Slap-bang in the centre of the capital, Vauxhall City Farm began life more than 35 years ago when a group of architects squatting at St Oswald’s Place took over a small vacant plot.
More than 100 animals including seven rare-breed goats, three alpacas, nine horses, two pigs and one hedgehog named Mr Tiggywinkle call the farm home. The alpacas made their screen debut last year in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, in which they starred alongside (or rather, behind) a pack of storm troopers.
Alongside the animals is an ecology garden complete with bog, wormery and stag beetle nursery. The allotment plots grow fruit and veg, from pumpkins and strawberries to edible flowers which are all used in the farm’s cookery workshops. The allotment also grows plants used as dyes for the spinning classes that take place on the farm.
Try out the new café The Old Dairy and scoff seasonal food made from local ingredients. For something a bit more active, hire a pony for the day or learn to ride. Miriam Bouteba
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165 Tyers St
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Whenever I'm having a tough day or week I visit the farm - it is a genuine London lifeline. There is no therapy available that beats watching a little rabbit being spooned by a giant rabbit, seeing guinea pigs chase each other around their pen or taking a few minutes out of your day to chat to a horse. In my top 5 favourite places in London.
This place gets better and better with the years. A new dynamic look has injected freshness into this much-loved farm. They also sell fresh eggs!
Who would believe there were lamas in London! Well, there are and many more animals. The new cafe is also very nice with a simple yet tasty menu for grown ups and little one. Use the cafe during the week if you have to work, there is almost no one there in the morning
A city farm with Lamas, what more can anyone ask for?! This city farm on the corner of Vauxhall gardens has it all. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable & the animals are well looked after. It's all free (donations very welcome though and you can always sponsor one of their animals for a more personalised gift for any animal lovers).