Adventure playgrounds in Hackney are some of the best in London

Two of Hackney’s adventure playgrounds have been recognised as the best in London.

Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground in Stoke Newington was named most friendly in the capital, and Hackney Marsh Adventure Playground in Daubeney Fields was deemed top for variety in the London Play’s Adventure Playground of the Year Awards 2011.

They beat off stiff competition from 10 other finalists to win in two of five award categories, but Toffee Park in neighbouring Islington was named the overall winner.

All of London’s 90 adventure playgrounds – which provide school-aged children with opportunities to play that are difficult to find in an urban environment - were eligible to enter the awards.

The children who regularly use them were invited to submit short films.