Playground at St. Luke’s
Sydney St., Chelsea
This newly refurbished and serene playground at St. Luke's church is tucked away behind King's Road. There are plenty of swings, picnic tables, jungle gyms, and climbing equipment. The gardens just next door are great, too. Photo courtesy of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Popstarz Parties organizes a full disco with a light-up floor, a karaoke session, plus plenty of games, dancing and singing competitions.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Broad Walk, W2
This unique playground located towards the northern end of Hyde Park has an enormous pirate ship, a sandy beach, teepees, and mini houses to climb in and out of—all in the spirit of Peter Pan. Most of the facilities are wooden and beautifully designed. Parents can hang out at the café which serves casual fare.
68 Mountgrove Rd., Hackney
Nowhere else in London will you find this many Calico Critters, or, as they're known in the UK, Sylvanian Families. The store stocks the full UK range, as well as a large number of imports from the US and Japan. They also do amazing window displays.
Dalby St., Kentish Town, Camden
This colorful indoor climbing frame for 6-month to 11-year-olds is part of the Talacre Sports and Community Center, and just a short walk from the Kentish Town West station. If you want to bring your really little ones to play, a good time is between 9-10:30am on weekdays for the "Under 5 Only" session.
The Hair Force
22 St. Mark’s Crescent, Camden
Using revolutionary technology from the USA, which dehydrates the nits and head lice, The Hair Force ensure everything is removed. Treatments can be administered in their lounge or within your home.
The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour
Studio Tour Dr., Leavesden, Hertfordshire
Ever wish you, er, your child, could stroll along the Great Hall, stumble into Dumbledore's office, hang out in the Gryffindor common room, or pay a visit to Hagrid's hut? Complete with two soundstages where the Harry Potter series was filmed over the past 10 years and features like the "creature effect" workshop, where you can see how they created such beasts as the giant Basilisk head, this is Mecca for all Harry Potter fans. Reservations are required
The Purple Dragon Club
30 Gatliff Rd., Chelsea
This private members’ club comes at a price, but the variety of activities available to kids and parents is pretty astounding. It’s located right in Chelsea, with views of the Thames; parents can enjoy the gourmet food, stunning modern décor, and the amazing views, while kids have the options of beach club (indoor pool), massive soft play center, music booth, kitchen (with cooking activities), music room, and art lab. Kids will love it, and adults will find the whole experience oddly peaceful for a kids’ activity center.
ZSL London Zoo
Outer Circle, Regent's Park
The animals at the London Zoo are well kept, so a visit here is always a happy one. Plus, a recent renovation converted many of the animals' enclosures, making them truer to how they live in nature. There are also a number of daily kids activities that are heavy on fun without skimping on education.
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