England, London Guide (B): Vauxhall City Farm: A Surprising Oasis in London

Vauxhall City Farm: A Surprising Oasis in London
Just beyond Vauxhall train station, in the shadow of the MI5 headquarters is a family-friendly oasis you would find hard to believe existed in central London. It is a place filled with the sounds of…farm life. Not something you would associate with inner city life but there lies Vauxhall City Farm.

Until my friend suggested it as a meeting point for a play date, I had never heard of it before. Who would imagine that in such an urban area, there would be a farm? Believe it or not it has been there for 35 years, set up by local residents to provide a community space. London is just full of surprises.

After a five minute walk from the station we came to a pleasant pedestrianised area with a large patch of green space, a playground, a tea room and there in front of us was the farm. Outside two donkeys were grazing and an unassuming tatty sign indicated the entrance.

It’s only a small place but a surprising urban haven for children – which is free to explore. At first we encountered a giant rabbit, some chickens and happened to be there when one of the horses was having a haircut. The farm offers pony and horse riding for children, including the disabled, and is the most central riding school in London.

There were plenty of signs warning you to wash your hands and a big sink area. We didn’t feed or pet any of the animals and having read the warnings on the website about E.Coli and pregnant women touching the animals, I kept my gloves firmly on and hands off ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Vauxhall City Farm: A Surprising Oasis in London
Guide Location: England » London
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Vauxhall City Farm   Tea House Theatre  
Author: Elizabeth Callaghan
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