Families moving to London from America often get so bogged down in the process of searching for London apartments for rent that they forget the needs of their children when determining location.  For many families their time in London will be the first time they’ve lived in such a large metropolitan area making it easy to forget about luxuries found in smaller cities and open countryside.  One of those luxuries is parks and playgrounds, a necessary item for young children that must be planned for when moving to London.

Within the great city of London there are many wonderful playgrounds perfect for small children and their families.  Doing a little bit of research before signing a contract on a new flat will help in narrowing down the possible locations a family can live comfortably during their stay.  Below are a list of recommended playground areas that should be considered by families with children when searching London apartments for rent.

Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Playground – The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has recently announced a complete renovation of the playground and surrounding areas of this prominent Chelsea park.  Soon the park will have new playground equipment, restrooms and landscaping.  The park is located on Bosworth Road in Landbroke Grove with the nearest Tube station being Westbourne Park.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground – Located in Kensington Gardens this is one of the best playgrounds in London.  Dedicated to the memory of the late Princess Diana the playground boasts a Peter Pan theme complete with pirate ship.  The playground is free to the public and features along with the pirate ship a sensory trail.  The playground is designed to be accessible to all children especially those with special needs.

Hyde Park – Families can enjoy three playground areas in Hyde Park, conveniently located near the north of the park near the Lancaster and Westbourne gates, and the south of the park near the Edinburg gate.  Hyde Park offers activities for the entire family making it a favorite among parents with young children.  Other activities which are kid-friendly in the park are tennis, trails and a water fountain.

Before making decision about where one’s family will be living during the stay parents of young children should investigate neighborhood parks paying close attention to playgrounds as back yards are a luxury here.  Ideally, a family will want to live within close walking distance to a safe playground and that should not be a problem as London prides itself on providing plenty of playgrounds free for all children.  Before searching for apartments for rent families should consider making a map with their favorite playgrounds pinpointed for easy reference.