Hola chicos, living in London it always seems like there is one area or another within the city that is up and coming. One such area is Battersea, which has traditionally been the less favourable neighbour to the likes of Fulham, Chelsea and Clapham. However, it looks like this is changing following the radical redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. With its beautiful park, improving accessibility and close proximity to Central London, Battersea has more going for it than ever. In this post I have selected 5 things on offer within the area for families.
1. Battersea Park
Battersea is home to this well known beautiful park located next to the Thames. It offers beautifully kept lawns and flower beds, a boating lake, children’s playgrounds, fountains, tennis courts, bike hire, a lakeside cafe and the lovely Peace Pagoda.
The park is often full of families and actually hosts two of the other attractions in my list, Go Ape and the Children’s Zoo. To get an idea of just how big Battersea Park is, it has played host to the Formula E Grand Prix.
2. Go Ape Battersea
Fancy a Tree Top Adventure? Then, check out Go Ape Battersea which incorporates some of Battersea Park’s tallest trees. The experience includes knee-knocking crossings that are double the height of most Go Ape adventures, and many are twice as long, making them extra wobbly and challenging. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about:
3. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
The Children’s Zoo in Battersea Park is small, but delightful and is run by a family who also run wildlife parks in Derbyshire and an otter and owl sanctuary in the New Forest. Alongside rabbits, goats, sheep and chickens are animals you might not expect to find in a small zoo or city farm, such as meerkats, lemurs, Asian short-clawed otters, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, monkeys, emus, tortoises and talking mynah birds. The zoo also has indoor and outdoor play areas, picnic tables, a coffee shop and nappy-changing facilities.
4. Pottery Cafe
Located on the South end of Northcote Road, the Pottery Cafe is somewhere to take the children to visit the pottery decorating studio where they can have fun decorating their own beautiful pottery.
They have a vast range of hand-cut decorating sponges featuring everything from dinosaurs to flowers, ladybirds to stars and fairies, so there’s no need to be an artist!
5. Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill welcomes families of all ages. You can take little ones to ‘The Bee’s Knees’ – their magical indoor play space for under 5s, relax in our family friendly cafe or attend Family Saturdays which takes place on the last Saturday of each month, for fun, food and free activities for children aged 0-11.
Have you visited Battersea before? Are there any things I haven’t covered? Please leave your comment as I would love to read your thoughts.
*Disclosure: this is a collaborative post
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