Hackney top 5: best play areas

Skates, snakes, slides and rides: Hackney has a fantastic variety of ways to keep your kids amused. Here are our favourite places to take the little monkeys swinging.

Clissold Park

Kid heaven, thanks to the animals: there’s an aviary, and an enclosure for deer, goats and chickens, as well as a summer butterfly dome, paddling pool, impressive playground, table-tennis tables and a skate park.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Outside the bounds of Hackney, but it’s well worth the trip to the outstanding Tumbling Bay playground, where you’ll find sand pits, treehouses, wobbly bridges, rock pools, slides and swings.

Snake Park

Round the back of Haggerston Station, this play area has a glittering mosaic snake winding through it, plus monkey bars, a sand pit, a three-person see-saw, hammocks and a trampoline.

Victoria Park

The BMX track and skate park is the main draw in this spacious park. You can cool off in the summer splash pool or pedalo, or row on the pond in summer.

Clapton Square

Simple and leafy, this toddlers’ play area in the lovely setting of a Georgian Square has a tyre to swing on, seat swings, a wooden train and a hut with ladder and slide.