We know that venturing out into the capital can be a scary prospect when you’re a new mama, or a mum with young children. That’s why we’ve come up with this updated guide to the best baby friendly cafes in London. If you’ve found a gem of a place we should know about it, drop us an email email@example.com and let us know!
Barmouth Kitchen, Wandsworth
WHERE: 2 Barmouth Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 2DN
Barmouth Kitchen is a small independent cafe opened by ten local families to provide a baby and family friendly atmosphere and of course, delicious food. A small, busy cafe stocked with a brilliant selection of kids meals and a private space filled with toys, brilliant for the little ones to play while you relax!
Tried & True, Putney
WHERE: 279 Upper Richmond Road. Putney, SW15 6SP
A fabulously baby-friendly cafe nestled in the very heart of Putney. Tried & True offer delicious brunches and lunches with plenty of vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options available too.
Bear + Wolf Cafe, Tufnell Park
WHERE: 153 Fortess Rd, Tufnell Park, London NW5 2HR
When it comes to baby friendly cafes in London, The Bear + Wolf cafe is hugely popular among young families, mostly because of its designated play area situated at the back of the restaurant. Try their amazing coffee and enjoy a nutritional brunch while your baby is entertained in the creche. There’s also a buggy-park, high chairs for all tables, and a dedicated kids menu to make life easy.
Rude Health Cafe, Fulham
WHERE: 212 New King’s Road, Fulham, SW6 4NZ
For healthy, seasonal food all year round, Rude Health Cafe in Fulham is the place to go with your baby. With outdoor tables, this is the go-to for an early morning breakfast or brunch/lunch in the summer sunshine.
WHERE: Unit A, 28 Hertford Road, London N1 5QT
Toconoco is a made-up Japanese word meaning “kids on the floor”. A kid-friendly cafe serving delicious home-cooked Japanese food for something a little different. Billed as a home away from home, there’s a special kids’ playroom to keep the older babas entertained.
Skylark Cafe, Wandsworth Common
WHERE: Wandsworth Common, Dorlcote Road London SW18 3RT
Based on the heart of Wandsworth Common, this cafe is surrounded duck ponds, playgrounds and oddles of nature. Serving good, imaginatively prepared food and drink, this baby-friendly cafe offers lots of beautiful natural space to explore.
A Little Me Time, Ealing
WHERE: 58, The Mall, Ealing Broadway, London W5 3TA.
A Little Me Time is a gorgeous family-friendly cafe/restaurant located on Ealing Broadway. A Little Me Time offers mouth-watering Taiwanese cuisine, hot coffee and bubble tea, and has a brilliant timetable of baby and kid-friendly events each week suitable for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. There is also a huge place downstairs for party booking, event renting, and all kinds of classes for children and adults.
Apple Tree Children’s Cafe, Herne Hill
WHERE: 27 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AA
Apple Tree Children’s Cafe is a space where little ones can run riot in an environment that’s both clean and safe. Children can explore, play, learn, and have fun while parents can relax knowing their children are always in full view.
Kids will love the dedicated role play area, ball pit, climbing frame and soft play area. There’s also an awesome sensory experience full of textures, lights, and colours for the littlest babas.
Arts Depot, North Finchley
WHERE: Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
The Arts Depot in north London prides itself on being a family-friendly London destination. The visual and performing arts venue opened in 2004 and has since become a real hit with new mamas.
The bright and spacious café offers a programme of exciting activities for the whole family. A great space for parents to relax while their children enjoy the soft play area complete with chalkboard wall, and a book corner for little ones to explore.
Frizzante Cafe, Hackney
WHERE: 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Frizzante is an Italian deli/cafe situated within popular Hackney City Farm. Voted Time Out’s Best Family Restaurant more than once, it’s a fabulous place for parents to enjoy a hot drink, leisurely breakfast or a long lunch. There are always set activities planned on the farm for you and your little ones to enjoy.
The farm is open all year round to visitors.
Teahouse Theatre, Vauxhall
WHERE: Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL
South London’s Teahouse Theatre is a welcoming environment for families, serving up homemade, locally sourced food. Winners of Time Out’s Love London Awards in 2014, we’re huge fans of their relaxed approach: ‘We will not hurry you. If you want to have a meeting, we will not disturb you. If you are ‘working from home’ we have wifi. If you have children, we have highchairs, a chest of toys, and milkshakes. We always have the daily papers, so please, relax, and share in what we are trying to create, take a load off, and have a cuppa.’
Sounds good to us!
Bertie and Boo, Balham
WHERE: 205-207 Balham High Road, Balham, South West London, SW17 7BQ
If you’re lucky enough to live in this postcode, you’ll know about Bertie and Boo, a fun and family-friendly restaurant that caters to all ages. There’s an adjoining magical playroom next to the restaurant, that’s not only safe but closely monitored. Older kids can run around and have fun, while mamas with their new babies can relax in a welcoming environment.
Dream Catcher, Crystal Palace
WHERE: 24 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1RX
This play cafe and children’s venue is located in south London, and makes for an ideal spot for lunch and play. Dream Catcher is perfect for little babas and bigger kids. There are engaging classes for kids to try, and they’re open for breakfast, lunch and snacks, Monday to Friday.
The Teahouse at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
WHERE: Off Church Ln, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 7AB
There’s so much outdoor space at The Teahouse, this cafe is perfect for the spring/summer months and is a popular spot with local families. If you’re reading this during the colder months, the glasshouse at Petersham Nurseries is open all year round for you to enjoy lunch or dinner. There’s always a delicious menu of wholesome, seasonal food, from sweet to savoury, salads and more.