When you can’t get out to the countryside, city farms are a great way to see some farm animals. London is fortunate to have several fairly central city farms. I had planned to visit Vauxhall City Farm during May. But as things turned out, Deen City Farm was the one we got to first.
Deen City Farm is based near Wimbledon in South West London and is free to enter. You approach through an industrial area, wondering how on earth there can be a farm nearby. But you turn down a tree-lined track and are suddenly in a completely different environment.
It is a small place – only 5 acres – but home to a range of animals of all shapes and sizes. Although we were visiting on a Sunday, it wasn’t too crazily busy. It was still possible to get close to the animals. They have somewhere between 150 and 200 animals, from cows and horses down to chickens and guinea pigs. I think Daisy liked the inquisitive sheep best. Throughout the day there are different activities available to get even closer to some of the animals.
The site is easy to navigate. You enter through a garden section, then through some pens housing a variety of birds. The central section houses the farm shop and cafe, picnic area, playground and riding school (only open to those who have booked lessons). Out the back is the farmyard and paddocks, housing most of the animals.
If you are there at the right time, pony rides are available for those aged 7 and under (for a small fee). Unfortunately we didn’t time our visit right as I’m sure that Daisy would have enjoyed this. Although her head may have been too small for the smallest size of hat (48cm). It is not so safety conscious in Austria Christmas time where at Christmas time she was free to ride a pony without a hat!
Overall, it was a good place to while away an hour or so and to experience a bit of a countryside feel within London.