Play streets in Hackney


Regular play streets

Hackney is home of London’s play street revival. In 2011, with support from London Play and Hackney Play Association, this was the first borough in London to invite residents to open their streets for play. But there is always room for more play streets! See how to apply below. 

No deadlines for applications, but they usually take around 8-10 weeks to process.

A few hours, weekly or monthly

The council asks that applicants sign up as many supporters as possible. There is no defined proportion but you should be looking to demonstrate a good level of support.

Signage is provided by the council. Hackney Play Association offers free support to residents and schools on the practicalities of organising play streets.

Try before you buy – run a trial play street

Want to run a trial play street? Perhaps on Car Free Day or another day? You can! Find out if a play street is for you and your neighbours before committing to regular sessions by having a one-off event. Apply using a street party application; details below. 

Apply at least four weeks before your event.


Affected neighbours must be consulted about the event proposal.

Council provide road signs, barriers and diversion signs if necessary.

By the way…

Councils are liable to change dates, process and contact details. We try hard to keep this page updated but if you notice that something is not right, please let us know!

Our short course programme on specific topics, team and organisational training sessions are available at affordable prices. Hackney Play Association is willing and able to offer qualifications at all levels subject to demand.