Caffeine – the life blood of Londoners. Frothed, feathered or frosty, the humble cup of joe has come a long way since it nestled its way into the English language in 1598. Check out our top 5 independent child-friendly coffee shops perfect for warming up the whole family…
Apple Tree Children’s Cafe
Based just stones throw away from Brockwell Park is the adorable Apple Tree Children’s Cafe. This South London sanctuary if a local gem for families, especially those with younger kids and tiny tots. Powered by playtime, Apple Tree boasts a brilliant soft play area for kids and role play zone where little ones can engage in every day life roles and educational play based challenges. Bubs looking to explore can delve into their sensory basket, overflowing with textures, lights and colours to inspire and delight. Oh and there’s coffee – great, strong coffee from Volcano Coffee Works. Owner Emily has also crafted a famiky-friendly menu which embraces the best of local far including fruit and veg is from Herne Hills very own Seasons.
27 – 29 Norwood Road Herne Hill London SE24 0JB
Ginger and White
Weekend family brunching in Belsize Park doesn’t get much better than Ginger and White. Using Square Mile beans, Ginger and White have worked up a delicious espresso based coffee menu from dinky Cortados crowned with steamed milk to indulgent Mochas laced with Montezumas organic dark chocolate flakes. Our favourite, the Macchiatoni – a ristretto topped with cloud-like foam. Banish breaky blues and order up a round of spicy beans and scrumptious fish finger sandwiches for your brood.
2 England’s Lane, NW3 4TG
Loved by locals, Kilburn’s Gracelands cafe is popular pitstop for families across North London. Run by husband and wife team, Nick and Cecile, honest, fresh food served up in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Brewing coffee from the mighty Caravan roasters, silky smooth Flat Whites flow alongside bubbly babyccinos and pint-sized hot chocolates for a weekend treat. Seasonal ingredients power their menu which includes a corker of an all-day breakfast and those looking to heat up lunchtime – a super, spice laden jerk chicken burger. Kids will love their corner play area stacked with toys and books galore.
118 College Road, London, NW10 5HD
The Little One
If an A-lister coffee is the order of the day, shimmy on over to the celeb-lined leafy streets of Primrose Hill as The Little One has bijoux down to a T…or coffee! This pint-sized pitstop roast their own coffee beans ensuring that their coffee flows strong and rich. An ever-evolving blend, The Little One change beans every 3 months, keeping a similar taste of stone fruits with a creamy chocolate base – delish! Whilst seats may be scant, the sweet treats are plentiful – from gluten-free muffins baked fresh to generously filled crepes. The perfect place to warm up after a nippy walk on Primrose Hill.
115a Regents Park Rd, NW1 8UR
The Glasshouse Cafe
Cited as Fulham’s best kept secret, the Glasshouse Cafe is a quirky mix of Scandi chic and Italian fare nested against the flora and fauna of The Palace Gardener. Run by the Massarella family, the cafe welcomes children of all ages from toddlers to teens. Frequented by mums looking to power up on Caravan coffee the vibe is cosy and the menu packed with local produce. Kicking chilli green eggs are served on sourdough from London’s artisan BreadBread Bakery and the natty kids picnic bag is the perfect lunchtime feast complete with cheese sarnies and one of their five a day from Steers & Sons.
Bishop’s Avenue, London, SW6 6EE
Photo credit: Ginger and White