Kensington

Diana Memorial Playground

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground © Little Me Big City

A wonderful playground within Kensington Gardens, inspired by the story of Peter Pan and commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, who adored children. The main feature of the playground is a huge wooden pirate ship though the playground also has a beach surrounding the ship, a sea monster sculpture, giant swing, turtle drum, storyteller’s chair, tepees, a tree-house encampment with walkways, ladders, slides and ‘tree phones’. There’s a sensory trail too designed with children with special needs in mind and a separate area for under 3’s. All of this is designed to spark little imaginations, adventure and story creation. There’s plenty of seating for adults to sit and enjoy the creative surroundings. It gets busy – a queuing system to enter the playground is often in place in the summer. Don’t miss spotting the Elfin Oak sculpture, located next to the playground. Carved the hollow trunk of an oak tree, it depicts figures of fairies, elves and animals. The Broadwalk Cafe which is next to the playground serves flatbread pizzas and ice-creams.

Address: Broad Walk, London, W2 2UH
Telephone: 0300 061 2001
Email: dianaplayground@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/sports-and-leisure/diana-memorial-playground

Opening hours: Open daily from 10.00 with closing times variable throughout the year depending on daylight hours.
Getting there: 5 minutes walk from from Queensway tube station (Central line) or a pleasant 20 minute walk through the park from from High Street Kensington (District and Circle line). NB. These stations are not step-free.

Age range: For under 12s (and parents / carers) only
Cost: Free

Facilities: Within Kensington Gardens and next to the child-friendly Broadwalk Café (there’s a serving hatch and tables in the playground so you don’t need to leave to use the cafe), toilets and a water fountain.

Where next? Explore the rest of Kensington Gardens (including Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Palace) or head over into Hyde Park for boating or swimming in the Serpentine!

(Please note: whilst we regularly check our listings for accuracy, we always recommend you check the finer details directly with the venue before setting out! Listing last checked February 2017.)