Public London Charter

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London’s amazing network of public spaces is what makes the city so special. They not only shape the way our city looks, they also have a profound impact on how and where we meet, walk, exercise, play, shop, eat and socialise. As well as their design, the management of public spaces also significantly affects how they are used and perceived by the public.

The Public London Charter sets out principles for the management and maintenance of public space to help ensure new public spaces are inclusive places, offering the highest level of public access, and ensuring any rules or restrictions are only those that are essential for the safe management of the space. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has also highlighted the importance of public spaces and the inequalities that exist in Londoners’ access to outside space, in particular, the distinctions in access to private and public outside space. As the capital recovers from the pandemic, it is essential for the longer-term resilience of the city that public spaces can be shared and enjoyed by all Londoners.

The Public London Charter can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.


Arial view of people dancing and sitting outside underneath bunting in Wood Green, London.
People sitting on a long bench and walking through Barking Town Centre, with residential development and trees in the background.


What has happened so far

Work started on the Public London Charter in early 2019 with the development of an evidence base which was used to inform the Charter. These documents can be viewed under the important links.

The GLA also held a number of workshops of to understand the needs and priorities of different groups when it comes to public spaces in London. This work has also helped shape the draft Charter.


How to take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Public London Charter. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will also be running several consultation events where you can find out more about the guidance, and have your questions answered. If you have any queries about this consultation, please email PublicCharterLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.


A group of artists performing in a public open space surrounded by buildings. A large crowd is watching the performance.


London’s amazing network of public spaces is what makes the city so special. They not only shape the way our city looks, they also have a profound impact on how and where we meet, walk, exercise, play, shop, eat and socialise. As well as their design, the management of public spaces also significantly affects how they are used and perceived by the public.

The Public London Charter sets out principles for the management and maintenance of public space to help ensure new public spaces are inclusive places, offering the highest level of public access, and ensuring any rules or restrictions are only those that are essential for the safe management of the space. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has also highlighted the importance of public spaces and the inequalities that exist in Londoners’ access to outside space, in particular, the distinctions in access to private and public outside space. As the capital recovers from the pandemic, it is essential for the longer-term resilience of the city that public spaces can be shared and enjoyed by all Londoners.

The Public London Charter can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.


Arial view of people dancing and sitting outside underneath bunting in Wood Green, London.
People sitting on a long bench and walking through Barking Town Centre, with residential development and trees in the background.


What has happened so far

Work started on the Public London Charter in early 2019 with the development of an evidence base which was used to inform the Charter. These documents can be viewed under the important links.

The GLA also held a number of workshops of to understand the needs and priorities of different groups when it comes to public spaces in London. This work has also helped shape the draft Charter.


How to take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Public London Charter. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will also be running several consultation events where you can find out more about the guidance, and have your questions answered. If you have any queries about this consultation, please email PublicCharterLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers, will be available shortly.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.