A perfect summer play day
Evie, Tim (daddy) and I spent a glorious sunny afternoon at Coram's Fields today. London's first public children's playground, on the site of the Foundling Hospital, is one of the best places in the city to hang out with little ones. Actually, you can only get in if you have a child in tow. Evie was in her element - oinking at the resident goats (don't ask!), storming through the paddling pool full of boys having water fights and sliding down her first slide (without parental assistance). 'That baby is blocking our river!' wailed an eight year old in the sandpit as Evie sat in a stream of water that had been carefully constructed by a team of kids. The 'river' soon dissipated into a sandy pond as Evie excitedly flapped her hands and feet around. Afterwards mummy, daddy and babe lay on a picnic rug in the dappled sunlight scoffing Devon ice-cream. The big sticky smile on Evie's face at the end of the day said it all: today was a splendid day.
Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN (020 7837 6138) Near Holborn tube. Open 9am-7pm throughout the summer. Directions here.