Coram's Fields is a large urban open space in the London borough of Camden in central London. It occupies seven acres in Bloomsbury and includes a children's playground, sand pits, a duck pond, a pets corner, café and nursery. Adults (defined as anyone over the age of 16) are only permitted to enter if accompanied by children (under 16).To visit Coram's Fields on your trip to London, use our London holiday maker website.
It is situated on the former site of the Foundling Hospital, established by Thomas Coram in what was then named Lamb's Conduit Field in 1739. In the 1920s The Foundling Hospital was relocated outside London to Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and the site was earmarked for redevelopment. However, a campaign organised by Janet Trevelyan and fundraising by local residents and a donation from Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere led to the creation of the current park that opened in 1936. Coram's Fields is owned and run by an independent registered charity, officially named Coram's Fields and the Harmsworth Memorial Playground.
Coram's Fields also offers three eight-a-side football pitches, two tennis courts, a stickball field and a basketball court.
The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (the successor charity to the Foundling Hospital) and the Foundling Museum housing the art collections of the former Hospital, are based in buildings nearby.
To the west is Brunswick Square, and to the east is Mecklenburgh Square (bordered by Goodenough College to the south), two historical London squares. To the north is the Thomas Coram Foundation and St George's Gardens. To the south are Guilford Street and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Coram's Fields, and Brunswick and Mecklenburgh Squares are jointly listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The park users are organised in an independent body called Coram's Fields User Group. Coram's Fields User Group (CFUG) acts as a critical friend and supporter of development of Coram's Fields. In recent years, Coram's Fields User Group was a vocal opponent of an extensive rental of Coram's Fields grounds to adults and private events, including through information published in local media: Camden New Journal Letter .
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I use to visit this place often around 10 years ago and it use to be a real hidden treasure for kids and parents in London. I visited today and was so disappointed and sad to see how run down this... more »
I visited last week,and was very disappointed as were my Grandchildren. Certainly did not match the description on their website. A real pity it's so rundown. Paddling pool was not in use,and... more »
Nice spacious play area that is enclosed with a variety of play equipment, including swings, slides, roundabout, zip wire, sand pit, water area and more. Suitable for all ages, though majority would be for toddlers and younger children. Plenty of space to run around.There is also a basketball/netball court. No adults allowed without being there with children and no dogs can enter. In the early evening that we went, it was not overly crowded, so could use the facilities at leisure. Coram's Fields have a policy that they will close the Park at a time suited to them, so even though it was a bright day with no rain and the suggested closure time was 8, people were asked to leave at 7.15pm. Makes it difficult to plan your visit as there is no consistent closing time. Nonetheless it was an enjoyable time.
We’re from the States and my 12 year-old son and I were looking for a place to play basketball. Great park for kids with lots of playground equipment, a small zipline, splash fountain, basketball hoops and soccer fields.
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