As the weather starts to warm up many families are looking for ways to cool down during the summer holidays and various paddling pools in London could be the answer.
One of the best paddling pools in the capital can be found in Hyde Park on the south side of the Serpentine as part of the Hyde Park Lido. As well as swimming and paddling facilities, there are also sunbathing and picnic areas, a sand pit and a climbing frame. Perfect for keeping the children happy during a sunny day.
The lido and paddling pool are open from June through to September from 10am to 6pm each day.
Not technically a paddling pool, but the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park is still a great place for splashing around and enjoying getting wet. Built to celebrate the life of the princess, the monument was created as a place for families to visit.
The fountain creates a stream of moving water and is carefully designed to create a number of waterfalls and shallow pools so they are perfect for children to explore.There is no cost for visiting the fountain and it is open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.
It is also worth considering a trip to Coram’s Fields in Bloomsbury. The seven acre site is a perfect place for a day out and during the summer months there is a large paddling pool installed to provide some cooling fun for children.
As well as the pool, there are a number of grassy play areas, swings, climbing frames and even petting animals.
Parents will also like the fact that entry to the children’s areas are very secure, with just one gate – meaning it is less likely that anyone can wander off without being noticed.
There is also a renowned coffee stand that sells a variety of drinks and some rather delicious baked goods – ideal to enjoy while the children are burning off some excess energy.
Coram’s Fields is open seven days a week, from 9am to 8pm and entry is free.