12 Best Parks in London for Children

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St James' Park

London is a great place for holidays of all kinds, from romantic getaways for two to family holidays, even if you have really young kids.

Besides the most famous spaces, there are parks in lots of different neighbourhoods around the Big Smoke that you won’t even know about! One of the wonderful things about the city is that it can keep on surprising you, and you’re going to love enjoying the wonder of its parks with your children.

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Explore the 12 Best Parks in London

We’ve pulled together a list of the 12 best parks in London for you to take your children when you visit and we hope you have a great day out!

1. St James’ Park

This is a well-known park in Westminster, central London and it’s a great pit stop for a picnic lunch if you’re tired after a morning of sightseeing around the area.

St james park in London, UK

A sunny day here is a day well spent and the playground is sure to please children from toddlers to under-eights thanks to its sand, swings and climbing areas.

2. Coram’s Fields

In Bloomsbury, you’ll find Coram’s Fields, which is on the site of London’s first home for abandoned children, its focus is on kids and giving them plenty to do.

Coram's Fields-London

It’s near the British Museum, meaning that it’s well located, and it’s a safe, fenced area that ensures your children will be protected from traffic.

3. Diana Memorial Playground

We’re going to West London now and to Kensington Gardens, specifically to the Diana Memorial Playground.

Dianas-Memorial-Playground-London

The Princess of Wales was known for her love of children and humanitarian work to help kids around the world. There are also many sections inspired by the story of Peter Pan, as J M Barrie was a nearby resident to this park.

4. Serpentine Lido

The Serpentine Lido is actually within Hyde Park, and for more than a century, the start of summer has meant that Londoners and visitors alike flock to the lido.

Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park-London

You’ll find people swimming here, as well as enjoying the lawn, sandpit, climbing frame and paddling pool.

5. Holland Park

Located by the Tube stop of the same name, Holland Park is one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, but the park itself is for everyone to enjoy.

Holland Park, London

You’ll particularly enjoy the facilities for football, golf, cricket and netball, and foodies are sure to love the Michelin-starred restaurant that hides in the middle of the park.

6. Thames Path

We’re off to Richmond now and to the Thames Path, which is an atmospheric space to spend a sunny summer day.

Thames Path-London

Walking or riding a bike to Hampton Court is highly encouraged, as is going to Stein’s – a German beergarden – for a beer and a sausage. There’s also a cute little playground for the kids to enjoy.

7. Go Ape

It isn’t just a dogs home you’ll find in Battersea, as this is also where outdoor adventure centre Go Ape resides.

You’ll take part in treetop fun that opened in London in 2015 and you can climb, clamber and dart through the urban jungle to your heart’s content. Picnic tables in the park are a perfect way to whet your appetite when you’re done.

8. Archbishop’s Park

On the cusp of Westminster and Lambeth you’ll find the excellently located Archbishop’s Park, which is great for little ones aged four and under.

archbishop´s park-London

It makes an excellent place to have a rest in between sightseeing and it isn’t known for being too crowded.

9. Brockwell Park

We’re taking you down south to Brixton now to Brockwell Lido and Park, which has a little paddling pool to cool off the kids if the city heat gets to be too much.

Brockwell Park London

The park itself has flower beds, a walled garden and a 19th century clock tower, but the main feature is the miniature railway that your children is sure to love.

10. Hampstead Heath

This is a very popular park/green area, as it’s a particularly beautiful spot in London that offers you stunning views of the city.

Hampstead Park-London

There is a lovely lido too that your children will love swimming in before you find a spot to have the perfect picnic.

11. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is where you’ll find Tumbling Bay, which boasts rock pools, sand pits, treehouses and wobbly bridges that are fun for kids of all ages.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London

It’s one of the only parks on the list that is a true all-rounder, as adults are going to find its activities great fun too.

12. London Fields

We’re finishing up in Hackney – home of the famous black cabs – and in London Fields, which attracts lots of visitors and locals every day.

You can enjoy a lively Saturday atmosphere bolstered by the nearby Broadway Market, but if you prefer to visit at a quiet time, head along in the middle of the week to the outdoor Olympic-sized lido.

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