A bottle wine and a park in London?

Old Apr 24th, 2011, 05:14 AM
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A bottle wine and a park in London?

Can you drink a bottle of wine in the parks of London? Not out of a paper bag, but on a picnic.
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 05:39 AM
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In the Royal Parks, yes. In other parks, such as Victoria or Finsbury, I don't know but, I suspect, also yes.
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 06:59 AM
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Be careful. Parts of many British towns and cities are designated 'Controlled Drinking Zones', giving the police powers to confiscate alcoholic drinks from picnickers and others drinking or even attempting to drink in open air. Royal Parks are ok, but some parks fall within a borough-wide no drinking zone, such as Camden (except Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Regent's Park).
So while you are usually safe in big parks like Royal Parks in Central London, drinking on a bench in a small neighbourhood park may not be. To be safe, look out for a sign, or ask a passing police officer or civilian police support officer.
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Old Apr 24th, 2011, 07:29 AM
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Controlled Drinking Zones aren't areas where drinking alcohol is banned. They're areas where "constables (which I think includes non-commissioned police support officers) can request people to stop drinking alcohol in the designated public places and/or surrender their drink."

Police and hobby bobbies are supposed to limit their intervention to "when anti-social behaviour is linked with the consumption of alcohol." This is supposed to mean crowds of the potentially unruly: not individual meths drinkers, picnickers or ordinary folk getting quietly but peaceably pissed while feeding the ducks.

Doesn't stop wannabe Hitlers trying it on. But even in a Controlled Zone, the onus of proof is supposed to be on the policeman to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of the demon drink provoking anti-social behaviour. Which is unlikely among tourists - even young Australian males (well, maybe in that case...)
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People drinking alcohol in the parks of London is something you see constantly. London seems to be far more leniant in this regard than most places.
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Old Apr 25th, 2011, 10:07 PM
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If you're doing a picnic complete with glasses (get plastic ones from a cheapo shop, please), I can't imagine you'll have a problem. Just don't leave any broken glass behind.
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