30 Best Parks and Playgrounds in London

30 Best Parks and Playgrounds in London

London has wonderful parks and playgrounds, which are part of those things that make raising kids here special. Why coordinate play dates when you can just head to your local playground or park to meet friends or make new ones? Take a few minutes to explore London’s Best 30 Parks and Playgrounds.

1. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

This commemorative playground, located at Kensington Gardens, will strike a chord with imaginative kids, thanks to its immense pirate ship, sizeable wigwams and colourful slides.Nr Black Lion Gate Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH

2. Coram’s Fields

Located between King’s Cross and Holborn, Coram’s Fields is seven acres in size, and features a beautiful playground and park for children and those aged under 16. Special activities are also available during the school period.Guilford Street,London WC1N 1DN

3. Toffee Park

This highly lauded park has a tree house, natural areas, clay oven for making bread or pizza and many more installations that will get kids moving and foster their creativity.Guilford Street,London WC1N 1DN

4. Regent’s Park

This Park has many playgrounds to entice little minds though one particularly popular area is Hanover Gate, which features a sizeable sandpit, dreamlike lake with rowboats and an inviting tree house.Chester Road, London NW1 4NR

5. Go Ape

This new adventure area in Trent Park, London, boasts acres of beautiful woodland and offers an ideal day out for the whole family. Featuring swings, high ropes, zip wires and skateboard zips.Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, London EN4 0PS

6. Oasis, London

Established by local charity, Oasis Children’s Venture, this playground will keep kids busy with a fun karting track, adventure area and nature garden.21-60 Priory Grove, London SW8 2DP

7. Wild Kingdom Playspace

Located near the site of the London Olympic Games, this park boasts everything from swings to logs, beams and hammocks.Three Mills Green, Newham, London E3 3DU

8. The Lancaster Gate Playground

Located within the verdant Kensington Gardens, this fenced-in playground is ideal for toddlers and young children, with its swings, slides and balancing equipment.Kensington Gardens, Princes Square, London W2 4NJ

9. Serpentine Lido at Hyde Park

This Park boasts a lovely lawn, sandpit, climbing frame and paddling pool.Hyde Park, London W2 3XA

10. St James’ Park

Just south of the lake at St. James Park, there is a small playground with a large sandpit and grassy area.The Mall, London SW1A 2WH

11. Holland Park

This sizeable park has everything kids need to stay active, including spacious sand pits, challenging climbing frames and kids’ equipment.Holland Park, London W8 6LU

12. Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground

Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground, a wonder for kids, and provides an exciting and safe inclusive play service for children with and without disabilities.Bolton Crescent, Kennington, London SE5 0SE

13. Green Park

The smallest of the Royal Parks in London, Green Park is a peaceful oasis close to Buckingham Palace, ideal for free play, picnics, and also for sunbathing for adults in the summer.Piccadilly, London W1J 9DZ

14. Hampstead Heath & Golders Hill Park

This is a lovely neighbourhood park for jogging, tennis courts, playground and zoo with animals and birds including Pygmy goats, wallabies, black buck, pheasants and cranes.North End Way, Golders Green, London NW3 7HD

15. Greenwich Park

The oldest enclosed Royal Park, and a sanctuary for deer, foxes and birds, with a playground that includestimber play equipment, a mushroom pump for the sand-pit, jumping discs, mud table, climbing poles and small houses.Charlton Way, Greenwich, London SE10 8QY

16. Richmond Park and Isabella Plantation

The largest of London’s Royal Parks is home to an abundance of wildlife: herds of wild red and fallow deer. The Petersham Gate playground features a sandpit area, a bark pit with a climbing frame, a hammock, an elephant piano (xylophone), a water play feature and many more.Richmond, London TW10 5HS

17. Battersea Park

This is a great adventure playground that provides offers a huge range of play activities and spaces dedicated to children’s play which include swinging, climbing and digging, building dens, cooking and painting.Albert Bridge Road, Queenstown, London SW11 4PY

18. Wimbledon Park

Located next to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Park is one of the largest in Merton. It also has one of the biggest lakes in south London. Other features include crazy golf, ponds and water features, paddling pool, play areas, water-sports Centre, and many more.Home Park Road, Wimbledon Park, London SW19 7HU

19. Highgate Wood Forest

These 28 hectares of ancient woodland are a haven for wildlife and provide numerous easily accessible and scenic woodland trails with a great children’s playground.Muswell Hill Road, London N10 3JN

20. Clissold Park

This beautiful park is perfect for fun days out with the kids and it offers a huge range of facilities, including a large and well equipped playground suitable for all ages of children and young people, a paddling pool, a wheels park, an aviary and many more.Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 9EX

21. Beckenham Place Park

A wildlife site covering 96 hectares with ancient forests and woodland walks. The park makes up part of the South East London Green Chain Walk and the regional Capital Ring. Attractions also include tennis, golf, football and the Grade II listed building, Mansion House. It has a children’s playground with an interactive water play feature, popular with youngsters during the summer months.182 Beckenham Hill Road, Beckenham, London BR3 1SZ

22. Victoria Park

This is the largest park in Tower Hamlets and one of London’s most important historic parks. It is known as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and relaxation with a wide range of formal and informal sports, sponsored activities, events and festivals take place throughout the year.Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB

23. Peckham Rye Common

This newly restored Victorian Park and historic common provides a pleasant refuge for both the local community and wildlife featuring ornamental gardens, flowing streams, woodland and a lake. Experienced and trained staff supervise the adventure playground. These facilities cater primarily for children and young people of school age and ability.Homestall Road, Peckham, LondonSE22 0SB

24. Clapham Common

Clapham Common is one of London’s largest open spaces, great for all the family. It boasts 3 ponds: Eagle Pond and Mount Pond are used for fishing, and Mount Pond is the best place to feed the ducks. Long Pond, meanwhile, is where you can go to watch the model boating, which the kids love. There are two playgrounds, packed with several swings and climbing frames for babies, toddlers and older children, as well as an abundance of wobbly characters to ride on, a big sand pit, and many more.Windmill Drive, Clapham, London SW4 9DE

25. Bushy Park

The second largest royal park is home to hundreds of free-roaming deer, with the famous Arethusa ‘Diana’ Fountain as a centrepiece to Chestnut Avenue, a model boating lake and woodland gardens.The playground recently refurbished, features a large sandpit, a timber climbing frame, cradle swings, a see-saw and turtle drum for young children, a dry river feature and climbing boulders, and many more.Hampton Court Road, Hampton TW12 2EJ

26. Dulwich Park

Perfect for a relaxing stroll or picnic on a sunny day, the Park has a boating lake with pedalos and rowing boats for hire, outdoor gym and other sporting facilities. This award winning park offers a large children’s playground, an excellent cafe and a popular cycle hire outlet. The Francis Peek centre has a varied programme of activities to suit everyone. You can also hire recumbent bikes, family tandems and children’s trailers, and side-by-side tandem tricycles.College Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7BQ

27. Kennington Park

This Park has areas managed for heritage and areas with a more modern layout. The park has many mature and historic trees as well as open areas for wildlife and biodiversity. The Park Play Project has a range of outdoor play equipment and a host of activities within the club house, including arts and crafts, music and cookery. There are trained play leaders on hand at all times.Kennington Park Road, Kennington, London SE11 4BE

28. Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park is the largest park in Haringey and offers a peaceful green retreat from its urban built-up surroundings. There are fast slides going into the sandpit and really tricky climbing equipment to challenge older children, plus lots for toddlers to enjoy. Kids of all ages also love the enormous wooden structure adjacent to the playground, with its aerial walkways, slides, ramps and ladders. The boating lake with ducks and swans in it and the friendly café also border the playground.Seven Sisters Road, London N4 2NQ

29. Alexandra Palace Park

The People’s Park boasts a fabulous panoramic view of London’s skyline stretching from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard, and really must be seen to be believed. It also boasts a huge variety of activities and events for all. There is a pitch and putt course, a boating lake, delicious outdoor eateries and an excellent weekly Farmer’s Market, a deer and skate park, walking routes, ornamental walkways, landscaped gardens and even a soft play adventure playground to entertain the kids!Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

30. Henry Reynolds Gardens

This is a pleasant park, consisting of a sunken garden, circular paths, rose beds and a children’s play area, basketball post, ornamental gardens and friends or parks group.Bush Road, London E11 3AU