Here is a pick of some of the best areas that London has to offer, and let’s face it, when has a child been taken to a park and not been a happy bunny ?
(1) Head West in Regents Park to the Hanover Gate Playground, and which is near the Boating Lake, and Boathouse cafe. You can easily lose hours in this playground, and it is a good one for a large family and friends, as it has play areas for all ages.
(2) Battersea Park : So much to do, so little time. Grab a recumbent bike , make time for the mini Battersea Zoo, give in to sausage and chips in the cafe, take your water bottle for some athletics training on the track, recline in the Peace Pagoda, watch the action on the River Thames, visit The Pump House Gallery, and spot some sculpture around this charming park, and what’s more it’s all so close the cafe culture, and shopping on the Kings road, and Chelsea.
(3) Richmond Park, the largest of The Royal Parks in London covering 2500 acres, and there’s a reason it attracts all walks of life. It has something for everyone, but make sure you are not in a rush. This is a Royal Park fit for a real day out, that demands a bat, a ball and a proper picnic. Plan your time around visiting The Petersham Gate playground, the Isabella Plantation, the Kingston Gate Playground, watch the famous Deer in action, Horse-riding from a range of stables near-by, power kiting, bootcamps, rugby, cycling, golf, fishing, oh! and did we forget walking ?!
(4) Clissold Park, is the only place to be with a family or friends when you head up North and have grabbed your organic treats from Stoke Newington Church Street. It has a relaxed vibe, is full of happy families, and somehow all within kicking distance, you will find a whole range of fun fun fun. Choose from tennis lessons, paddling pool, the animal enclosure with deer, goats and chicken, table tennis, an aviary, a butterfly dome, an organic market garden, a one o’clock club, a cafe, a kiosk and an education centre.
(5) Jump ship on the pirate vessel at the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, in Kensington Gardens, to the East of Hyde Park. It doesnt get any better where playgrounds are concerned.