What a couple of weeks it is for coffee lovers! The London Coffee Festival is back and brewing up a storm between 12-15th April at London’s Old Truman Brewery and following that, we welcome back UK Coffee Week (16th-22nd April). UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee that unites the industry with its customers to raise valuable funds for the communities that grow our coffee. All funds raised during this week go directly to Project Waterfall, an initiative established to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world.
In celebration of the humble coffee bean, we have compiled our quintessential coffee compendium. From North to South London, make seeking out a family-friendly coffee spots super simple with our caffeine-fuelled guide…
Little Highness Play Cafe
The fabulous family team behind the Highness Café and Tea Rooms, voted Time Out London’s most loved café 2016 have just given birth to a brand new offspring – the delightfully named Little Highness Play Cafe. Cordon Bleu trained chef, Nes, has not only a crafted a menu laden with patisseries, cakes, salads and sandwiches but being a mum herself, has ensured every corner of the cafe is child-friendly from the much adored and sparkling-clean soft play area, buggy-parking nook and super array of sippy cups. Classes from didi dance will keep tots on thier toes and be sure to bag a French playdate with Coucou Loulou and their immersive and fun drop-in sessions.
69 Highbury Park, London, N5 1UA
Hygge Pygge Cafe
The brainchild of owner Valentina, Hygge Pygge Cafe is a brand new family-friendly find in the heart of Camden. This coffee sanctuary embraces the ideology of ‘Hygge’ offering a space filled with cosy and comfortable conviviality, oh and Insta-worthy food! The lower floor of the cafe is laden with bean bags, children’s books and highchairs a plenty making in the perfect retreat for a Taylor St coffee and story time snack.
37 Chalk Farm Road, London, United Kingdom NW1 8AJ
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
Bertie and Boo
The original Bertie and Boo opened in 2006 to much acclaim and has since become a Balham child-friendly coffee fave with locals. From cake to cheddar toasties, Bertie and Boo’s latest Restaurant and Play on Northcote Road is a family-friendly gem just a stroller ride away from Wandsworth Common. Their monitored magical play room lets little ones play with pals whilst grown ups can tuck into a hearty brunch. Priding themselves on healthy eating, Bertie and Boo’s children’s menu is filled with locally sourced fresh ingredients, oodles of veggies and fresh fruit for pud.
175-177 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QF
Food writer and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch drinks expert Rebecca Seal recommends Brown and Green Cafe in Mayow Park (or their Crystal Palace outpost). Great for adults and kids, with 8 or so options for small people, and all sort of gluten, dairy and soy free options.
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
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
The Corner House
If you’re Brook Green bound be sure to drop into The Corner House. Devised by three local parents, this stylish neighbourhood hub has been designed so parents can meet like-minded mamas and papas, sip on a killer coffee by those canny Caravan Coffee Roasters, pick up a few groceries and even indulge in a little exercise. The basement is a dinky ones dream, decked out with a tiny wooden Corner House, your little ones can safely play, read and dress-up in their indoor play area all whilst you watch on from the adjoining cafe.
102-104 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London, W6 7PD
If you’re in the mood to smash back a couple of flatties this Australia Day then why not hop over to one of the first wave Antipodean artisan coffee bars – Flat White. A firm favourite with Soho residents and neighbouring workers, Flat White and their sister cafe, Milkbar, will not only welcome you with open arms but promrise to serve up one of the best smashed avo on toast this side of the equator – with a promise like that what’s not to love!
Flat White: 17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
Milk Bar: 3 Bateman Street, W1D 4AG
Farm Girl founder has come a long way since milking cows on an Australian dairy farm as a young girl. Now firmly rooted in the hear of Portobello, Farm Girl boast a menu as bright as their interior. A holistic and healthy Australian cafe, coffee is bold and strong by The Roasting Party, our particular favourite – the Cold Drip, cold brewed by GoodBeans and licked with hot coconut milk. Those partaking in a month of virtuous detoxification will be bowled over with the choice of lattes lining the menu from liquid gold laced with numeric, cinnamon and astragalus to an activated charcoal, date syrup and cashew milk number which is a sweet, nutty treat.
59a Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
Tina Powell, founder of Gourmet Baby UK catches coffee at Kaffeine
Proof that good things do come in small packages, the adorable Aussie inspired Kaffeine keeps the heart of Fitzrovia pulsating with their perfect blend of coffee and loose leaf teas. Perch by the window of their Eastcastle Street store and watch the world ebb by as you nibble away on Anzac biccies and sip on endless espressos.
15 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AY
66 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QJ
Open from 7.00am, Ozone Coffee is the perfect saving grace for families seeking an early-bird pitstop and cracking cup of coffee. If after all that Christmas indulgence you’re seeking out a healthy breakfast, Ozone’s seeded granola with whey poached fruit scattered with macadamia and lemon thyme is a moorish treat. Sweet toothed kids will adore the spiced banana bread laden with nut butter. Highchairs available and prams are neatly tucked away for those heading in with teeny ones.
11 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4AQ
The brainchild of Shelagh Ryan, Michael Homan and Caitlin Ryan, this Aussie trio opened the very first Lantana to much acclaim back in 2008. Several cups of coffee and jammy lamingtons later, Lantana blossomed and spread its roots North. With a dinky coffee and brunch spot nestled in Camden Lock market and the elegant Old Street cafe, their espresso is robust and toasted banana bread with cinnamon ricotta and fresh berries scrumptious!
Old Street: Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd, EC1Y 1HQ
Located in vibrant Exmouth Market, Caravan is a bright and airy space perfect for a morning brew with the family. Serving up freshly roasted coffee from their in house coffee roastery, the coffee may be strong but the ambience is relaxed and family friendly. Food writer and stylist Georgina Hayden adores going to Caravan in Kings Cross with her daughter. Its big, roomy, the menu is varied, and there is so much choice on there for everyone to enjoy. The small plates make it great for kids to try a variety of things, there are pizzas which are always a hit, and they have delicious baked goods too.
11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD
Tina, We Salute You
Tina, We Salute You has firmly established a place in our little black book of caffeine fixes when we’re headed East. Early-birds looking for a bite with their cup o’joe should opt for the utterly moorish Avo on Toast-essentially, and quite simply, a vivid green smush of chilli spiked avacado slathered on doorstep wedges of brown toast! With the walls laden with abstract art and luminescent doodles, a trip to Tina’s will have you yearning for another.
2 Olympic Park Ave, London, E20 1FT
47 King Henry’s Walk, London, N1 4NH