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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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One of the most well-known of London’s many playgrounds is the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Known to local mums as the “pirate ship” because of the giant wooden pirate ship in the center, this playground is certainly worth the hype.

There’s a ‘beach’ of sand surrounding the pirate ship, as well as various toys, play structures, swings, and a ‘sensory trail’ where kids can experiment with different sounds.  There’s also a separate section for younger babies, where they can play in the sand without worrying about being trampled by the older kids.

The playground opened in June 2000 in memory of the late princess, and is located next to her Kensington Palace home.  Check the website for opening times, as they change depending on the time of year. And I must warn you: on a sunny day it gets very crowded — so crowded you might have to queue to get in!


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