Princess Diana Playground, Kensington Gardens

This wonderful wooden playground is in the far north east corner of Kensington Gardens. Lots of beautifully made and imaginative play areas are linked by a network of little paths and tall hedges.  At weekends and during school holidays it gets packed with older children, making it hard for toddlers to get a look-in. But it’s worth the effort to get there and on a sunny weekday during term time it makes a lovely day out with a group of friends. I probably wouldn’t go without at least one other adult: the logistics of food/ toilets/ keeping track of child and pushchair are tricky. Access is strictly limited to children and their accompanying adults, with a member of staff on duty at the gate at all times.

Best bits: there are lots of interesting little areas to explore. The play houses are great and the huge pirate ship has a big wheel that really turns.

Cost: free

Travel: Queensway tube is very close to the playground but it’s not step free. The nearest step-free tube is Green Park: a good half-hour walk away along the top of green Green Park and all the way through Hyde Park. For parking there is an NCP at the bottom of Queensway.

Where to eat: a kiosk sells pizza and sandwiches and there are lots of outside tables and chairs, but no covered areas. Whiteleys Shopping centre is a short walk up Queensway and has a Pizza Express and various foodcourt options if you need an emergency retreat from bad weather.

Note: a huge sandpit is the first thing you see: come prepared to get sandy!

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington_gardens/diana_playground.cfm

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