If you’re heading to London with young children it’s a good idea to have an idea of where some of the best parks and playgrounds are. As you plan your visit, whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend an enjoyable day out in the sun or you simply want a playground where the kids can let off some steam, you’re in luck.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground was created in 2002 and has quickly become a popular place for families to spend hours together. Features include a sea monster sculpture, large swing, tree house, slides and tree carvings. There’s even a large pirate ship fully equipped with a ship’s wheel, cabins, ropes and areas to explore. It’s a playground that’s perfect for encouraging children to imagine, play and come up with stories of their own. There are toilets, nappy changing facilities and a cafe nearby.
If the rain hits and the weather is bad, take the kids inside to Kidzania. Located in Shepherd’s Bush Westfield, Kidzania is an entire child sized city where kids are free to play as adults with over 60 activities to inspire the imagination. Children are encouraged to take on jobs and explore the world of adulthood from their perspective. Kidzania has its own currency and focuses largely on helping children to gain life skills and confidence through play. Kidzania is a little further away from M By Montcalm Hotels, but it’s well worth the trip and is easy to get to via the London Underground.
Coram’s Fields Play Area
Coram’s Fields is one of the top open spaces in central London for young visitors. There’s something for everyone at this playground and it appeals to children of all ages. There’re toddler climbing frames and a sandpit for young ones with a city farm, adventure playground and zip wire for those that are a little older and adventurous. At Coram’s Fields there’s an emphasis on keeping things as natural as possible and a lot of the various play areas are made solely of natural materials. There is also a particular focus on child safety with no adult allowed entry without a child.
The Serpentine Lido is easy to get to from M By Montcalm Hotels thanks to its central location and it’s a firm summer favourite for families. Located in Hyde Park and conveniently near to a number of tube stations, the Serpentine Lido offers a little bit of everything. Visitors can check out the sandpit, scale the climbing frame, cool down in the paddling pool and relax in large grassy areas. The Lido has a kiosk for snacks and refreshments and is open every day from June to mid-September.
London isn’t short of outdoor spaces that children and adults will love to explore and enjoy, but there’s also many soft play and indoor adventure playgrounds for when it’s a little colder.