A trip to London can be exhausting for adults and kids; the walking, the queuing, the fighting for space in the museums and attractions - we all need some time out during the day to unwind and rest our minds. While a drink and a sit down may be good enough for adults, kids need some space where they can run around, clamber over things and make a noise. Here we list the playparks which my son has tried and tested, and thinks are good enough to recommend to other kids. We will add to this as we try more of them!
Our trips to London can be quite epic adventures - we day trip by train as we are lucky enough to live just 90 minutes away, but when we are there I like to pack in as much as I can. Most of our trips involve about 5 miles of walking minimum: I like to avoid the tube as you miss so much that way. While my son enjoys the trips with the museums and attractions, he also needs time away from it all; time where he isn't being buffeted by crowds, or forced to learn things in a museum; he needs to just run around and be a kid. I sit, exhausted, wondering in astonishment where he gets the energy from, while he tries out the swings, roundabouts and other amenities on offer.
Tower Hill Gardens - Opposite the Tower of London
This small playpark is currently in the Number One spot. Right next to the Roman wall, with views over the Tower of London and the Thames, this play park is good for kids both small and tall, with an excellent slide and a fantastic roundabout. There are enough shady areas for the adults to sit on the assorted large rocks on offer, and plenty of people-watching opportunities as you sit and watch your kids let off steam after an oft