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In line with recent changes to government guidance on COVID-19, we have reopened all of our car parks for pay-by-phone parking only from 7.30am to 8.30pm each day.

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Coronavirus: new government instructions on parks and open spaces

The City of London Corporation is maintaining public access to its green spaces for residents needing exercise and fresh air, benefitting physical and mental wellbeing. However, all public facilities are closed in line with the Government instructions on COVID-19.

In order to enjoy our parks and open spaces we request you:

  • maintain social distancing and keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • do not try to use the playgrounds, toilets, gyms and other public facilities that are closed
  • please take all your litter and your dog waste home to dispose of
  • keep your dog under control, preferably on a lead, at all times keep your dog under control - preferably on a lead - at all times

The Corporation is constantly monitoring the circumstances across its green spaces during this national emergency. If social distancing advise, unnecessary travel are other rules are not being followed, we may have to close gated parks and green spaces.

For latest information, please visit the government advice to accessing green spaces.


The following facilities are closed until further notice:

  • Toilets
  • Playgrounds 
  • The Hill Garden and Pergola
  • The outdoor gym
  • Swimming facilities including the Lido and bathing ponds
  • All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice

Changes to service

  • All cafés are operating a take-away service only
  • Parliament Hill Athletics Track is open for casual use only and must be booked online in advance
  • Parliament Hill Bowling Green is open but must be booked online in advance
  • Golders Hill Park will be closing at 7pm until further notice

Important message for swimmers

Note: Apart from life-guarded areas of swimming ponds, swimming in Hampstead Heath ponds is very dangerous and not permitted.

A Hampstead Heath strategy for the next ten years

Our new Hampstead Heath Management Strategy 2018 – 2028 sets out priorities that will guide our management of the Heath over the next ten years. These priorities will help us achieve the aspirations of the Heath Vision - developed with the help of feedback from a wide range of Heath users and local stakeholders,

The Strategy includes a set of outcomes designed to link to our priorities which will guide the work delivered on the ground, and also to the wider City of London Corporate Plan and Vision of contributing to a flourishing society, supporting a thriving economy and shaping outstanding environments.

Find out more on our management page.

Oak Processionary Moth

Oak Processionary Moth is a notifiable pest which the City of London are working closely with the Forestry Commission to control. The species' caterpillars shed allergenic hairs which can cause a serious rash in both humans and animals on contact. The caterpillars cause minimal damage to the trees themselves unless the caterpillar numbers are very high. The pesticide is a naturally occurring bacterial extract that targets only caterpillars feeding at the time of application and poses no risk to people, animals and other wildlife.

For further information on OPM visit our dedicate page on Oak Processionary Moth. If you have any questions or concerns please call 0207 332 3322.

It is important for the public, and their pets, not to touch or approach any nests or caterpillars and, if found, to alert Heath staff with the date, time and location of the nest or caterpillar on 020 7332 3322,  and to then alert the Forestry Commission.