@ilovestreatham got in touch to say, now that Spring is on its way (obviously an optimist 😉) they fancied venturing a bit farther afield than the local common and asked for my thoughts on parks in south London. Turns out this is something I know a fair bit about! So I thought  I’d pop my tweets into one handy blogpost. A few are (shock horror) not in south London, but I reckon they’re worth the travel.  I’d love to hear about your recommendations and will add them to the post. Here are my thoughts in 140 characters or thereabouts:

Battersea – beautiful and vast, by river, farm, cafe. Oddly can’t remember the playgrounds. Website

Belair Park (W.Dulwich) – not huge, but ok playground, pretty space with stream. Decent local alternative. Website

Brockwell Park – fab park, great playground, lovely waterplay area, secret garden, miniature train at weekends, good cafes & a LIDO! Website

Burgess Park – cool playgrounds with huge slides, waterplay, good little scooter/bike track, nice cafe. Website

Crystal Palace – good playground, sand, dinosaur trail, mini farm, lake, nice cafe, right next to train station & parking. Website

Danson Park – good playground & fab water play in the summer. OK pub in the park near playground & kiosk & loos by playground. Website


Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is wonderful. Loads of different zones, massive pirate ship, sand & water, good cafe. Website

Dulwich Park – lovely as a local park, but prob underwhelming at the mo if you travel from afar as building works ongoing. Website

Greenwich – 💓 this park, LOADS of playground stuff, beautiful grounds, views, cafe and close to tons of ace free museums. Website

Hall Place & Gardens has loads of space to run around (free), good cafe and interesting changing exhibitions (have to pay). Website


Hampton Court – the grounds are beautiful and free to enter outside the palace walls. Website

Morden Hall Park – is National Trust but free, has a cool natural play area, beautiful grounds and lovely cafe. Website @MordenHallPkNT


Olymipc Park – another firm favourite, interesting and cool playgrounds, waterplay, cafes, travel to or park at Westfield. Website


Peckham Rye – loads of different corners to explore – arboretum, Japanese garden, wildlife garden👍, cafe and playground ok. Website


Ruskin Park – my kids love the playground and nice paddling pool in summer. Friendly little kiosk by the playground. Website

Victoria Park – several excellent playgrounds and waterplay, great cafes, lake. One of our favourites 🙂 Website

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