Travel Review: Gambado in Chelsea, London

While visiting London, even in summer, you need to have an idea of what you will do when it rains. With two small children, we decided to make a trip to Gambado, an indoor play center in London.

Fun is not enough to describe how great this place is! Seriously, the kids loved it!

The center is huge and consists of:

  • An extensive jungle gym for older kids, with slides, ball pits and other activities.
  • Dodgems cars which are included in the price- go on as many times as you like! You can even drive for your toddlers.
  • A teacup ride which is also included in the entry fee.
  • A separate play area for children under 2 years old.
  • Plenty of seating for families.
  • A cafe serving hot and cold drinks, light lunches and snacks.
  • Free wifi.
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Just a small part of the large play structure

We always visited during the week at schooltime, so it was fairly quiet, but my daughter still managed to make friends and run off to play. At around 3.00pm, when schools are out, it suddenly becomes VERY busy, so if you have a little one that is afraid of big crowds, do keep this in mind.

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the dodgems cars are included in the entry free

The huge play structure can be overwhelming for younger kids, but undoubtedly, my kids’ favorite activity was the huge slide. I must say, even me, grandma and grandpa went on it a few times! 🙂 If your child gets stuck anywhere, there is enough space for you to go up and rescue them (which we had to do once).

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Don’t be fooled- this slide is very high and super fast!

The separate area for children under two was completely padded with a slide which is easy to access, so your little one will love going up and down independently! There is also a small ball pit and other areas for them to crawl around in and jump on.

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The play area for under 2s. There was also a slide and a ball pit.

There were so many children of different ages enjoying Gambado, and the parents were relaxed knowing everyone was happy. At around lunchtime, the children would take a break and eat lunch from the cafe. The food portions in the UK are a lot smaller than the US, so prepare yourself! But the kids enjoyed the pasta and fries. After they were done, we had our coffees and I got to answer a few emails.The wifi at Gamabado is a little weak. After a few visits, I found it was best to sit near the cafe area to get access.

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Just one part of the seating area for families.

Gambado’s entry fees are a little pricey- you can view them here, and keep in mind they’re in British pounds. But you can get a membership, which will lower the price, and they also do summer camps!

There are 6 Gambado locations across the UK, so find your nearest one and enjoy!

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Ladan Rashidi, Managing Editor. Ladan is a British mother of three, who moved to California in 2008 to live with her husband. Born and raised in London, she has the very British sarcastic sense of humor. None of her previous workplaces prepared her for becoming a mother and having the three most demanding bosses in the world, but also the cutest.

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