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.
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 west London
Queens Park has a giant sandpit, a paddling pool (resurfaced in 2010) and patrolling wardens, and plans are afoot to give it a naturalistic makeover when sufficient funds have been raised.
- Milman Rd, NW6 6EN
Kids are well catered for with a nature trail and four play areas which feature a paddling pool, a rope and post fitness circuit and an adventure playground with fort-style climbing frames, slides and a popular basket swing.
- Ravenscourt Rd, W6 0UL
Dukes Meadows is a great local addition to Chiswick, with a paddling pool and a variety of climbing and adventure play equipment constructed largely from wood and landscaped earth.
- Riverside Drive, W4 2SH
The history of Holland Park, one of London’s finest green spaces, makes an interesting tale for history buffs and horticulturalists alike. The park surrounds a Jacobean mansion, Holland House, named after its second owner, the Earl of Holland, whose wife was the first person in England to successfully grow dahlias. In the 19th century, Holland House became a hub of political and literary activity, visited by Disraeli and Lord Byron amongst others, but was largely destroyed by bombs during WWII. These days, dahlias are still grown within the 55 acres of Holland Park, which also houses the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens with its koi carp and bridge at the foot of a waterfall. Not to be missed for families is the playground, with its extensive climbing equipment, zip wire, giant see-saw and tyre swing. There’s also a fenced-in separate play area for younger children. In summer, open-air theatre and opera are staged in the park.
- Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
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!
Most popular kids' event
Discover the best play centres in London with Time Out's guide
Find London's best ice rinks open all year round
Find the best climbing walls for kids and adults
Try a a river or canal boat tour
Explore our list of great ideas for days out with the kids near London