THE BEST PARKS IN LONDON
When it comes to playing outside, nothing beats a good park. If you find the right one it can be an oasis filled with sunshine, daisy picking and rolling around in the mud, whereas a bad park is nothing but a patch of balding grass between a block of flats and a cross section of the M25.
Using our crack team of local parents and industry specialists, we have managed to cherry pick the best parks of the South London bunch. Now, if only we can remember how to climb a tree…
And the winner is…
Nestled in Beckenham in Bromley, Kelsey Park is the sort of green retreat your little explorers will love. With so much space to run around, your toddler will run out of energy before they run out of grass.
There are ducks to feed and even a heronry where they can see baby herons being hatched every year – like a birdy One Born Every Minute. Any tiny dino-philes will love watching the adult herons circling their nests, doing a great audition for the role of Pterodactyl #3 in Jurassic Park.
A playground which features baby swings and toddler equipment will keep them entertained for hours, while you take a break from all that running around with a coffee or an ice cream from the family-run café. See, it caters for grown-ups too?
If it’s a picnic you fancy then they even have a dog free zone, where you can enjoy a quiet lunch in the shade without fear of losing your ham sandwiches to a rogue Labrador. As parks go, it really is something special.
And the Runners Up are…
Streatham Common is perfect for any little David Attenboroughs out there. An army of squirrels is just waiting to be discovered amongst the trees and bushes of the park. That’s if you can tear your tots away from playing hide and seek themselves.
The Common also features its own Rockery Gardens which are ripe for exploration, as well as a fantastic playground and an open-air paddling pool for those who can’t enjoy themselves without getting drenched!
One of the largest parks in Croydon, Lloyd Park is perfect for those little legs that can’t stop wandering. If you fancy recreating biblical scenes then why not host your own feeding of the five thousand with a loaf of bread and the local duck population? All this and a playground, toilets and free parking, what’s not to like?
So we know that South London has no shortage of brilliant parks, the only question is – will you have enough energy to keep up to your little ones? If not then that’s why God created golf buggies.