We love how well planned out Parliament Hill Playground is. Different sections are divided into separate play areas for older and younger kids, making it a really safe place to take kids of all ages. Also, a big advantage for nature-loving families is how easy it is to combine a visit to the playground with a hike in the wonderful Hampstead Heath Park.
After a long and muddy hike through Hampstead Heath Park, we were happy to see that the kids still had some energy left to enjoy the playground. After reaching the Parliament Hill viewpoint, we climbed down the steep hill towards the field with the playground right next to it.
For slightly older kids, the big climbing frame looking like a fort is great fun. It felt well maintained and secure, just about challenging enough for a six-year-old.
For our 2-year old the sandpit was a winner, using pulleys that could be filled. Luckily little brother was well dressed in his rubber rain pants which came to good use after rolling around in mud and sand the whole day. On the other hand, rubber is not really the best material when it comes to friction. Going down the slide was really slow motion…
The climbing frame for younger kids also felt really safe and well maintained. It just feels great when you can trust the equipment and don’t need to be on constant edge.
As for a conclusion we really enjoyed the Parliament Hill Playground. Being so close to Hampstead Heath Park means you can plan a really nice day out in fresh air with the kids.
Attractions close to Parliament Hill Playground
Hampstead Heath Park is great for walking with lots of trails that are easy to follow. Old oaks fallen over are just perfect for kids to climb and explore. Parliament Hill has one of the best views of London, with all the famous landmarks laid out below your feet. It’s almost always windy on top of the hill, so this is also one of the best spots for kiting in the city.
If you fancy a swim, the unheated Parliament Hill Lido is not far away, and right next to the playground you have a paddling pool perfect for hot summer days. A 15 minutes walk away, you’ll find the charming Kentish Town City Farm which was the first city farm in the UK, founded in 1972. Don’t forget to check the rest of the London playgrounds we have rated as well as our favourite city farms!
For what age-group is the playground?
The playground is for children up to 12 years old. Based on our experience, younger kids have more play equipment to choose from.
What’s good about Parliament Hill Playground?
It feels safe, and there’s a good selection of play equipment for different age-groups.
Is the playground well maintained?
Yes, the playground feels safe with solid equipment and is generally well maintained.
Does the playground have a padde pool?
Yes, there is a paddling pool for children less than 10 years old open during summer.
Is the playground good for parents?
We really like that it’s open space and easy to keep an eye on the kids without having to hover around. The equipment also feels safe, without any crazy tall structures.