Conceived to offer both pleasure and the regulation thereof in one of the capital's dodgier districts, Battersea Park was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. It now has so much going for it that it's almost unfair. What other green space in the capital can boast Thames views, an art gallery (The Pump House) and a zoo. It's so full of variety it's impossible not to stumble upon something new each time you visit. Kids love Battersea Park: the pedalos on the charming, landscaped boating lake, the sights and smells of the walled gardens. Battersea Park’s adventure playground is superb, with plenty of original and imaginatively-built features. The climbing structures, slides and high climbing nets present unusual challenges for children aged 5+, and there’s a separate area for younger kids too. But really, it's all about the animals. An enclosure apparently containing deer (they're elusive) is fun, but Battersea Park's ace is its family-run zoo, complete with lemurs, meerkats and pygmy goats. There's the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home too.
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Santa at Battersea Park Children's Zoo
Santa's spending some time getting to know Battersea Park Children's Zoo's animals this December, and children are welcome to come and visit him. Visitors to his grotto can share their Christmas wish list and will receive a sticker, small gift, drink...Saturday December 5 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015Read more
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London Santa Run
The annual Santa fun run returns to Battersea – this year upping the usual 5k route to 6k – to raise money for Disability Snowsport UK, a charity that helps people with disabilities take part in various winter sports. The entry fee includes your Santa...Quirky events Saturday December 5 2015Read more
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This is a lovely place for a romantic walk, especially in winter - compared to other parks this feels much more relaxed and chilled out.
This park has EVERYTHING! A boating lake, cafes, fountains, bowling greens, cricket pitches, rugby pitches, Astro/Hockey pitches, a sports arena, tennis courts, a conference/exhibition centre, a band stand, a Pagoda (!), a zoo, a children's adventure playground, fountains and tons of beautiful open green space right on the river. Oh, and a brand new crazy golf and go ape centre for the big kids. What is not to love about London's best park!