Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue, and just because you are on a trip doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the smoky deliciousness that is a grilled steak or chargrilled corn. While it may not be the first culinary experience that springs to mind in a city brimming with fabulous street food and Michelin star eateries, London has plenty of great public BBQ venues available too. These locations are places where you can set up one of your own and get cooking! Why not grab a few friends, stock up on some delicious foods and grab a disposable BBQ to picnic in style during your stay?

shutterstock_236076310Individual rules still apply at these sites, meaning it’s a great idea to check ahead of time before heading out for your summer London barbecue.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields – Holborn

As the biggest public square in all of London, Lincoln’s Inn Field’s has a rich history. The park is surrounded by no less than several grand historic buildings including the John Soane’s Museum which dates back as far as the 17th century. Just 25 minutes away from the Piccadilly London West End hotels, this park is a popular space for barristers hosting summer parties due to its location within the Inns of Court which ties it closely to the foundations of the UK legal system. With a tennis court, benches and centralised location, the opportunity to BBQ in this park is the icing on the cake.

Highbury Fields – Islington

This stunning, 29-acre park is Islington’s largest part, and around half an hour away from Piccadilly. Offering a variety of features such as an extensive play area for children, lots of sporting facilities and even a swimming pool, the park also has its own café and club. Noted as a site of interest for nature conservationists, the BBQ facilities are specially designated and the park is open 24 hours a day.

Waterlow Park – Highgate

With its idyllic setting on a hilltop and with stunning views over London, Waterlow Park is only around 35 minutes away from Piccadilly, making it a great venue to visit from your base at The Piccadilly London West End hotels. The park opens at 7.30am each morning and closes at 9.30pm giving plenty of opportunity to rustle up some summer barbecuing in stunning surroundings.

Cantelowes Garden, Camden

Based on the outskirts of cool Camden Town, this is a great barbecue spot for revellers. Cantelowes Gardens has undergone extensive renovation since 2007 and now includes a state-of-the-art skatepark among its many attractions, alongside a large sports pitch and pavilion and lots of landscaped gardens for getting away for it all, alongside ample dog walking facilities. Opening at 8am each morning and closing at dusk, it is nearby the underground station of Camden Town and only around 25 minutes from Piccadilly, making it a brilliant choice for lunchtime and early-afternoon barbecuing in style.