This working farm was built on a neglected bombsite in the late ’70s. Every spare inch at Stepney City Farm is used to grow produce, with the outskirts covered in delicious-smelling herbs.
Those dwelling in the farm include attention-seeking geese who enjoy being patted, bunnies, two church-going donkeys who take part in the St Dunstan’s Palm Sunday Service, a grumpy billy goat and George the donkey, who is fond of unauthorised snacks in the garden. The guinea pigs earn their keep by working as teeny-tiny lawnmowers.
Whatever the season, you’ll find the best of British produce: gooseberries, rhubarb, apples and redcurrants – pretty much anything that would taste good in a crumble. There’s also a forest garden with a harvest of figs, mulberries, alpine strawberries and Egyptian walking onion (nope, us neither, but it sounds very interesting). The on-site café serves traditional dishes using ingredients grown on the farm as much as possible, and high welfare, locally reared meat.
Every Saturday there’s a farmer’s market with stalls selling cheese, bread, meat, veg and fresh juice – everything you need for a good Ploughman’s lunch. There is also a brilliant calendar of events which includes a Summer Solstice fundraiser and a weekend celebrating the animal kingdom’s hardest-working member, the bumblebee. You can get your craft on in one of the farm’s many classes, run by potters, woodworkers and textile artists. Miriam Bouteba
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Fantastic free resource in our community. People visit for first dates, family outings, school trips, coffee mornings, hungover Sunday's, holidays and more. A working farm in the heart of the city where you can feed and interact with the animals, sample their tasty greens in the cafe and learn about food and farming while having fun.
A working farm with numerous young farmers, farm cats, toy cars for children to ride around the yard, an impressive vegetable patch, and an excellent cafe. Plus a market on Saturday, a nativity play at Christmas, and a focus on animal welfare and the role of animals and farming in the local community. Plus, of course, animals.
Urban oasis, a great community centre in the truest sense. Offers work experience to local school children who want to work with animals and is in some cases a first and only opportunity to see farm animals up close.
A farm simply reminds people that before the city there was actually real life and animals were our friends, you know, before we cemented everything and left kids to think that milk comes from Tescos.
A fantastic place for children to experience what a real working farm is like. Plus holiday activities, a cafe serving delicious food and the opportunity to buy eggs freshly laid by a hen you have just walked past. What more could a person want?!
A lovely day out for all the family, a friendly and relaxed site and a really great place to take the kids over the holiday if you are on a budget, there is always lots to see and on the first Saturday of the month the on site artists run fun activities.
Great to have this in Limehouse - friendly staff, healthy & well looked after animals, good cafe & a very nice farmers market on Saturday. Great place for city children & their parents.