Approximately 40 minute’s walk from Highbury, or a short journey away on the 38, 19 or 341, is Coram’s Fields. If you have read the novel Coram Boy, the name will be familiar due to the Foundling Hospital that was set up on the site in 1741. There is now a museum dedicated to the hospital.
However, the main event for Islington mamas and papas is the fields themselves. Adults are only allowed through the gate if accompanied by a child, and once inside, you will find… (take a breath)… sandpits, paddling pools, climbing frames, swings, adventure playground, aerial swing, sports pitches, small farm, a cafe, beautiful old historic colonnade buildings… and all part of an expansive grassy park, sheltered from the sun by convenient plane trees. There is even a Children’s Centre! The park is a real find – a safe, fun place to play, entirely dedicated to children.
- Website: www.coramsfields.org
- Location: Between Russell Square and Gray’s Inn Road – the entrance is on Guilford Street, WC1N 1DR
- Getting there: 40 minutes walk (mostly downhill) from Highbury tube; or catch the 38, 19 or 341 from Angel. The nearest tube station is Russell Square.
- Cost: free!