We work for a more playful London

Play is vital for children's health and happiness

Children's right to play is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Play brings diverse communities together

London Play Press Releases
Hundreds of children from across the capital converged in joyful noisy chaos on Parliament Square in Westminster yesterday to mark the first ever International Day of Play.
London Play Press Releases
London Play's submission to the government inquiry into the experiences of children and young people in the built environment.
London Play Press Releases
Bellingham Play Park, a local play area in Lewisham, has been voted playground ‘most in need of love’ in London Play's Valentine’s Day campaign.
Current work
Would you like your street to come alive with play? The good news is that in many parts of London, starting a play street is fairly easy.
Current work
This two year project sees London Play working alongside local play campaigners, supporting them to successfully challenge threats to local play spaces or services; and influence decisions relating to play.

How we work so London can play


Click here to find adventure playgrounds, play streets and our favourite places to play across the capital.

80 Adventure Playgrounds
London is the adventure play capital of the world! It's unique adventure playgrounds are staffed by playworkers, skilled in the art of enabling, promoting and facilitating - but never directing - children's play
1850000 Children
The child population of London is continuing to grow and along with it, the need for more and better places to play
19.5 sqm of Green Space per Person
Unsurprisingly, London has the least amount of green space per person of any English region.

Trust for London

We are very excited that Trust for London has agreed to fund our Communities United for Play project.

We will work alongside local campaigners, supporting them to successfully challenge threats to local play spaces or services and develop a toolbox for future campaigners in the process.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation has thrown its support behind a playled recovery for children in London, with a £20,000 grant to London Play

To do excellent and innovative projects, an organisation needs a strong core. With the vast majority of our funding committed to direct project delivery, we are really grateful to have some of our core costs covered by the Garfield Weston Foundation. As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, this will help provide the stability needed to launch new exciting projects and plan strategically for the future.


Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards  knows a good playing card when it sees one! The company’s charitable arm has put its gravitas behind  Play 52: playing cards that ‘really play’.

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity is funding the third iteration of Play 52, a special London themed pack.

Mayor of London

The Mayor’s Young London Inspired Fund is supporting our exciting Camp Build project, giving 11-15 year olds the chance to camp out and ‘build in the wild’. Groups of young people from adventure playgrounds will acquire skills that they can use when they return to their playgrounds, to help with the upkeep and development of the site.

In 2021 our Formula Fun go kart build and race events will be part of the Mayor’s Let’s Do London campaign to bring Londoners and visitors back into the city in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


City Bridge Trust

Since 2015, City Bridge Trust has funded Play Works; an exciting joint project between London Play and London-based adventure playgrounds. Phase I saw adventure play staff across 10 London boroughs develop processes to monitor, measure and evaluate the effectiveness of what they do; and out of this came the Play Works Toolkit.

Phase II of the project sees the development of a standalone London Adventure Playgrounds website to provide a dedicated home for the toolkit and all things adventure play in London. We hope it will result in greater recognition of the huge benefits adventure playgrounds bring to the communities they are located in.