The best soft play by far

During the last year, we’ve spent a lot of time at various soft play areas. I consider myself a bit of an expert.

We’ve been to:

And probably a few others that I’ve blotted from my memory.

My favourite -and more importantly my little girl’s favourite – is the East London Gym. I just wish it was open to toddlers more often (click here for opening hours).

It’s a proper, huge gymnasium with a sprung floor. At one end, there’s a floor to ceiling three level soft play area, with slides and another fun ways to get up and down (I speak from experience).

This photo from the East London Gym’s own website doesn’t really do it full justice. It shows only two thirds of the room, missing the trampoline and the sponge pit.

The central area has balance bars to walk along, parallel bars to swing from and even a horse (non-equine) to jump off – your little adventurer is guaranteed a soft landing in a pit of sponges.

There’s also a floor level trampoline that is a firm favourite with the younger visitors.


The first time we visited my toddler exhausted herself so much, she was nodding off over her lunch afterwards. And for the first and only time in her life went for a lie down in bed during the day.

There’s also a cafe (but I haven’t visited it).

What? Soft play for toddlers

Where? A two minute walk through the Asda carpark from Beckton DLR

It’s actually a really great DLR journey for toddlers – there are plenty of interesting things to see out of the window including London City Airport.

When? See timetable

How much? £4 (price at November 2015)

Access and facilities You can leave your pushchair outside the gym, but there’s no secure area. There’s a toilet with a baby change in it on the ground floor. There’s a free carpark if you’re driving.


Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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