Tuesday 29 March 2011
Kids London - Diana Memorial Playground
Deep in the midst of Kensington Gardens an owl watches over an ancient pirate ship wreck.
Well nearly, anyway.
The Diana Memorial Playground (not be be mistaken for the memorial fountain thing...) is truly a kids' paradise. And I love it too. Go back in time and the 8 year old me could have spent many happy days here.
There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore - but all safely enclosed. In fact you are not allowed in unless you are accompanying a child, so I strongly suggest borrowing one if you don't have one so you can go and have a look. Or if you are super early you can go in WITHOUT a child from 9.30-10.
I took a photo of the map on the notice board if you're that interested - it's the sort of thing I like looking at - and added some visiting facts too.
The inspiration for the playground (true to its location) was J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan, so you'll be able to find not only the pirate ship - well you'd be hard pushed to miss that... - but also teepees and Wendy houses, totem poles and hidden treasure... watch out for the crocodile lurking in the sand ready to snap!
There is also lovely planting to admire if you are so inclined and thinking about what on earth you are going to do with your garden like moi.
We were early birds when we visited... partly so I could get some pictures without looking like a child-catcher and partly because, as you can see, it was such a beautiful day. We were literally the first people in the gate. So early that we disturbed the squirrel's playtime.