Battersea Park: A little zoo in a big park
This article is about the little known Battersea Park Zoo.
I’ve lived in London most of my life, and have been to Battersea Park several times. But it wasn’t until my friend suggested we take the kids to the Battersea Park Zoo that I even knew it existed. And what a great find.
It was one of those lazy weekends where we didn’t have much planned, and the sun decided to grace us with her presence. It’s a fair drive for us now we’re not in the city anymore, but it was worth the effort. And, because we went early, it was easy to find a parking space – probably not so much when you hit lunch time and beyond.
Battersea Park itself is a huge, sprawling green oasis made up of several historic gardens, ponds, a boating lake, playgrounds and the zoo, with its famous Peace Pagoda being one of the star attractions. It’s a haven for fitness fanatics and runners, bikes can be hired and there are all-weather pitches. It’s a hubbub of people enjoying this serene space beside the River Thames.