Exhibition licences

Licensed artists can trade original art at one of our exhibition sites in Bayswater Road or Green Park. Before applying, visit the exhibition site you're interested in to check it's right for your work.

A parking space isn't provided as part of the licence.

Exhibition fact sheet (PDF, 84KB)

1. Exhibition sites

Bayswater Road

Times Sundays from 8am to 7pm (bank holiday Mondays are automatically added to the licence)
Location Map
Art that can be sold
  • only flat art which is the original work of the applicant can be sold
  • there are a limited number of craft pitches
  • prints and photographs are not permitted
Size of pitch 2.74m in length and some may be smaller

Green Park

Times Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 7pm​ (bank holiday Mondays can be added to the licence on request from the applicant)
Location Map
Art that can be sold
  • only art and craft (excluding t-shirts and sweatshirts) that are the original work of the applicant can be sold
  • There is a special dispensation for licence holders licensed continuously since 14 July 1989 which is why some t-shirts are being sold
  • prints and photographs are not permitted
Size of pitch 2.74m in length

Trade associations

Bayswater Road Artists

2. How to apply

View the available pitches on the Bayswater Road and Green Park Exhibition sites.

We try to allocate the desired pitches, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Apply for a street trading exhibition licence

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an appointment at our office. They will be required to bring two to three pieces of each type of original art and craft work to the appointment.

In addition, the applicant will be required to take out third party public liability insurance with a minimum liability of £2,000,000 prior to the application being granted. This can be arranged through the Bayswater Road Association or Green Park Arts and Crafts Association​, or traders can seek cover through alternative organisations. Once licensed, the trader must have a public liability insurance policy with a minimum liability of £2,000,000 in place throughout the time that the licence is in force.

3. What happens next

If an application is granted, a street trading exhibition licence will be issued along with an ID plate which should be displayed at all times while trading.

The street trading licence will remain in force until cancelled or revoked. You will be expected to comply with the licence conditions.

It is important to remember that:

  • traders must personally attend the pitch to exhibit their own work
  • if you are unable to trade due to ill health, charges may be waived if formally requested in writing (email is acceptable) supported by an original medical certificate which must be submitted as soon as possible after the period of illness
  • if you would like someone else to exhibit your work during your annual holiday, you should let us know in advance. The person's full name and address should be given in writing and they will need to show proof of identity as well as your street trading licence or ID plate. You, as the licence holder, will be responsible for the conduct of this person while they work the pitch
  • charges are payable even if you are unable to attend the exhibition on any given trading day
  • a licence can be cancelled at any time 

4. Replacement exhibition licence

If you misplace your street trading licence or ID plate, email streettradinglicensing@westminster.gov.uk to request a replacement.

The fee for a duplicate licence is £15.45. A replacement ID plate costs £2.06. Please e-mail streettradinglicensing@westminster.gov.uk if you require a replacement licence or ID plate.

Last updated: 30 March 2020