London has so many beautiful green spaces and parks, but which ones have the best play areas to keep the kids happy? And, importantly, which ones have a cafe where you can get your caffeine fix? We have researched the best places for your little monkeys to swing, slide and climb their way around, so read in to discover our Top 5 Playgrounds to Visit in London this Weekend.
1. Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens
Soak up the regal splendour and history of Kensington Gardens, where the Serpentine Galleries and Kensington Palace will appeal to adults, and a Peter Pan themed playground will enchant your children.
The Diana Memorial Gardens is a fantastic playground where kids can climb aboard a pirate ship, discover sensory nature trails and hide out in the teepee camp. There is also free entertainment on weekends and during school holidays, such as storytelling sessions -check the website for up to date events.
2. Highbury Fields Playground
An oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, Highbury Fields is the largest park in Islington borough and much-loved by locals. The adventure play area encourages children to move as they would in nature- swinging, jumping and balancing their way around the extensive wooden structures. There are also all the usual thrills such as slides, swings and a sandpit, making it suitable for a variety of ages. There’s lots for adults here too, including a weekly ParkRun, 11 tennis courts, a cafe, and a pool and fitness centre.
3. Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
A visit to the site of the 2012 Olympics would not be complete without letting your kids loose on the amazing playground at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Let them harness their sporting prowess as they hop, skip and jump their way around the rock pools, treehouses, sandpits and bridges.
The whole family can refuel at Timber Lodge community café, which serves a range of fresh, homemade food and drink.
4. Dukes Meadows, Chiswick
The award winning charity Dukes Meadows Trust worked closely with children from the local Cavendish Primary School to create the play area at this riverside park in West London. They provided ideas and inspiration, and even visited the architect’s office and construction site, so you can be sure your kids will love this place! Little ones will love splashing about in the water features whilst older kids can get to grips with the challenging adventurous play area.
Next door, at Grove Park Farm House there is a food market every Sunday, so you can pick up brunch supplies on your way home.
5. Brockwell Park
This huge south London park offers a fantastic array of activities for all ages, including an historic lido, BMX track, tennis courts and manicured gardens.
Young kids will love running through the fountains at the splash park and digging in the sandpit, whilst older ones can brave the zip wire and climbing wall.
Locals flock to the lido at the first hint of sunshine so it can get very busy, but it’s worth braving the crowds to feel like you’re in the South of France when you’re sipping a glass of rosé from the Lido Cafe!
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