The Definitive London Travel Guide
6pm; adults free, under 5's £3.55, over 5's £4.65, with
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Parks and City Farms
Central London has plenty of green spaces , such as Hyde
Park, which has playgrounds and ample room for general
mayhem, as well as a diverting array of city wildlife. If you want
something more unusual than ducks and squirrels, though, head
for one of London's city farms .
Albert Bridge Rd, SW11 tel 020/8871 7540 (zoo) or 8871 6374
(playground). Battersea Park or Queenstown Road train station,
from Victoria. Zoo: Easter-Sept daily 10am-5pm; Oct-Easter Sat
& Sun 11am-3pm; adults £1.80, children 90p. Adventure
playground: term time Tues-Fri 3.30-7pm; holidays & weekends
A children's zoo with monkeys, reptiles, birds, otters and
mongooses; challenging adventure playground and lots of open
space. Every August, the free "Teddy Bears' Picnic" draws
thousands of children and their plush pals.
93 Guilford St, WC1 tel 020/7837 6138. Tube: Russell Square.
Daily 9am-dusk/8pm; free.
Ducks, sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats and chickens, plus a large
free playground with slides and swings. Adults admitted only if
accompanied by a child.
Info centre by Lido, NW3. Wed-Fri 1-5pm Sat & Sun 10am-5pm;
tel 020/7485 4491. Tube: Hampstead, or Gospel Oak or
Hampstead Heath train stations. Open daily 24hr.
Nine hundred acres of grassland and woodland, with superb
views of the city. Excellent kite-flying, birdwatching and
swimming potential too.
Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens
W8 tel 020/7298 2100; www.royalparks.co.uk. Tube: High Street
Kensington or Lancaster Gate. Daily dawn-dusk.