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6pm; adults free, under 5's £3.55, over 5's £4.65, with
reductions on weekdays)
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 .
Battersea Park
Holidays To
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
11am-6pm; free.
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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.
Coram's Fields
93 Guilford St, WC1 tel 020/7837 6138. Tube: Russell Square.
Daily 9am-dusk/8pm; free.
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Ducks, sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats and chickens, plus a large
free playground with slides and swings. Adults admitted only if
accompanied by a child.
Hampstead Heath
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; Tube: High Street
Kensington or Lancaster Gate. Daily dawn-dusk.