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

Congratulations to London’s award-winning adventure playgrounds!

Islington’s Barnard is London’s Adventure Playground of the Year 2021!
Acacia AP in Merton is the capital’s ‘Coolest Place to Play’; Lambeth’s Triangle AP won ‘Best Flick’ and Homerton Grove AP in Hackney, ‘Most Inclusive’.
Check here to see their award-winning films showcasing adventure play at its best. 
London Play Press Releases
Islington’s Barnard Adventure Playground has been named London’s Adventure Playground of the Year today as the hotly anticipated annual event returned to the West End with a squeal and a roar (and a few rude squelchy sounds too)!
Play news
Southwark residents marched on council offices to protest against proposed infill developments that they say will rob existing residents of space for play as well as natural light and recreation opportunities.
London Play Press Releases
London Play has supported a successful resident-led campaign to overturn a decision by Croydon Council to introduce charges for children playing in the street.
Current work
Get yourself a pocketful of pandemic proof play - now available in two great themes. All profits go to making better London childhoods.
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.

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.

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.

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.


Henry Surtees Foundation

The Henry Surtees Foundation has generously supported our popular Go Kart Build and Race each year since 2015. The Foundation was set up by the late great motorsport legend John Surtees CBE, in memory of his son Henry who died in a racing accident in 2009. Among its priorities is to support the advancement of young people in life “by helping them to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities so that they can participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.”


The National Lottery Community Fund

Previously known as the Big Lottery, our biggest current funder is supporting the transformation of London streets through a four year grant to deliver the Playful Communities project. We are working with residents in 16 boroughs to activate play on their streets – continuing the London play street revolution that we began way back in 2008 with our first Lottery-funded Street Play initiative.


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.