The Best Activities for Children in Clapham

09 May 18
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The Best Activities for Children in Clapham

09 May 18

Although Clapham High Street is a popular nightlife spot after dark, during the day it’s all about the kids. As the sun emerges and the revellers retreat, Clapham and its surrounding areas are transformed with a whole host of activities for children. Here are some of the best to try on a family holiday in London.


The spiritual heart of the neighbourhood, Clapham Common is one of London’s most popular green spaces and, at 220 acres, there’s no shortage of room for kids to run and play to their hearts’ content. The park’s Victorian bandstand—the largest in the city —serves as a great meeting point for families, especially given its proximity to La Baita, widely known among local parenting circles as thego-to spot for ice cream in the summer.

As well as all that space to run around, Clapham Common is also home to some fantastic activities for children, with two dedicated children’s playgrounds, a paddling pool, a bowling green and a skatepark, as well as sporting facilities including tennis courts and cricket nets. There are also three ponds, two of which are used for fishing. For feeding the ducks, grab your old loaves of bread and head to Mount Pond, the larger of the three ponds, while children will love the model boating at Long Pond, on the eastern edge of the park.

If you’re looking for a quieter activity for your little ones, or you’ve got a creative in the family, take your budding Picassos to Gallery Midnight for one of their drop-in art classes (Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and afternoons), designed to allow children to have fun while learning different techniques and developing their understanding of art.

Alternatively, if you think clay, rather than paint, might be their preferred medium, at Clapham Pottery the trained tutors will allow kids to get their hands nice and dirty before showing them how to decorate and make their very own pieces, as well as all kinds of different sculpting methods.


Slightly further afield, but well worth the extra steps, is yet another green space: Battersea Park, which you could be forgiven for thinking was made for children. As well as the playground, picnic areas and vast open green spaces, the Battersea Children’s Zoo and the ever-popular Go Ape can be found within. So, whether your little ones would rather feed the monkeys or act like them, Battersea Park has got you covered!

For those inevitable days when the weather makes outside play impossible, Clapham’s Picturehouse cinema provides a welcome retreat for rainy-day entertainment—as does the incredibly popular leisure centre, which, along with the indoor pool and usual sporting facilities, hosts a broad range of activities just for kids, including cooking lessons, book clubs, dancing classes and more.


Feature images © ultraforma; Johnny Greig; Gallery Midnight; Battersea Park Children's Zoo

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