Here’s a round-up of the best playgrounds in London. Not just the celebrated well-known play areas, but several local gems as well. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, make sure to take advantage of London’s many excellent play areas!

What we’re looking for in a good playground

  • 玩Elements:一个re the play areas safe and secure? Our favourite paly areas have customized play areas for different age-groups.
  • Fun factor:No fun with fancy looking play parks if the kids get confused and it’s just chaos everywhere you look. For us, it’s function over form when it comes to playtime.
  • Facilities:How are the nappy-change facilities? Playground toilets are not always the best.
  • 对父母有好处?一个cafe with good coffee is always a big plus!

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Tumbling Bay Playground
Tumbling Bay Adventure Playground in Stratford’s Olympic Park (East London)

London Playgrounds by Area

Click on the links to find play areas in each area of London:

  • Central London: With most playgrounds located within the Royal Parks, you’ll find plenty of well maintained play areas. Great for the kids taking a break from the busy streets in the city centre.
  • 伦敦西南部:If you’re looking for the creme de la creme of playgrounds head to Hampton Court and Kew Gardens for two amwesome playgrounds (paid entry).
  • 西伦敦: Holland Park stands out with it’s celebrated new playground in West London.
  • North London:If you’re out walking on Hampstead Heath, don’t forget to check the great playground right below Parliament Hill.
  • East London: There’s a good mix of old and new play areas in East London. For London’s longest slides, head to Vicy Park’s play area.
  • South East London: You’ll find several big and well-maintained play areas located in areas like Greenwich, Peckham-Rye and Crystal Palace.

Check our玩grounds Mapfor an even easier overview of play areas in London.

London Playgrounds
Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.


Sightseeing can be a tiring business for kids, but luckily there are some great play parks in Central London when in need of a break. Be warned though, they quickly get crowded during weekends and school holidays!

Diana Memorial Playground

Westminster, Central London

一个classic London playground

  • Climb to the top of the Peter Pan inspired pirate ship (for older children)
  • 享受大水和沙子游戏区域幼儿和pre-schoolers
  • Several wooden climbing frames, safe for the youngest members of the family
  • Site on staff managing queues
  • Great location with all of Central London’s atractions close by.
boy playing in london playground
The Diana playground in Kensington Gardens is one of our shortlisted 10 best playgrounds in London

Diana Memorial Playground is an admission-free play area beautifully located in Kensington Gardens right next to the Royal Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The theme of the playground originates from the late Princess Diana and is inspired by the stories of Peter Pan. Considering this is a public playground, it’s really well maintained and a wonderful way for kids to relax while sightseeing in Central London. Given the location, it gets really busy during school holidays which can result in queues. Get there early if you want to beat the crowds (like everywhere else in London).

If you liked what you’ve read so far, check out the 6 best things to enjoy aboutDiana Memorial Playground.

Horseferry Playground

Westminster, Central London

一个place for fun in a corner of Westminster

  • Well maintained play area perfect for toddlers and younger kids
  • Proximity to some of London’s prime attractions
  • 将参观与野餐在维多利亚花园的野餐旁边
  • Large sandpit, just remember to bring some toys!
  • The playground is missing a more challenging play area for older kids
马弗里游乐区with the Palace of Westminster in the background

Horseferry Playground is a great place to stop if you’re visiting the area around Westminster and want to reward the kids with some playtime. It’s not a large play area, but there’s enough for toddlers to have fun for a while. We like also like that it’s open plan with lots of rubber surfaces as well as conveniently located right next to a park where you can watch the boats on the Thames pass by.

Read more aboutHorseferry Playground和some of the attractions you’ll find in the same area

St James Park Playground

Westminster, Central London


  • Small, but well-planned play space Natural elements like wood, sand and rocks
  • Easy for parents to relax and watch (when free boulders are available)
  • On the tourist trail, meaning huge crowds during weekends and holidays
  • 孩子们会很快受够了(真的很小)
St James Park Playground
There are lots of big boulders to enjoy inSt James Play Park

St James Play Park comes in really handy when the kids get tired of sightseeing. Despite the small play space, we always enjoy this play park because of the climbing boulders and sand area. This is a key adventure playground inCentral Londonto keep on your radar if you’re visiting with young children!

Read our in-depth review ofSt James Park Playground


There’s no lack of big and adventurous playgrounds in South West London. Great for little climbers in need of a nature fix, both Battersea Park and Kew Gardens offer treetop experiences.

Battersea Park Playground

Battersea Park, South West London

Little monkeys climbing high and low

  • Gated area for the little ones, shielding toddlers from older kids
  • 4 different play areas for different age-groups
  • Easy to keep an overview since the area is really compact
  • 挑战年龄较大的孩子的攀登框架
  • 该地区在周末非常受欢迎,感到很拥挤
Battersea Park Playground
Battersea Play Parkon a typical busy day during weekends

Battersea Park is a family-friendly park, and the adventure playground area has been cleverly designed to facilitate many different types of play areas within a limited area in the southwest corner of the park. For families with children in different age groups, it’s relatively easy to keep an overview even when playing in separate sections. The concept of clustering the play areas so close together is a double-edged sword; when the park becomes crowded during weekends, the place feels chaotic with kids and parents high and low.

Read more about the 4 distinct play areas inBattersea Play Park



玩areas matched with the basic elements of nature

  • State of the art playground, safe and well maintained
  • Educational with focus on nature’s elements
  • 各种能力的广泛游戏区域,非常适合幼儿老龄儿童
  • The different areas are divided up, making it hard for parents to keep oversight
  • Hard to predict and plan for the time-slot you will be assigned
Kew Gardens Playground
Having fun running around the treetops inKew Garden

京W的儿童花园feels 100% organic. We love how they have focused on natural elements when designing the playground around the key elements of earth, air, sun and water. On the other side, we also found it hard to keep an eye on our kids with different sections of the park divided by bushes and hedges.

Read our in-depth review ofKew Gardens和theChildren’s Garden

Magic Garden at Hampton Court



  • Excellent sand and water play area
  • Very popular mound with built-in tunnel slide
  • 对历史感兴趣的孩子的鼓舞人心
  • Very crowded, despite the limitation on visiting time
  • 像皇家塔之类的某些元素似乎主要用于展示目的
Girl playing with water in The Magic Garden
Enjoying theMagic Gardenat Hampton Court on a sunny summer day

Magic Garden has been designed to be an inspirational play garden for children visitingHampton Court刚开始了解都铎历史。这是一个真正独特的游戏空间,将现代设计与历史元素相结合,使其成为我们书中伦敦最好的游乐场公园之一。在学校的假期和周末期间,它也变得非常拥挤,这让我们感到惊讶,因为入场费上有专用的时间表。我们还认为布局有些混乱,公园的各个部分分裂,使父母很难同时保留多个孩子的概述。

Read our in-depthreview of Magic Garden




Kensington, West London

Beautiful AND functional play park

  • Inspiring with play elements well integrated with the park landscape
  • 一个challenging climbing structure called the “Fishing Tower” keeps older kids occupied
  • Very little use of plastic and rubber, play frames mostly made of wood, metal and ropes.
  • 在沙坑周围的幼儿安全可靠。
  • 与伦敦一样,像这样的大公共游戏公园在周末变得非常拥挤。

荷兰公园游乐场has everything that you’d expect from a newly designed play area. Challenging and accessible at the same time, it’s made out of natural materials and feels both functional and safe. Note that there’s a traditional play area for toddlers not far away from the main adventure playground, gated and a lot less busy.

Check our main review if you’d like to read more about荷兰公园游乐场

North London Playgrounds

North London has access to so many green spaces like Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest. Parliament Hill Playground is a local favourite where you’ll find all the essential play features.

Parliament Hill Playground

汉普斯特德·希思(Hampstead Heath),伦敦北部

Just perfect after a walk on the Heath

  • Good selection of solid and well-maintained play frames and a large sandpit
  • Sections divided for children of different ages
  • 当地人的绝佳游乐区,是伦敦最好的游戏公园之一
  • No wow factor inspiring imaginary play
Parliament Hill Playground
Parliament Hill Playgroundlocated right next to Hampstead Heath

Parliament Hill onHampstead Heath我们将其称为“无条件游戏”区域,其范围非常坚实,良好的磨坊游戏元素,例如秋千,滑梯和攀登框架。

You get what it says on the tin, which means it’s not necessarily the most inspiring park sparking children’s imagination. On the other side, being so close to Hamstead Heath is a big plus as you can combine a visit to the play space exploring the beautiful woodlands.

Read our review ofParliament Hill Playground

East London Playgrounds



一个lly Pally, East London

一个big slide saves the day

  • Our kids loved the long slide, which is also the centrepiece of the play area attracting lots of kids queuing up for the big ride
  • 许多基本类型的游戏元素,例如秋千和小孩子的攀爬框架
  • 带有大孩子的幼儿的门控游乐区
  • 主要建于野兽派混凝土(70s?), it feels scruffy and in need of an upgrade
一个lexandra palace play area
On top of the mound in一个lly Pally Playground

一个lly Pally is a super popular spot for North London families during weekends, and we were surprised about the play area not being better maintained. Luckily kids are not as fussy about playground design as parents, so they’ll most likely have a great time. Our kids really enjoyed the long slide and the gated play area for toddlers was safe and functional.



Stratford, East London

Children getting active in Olympic surroundings

  • 我们喜欢巨大的橡胶浮出水面的土墩,适合各个年龄段的孩子
  • Innovative climbing elements challenging school-age children
  • Lots of space to run around without kids bumping into each other
  • 除了体育锻炼,比鼓舞人心的游乐区更具功能
  • Quite hard to get to from public transportation/parking
玩ground in Stratford
享受秋千(和游泳?)Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park在斯特拉特福德

Olympic Park is a vital part of the regeneration project around Stratford. The modern-looking playground works well from parents’ perspective; it’s easy to keep an eye on the children, and the grounds are covered with safe rubber surfaces. This means kids can explore and play more freely with less worried parents :-)


Victoria Park Playground

Tower Hamlets,East London

Kids love the thrilling slides

  • Three long slides side by side on top of a mound – what more could kids ask for in a playground :-)
  • Great for school-age children in need of a challenge
  • 封闭式V&A游乐区(与主要游乐区分开)非常适合大约8年的幼儿和孩子。
  • Small skatepark that becomes very full during weekends

You’ll be able to choose from several different slides in East London’sVicky Park

维多利亚公园或者是称为“Vicky公园”之一Londoners continues to fulfil its original purpose as set out by the Victorians providing a place for play and relaxation in East London. The main play area can be a bit intimidating at first sight with its massive slides and climbing frames teeming with active kids of all ages, but it’s generally safe and it’s a friendly atmosphere. Bringing toddlers and young kids, the V&A play area is much less frantic with more accessible play parks.

Read more about the activities you can do inVictoria Park

South East London Playgrounds

South East London is spoilt for choice when it comes to large play parks like Burgess Park and Crystal Palace. Many of them have been refurbished in recent years as well, like Peckham Rye Play Park featuring challenging climbing elements and treehouses.

Burgess Park Playgrounds

Southwark,South East London

一个beatiful woodland playground

  • 3 distinct play areas for different age-groups
  • Beautifully designed wooden climbing frames in the Woodland play area
  • 一个huge spider web challenging even the bravest of climbers
  • 一个long slide and zip-line (always a plus)
  • The gated toddler-area is really small and easy to miss
Ready for the big slide inBurgess Park Playground

Burgess Park is a family-friendly green area of South East London with an impressive amount of play areas for children. We don’t really have any big negatives, besides that the two main play areas have been constructed in different parts of the park. So if you’re a family with children in different age groups, you either need to split up or tackle one play area at a time.

Read more aboutBurgess Park Playground和our suggested activities in this part ofSouth East London


Crystal Palace, South East London


  • We love the dinosaur skeletons and bones sticking up from the sand
  • 该地区还有很多其他事情要做一整天
  • 一个nice cafe for parents to pick up their boost of caffeine
  • 基本的游戏元素,例如Seesaws,秋千和幻灯片。
  • 一个bit too basic for school-age children
Boy playing in a sandbox in Crystal Palace Playground
Dinosaur bones sticking up from the sand area in水晶宫游乐场


阅读我们的深入评论,并查看更多照片Crystal Palace play area

Greenwich Park Playground

Greenwich,South East London

Happy toddlers full of water and sand

  • 一个n inclusive play space that feels safe for toddlers as well as school-age children
  • Open landscape, easy for parents to supervise
  • Lots of engaging play areas for the youngest age-group 1-6
  • 非常拥挤在夏季没有现场工作人员
  • 学龄儿童的玩耍选择有限
The water area inGreenwich Park playgroundis a lot of fun for toddlers

格林威治公园游乐区,由Royal Parks是幼儿的安全选择。我们喜欢孩子们可以一起玩并找到新朋友的水和沙区。还有很多老式的游戏元素,例如幻灯片,秋千和攀登框架。Greenwich Parkis next door with its impressive views across London, making it perfect for picnics in the summer. Our biggest negative is that it gets really crowded during weekends and school holidays, but that’s London for you!

Read our full review ofGreenwich Playground

Peckham Rye Park Playground

Southwark,South East London


  • 一个clear divide between areas for toddlers and older children
  • Open landscape, easy to keep an eye on the children
  • Nice cafe and parent-friendly
  • 树屋对于没有经验的登山者可能有风险
Peckham Rye Adventure Playground
沙子和水域Peckham Rye Playgroundis great for toddlers

Peckham Rye play park ticks a lot of boxes in our book, and we think it’s one of the best local playgrounds in London. It’s both safe and challenging for toddlers, and we like the sand and water area. The play area is really well planned out, easy for parents to keep an overview while relaxing on the many boulders.

The climbing forest for school-age children is at a good distance, but it’s still possible for parents to keep an eye from the toddler area. One word of caution; the treehouse is really high up, so children should be constantly supervised when climbing.

Read our review ofPeckham Rye Park Playground

Southwark Park Play Area

Southwark,South East London

doesexactly what itsays on the tin

  • 我们真的很喜欢具有挑战性的蜘蛛网攀岩框架和长陡峭的滑梯
  • Safe and solid toddler section fenced off separate from the main play area
  • Easy for parents to keep an overview
  • Our biggest negative is that you need to cross several heavily congested roads to access the park (from the Surrey Quays side)
Sliding in Southwark Park
This slide inSouthwark Parkis always popular!

Southwark Park play area received a makeover not long ago and features two separate play areas; a gated toddler space and a more challenging area for older kids. It’s easy for parents to keep an eye on both areas, which is part of the reason why we like this park so much. Definitely among our favourite local play areas in South East London.

Read our review ofSouthwark Park Play Area


Check out thisplaygrounds mapif you’d like a quick overview of where to find the play areas on our list:

map of playgrounds in london
Map of London’s play areas spread out across the city

FAQ play areas in London

What’s the best playgrounds in London?

Three of the best play parks:
Diana Memorial Playground在肯辛顿花园
Children’s Garden在钥匙花园中
Magic Gardenat Hampton Court

Peckham Rye
Holland Park
Parliament Hill


Yes, the play parks are usually public and free of charge. The exceptions are play areas part of attractions with paid entrance, like inKew GardensHampton Court.

一个re London’s playgrounds safe?

The big public playgrounds are not considered dodgy in any way; these are places where most people are comfortable going during the daytime. Having said that, you run the same risk as everywhere else in London when it comes to robberies and getting your mobile nicked.

What types of play areas are there in London?

一个) Free public playgrounds with swings, slides etc. B) Free adventure playgrounds with more challenging areas for older kids C) Indoors/outdoors paid for play areas

What is the most popular play elements?

Climbing frames, slides, swings and sandpits are usually among the most popular play areas.

Why are play parks so important for kids?

With kids spending more and more time in front of screens, publicly available play areas are more important than ever. Not only does playgrounds provide opportunities to stimulate fine motor skills developing balance and coordination. They also help children develop social skills through collaboration and increase their self-esteem by challenging and mastering physical skills.

What are adventure playgrounds?

这些是李和少玩空间静态元素ke swings and slides and more focus on letting children explore on their own. With natural materials available, children can use their imagination to create and build structures for their adventures. In London, many adventure playgrounds started as play spaces in second world war bomb sites that developed into more organised activities over time.

What is a soft play area?

You can find big and small soft play areas pretty much everywhere. Either as stand-alone facilities or part of shopping centres, museums or leisure centres managed by local councils.


玩parks in London are usually not supervised, except for some of the big ones likeDiana Memorial Playground和Kew Garden’sChildren’s Garden.

一个re the playgrounds in London gated?


一个re there toilets and baby change facilities at playgrounds in London?


What’syourfavourite play area?

Let us know in the comments if you have a favourite playground in London! Which adventure playgrounds did we miss out on? Any feedback welcome :-)


Olivia February 16, 2021 - 3:20 pm

This is just fab ? Bookmarked and shared! London is so full of surprises, love that there are so many amazing playgrounds to choose from.

LondonDucklings February 20, 2021 - 10:24 pm

Thank you for sharing our post lovely, you’re the best ?

Kathy February 16, 2021 - 3:29 pm

游乐场的精彩清单!由于锁定的痛苦,我们当地的游乐场使我们免于发疯。在大流行期间,留在我们当地的地方确实明确表明,拥有当地的绿色空间和游乐区是多么重要,因此希望这会触发地方议会在游乐场上进行更多的投资!哦,还有一个游乐场的小费不在您的名单上:Kilburn Grange Playground在自然的攀岩框架和真正凉爽的秋千上真是太神奇了吗?

LondonDucklings February 20, 2021 - 10:27 pm

Thank you! And that’s so true about the lockdown Kathy. Without London’s many parks and playgrounds, these hard months would have had a much worse impact on everyone.

Daniela February 20, 2021 - 10:22 pm

Peckham Rye Park is our local playground, and our kids 3 and 6 years old just love it there.

LondonDucklings 2021年2月20日至10:29 PM

Lucky you, living close to Peckham Rye Playground! One of our favourites :-)

Lucy February 21, 2021 - 7:53 am

So true about all the nannies in the Diana Playground! Many of them glued to their mobiles, while their charges running wild ?

LondonDucklings February 21, 2021 - 10:35 am

I often wonder what the parents would say if they were aware ?

Celine February 22, 2021 - 11:06 am

Our daughter fractured her arm after falling down from climbing the treehouse in Peckham Rye… and she’s a deardevil and confident climber, so please be mindful of the risk if taking kids there…

LondonDucklings February 22, 2021 - 11:14 am

So sorry to hear about your daughter ? Thank you for the warning Celine!

Dani February 23, 2021 - 12:41 pm

We don’t bother to travel just for the sake of visiting playgrounds, with one important exception; the long slides in Vicky Park ? They’re definitely worth a quick ride on the tube!

LondonDucklings February 23, 2021 - 12:46 pm

Totally agree! It’s great fun (at least until it gets completely crowded and chaos erupts ?).

George February 24, 2021 - 1:02 pm

We love the playground in Kew’s Garden, just wish the time-slots would be a bit longer… we travel quite far and pay a lot for the entrace, and 90 minutes goes by very quickly when having fun!

LondonDucklings 2021年2月25日 - 上午9:04

That’s a really good point! The time-slots should definitely be a bit longer, so you also have time for a break when inside the playground.

唐娜 February 25, 2021 - 3:49 pm

I used to take the kids to Coram’s Field before covid, but now it’s been ages since I visited Central London… can’t wait for London to open up again in spring!

LondonDucklings February 25, 2021 - 5:32 pm

Same here! Fingers crossed the opening will go as planned during spring.

Joseph February 27, 2021 - 8:52 am

The Diana playground has been so nice and quiet during lockdown compared to the normal tourist season…

LondonDucklings 2021年2月27日至10:50 AM

Yeah, the Central London playgrounds have been a lot quieter than the ones in the outer boroughs now during lockdown.

February 28, 2021 - 7:14 am

Crystal Palace Park is just perfect for a Sunday out with the kids! Just wish the dinosaur statues would look a bit more similar to actual dinosaurs ?

LondonDucklings February 28, 2021 - 9:10 am

Very true ?



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