We love London parks! There are plenty of great parks in London that have playgrounds or other features that are great for kids. These are our favourites for a family day out.
1) Kelsey Park, Beckenham
Not only does it have a great play area for kids(with a cafe by it offering a fair selection of things to eat and drink) but it is also extensive with a lake, a small waterfall and plenty of birds and squirrels. Squirrels will eat out of your hand if you’re patient enough. (You can buy bird and squirrel food at the parade of shops on Wickham Road before you go in). Parking is free on the streets around the park. Try a street off Wickham Road if heading straight for the playground, otherwise, head to Manor Way and walk through the park. That way you can enjoy its true beauty and get a bit of exercise.
2) For a park with a few twists, try Crystal Palace Park.
The extensive park grounds great for scootering! On your way round, you can spot the dinosaurs, see some reptiles and also a feed farmyard animals. There’s free entry to the mini zoo, as it’s run by volunteers. If wanting animal feed, buy at the cafe by main park entry, though.
3) Battersea Park and Children’s Zoo Battersea zoo is quite small but cute. You can get to see animals inside and outside which is good if it’s drizzling, as it was when we went. Check out the timings for different activities such as feeding the pigs or holding a rodent. This bit was the highlight for us. You have to pay to go in, though – £9.50 for an adult; £7.50 for a child or there’s family entry at £31.
4) Bishop’s Park, Fulham
Located off Fulham Palace Road, with a memorable house to walk by on the way in, this is a great park to visit with kids. It has a lovely play area with a little wooden train, swings, slides etc. We like the woodchip they have on the ground and it is really well-maintained. Near the playground is a little cafe for a break and there is even an ‘urban beach’. When it’s summer, there will be a water play area. In the meantime, you can at least enjoy the Thames River walk or the ornamental lake.
It’s easiest to reach on the tube to Putney Bridge followed by a short bus ride on the 74, 220 or 430 bus to Bishop’s Park Road.
5) Princess Diana memorial playground
Located in Kensington gardens with lots of different areas divided by greenery; it makes you feel like a bit of an explorer as you head off from the central pirate ship and wander to the other areas. There is a music corner and there are a few slides as well as sandpit- take some spades! When you’ve had enough, go for a wander to the lake and see the swans before wandering through the vast park joining up to Hyde Park. The nearest tube is Queensway.
6) Church House Gardens, Bromley
Just down to the left of the Churchill Theatre is another pirate themed playground. Keep going down the hill, towards the lake and there you’ll find a big sandpit and a few climbing things, which double as lookout towers. Down another level (to be reached either by a metal slide or a fairly steep slope) are the swings and things.
The top part has a grassy bank round it with some trees which is good for a picnic. If you didn’t bring anything, try going to Greg’s or another nearby takeaway place and enjoy!
These are our favourite London parks so far. I will let you know which ones we try out next!