Ravenscourt Park – a historical park that’s great for families
Tucked away in Hammersmith, West London, Ravenscourt Park is a modern municipal park with great facilities, and is highly suitable for families. Not as famous as other London parks, this green and leafy space has the feel of a local secret, and is well worth taking the time to discover.
The Park through history
Ravenscourt Park has a long and storied history: its roots in a medieval manor house, reputedly lived on by the mistress of Edward III. Fascinatingly, a remnant of this old house survives today: the lake in the centre of the park is a remnant of the manor house’s moat. The manor house was re-built in 1650 and in 1812 the park was laid out as its grounds.
These were turned into a public park in 1888. During WW2, the manor house was demolished during the Blitz, though its old stable block lives on today as the park’s café.
The park’s facilities today
The modern Ravenscourt Park is a thriving community hub which has activities for all ages. Kids can enjoy a nature trail, five play areas, a sandpit and a paddling pools. For th sportier types, there are basketball, netball and tennis courts, a football pitch and bowls lawn. If all that activity is too exhausting, there’s a garden centre to peruse, and
The historical Tea Rooms serves excellent food while taking a short trip Shepherd’s Bush you can find Studio Bar, in K West Hotel & Spa that serves a simply divine afternoon tea. Ravenscourt Park is a true neighbourhood park, with a friendly and communal spirit. Rain or shine, there’s always something going on: from yoga classes to an opera festival, exploring a walled garden to observing an archaeological dig, there’s something for everyone.