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Top 10 Playgrounds In London

by Rebecca Formston (follow)
Ten Amazing Playgrounds To Check Out In London

London has some absolutely wonderful playgrounds to be discovered in and around the city and suburbs; children are spoilt for choice! Here are our top ten favourites:

Bushy Park Playground

1. Clissold Park Playground

Location: Stoke Newington
Facilities: Cafe, Toilets

Clissold Park comes as a recommendation from several London Mums group members. The playground is a lovely big open space with lots of different climbing apparatus, swings and slides to suit children of all ages. There's also a basketball court, tennis courts, lakes and woodland areas to enjoy in the park, as well as a paddling pool during the summer months.

2. Battersea Park Playgrounds

Location: Battersea
Facilities: Cafe, Toilets

Situated in the beautiful Battersea park, children will love the adventure playground. For older children, there's rope swings, zip wires and tunnel slides to enjoy and for younger children they have their own toddler playground situated next to the adventure playground. For an extra cost, head in to the awesome Battersea Zoo where you will not only find plenty of different animals to visit, but another fantastic adventure playground for the kids!

3. Bushy Park Playground

Location: Hampton Court Gate, Bushy Park
Facilities: Toilets, Cafe

Children will absolutely love the huge playground in Bushy Park, found near the Hampton Court gate. The playground is fully fenced and there are toilets very close by. There's plenty to do in the playground, from swings, slides, climbing frames and a large sandpit; kids of all ages will be kept busy. This playground is definitely one of our favourites in London!

For our full review on Bushy Park, see here.

4. Tumbling Bay Playground

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
Facilities: Community Centre, Cafe

Escape the city and immerse the children in a beautiful natural environment at Tumbling Bay Playground in Stratford. Kids of all ages will love the uniqueness of this playground and all its exciting play areas, such as wobbly bridges, rock pools, tree houses, climbing walls, sand pit, swings and slides.

5. Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

Location: Kensington Gardens
Facilities: Cafe, Toilets, Baby change facilities

One of the most popular and must see playgrounds in London has to be the Memorial Playground located in Kensington Gardens. Opened in memory of the late princess and inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground boasts a magnificent pirate ship climbing structure, which children of all ages can enjoy. Surrounding this, there is a sand pit, play sculptures, a sensory trail and tepees to explore. On busy days, a queue management system is put in place, so we recommend you arrive early during peak holiday times.

6. Holland Park Adventure Playground

Location: Kensington
Facilities: Cafe

This awesome adventure playground located in Holland Park will have kids swinging and climbing the day away, as well as a fully enclosed play area for younger children too, meaning children of all ages can join in the fun! There's a cafeteria near by, as well as a beautiful Japanese Gardens, "Kyoto Garden", to explore.

7. Kew Gardens Play Areas

Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond
Facilities: Cafe, Toilets, Change facilities

Kew Gardens is a wonderful place for a family day out and has two fantastic play areas for children. Indoors you'll find the exciting Climbers and Creepers playground, where children get to explore life as an insect, as they climb, slide and crawl their way through the playground made to look like giant plants.

Outdoors there's an equally fun adventure playground called Treetop Towers, with balancing equipment, tunnels and high climbing structures to explore!

For a full review on Kew Gardens, see here.

8. Greenwich Playground

Location: Greenwich Park, London
Facilities: Cafe, Toilets, Disabled Access

Greenwich Park is part of the royal parks and overlooks the Docklands and the City. The playground is a very well equipped adventure playground and there's also the added bonus of a children's boating lake nearby too.

9. Avondale Park

Location: Walmer Road, Notting Hill
Facilities: Toilets, Changing Facilities, food kiosk

Avondale Park in Notting Hill has a fantastic playground, filled with a variety of of play areas and a pleasant family atmosphere. The park is well equipped with facilities too and the playground has a seperate area for toddlers. Children will love the interactive installations plus the logs, mounds, tunnels and huge sandpit to play in.

10. Jubilee Gardens

Location: 3 Belvedere Road, South Bank
Facilities: Charged toilet facilities nearby

Set right in the heart of London, across from Big Ben and Westminster on the South Bank, is Jubilee Gardens playground, in a "soft, green and sustainable park". The playground is a wonderful natural environment, with timber climbing structures and rope nets. As the park is so central to the main attractions in London, it makes for a good place to take the kids to burn off some energy before sightseeing, or a place to meet friends for a play.

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