  • Café North Lodge
  • Canada Gate Kiosk
  • Marlborough Gate
  • Artillery Memorial Kiosk
  • Seasonal Mobile Unit 1
  • Seasonal Mobile Unit 2 (weekends)

Richmond

  • Roehampton Café – with external seating
  • Broomfield Hill Kiosk
  • Pen Pond Kiosk
  • Pembroke Lodge Kiosk

Bushy

  • 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

Roads through the parks

Car parks at our inner parks (Hyde and Regent's) will reopen shortly (see below for details), but car parks at our outer parks (Bushy, Richmond and Greenwich) remain closed at present. Please follow the Government's guidance on transport by walking or cycling to the parks and, wherever possible, stick to your local green space.

Inner Parks - Hyde Park, The Regent's Park, St. James's Park and The Green Park

  • Public car parking in Hyde Park will resume from Monday 15th June.
    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 will resume from Saturday 13th June.
    Pay and display car parking will be available from 09:00 to 18:30, Monday to Sunday.

Outer Parks - Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park

  • As our roads are closed, there is no public car parking permitted within our outer parks at present.
    The only exception is for Blue Badge holders visiting Richmond Park, who can access car parking facilities at Sheen Gate car park from 07:00 to 19:00, Monday to Sunday. Stewards will admit them on presentation of their Blue Badge. Within the Royal Parks, Blue Badge holders can park for up to four hours free of charge. It is an offence to park anywhere outside of designated car parking facilities.
  • 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.

Cycling in the parks

  • Cycling in Richmond Park is welcomed on weekdays on designated routes. Commuting keyworkers and under 12s with family can cycle at weekends.
  • Cycle hire docking stations at all Royal Parks are shut at weekends until further notice.

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.

Small events

  • 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 remainder of 2020.   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 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.
  • All outdoor adult exercise areas such as the outdoor gym in Hyde Park and the Trim Trail in The Regent’s Park remain closed
  • 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
  • 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.

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 July, 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 July, 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 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.

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 »

Litter in our parks

Litter is up 30%-50% in the Royal Parks and we need people to take their litter home

Find out more »

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