Would you believe us if we told you that you don't need to drive out of the city to visit a farm? Make the most of South East London's rail connections to Shoreditch High Street station and visit Hackney City Farm and Spitalfields City Farm.
We love them because... They're not slick or chic, but they're definitely fun for kids. They both have a little hippy-commune atmosphere (more so at Spitalfields, which is less developed), which is refreshing compared to the urban surroundings, and they're great for teaching kids about community, nature and animals.
We spotted... Some fantastic community garden work. Animal-wise, you'll see the favourites including, hens, chickens, cows and pigs - particularly special to see against the backdrop of nearby industrial Brick Lane.
Top tip... The Hackney City Farm houses the amazing Frizzante cafe, which showcases some surprisingly sophisticated dishes for brunch or lunch and a delicious kids menu too. They also hold special evening events with live music for mums and dads with a night off.
What's not so good... The toilet facilities are somewhat basic, and both farms are situated on old-fashioned street cobbles, so they're not smooth if you're walking with a sleeping baby.
When to go... Both farms are around 15 minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street, so they're only a hop, skip and a jump away if you're based anywhere on the Overground line. Their locations mean that you can also squeeze in both farms in one day, in between the morning and afternoon rush hours. The farms are free and have a series of events for kids in the online events calendars.