London fun for you and your little ones

Coram’s Fields

Posted by on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Parks, Sunny day

Coram’s Fields

This week we spent a sunny afternoon at Coram’s Fields.  Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, Coram’s Fields is a park and playground reserved exclusively for under 16s – in fact, adults are not allowed into the park at all unless accompanied by a child.  The park is named after shipwright, sailor and philanthropist, Captain Thomas Coram, who created the Foundling Hospital for abandoned children in the eighteenth century following a long campaign to obtain the necessary Royal Charter (see our review of the Foundling Museum).  The Foundling Hospital stood on the site of the present day park until the building was demolished in the 1920s – the land was saved thanks to fundraising and charitable donations so that it could be preserved for the use of children living in or visiting London. 

Coram's Fields - chickens

Today, the park covers seven acres and, alongside the playground, incorporates a range of facilities and activities for under 16s, including: a Youth Centre, Children’s Centre, Community Nursery, Sports Programme and small city farm.  Approaching Coram’s Fields from Brunswick Square, my little boy spotted two goats and a sheep grazing at the edge of the park, attracting considerable attention from the other Bloomsbury pedestrians.  Once inside Coram’s Fields, we discovered that the pets’ corner has (cute-and-fluffier-than-average) rabbits, some chickens and a small aviary besides the goats and sheep.

Sandpit at Coram's Fields

In addition to the farm, Coram’s Fields has two sandpits, a paddling pool, a range of play equipment suitable for toddlers as well as older children, and an adventure playground with aerial slide.  There’s a pleasant central grassed area – perfect for picnics and running around, and the all-important café providing reasonably-priced refreshments for mums, dads and carers.  All-in-all, you’d be hard pressed to find a place in London where children of all ages are more welcome and well-catered for in terms of facilities and free outdoor activities.  Almost three centuries after he campaigned for a better future for London children, Thomas Coram would surely be proud of his legacy.

Coram's Fields

Interest rating

All children love playgrounds and Coram’s Fields is an excellent one (given its central location), combining a good mix of play equipment with sporting facilities, space to run around, community services and children’s activities.

Admission cost

Admission to Coram’s Fields is free, but donations towards its upkeep and running costs are gratefully received (suggested donation: £1).

Facilities

Baby changing facilities and toilets for the under 5s are available.  The park is fully accessible.

Kipferl Cafe at Coram's Fields

Café

The Kipferl Parkcafé offers hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams and is open from March to November.  As a rough guide, a cappuccino costs £1.90, kids’ sandwiches cost £1.80, hot meals range from £2.50 to £5.80.  Kipferl Parkcafé is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

The park is very close to the Brunswick Centre, which also has many family-friendly choices for eating and drinking.

Picnic

There is plenty of space in Coram’s Fields for picnics.

Bunny at Coram's Fields

Opening hours

Coram’s Fields are open every day from 9am to 8pm.

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7837 6138

Website: www.coramsfields.org

 

 

Wooden animals at Coram's Fields

Getting there

Address: 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN

By train: The nearest station is Russell Square (Piccadilly Line).  King’s Cross St Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines and National Rail), Euston (Northern, Victoria Lines and National Rail), Holborn (Central Line) and Chancery Lane (Central Line) are also within walking distance.

By bus: 17, 45, 46 (Gray’s Inn Road); 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188 (Russell Square).

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