Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park tennis courts re-opening, but Heath bathing ponds still closed and bosses call for social distancing to be observed

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 May 2020 | UPDATED: 13:33 17 May 2020

Hampstead Heath in the spring of 2020. Picture: André Langlois

Hampstead Heath in the spring of 2020. Picture: André Langlois


Tennis courts in Regent’s Park have reopened, with those in Hampstead Heath set to follow on Saturday May 16 – but the Heath’s bathing ponds and the Parliament Hill Lido remain closed.

The City of London Corporation, which manage the Heath, and the Royal Parks, which looks after Regent’s Park, have both confirmed some facilities will be open for the first time since mid-March.

In a statement, the City of London Corporation said: “Our tennis courts will be open with social distancing measures in place.”

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Tom Jarvis, director of parks at the Royal Parks, said: “We welcome visitors to enjoy the parks for relaxation and exercise. But please remember: we’re still in the middle of a crisis and must work together to show kindness to others and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.”

The Royal Parks’ car parks will not reopen, nor will public toilets. On the Heath, Jack Straw’s car park and the Lido car park are both open for pay-by-phone use.

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