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Current work
Play was an early casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Children's lives were stopped in their tracks: schools and playgrounds closed, families were confined to their homes and social interaction all but ceased.  London Play swung into action.

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Past work
Play was an early casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. So of course, London Play swung into action.

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Current work
Get yourself a pocketful of pandemic proof play - now available in two great themes. All profits go to making better London childhoods.

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Play streets
2021: The Play Street Carousel is a unique project that harnesses the power of play to strengthen bonds between neighbours, even as the pandemic keeps us all apart.

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Schools
2013: In 1939 London’s culture of street play was abruptly interrupted by the prospect of Nazi bombing raids, when around 400,000 children were evacuated to new lives in rural Britain.

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Nature
2011-13: We put in gnarly logs, a dragon here and there, climbable trees, boulders and other natural play features to tempt children and families into the natural environment and (re)discover the joy of being outdoors.

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Nature
2011-2013: In Deptford, children were begging their parents to go to school – on a Saturday! But who could blame them, when the school in question was abandoned and featured a hidden, wild nature garden?

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Heritage
2016: Today it is cars and digital devices getting in the way of children's play. But in 1914 it was DORA. Who is DORA? Read on...

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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.

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World Car Free Day on 22 September is the perfect opportunity to swap your car for a spacehopper and try out a play street on your road.

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Camp Build is a three-year project funded by the Mayor of London’s Young London Inspired Fund. 2021 will see the grand finale over 10 days in August.

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Adventure play
OK, so WE KNOW that adventure playgrounds are worth their weight in gold. Our Play Works project (2015-20) supported play workers to make sure they had the evidence to convince potential funders of the same.

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Past work
2016: Time in the playground is as important as time in the classroom. Kids who are given the chance to run, jump and play freely during the school day concentrate better and achieve more.

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Past work
2014: Play Streets Past and Present got modern youngsters looking at the strips of concrete and tarmac outside their homes with new eyes. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, London Play spent most of 2014 working with an oral historian and the Museum of London on this fascinating investigation into play on

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Past work
2017: This six month pilot project aimed to transform Enfield's Palmers Green neighbourhood into a place where children's independence is valued and encouraged.

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