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A fine example of a proper Victorian park, Battersea Park is one of the most beautiful green spaces in London. Built between 1854 and 1870 and opened by Queen Victoria herself, the park is situated just south west of Central London on the south bank of the River Thames, and is a little less of a tourist-trap than some of its more central neighbours.
At 200 acres, there’s no shortage of space for kids to run about in, and a host of beautifully-kept gardens and walkways will delight family members of all ages. Take a stroll through the picturesque English Gardens and visit the Peace Pagoda, or take a pleasant riverside walk along the promenade, where you can look out over the city and the impressive Albert Bridge.
But you don’t just have to explore on foot; head to the boating lake in the park's south-west corner to hire a pedalo or rowing boat and enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon on the water. Or rent trikes, bicycles, tandems or recumbent bikes from London Recumbents (located near the Peace Pagoda) and zoom along the tree-lined lanes.
If the kids want to blow off some steam, there are numerous playgrounds to keep them entertained. Make sure to check out the state-of-the-art adventure playground in the south-west corner of the park, as well as the neighbouring play area. With three playgrounds to choose from, there’s something for kids of all ages at Battersea Park.
Aside from the beautiful landscape, Battersea Park is home to a vast array of attractions and amenities. Don’t miss Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, a smaller zoo especially good for younger kids that boasts otters, meerkats, monkeys and emus. Don’t forget to check out the live feedings, where you can learn a little something about these fascinating creatures and their habits!
Catch a show at the pretty Victorian bandstand, which hosts free live music and other community events throughout the year. Visit the miniature golf course, Putt in the Park, or, if you fancy something a little more hair-raising, swing your way through the treetop adventure trail at Go Ape Battersea Park, one of the adventure company’s most accessible UK locations.
If you’re in the market for a little culture, there’s tons on offer at the Pump House Gallery, originally a Victorian water tower, now Battersea Park’s beautiful lakeside cultural centre. The gallery displays a rotating selection of contemporary visual arts for you to enjoy.
And if that’s not enough, Battersea Power Station is just next door! Pop by for a coffee or a bite to eat at one of its trendy eateries or cafes, or check the event schedule for a whole host of cultural delights.
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