Princess Diana Memorial Playground, London England

Last week I posted a picture of a Pirate Ship in the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in London, England. Here it is again

Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship

Believe it or not, we spent almost an entire day at this playground! Our transit home from Istanbul had been unexpectedly suspended due to an ash cloud from Iceland's erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano (rembemer that?). With no particular plans in London, an uncertain schedule, and three kids who were clearly all done with sightseeing, a playground seemed like just the thing to do! Certainly it was better than spending the day in our hotel navigating the British Airlines phone tree in the hopes of securing a flight home on a flight that might only be canceled again.

We couldn't have been luckier, the weather was about 75 degrees, and though we wouldn't have noticed on our own, locals kept commenting on how peaceful the parks were without any air traffic noise overhead. Let's hope there aren't many more opportunities to experience London in such quiet!

Everest was so inspired by Captain Hook's pirate ship that he built his own out of "found objects" (I suppose that seemed safer than climbing to the top of the ship's mast)

Everest makes his own pirate ship out of "found objects"
Everest makes his own pirate ship out of "found objects"

There was ton's more to explore though - from musical instruments to teepees

Teepees inside Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Teepees inside Princess Diana Memorial Playground

And a cool elevated pathway

Pathways to explore...
Pathways to explore...

The playground even has its own cafe with organic sandwiches for mom and dad, pizza for the kids, and of course popsicles and ice cream!

Mmmmm organic popsicles from the cafe inside Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Mmmmm organic popsicles from the cafe inside Princess Diana Memorial Playground

We rarely take the time to sit in the sun and enjoy a playground all day - whether we are traveling or at home. A year later, what I remember more than any particular activity is the way that day felt. A rare opportunity to just let go of everything and be in the moment. After all, we had nowhere in particular to be and no way to get home. We can have chosen to spend the day stressed out about our sudden change in plans, but instead, we did this. Related Links
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  1. gregdor on February 15, 2011 at 3:09 a.m.

    It's really a nice place to play and rest with the kids. I'd love to go again to London with my children. Very nice there!

  2. Michelle on February 16, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.

    I wish I went to a playground like this when I was younger! That teepee is so cute!

  3. John Twohig on February 22, 2011 at 8 a.m.

    London is wonderful anytime of year and there is so much to occupy the children so you can relax too. Not every City or Town has a playground of this quality and you would wonder why?

  4. Online Travel Tourism on March 1, 2011 at 2:44 a.m.

    Oh wow its absolutely perfect for the play kids and I think it is amazing travel place with the our to all pic.

  5. Saras on March 4, 2011 at 2:22 a.m.

    Oh my gosh. Your daughter is soooo darling! And the ice cream look delicious. Never thought to put sprinkles on an ice pop. I have to try that at home sometime. Thanks for sharing your beautiful moment!

  6. Stefanie on June 20, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

    This playground is awesome! My kids loved it and we will definitely go there again, when we visit London next time.

  7. Johannna on August 18, 2011 at 5:56 a.m.

    Wow this looks really awesome. We will definatly have a visit when we are in London next time.

  8. Nicole on September 6, 2011 at 4:13 a.m.

    Next time i realy want to visit this playground again. It's nice and peaceful for my kids and baby. Normaly hard to find in a city. Love Nicole

  9. Paige Totaro on August 17, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

    This looks wonderful! What a nice memorial. A good playground is a lifesaver, especially when stranded by a rogue volcano!