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Adventure playgrounds in London
Time Out suggests great playgrounds all over London
Many of London’s parks have fantastically imaginative adventure playgrounds that will keep the brood happy for a whole day. Time Out picks the best ones in each area of the city. Think we've missed a great adventure playground? Tell us in the comments below
Adventure playgrounds in central London
The children's park on this beautiful walled garden site is simply the best for miles around. There's an enormous sandpit and all sorts of toddler climbing frames, plus an adventure playground for the older kids.
- 93 Guilford St, WC1N 1DN
This commemorative play area is easily the best bit of Kensington Gardens for a child. A huge pirate ship on its own beach takes centre stage (take buckets and spades). Beyond this lies the tepee camp.
Note that there are likely to be queues at popular times, and if you'd rather not wait you can head to the nearby Hyde Park Playground. Refurbed in summer 2014, the more modest space includes a 'jungle area' where kids can get up close to nature, as well as conventional attractions like a slide and nest swing. It is located on the southern boundary of the park between the Serpentine and South Carriage Drive.
- Nr Black Lion Gate, Broad Walk, W2 2UH
There are in fact around 80 staffed adventure playgrounds in London, and a number which cater specifically for children with disabilities and special needs. These include the excellent Oasis Children's Venture and Charlie Chaplin playgrounds in Lambeth, and KIDS in Hackney. Visit www.londonplay.org.uk and click on 'Find a place to play' to see a map of adventure playgrounds or 'Find local play organisations' to search by key word.
There are accessible swings and a roundabout at Priory Park in Crouch End. There are accessible swings in Finsbury Park, Hampstead Heath (Gospel Oak playground). This Timeout list of 'adventure' playgrounds is completely shocking - only three in the whole of London. I could do better in about 5 seconds! My favourites: amazing adventure play in Trent Park petting zoo, fantastic open outdoor play in Stoke Newington playground plus a small animal enclosure and paddling pool in summer. Priory Park also has an ace paddling pool.
Queens Park playground in NW6 is a great place to go with your little and big kids. There is a massive sandpit, paddling pool and a great climbing wall with a big slide. The park is a treat itself.
Coram's fields. in my opinion no great, rather shabby. Though my god daughter quite enjoyed herself on the slides, climbing frames and rather dubious paddling pool. It was a very chilled out relaxed place. Lots of tree cover so good on a sunny day. The petting zoo didn't seem to be open when we went, though it was nice to look at the animals. As parks go, rather average. But I did have a nice day at the same time. Mostly because of the company.
There is a big (relatively) new one just behind the London Eye. Smaller play areas in town include one between St Giles in the Fields & Phoenix Gardens (off Tottenham court road south of Oxford St) and Whitfield Street (between Charlotte St & Tottenham Court Road)
Coram fields is not worth the travel was hugely disappointed no fields in sight in fact not even a piece of grass. More like a concrete jungle in need of desperate repair and up dating. Hardly anything there for the children to play on and they were bored within 20 mins of getting there.
Further to Hayley's comment, I have to agree why no information on those playgrounds that cater for children with additional needs/mobility access. I lived in London for 15 years but now wish to visit with my learning and mobility impaired son. There is a shocking lack of information in the city that claims to have it all! Hayley, be sure visit us at The Yard in that other capital city, Edinburgh. Its an adventure playground in the heart of our capital city specially designed for children with additional needs. Looks like London hasn't got there yet.
There's something seriously wrong with your idea of adventure playgrounds; most listed are not apg's. How you can only list 3 staffed sites is beyond me. contact London Play for a full list & information. There are also several sites that cater specifically for children with special needs / disabilities.
There is another Adventure Playground in Richmond - Upon - Thames called Marble Hill Playcentres, We are an inclusive facility which has an informal family drop in centre for 0 - 5 year olds, a Toy Library and an Award winning Adventure Playground for 5 - 15 year olds. Please see www.marblehillplaycentres.com for more details. Thanks
There is never any info about places to go with disabled children, something where they too can join in and interact. And we need playgrounds with wheelchair accessible swings, roundabouts etc. Please help disabled children feel included too!
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