Adventure playgrounds in London

Time Out suggests great playgrounds all over London

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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 east London

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Opened to the public in April 2014, the new children's playground on the southern side of the park is ungated and very much open to visitors of all ages. It’s not easy to make us wish we were seven years old again, but Tumbling Bay pulls it off. It’s a truly awesome-looking area, packing in swings, slides, stepping stones, sand and water play, and a big treehouse with rope walkways, as well as squashy orange hills and a climbing wall to conquer. Energetic kids will spend hours here. Exhausted adults will find it conveniently close to the outdoor tables at the Timber Lodge café.

  1. E20 2ST
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Mile End Park

The Children's Park here is the place to head for a colourful and imaginative space that has a rope slide, scrambling wall, complicated climbing frame, swings and a see-saw, as well as a dedicated area for under-fives that includes a vast sandpit.

  1. Grove Rd, E3 5BH
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Victoria Park

Vicky Park is wonderful for youngsters: the V&A Playground is equipped with swings etc, and the fantastically designed Pools Playground encourages creative play. Victoria Park is seeing multi-million pound improvements in preparation for London 2012.

  1. Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
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Glamis Adventure Playground

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The idea behind this community project was to create a space where children can take controlled risks while they are playing – and Glamis Adventure Playground must be one of the few playgrounds in the country where children are actively encouraged to build and light a bonfire. There’s an amazing climbing structure, as well as swings and slides, and a vegetable garden to get grubby in. Indoor activities include arts, crafts and cooking. The playground won Adventure Playground of the Year 2007 and there’s a play-scheme organised during school holidays.

  1. 10 Glamis Road, E1W 3DQ
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Fiona S
Fiona S

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.

Tamsin
Tamsin

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.

Petra
Petra

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.

marie
marie

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.

Peter McGladdery
Peter McGladdery

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)

clare
clare

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.

Roz
Roz

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.

Chris
Chris

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.

Hannah
Hannah

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

Hayley
Hayley

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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