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Information about parking in London
Finding and accessing most areas of the UK’s capital city by car is relatively straightforward (at least until you’re in the heart of the bustling centre), with the M25 encircling and linking Greater London to the rest of the country.
However, high volumes of traffic and high demand for space in the city centre can result in a challenging parking experience.
Greater London consists of 33 borough councils, each charging different rates for on-street parking – so be sure to check your destined area’s tariffs before you park up.
It is also worth noting that London has a daily Congestion Charge in a clearly defined zone of Central London, costing £11.50 per day. This, coupled with London’s very convenient integrated transport system, should both be factors you consider when planning any trip by car. More information on London’s Congestion Charge can be found on the Transport for London website.
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Depending on the location, prices can vary significantly when it comes to on-street parking within London. In regards to the more expensive city centre parking, there are a number of options – but all usually have limited spaces available.
Paid parking bays in Central London can set you back as much as £4.90 per hour in places such as Soho or Hyde Park, but you can save substantially by parking a little less centrally – Regent’s Park, for example, has fares as low as £2.40.
On-street pay-and-display parking generally operates between 8:30am and 6:30pm in London. However, be aware that each borough council will have their own terms and tariffs.
You can browse on-street parking spaces across London, and see what’s available during your visit, via the JustPark map.
|Little Russell Street (o/s 35)/Holborn and Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£0.45 / 5 minutes||2 hours|
|Little Russell Street/Holborn and Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£0.45 / 5 minutes||2 hours|
|High Holborn/Holborn and Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£0.45 / 5 minutes||2 hours|
|Bury Place/Holborn and Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£0.45 / 5 minutes||2 hours|
|Streatham Street/Holborn and Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£0.45 / 5 minutes||2 hours|
Off-street car parks in London can be incredibly expensive, with some charging £50 per day. That being said, NCP are a good off-street option, with over 100 car parks in London that operate 24 hours per day. They generally provide a cheaper option than other privately-run car parks, and are often better value than on-street parking too. Some of these car parks start at around £25/ day, but the ones more central can be just as pricey as the most expensive options.
JustPark offer thousands of reservable off-street spaces across the city, in both public and private car parks – with plenty to choose from in popular areas such as Shoreditch, Southwark and Brixton. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.
|London Shaftesbury||National Car Parks||£5.00 / 30 minutes|
|Bloomsbury Square Car Park||London Borough of Camden||£6.00 / hour|
|Covent Garden||London Borough of Camden||£5.00 / 30 minutes|
|China Town||Westminster City Council||£7.00 / hour|
|Brunswick Square||London Borough of Camden||£11.00 / 2 hours|
London’s public transport is unrivalled in the UK – with fantastic overground, underground and bus links making all of Greater London very accessible on one easy integrated system (meaning travelcards and tickets can be used across the various transport types).
When visiting inside the Congestion Charge Zone, it may be worth considering parking just a few stops outside of the central areas – using public transport to complete the rest of your journey, which can save you time and money.
Disabled parking is widely available throughout the city and can be found at many of London’s most popular attractions.
The Blue Badge Scheme enables holders to park in disabled spaces that can be found at London Zoo, almost all city museums, and at tourist destinations further afield such as Kew Gardens.
Blue Badge holders are also entitled to exemption from London’s Congestion Charge – to attain this, you will need to apply through the Transport for London website.
You can also filter when searching on JustPark to show all our London parking spaces which have disabled access (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
Parking restrictions & event days
London’s many stadiums and arenas usually have event-specific tariffs in the surrounding areas, making on-street parking difficult on these days. It’s worth keeping up with the schedule of any nearby stadiums and other one-off major events (such as the London Marathon), as these will undoubtedly affect your parking options throughout the year.
Some spaces are reserved solely for Resident Permit and Blue Badge holders, so be careful not to park in these illegally. However, all options shown on the JustPark map can be parked in as normal – we’ll only show you spaces which are not restricted during your required times.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
Many pay-and-display spaces are free to park in overnight as long as you depart before tariffs start (which can be as early as 6am, so be careful!). Many car parks do offer overnight tariffs, but NCP’s 24-hour car parks are probably the most affordable solution in London.
Most councils offer free pay-and-display parking on Sundays. In some boroughs, such as Kensington and Chelsea, pay-and-display spaces are also free on Bank Holidays – but other councils will still charge on all days due to limited spaces.
To see what’s available overnight, enter your dates and times on our search results page.
There is so much to see and do in London – from spying the city from the London Eye, to exploring history in the Tower of London. You can marvel at the grandiose Buckingham Palace, or simply absorb the atmosphere of a thriving city from Leicester Square. And with a wealth of ways to get around, parking and transport woes shouldn’t have to be a part of any day in the UK’s capital city.
The Best Parks in London
When you visit London you need to include a visit to at least one of London’s best parks. London is well known for its large number of green spaces, and a stroll through one of the parks in London is a must, whatever the season of the year.
During the summer we can expect colourful free events in London’s parks, as well as ice-cream vans and Londoners do love a picnic in any of the parks. During the winter months, the parks in London become beautiful walking spots, and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is one of the biggest attractions.
The Best Parks in London
1. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Hyde Park is one of the parks in London that you simply cannot miss if you’re planning a trip to London. It’s right in the centre of London, and you can easily walk to it from Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus. Exploring the whole length of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens will take you a few hours though, so it may be best to mark the spots that you definitely want to see on a map, such as the Serpentine Lake, the statue of Peter Pan, the Albert Memorial, Princess Diana Fountain….
A good way to see Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is by hiring a bike – it’s safe to cycle inside the park, it’s cheap and you’ll be able to see much more than walking if you’re limited on time.
Hyde Park is known for it’s friendly squirrels – make sure you take some peanuts for them if you want them to come near you, but mind your fingers!
2. Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is located in the north part of central London, and it’s within easy reach from London’s famous wax museum Madame Tussauds on Marylebone Road, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum near Baker Street Undergound Station. It’s undoubtedly one of London’s most beautiful parks, with mouth opening flower displays. The Open-Air-Theatre in Regent’s Park is one of our favourite things in London during the summer months, so if you’re planning a trip to London during the summer keep it in mind, as a picnic in the park and the open air theatre make a fantastic day out. London Zoo is also located in Regent’s Park, and Regent’s Canal crosses Regent’s Park by the Zoo, and another of our favourite things to do in London is walking along the canal from Little Venice to Camden Town.
3. Green Park & St. James´s Park
These two parks in London sit on either side of Buckingham Palace. You can cross Green Park to get from Piccadilly Street to Buckingham Palace, and from Buckingham Palace you can cross St James’s Park to get to Whitehall. St James’s Park is only small, but it is extremely beautiful and unmissable. A wonderful lake in the middle of the park is the home of hundreds of birds, including the famous pelicans of St James’s Park, make sure you keep an eye out for them! The amount of squirrels asking for food in both of these parks always get everyone’s attention.
4. Holland Park
Holland Park is one of London’s Hidden Secrets, known very well by Londoners but less popular for tourists. If you are visiting London and have plenty of time I’d say that Holland Park is one of the places to add to your list of places to see in London, as even though it’s in central is not particularly near any of the most touristy bits of the city, so not frequently visited by tourists but loved by locals. In Holland Park you’ll find the Japanese Gardens, one of London’s best kept secrets!
5. Richmond Park
For those of you that have plenty of days to visit London, or that are not visiting London for the first time, exploring other areas of London rather than just staying in zone 1 is a must, and Richmond Upon Thames is definitely one of the places I’d recommend. You can spend a whole day visiting Richmond, going in all the shops and boutiques, walking along the Thames and even going on a boat to Hampton Court Palace or nearby Kingston-Upon-Thames. Richmond Park is one of the largest parks in London, and it’s a great spot to go deer-watching! Yes, you read that right, hundreds of deers run free in this park!
6. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead is another one of those places not frequently visited by tourists, and it’s the first one that you need to include in your list if you have a few hours to spare! From Hampstead Underground Station you can talk a pleasant walk through Hampstead iconic’s streets and shops, and then walk to Hampstead Heath, with its beautiful lakes and stunning views if you climb up to Parliament Hill.
7. Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is home to London’s Observatory and the Prime Meridian. Visiting this part of London makes a great day out, you can easily get to Greenwich using the underground and DLR (Dockland Light Railway) or to make it even more special, you can get a river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich. In Greenwich, make sure you visit the market and see Cutty Sark, there are also plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from if you’re feeling a bit hungry or thirsty. Climb up to Greenwich Park, and visit the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian, taking in the breathtaking views of London’s Skyline from here.
4 London parks most tourists miss
Greater London boasts a striking 3,000 public open spaces across 32 boroughs and the City of London. During the worst of the pandemic, London parks served an extraordinarily important function for locals. They were places where people could be active outside, places where some semblance of normalcy could be staked. Happily, you don’t have to wait for the next pandemic to appreciate these parks.
Most visitors are familiar with London’s most famous parks, among these, Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park, and the Regent’s Park. These parks are four of London’s eight Royal Parks, which means that they were originally used by the royal family for recreational purposes.
But beyond these central London parks are a huge number of lovely verdant places for year-round enjoyment. Swim and relax in the shade during the summer; track the changing of the seasons in autumn and spring; stay active during the dark winter season.
Here are four less well-known parks across London, parks most visitors are unlikely to stumble upon.
Peckham Rye Park & Common
Nearest train station: Peckham Rye (Overground and Thameslink)
Bus lines: 12, 63, 343, 363
Peckham Rye Park sits south of buzzy, rapidly gentrifying Peckham, far south of the Thames. There is a quiet community garden, an arboretum, several gardens (a formal English garden, a Japanese garden, and a nature garden), and a fun, cheery café called The Round.
Peckham Rye is lovely all year, though, like all of London parks, it really comes alive during the summer months.
As a bonus, it’s within easy walking distance from both Peckham High Street and very pleasant East Dulwich, both of which are full of great places to eat. (Lunch tip: Head to Persepolis, a good value vegetarian supermarket-café at 28-30 Peckham High Street.)
Beckenham Place Park
Nearest train station: Beckenham Hill (Thameslink)
Bus access: 54, 136
This massive south London park, expanded in 2019 by annexing a golf course, has a BMX track, a swimming lake, and loads of trails through woods. The social hub of the park is a 1760s mansion sitting atop a gentle green slope, which houses a café and hosts frequent events.
Beckenham Place Park takes some time to reach from central London; unless you want to make a day of the park, combine a visit here with some other south London attractions, like the Horniman Museum and Gardens or Crystal Palace, with its triangle of interesting shops and cafes.
Vibrant blooms at Golders Hill Park. Photo: Laura Nolte
Golders Hill Park
Nearest Tube stations: Hampstead and Golders Green (Edgware branch of Northern Line)
Bus access: 210, 268
Adjacent to the much better-known Hampstead Heath, Golders Hill Park is an enormously appealing London park. It has a playground, a free zoo, tennis courts, a lovely Georgian pergola with sweeping park views, a botanical garden, and a bird pond, among other features. Paths crisscross the park; the paths through wooded areas are especially rewarding.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Nearest Tube station: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly)
Bus access: 1, 8, 13, 55, 59, 113, 168, 188, 243, 521
The only truly central London park — to be exact, this is a public square, not a park — in this list, Lincoln’s Inn Fields sits adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn, one of London‘s four Inns of Court. (Inns of Court are professional legal associations; every lawyer — or barrister — in England and Wales belongs to one of these four associations.) The park features a wide grassy area perfect for summer picnics. There are also tennis and netball courts and a café.
On the north side of the square is Sir John Soane’s Museum, a lovely and often overlooked house museum featuring restored interiors and paintings from Soane’s wide-ranging collection.
What hidden gems have you come across in London? Share your favorite London parks and other attractions in the comments below!