A Guide to London’s City Farms

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One of our favourite fun and free activities to do in London is visiting some of the quaint farms that are dotted around the city! Some of these farms are located in unexpecting corners of the capital, boasting views of some of London’s most famous skyscrapers, as well as being home to a variety of farmyard animals, making for a family- and cost-friendly day out in the big smoke.

1. Hackney City Farm

Located just a six-minute walk from Columbia Road, Hackney City Farm has become particularly popular amongst marketgoers in search of a wholesome yet affordable Sunday activity. In addition to its furry friends, the farm’s cafe and shop also draw in a lot of visitors. The farm shop sells a variety of homemade goods and produce grown onsite, great for those who prefer to fill their fridge with fresh and locally-grown fruit and veg.

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2. Spitalfields City Farm

The farm with the best backdrop has to be Spitalfields City Farm, located in the heart of Shoreditch and overlooked by the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and the Gherkin! This farm is home to a number of adorable and friendly animals, including ferrets, donkeys, pigs, chickens and even a local fox who you may spot napping alongside the other animals. There’s a small coffee bar and cake stand at this farm, great for grabbing a sweet treat before heading home.

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3. Stepney City Farm

Best loved for its charming onsite cafe, Stepney City Farm is a fantastic place to visit if you’re in search of a lunch spot with a countryside feel. Located in Tower Hamlets, this city farm grows a large selection of crops and even hosts a farmers’ market every Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The animals that call this farm home are docile, with many of them enjoying a head scratch or a gentle stroke, though be sure to read the signs on the fences before assuming that an animal is friendly.

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4. Mudchute Park and Farm

The 32-acre working farm Mudchute Park and Farm features a busy duck pond and an array of farmyard friends, and is particularly popular amongst families. You’ll also find an equestrian centre and a petting zoo at this bustling hub, making for a fun-filled day out. Plus, many of the onsite fields are open to visitors, and you can even bring your own picnic to enjoy while watching the animals grazing in the surrounding fields.

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5. Kentish Town City Farm

Overlooking Gospel Oak Overground station, Kentish Town City Farm is a quaint spot dating back to the early 70s. The chickens, ducks and geese roam freely around the farm, allowing guests to get up close and personal with them, whereas the other farmyard animals can be found in separate enclosures and green areas. Kentish Town City Farm also grows a lot of its own produce, and is home to a variety of fruit trees and planting beds.

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