Providing a cornucopia of facilities to delight its young patrons, the Bloomsbury-located Coram’s Fields is one of the most child-friendly open spaces in central London. Set on the former site of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1747 as a sanctuary for unwanted babies, Coram’s Fields continues to protect children by enforcing a strict policy that only permits adults to enter if accompanied by a child under 16. 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, see saws and swings on the east side. There’s also a city farm and an adventure playground for the older kids with a zip wire, tunnel slide and lots of climbing equipment made out of natural materials. Robust ride-on toys come out during certain periods, and kids adore making the most of this large and beautiful inner city space on borrowed wheels.
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Essential for urban kids- lovely safe place for kids to socialise and parents to chat and have a coffee. My kids and their friends grew up here
Sadly we also found it run down. It has so much potential, but is unloved and the tea room dismal and over priced. I hope to visit again and see some improvements. I will be writing to the council.
I went recently and thought it was quite run down. Lots of the play equipment was broken/out of use or shabby. The only animals were rabbits in tiny cages and chickens. The toilet doors had broken locks on and were quite smelly. Its a shame, but I think I won't be returning.
I was surprised at how dirty the indoor play areas were. The toy selection was good but most looked like they could really do with a scrub. There was a paddling area in the sandpit but the water was beyond dirty. It was so murky you couldn't see through it, absolutely disgusting. The animal selection was a bit dull and worryingly all chickens were missing feathers on their bottoms. I have no idea if they were moulting or if it was lice. The queue to the cafe was long and slow moving so I gave up on trying to get a drink. It looked like there was only one staff member working there and while she was running her feet off, there just were too many customers for her to deal with on her lonesome.
I like the playground but it's a shame that it's just very shabby and neglected.
Personally, I think its a good resource especially as its the only one for miles but its dirty and the cafe is overpriced and mediocre at best, filthy places to sit and I won't be going back with my kids. Been a couple times to give it a go but its badly looked after.
Great to be reminded of this wonderful play centre and park for children in London. A quick look at their website shows what great work they do and why they deserve our support. It's definitely going to be somewhere I will be visiting with my grandchildren in the weeks to come.