It can’t be summer holidays already can it? If this is a familiar cry in your household, fear not! Tiny Table is to the rescue with a heap of sanity-saving solutions to keep your family entertained over the next 6 or so weeks. Check out our pick of child-friendly cafes which not only serve up a cracking cup of joe but also provide a an array of activities to keep the kids amused…
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
Bear + Wolf Cafe
If you’re kids are up and at ‘em at the crack of dawn, why not nip to Bear and Wolf in Tufnell Park for a spot of family breaky. Avo, eggs and a sinfully good bacon roll slathered with aioli and cherry toms in an onion brioche will satisfy even the most sleep-savaged souls! Tots will love the Breakfast Berry smoothies overflowing with their five a day and for a half term treat there’s buttermilk waffles with sliced banana! With a playroom packed to the rafters with toys, you can rest assure that your little ones will be in seventh heaven whilst you sit back and enjoy a bite!
153 Fortess Road, London, United Kingdom, NW5 2HR
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
Located in vibrant Exmouth Market, Caravan is a bright and airy space perfect for a early 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. If you’re set to splash out the summer days with the babes at the fountains of Granary Square, swing by Caravan Kings Cross – big, roomy and heaps of high chairs. 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. Branches also in Bankside and the heart of the City.
11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD
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
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
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
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.
Kids Club at The Corner House – if balancing work with holiday childcare leaves you at a loose end The Corner House are offering light relief thanks to their amazing Kids Club running during the month of August. From 12.30pm – 15.30pm, kids can tuck into a healthy lunch then while away the hours with oodles of activities including cookery workshops, art and crafts, building confidence workshops and the uber relaxing mini-meditation and mindfulness classes. Pricing is £112 for the week or £28 drop in fee for the day.
102-104 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London, W6 7PD
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
Image credit: The Corner House