The Best Things to Do in Battersea Park

15 May 18
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The Best Things to Do in Battersea Park

15 May 18

Tucked in a bend on the southern bank of the River Thames, framed by Albert Bridge to the east and Chelsea Bridge to the west, Battersea Park is one of London’s most visited green spaces—and it’s easy to see why. With such a variety of things to see and do in Battersea Park, you could spend an entire day within its limits and still feel as if you’ve barely scratched the surface. Here’s our guide to help you make the most of all it has to offer.

Located on the northern edge of the park is the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, which any animal-lover could easily spend a whole day exploring. Little ones especially will love spying on the meerkats from the secret lookout and getting up close to its many mammals, reptiles and birds. Be sure to pack a picnic if the weather’s warm and don’t let kids miss out on the opportunity to get involved in one of the half-hourly feeding displays, where they are encouraged to take an active role in order to learn more about these glorious creatures.

If you’d rather act like a monkey now that you’ve seen them in real life, no problem—simply head down to the south-west corner of the park and Go Ape! With varying levels of difficulty to cater for kids and adults, the whole family can test their agility amongst the treetops of this urban jungle, whether that means trying to find your footing across the tricky Zig Zag Bridge, feeling the wind in your hair on the zip line or, for the ultimate challenge, traversing the notorious Chantemerle. Our advice? Don’t look down…

Swinging from tree to tree isn’t for everyone, of course, so for those who’d rather keep their feet firmly on the ground, we can highly recommend the Pump House Gallery, set on the northern banks of Battersea Park’s lake. Home to a rolling calendar of some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions in London, this is the perfect place to spend a quiet hour or so away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

And if you need an extra dose of peace and quiet, Battersea Park even has its own Peace Pagoda, located right on the River Thames. A gift from the Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement Nipponzan Myohoji, it features a series of gilt-bronze statues which represent the most important stages of Buddha’s life—worth a visit for the river views alone.

After re-fuelling at the nearby Pear Tree Café and admiring the boats out on the lake, why not get on the water yourself? Pay a visit to Bluebird Boats and choose from their fleet of rowing boats and pedalos for an afternoon splashing about on the landscaped boating lake. Available on school holidays, public holidays and weekends between Easter and late September, be sure to look out for local water wildlife such as herons, glebes and cormorants while you explore its central island and secluded enclaves.

Feature images © gv_london; _ultraforma_; Battersea Park Children's Zoo; Go Ape; Godrick; Damian Griffths

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