Food / 17 October, 2023 / My Baba
We know that venturing out into the capital can be a scary prospect when you’re a new mama with young children in tow. That’s why we’ve teamed up with urban parenting experts BABYZEN, home to the ultimate city pushchair YOYO2, to share this round-up of the best baby friendly cafes in London.
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Before we launch into our list of the best places to brunch, lunch and hang out with your little ones, we thought we’d tell you a bit about BABYZEN YOYO 2.
BABYZEN YOYO2 stroller and its ecosystem of accessories is your trusty sidekick for taking on London’s lively streets, especially when you’re popping into cafes and restaurants. YOYO is compact, so it can be brought up to the table in any restaurant/cafe. And with its arsenal of accessories – there’s everything from footmuffs, parasols, cup holders, mittens, car seats, sibling boards and mosquito nets – you’ll find you’re always equipped for everything life throws at you.
YOYO2 is a breeze to handle, so you can easily weave through the bustling city crowds. Plus, its compact, lightweight frame folds up in a snap with just one hand, making it a super portable choice and one that’s easy to store when you’re out and about.
This stroller’s got your back, whether you’re strolling down busy pavements or settling in for a meal. It’s the perfect accessory for exploring London’s baby friendly cafes with ease and style.
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 six months to five years old. There is also a huge place downstairs for party booking, event renting, and all kinds of classes for children and adults.
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.
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.
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, family-friendly restaurant for all ages, you’ll find 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.
Book Bertie and Boo’s story time is a family show that will enchant both young and old. Enjoy the enchanting realm of books through counting, colours, weather, nursery rhymes, music, and dance to kindle a love for reading and storytelling.
WHERE: 839 Fulham Road, SW6 5HQ
Boys’N’Berry on Fulham Road is a favourite hotspot for locals, serving nourishing food and great coffee in a cosy atmosphere filled with friendly chatter.
Their breakfast menu offers both classics and creative twists, with prices under £10. Expect a brief wait on weekend mornings, but the welcoming staff makes it worth the visit, even if you’re not a Fulhamite. And great news, if you’ve got a pooch in tow, this place is your dog-friendly local.
WHERE: Brompton Cross, Marylebone, Notting Hill, Pimlico
Daylesford is more than just a cafe; it’s a welcoming haven for families, including those with babies and prams. Daylesford’s London cafes are designed to bring a touch of the countryside to the heart of the city. For those seeking a cosy urban escape, Daylesford has something for everyone, ensuring a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all.
WHERE: 24 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1RX
This delightful South London play cafe and children’s venue is the perfect destination for a combination of lunch and playtime for your little ones and older kids alike. Dive into super-fun and engaging classes, host the most unforgettable party ever, or simply drop in for a special treat and watch your child’s eyes light up!
After an incredible eight years, Dreamcatcher now boasts its very own party venue in the heart of the Crystal Palace triangle. Please keep in mind that they often close for private parties on weekends, so it’s a good idea to call ahead before planning your visit.
WHERE: 59a Portobello Rd, W11 3DB
Nestled behind the charming St. Peters Church on bustling Portobello Road and just a short stroll from Notting Hill Gate Station, the original Farm Girl site awaits. Here, you can savour a holistic and all-day brunch experience featuring innovative dishes crafted with quality organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the versatile terrace, equipped with outdoor heaters and sheep’s wool seat covers for chilly winter days or a breezy, sun-drenched atmosphere on warmer days.
Indulge in coffee from the custom pink La Marzocco machine, roasted by The Roasting Party, a fellow Australian company, and don’t forget to explore their daily selection of fresh cakes and pastries, perfect for afternoon tea while your baby naps soundly in their YOYO2.
WHERE: 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
Frizzante is an Italian deli/cafe situated within the 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.
WHERE: 152 Station Road, Chingford, London, E4 6AN
KidzPlay Cafe is a dynamic pop-up play cafe that hosts engaging events for families, adults, young children, and even the tiniest tots, creating a secure and pristine setting for enjoyment. Their mission is to combine play, education, relaxation, delectable cuisine, and opportunities for adults to connect with friends, all conveniently under one roof.
Maggie and Rose’s Islington cafe is your go-to spot, open to everyone from Wednesday through Sunday, between 9 am and 5 pm. You’ll find the cafe right next to the club entrance in Islington Square, near Upper Street.
Stop by for a coffee pick-me-up while your little ones have a blast in the super-cool play area. They’ve got arts, crafts, and all sorts of fun pop-up activities happening too. Maggie and Rose’s cafe is the perfect place for parents and kids to chill, play, and create some wonderful memories together.
WHERE: 13 Hill St, Richmond TW9 1SX
We know this isn’t strictly speaking a cafe, but we had to include Megan’s in Richmond, one of our favourite hangouts. Megan’s is a family-friendly, dog-friendly chain of restaurants welcoming guests for brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktails every day. Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean, both in their menu offerings and interior design, they aim to transport diners to sunnier locales, creating a delightful dining experience.
WHERE: Wandsworth Common, Dorlcote Road London SW18 3RT
Based on the heart of Wandsworth Common, this cafe is surrounded by duck ponds, playgrounds and oodles of nature.
You’ll find something for everyone, from a simple cheese toastie to seasonal hot dishes, with specific dishes for children. Serving good, imaginatively prepared food and drink, this baby-friendly cafe offers lots of beautiful natural space to explore.
WHERE: 549 Green Lanes, London, N8 0RL
Snug is a charming, family-run cafe that boasts a super-cool secure play area for children, so you can take a break knowing the kids are having fun.
The Snug Art Cafe has been around since 2014, and has steadily gained popularity within the community. Through collaboration with local artists the cafe offers a platform to showcase art while they host individual sessions for children. When you visit Snug, you have two delightful options: sit downstairs in a chic setting to enjoy homemade cuisine with a perfectly brewed cuppa, or venture upstairs, where all the excitement unfolds in the vibrant kids’ play area. What’s not to love?
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, they’re huge fans of a 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 high chairs, 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!
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 with your little one. There’s always a delicious menu of wholesome, seasonal food, from sweet to savoury, salads and more.
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.
Hidden in a sun-trapped courtyard overlooking the Kingsland Basin on the Regent’s Canal, Toconoco is a little sanctuary filled with tea, cakes, snacks, meals, lunch boxes and juices – with space to eat, drink and think, bringing a bit of Japanese home life to London.
WHERE: 279 Upper Richmond Road. Putney, SW15 6SP
A fabulously baby-friendly cafe nestled in the very heart of Putney. Tried & True offers delicious brunches and lunches with plenty of vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options available, too, so you can grab whatever tickles your fancy!
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