Sunday 30 December 2007

Telegraph Hill Park, Nunhead, London

Surrounded by quiet Victorian roads, this small, but appealing park is perched on the side of a hill and is in two sections. At the top of the hill, the upper section has a couple of basic tennis courts commanding sweeping views across much of south and central London. This park once housed an optical telegraph that was used to convey news of victory in the Battle of Waterloo to the British military's top brass. The lower section has an unusually good, mostly wooden children's playground featuring a long and fast slide embedded into the side of the hill and a couple of imaginative climbing frames. Nearby, are a couple of well-restored ponds, a basketball court and some toilets. A good choice for a Sunday afternoon potter with the kids. 7/10