Welcome to part 2 of our London adventures. After spending the day in central London in the first 48 hours of our trip (read and watch that here), we went to Battersea Children’s Zoo and Park for the whole of day 3 so Eric could have lots of time exploring. We visited Battersea Children’s Zoo last time we were in London and I really love it for a good family day out. It is underrated, in my opinion, and perfect for little ones. We prefer it to London Zoo; which we find to be expensive, too big for Eric and overwhelming. Battersea children’s zoo is a winner for us because it’s small enough that Eric can explore around on his own without getting too tired, it has lots to play with and different playgrounds, water and sand play, fire engine, toys, small animals, farm animals and of course, zoo animals! The zoo costs £9.50 for an adult, under 2 free and children over 2 are £7.50.
There’s a big variety of play areas at the zoo which is brilliant. There’s big climbing frames, small toddler play equipment, swings, tunnels, slides, water and sand play so children definitely don’t get bored. Eric loves being able to just go around the zoo going on everything!
There’s lots of little ride-ons and toys just dotted around the zoo, and things to climb on, as well as small rides which you pay for. There’s a theme park aspect to the zoo in that respect, I love how they have little bikes, ride ons and scooters etc for the children to use. The zoo is small, too, so unlike huge zoos where there is lots of walking, toddlers can mostly explore the whole place on foot; just toddling around.
They had lots of fun in the fire engine!
There are lots of areas to sit and picnic, I would recommend taking your own food so you can just go about the day as you like and take advantage of all the space. 🙂
The water and sand play areas are full of toys, bucket and spades, climbing frames, Eric LOVED this. We could just leave him to it, they had seating for parents around the edges. It was fantastic how they had this option as well as the usual playgrounds; it was a good variety and there really wasn’t anything that could have made it any better.
We have been to the park twice now, both times were out of the school holidays and even though it is London, it was not busy at all. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves, and this really made a difference because Eric doesn’t like it when places are busy. We were able to just go at our own pace and do lots of different things, going from one area to the other. There are feeding times throughout the day, but they were not busy, too. We caught some of the meerkat feeding session; but to be honest, we were so busy with everything else we forgot about the rest!
This zoo is in Battersea Park; which is free and if the children’s zoo isn’t enough for families, there’s still the rest of the park to see. There are many playgrounds, mini golf, boating lake, Go! Ape, cafes and more. We played in two play areas; a smaller playground at one side of the park, and the main playgrounds at the mini golf. These playgrounds were REALLY well equipped and Go! Ape was just above us, too, which was fun to watch! The toddler play areas were great and there was a bigger adventure playground. Watch the vlog to see it all. You could spend the whole day in Battersea Park with the zoo and then the playgrounds and everything, but we had to leave at some point. We ended up at a lovely pub – The Latchmere – just 10 minutes walk away from the park which had an enclosed, separate childrens play area in the beer garden which was really nice; the food was great, too. Highly recommend!
Thanks for reading and watching Day 3 of our London trip! Did you miss Day 1 & 2? You can catch up with that here. Keep a look out for the rest of the blogs in this series; we have another 5 days yet!
What do you think? Have you been to a zoo like this before? Would your kids enjoy it? Pop a comment down below, I would love to know.