Sometimes you just want an easy day out with the kids but you have exhausted all of the local parks. So, why not take a trip to London and experience some of the great parks they have to offer. All HUGE compared with our local ones. Have a read below and see if any take your fancy and don’t forget to take your picnic!
All of the parks mentioned below are FREE to enter.
Address: Chester Road, Inner Circle, NW1 4NR
Nearest Tube: Regent’s Park, Baker Street, Camden Town
Opening Times: 5am – dusk
Regents Park is a beautiful green space right in the middle of London. This park is huge with plenty to do, including: pedalos & boats for hire, three playgrounds and three cafes. There’s also an added bonus, being right next to London Zoo you can see some animals for free if walk around the edge.
There is also an open air theatre which is the largest auditoria in London. It is the oldest professional, permanent outdoor theatre in Britain. It offers a range of events from May through to September.
Address: Kingswood Avenue, NW6 6SG
Nearest Tube: Brondesbury, Queen’s Park, Kensal Rise
Opening Times: 7am – dusk
This park has a pets corner open from 11am, you can pet pygmy goats and guinea pigs. There are two playgrounds for big kids and little ones. During hot wether there is a paddling pool open from 12pm-5pm.
Address: Cormont Road, SE5 9RA
Nearest Tube: Oval, Denmark Hill
Opening Times: 7.30 – dusk
Pack your swimming stuff between May and September because the fountains are open for some watery fun! This park also has a great playground with a climbing wall, pirate ship, zip line and much more.
Every Sunday from the 6th Aug – 17th Sept there is a music programme being held on the bandstand.
Address: Bayswater Road, W2 2UH
Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Bayswater
Opening Times: 10am-7.45pm
This is one of London’s best-known and loved outdoor spaces for children. The magnificent centrepiece is a giant pirate ship surrounded by a huge sandpit. On a hot day, dip your feet in the Diana Memorial Fountain.
Address: Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Opening Times: 6.30 – 10.30pm
Two hundred acre Victorian Park. It has a riverside promenade, large lake and ecological ares. This park has a playground with swings, slides, exercise stations, trapeze bars etc. There is also a zoo in the grounds but there is a cost to enter.
Address: Bushy Park, TW11 0EQ
Nearest Tube: Teddington, Hampton Wick, Hampton Court
Opening Times: 6;30am-dusk
Bushy Park is absolutely stunning with water gardens, deer and 1,099 acres of land. There are a lot of things to do and see in the park; Diana fountain, the upper lodge water gardens, waterhouse woodland garden and wildlife! There’s a playground and you can play rugby, tennis and go fishing. This would be a beautiful day out with your family and/or friends with plenty to do and see.
Address: Highbury Place, N5 1QP
Nearest Tube: Highbury and Islington
Opening Times: ALL DAY – Park keeper from 12pm-dusk
The park is tucked behind the the station and has a fantastic playground catering for all ages, split into different age groups. Facilities include: a giant slide, climbing train and a massive spiderweb for older children. There is also a cafe onsite with a closed in area with plastic ride-on toys so toddlers can play safely. A nearby indoor swimming pool is a bonue as well!
Address: Norwood Road SE24 9BJ
Nearest Tube: Brixton, Herne Hill
Opening Times: 7.30am – 15mins before sunset
This park is located in the Brixton area and has award winning status. It underwent a revamp a few years ago and had beautiful wooden play equipment installed. It is easy on the eye and has ponds, flower beds, herbaceous flower garden and a 19th Century clock tower.
On Sundays between March and October there is a tiny train that runs through the park. It is £1 return with under 2’s going free. It takes you all the way from Herne Hill gates to the Brockwell Lido.
Address: Illchester Place W8 6LU
Nearest Tube: Holland Park
Opening Times: 8am – 7.30pm
This is a big park consisting of 22.5 hectares of gardens. They have children’s facilities and sports areas for football, golf, cricket and netball. It is the base for the ecology centre which is well resourced with scientific equipment, materials and living specimens. There are also outdoor investigations in the Holland Park Wildlife Enclosure. Within the park there is an adventure playground, which has a zip line, climbing structures for big and small people and a giant see-saw.