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Date updated: 4/04/2023

Hire a park or garden in the Square Mile

The City of London is home to many small green spaces, sometimes known as 'pocket parks', providing the resident and non-resident community with oases of calm in the busy metropolis. Several of the gardens are well-suited to small events and are available for hire.

Please note: All small event applications have a lead time of eight weeks minimum.

Small events

A small event can be any event with less than 500 attendees, including:

  • Performing arts, theatre productions and poetry recitals
  • Guided walks and community events involving local people
  • Celebrations, receptions and themed events

Filming and Photography

Apply for a licence or permit to film or take photos in City gardens. 

Popular spaces available for hire

 Find a park, garden or churchyard in the Square Mile to hire. 

Fees and charges

The event fees vary in accordance with the type, nature and size of the proposed event. A refundable deposit is also required to cover the cost of potential damage. A non-refundable application fee for commercial and corporate events is payable at the time of application.

How to apply

To apply to hold an event in one of our sites please complete the City Gardens Event Application Form and return it to us via email.

City Gardens Events Policy PDF (318KB)
Date submitted: 20/09/22
City Gardens Event Application Form PDF (187KB)
Date submitted: 9/04/23
Email the City Gardens team