Have a Ball(pit) this Summer at the Best Soft Play in London


  1. Find the best soft play in North London
  2. Get inspired by indoor soft play in East London
  3. Discover soft play centres in South London
  4. Hit the best soft play in West London


Whether you’re in the beautiful capital but the weather’s turned on you or the kids are museumed out and you’re dying for a cuppa – it’s soft play to the rescue!

Here’s our top collection of soft play centres in London where you can let the kids tire out those restless legs while you look on from the café!

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Find the best soft play near you in North London


There are heaps of options when it comes to soft play in the north of the city. Here are our top 4.

Little Dinosaurs 

This north-London gem offers varied soft play with additional activities in Alexandra Palace. It also has its own enclosed garden complete with a shady veranda. 🌳

Ages: 0–9 years

Price: Kids £5.50 (90-minute session) – extended to 2hrs if using the café) 

Tube: Wood Green / Train: Alexandra Palace

Hullabaloo at The Sherriff Centre 

If you fancy a change from the usual soft-play-in-a-warehouse, then hop on the tube and head to West Hampstead for a soft play adventure beneath the vaulted ceilings of St James Church.

Ages: 6months-10 years

Price: Infants  aged 6mths-2years £4.50 / Kids  aged 18 months – 10 years £6.50 (1hr session) 

Tube: West Hampstead

Talacre Treetops

Let the kids run free at this extravaganza of rope swings, slides and ball pits at Talacre Community Sports Centre in Kentish Town.

Age range: no upper age limit but max height is 1.39m

Price: Non-member prices Under 5s £6:70 / Over 5s £7.80 (1hr session)

Overground: Kentish Town West / Tube: Kentish Town 

Sobell Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Islington, this 3-floor soft play has everything from a ‘vertical roller squeeze’ to a ‘sky glide’. With a separate area for under 2s, there’s more than enough fun to go around.

Age: 6 months – 10 years

Price: £5.15 (1hr session) 

Tube: Arsenal


Get inspired by indoor soft play near you in East London


Creative and eclectic as ever, East London’s soft play offerings don’t disappoint.

Discover Children’s Story Centre 

Not strictly a soft play - but so much more! Roam two floors of immersive play spaces (aka Story Worlds) and let the kids unleash their imaginations.

Age: 0-11 years

Prices: Under 1s FREE / 1 year old £2.50 / Adult or child £8 (Peak sessions: 3hrs 15 minutes. Off-peak sessions: all day)

DLR: Stratford High Street 

Tube/Train: Stratford

Macaroni Penguin

This is an altogether classier affair than your average vinyl-on-foam soft play. A unique two tier wooden frame offers a fun space for kids to explore and play while the grown-ups sit down to a fancy cuppa from the on-site artisan tea shop.

Age: no max age given

Price: Kids £7.50 / Siblings under 1 FREE (1hr session)

DLR: Pontoon Dock

Mile End Park Leisure Centre

A play frame, a large purple house, a tepee, and a big old curly slide offer enough playful enjoyment to keep the kids amused.

Age: 0-8 years

Prices: Under 2s £2.10 / Over 2s £7:95 (1hr session)

Tube: Mile End

Mudlarks Gallery

This interactive space within the Museum of London Docklands promotes exploratory play and offers lots of hands-on experiences. It’s completely free and tickets go on sale the day before at 10 am so get in there quick!🐆

Ages: 0-8 years

Price: Free with advance booking (40-minute session)

Train/Tube: Canary Wharf


Discover soft play centres in South London


Whether you’re after a soft play extravaganza or something a little more bijoux, soft play in South London has it all.

Gambado Chelsea

Thought by some to offer the best soft play in London for all ages, this whopper of a play centre boasts a play frame, dodgems and a carousel. For under 2s there’s a role play village for imaginative exploration. It's pricier than most and there’s a charge for adults but sessions last 2hrs.

Age: 1-11years

Prices: 1-2 years £9.00 / 3-12 years £11.50 / Adults £3.25 (2hr session)

Train/Overground: Imperial Wharf 

Cheeky Chops Play Café

One for the younger crowd, this stylish café with play areas offers two different frames designed for walking and non-walking little ones. 

Age: 0-6years

Prices: 7-12 months £3.50 / 1 year+ £6.95 (90 minute session)

Train: Twickenham 

Apple Tree Children’s Café 

With two sites in Herne Hill and Peckham Rye, this duo of cafés has a lot to offer. In addition to the climbing frame, the Herne Hill branch offers ever-changing role play areas that range from a fire station to a flower shop. At Peckham Rye, the sensory room will captivate babies with a range of lights and sounds.

Age: 0-5years

Prices: £7.50 (90-minute session)

Train/Overground: Peckham Rye 

Train: Herne Hill


Hit the best soft play in West London


Go west and you’ll hit more fantastic soft play spots to keep the whole family entertained.

KidZania London

We couldn’t make a list of the top indoor soft play in London without mentioning the mammoth KidZania at Westfield London. While not technically a soft play facility, it’s a major player when it comes to indoor entertainment. The early years area includes storytelling and a baby disco but the main event is the expansive role play area. Kids get the chance to have a go at everything from working for a courier service to attending a spy academy. They can try their hand at fashion design, spend some time in the TV studio or simply have a dance. It’s a pricier day out and the adult tickets aren’t cheap but entry covers 4 hours of fun and if your child is over 8 years old you can leave them to it while you shop.🛍️

Ages: 4-14

Price 0-1 year free / 1-3 years £10 / 4-14years £25 / Adult £14 (4hr session)

Tube/Overground: Shepherd’s Bush

Adventure Zone Wandsworth 

Housed within Wandle Recreation Centre, this three-storey soft play facility offers indoor and outdoor play areas to help your little ones slide, bash and roll their way to a state of contented calmness.

Ages: 0-7

Price: £4.70 / Additional siblings £2.80 (no time limit)

Train: Wandsworth Town

Play Base 

Housed within the National Army Museum, this immersive play area combines a soft play assault course with role-play activities.🪖

Ages: 0-8 years

Price £6.25 (1hr session)

Tube: Sloane Square

So sit back, relax and let the kids blow off some steam before they get back to their studies. 

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