Trading in parks

We get many enquiries from people wishing to trade in Hackney’s parks – businesses often want to sell ice cream, coffee or other refreshments.


Can I trade in Hackney’s parks?

Because of the high demand from traders, we’re not currently able to grant licences to everyone who wants to trade.

We occasionally advertise opportunities to those who have expressed interest in trading in our parks. 

I’ve seen a building or a space in a park that I’m interested in. Can I talk to someone about it?

Because of the high volume of interest in our parks, if we offer any trading opportunity we would need to advertise it.

We’re unable to discuss ideas with people at this time. Register your interest and we’ll inform you of any opportunities that arise.

How do I get permission to trade?

To enable all traders to have a fair opportunity to trade in our parks, any opportunity will be advertised and open to competition.

If you apply and are successful, you would sign a contract and license with the Council.

How do I know when opportunities are available?

Please register your interest on this page and select ‘Business opportunities’. We’ll write to you if any business opportunities become available.

Where will opportunities be advertised?

We’ll email you directly if you register your interest on this page. Also, keep an eye on our tenders and contracts page and Hackney Today.

Can I apply to trade at events?

Most events in Hackney are put on by third party organisations, and you’ll need to contact them directly if you wish to trade at their events:

Can I run personal training in parks?

If you want to run a personal training service in our parks, you don’t currently need a license to trade.

Please make sure you don’t cause any damage to the parks, and please choose quieter parks and times of day to operate.

You should have a risk assessment in place. You’re not allowed to play music during your session.

Can I give out sample products?

We occasionally allow this. You’ll need permission to do so.

I’m interested in running a market in Hackney’s parks

We’re not currently advertising any market opportunities in our parks. Please register for updates to hear about any future opportunities.

Closure of Clissold House Cafe

The cafe at Clissold House is currently closed because its operator is in administration. It will stay closed until further notice.

We will be working to review both short-term and longer-term options for the Clissold House Cafe, but this may take many months.

Register for updates


Page updated on: 14 March 2024

Parks and Green Spaces


Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm (telephone)
  • Wednesday – 9am to 4pm (telephone)