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Kentish Town Animal Farm
1 Cressfield Close
Kentish Town, NW5 4BN

Closest station: Kentish Town West

Opening times:
Daily from 9am to 5pm

Prices: Admission is free

Animal farm in Kentish town

Believe it or not, there's a real animal farm in London.

In the borough of Camden, nestled in the outskirts of the shops, eateries and the hipster joints, Kentish Town City Farm is a raw experience.

In a natural setting as big as a football field, it's a place to experience countryside within the limits of the city. On my visit, I found myself surrounded by hay, horses, cows, chickens, goats, geese and homegrown vegetables.

Described as an "educational and recreational project," this city farm began in 1972.

Spend the day with the animals

A 15-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube station, the door opens to an authentic, if slightly smaller, animal farm, like something you might have seen in Babe, the film.

Sounds of pigs snorting in their sty and cows mooing madly in their shed will make you feel like you are in a zoo, only with fewer animals though.

A typical afternoon in the farm, city dwellers can find calm in the cows that are gently grazing, the ducks and chickens running around freely and the horses trotting outside their stable.

If you're up for a pony ride in London, this is the place.

Authentic experience

If you're tired of all the other options that London has to offer, this might come as a refresher.

Things to do in the farm range from gardening to horse riding and even volunteer work if you want to spend some quality time with the animals.

The farm also provides tons of activities, especially for children, including pony rides, farm tours and art workshops.

You can also get into the holiday spirit here - traditional egg decorating and the annual Easter egg treasure hunt are next on the farm's calendar.

Word to the wise – this is a great way for animal lovers to get a slice of the country life, but remember that everything here is authentic – including the smell from the animal waste!

If country life is what you are yearning for, and you don't have time to travel, this might be the place.

However, the constant sound from the overground station is a constant reminder that you're still in London.

This truly is the best of both worlds.

Bibek Bhandari