Purple Dragon roars to life in Chelsea, UK

There’s play centres and then there’s play centres (in other words, Australian developers, take note!). Two years ago we showed you the amazing Purple Dragon Kids Club in London. The original venue has since been turned into a kindergarten but thankfully, Sharai Meyers, the genius behind Purple Dragon found another spot to create her unique brand of combined parents-and-kids-paradise.

Purple Dragon Chelsea is packed with all the attractions that blew us away the first time round and more – an ‘imaginarium’ loaded with dress-ups and with a superhero call centre (shown above), separate soft play areas for babies and bigger kids, a volcanic playhouse with a dinosaur outside, a large cubby full of pretend play gear, a music room with a purple grand piano and a huge selection of instruments and recording gear for creating music, a kitchen, a swimming pool and a simulated golf course where you can have lessons with a pro – phew!

For the grown-ups, there’s ‘pods’ for child-free time where you can catch up with the latest on an iPad or use the time for a quick mani-pedi. Like the original Purple Dragon, the Chelsea club also has a cafe and offers an array of lessons and activities for kids.

The original Purple Dragon had day-passes for visiting Aussies – unfortunately the new Purple Dragon is strictly members only. So again, let’s hope something similar pops up closer to home!


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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