We’ve all been there, the babe is a crying mess, mama needs endless cups of (preferably hot) coffee and you feel like you’re the only one in the world going through the trials and tribulations of motherhood. When Michelle Kennedy, former Director of Bumble, had her first son Fin, she couldn’t help but admit that loneliness was ebbing through her daily life as a new mum. Despite having a contact book full of friends and a successful career, Michelle’s experience of meeting mamas locally felt forced and only perpetuated her desire to change things. Putting her tech savvy skills to use, she and co-founder of Deliveroo Greg Orlowski, formulated an app which would change the face of motherhood loneliness – Peanut. Touted at the ‘Tinder for mothers’, Peanut unites like-minded mothers at the touch of a button and now has more than 325,000 users across the UK, US and Europe.
When Michelle isn’t mum-bossing the world of tech, quality time with the family is order of the day. We caught up to discover where in London she grabs those much needed mugs of Joe, a stack of pancakes with her son and hubby and which five mega mums she’d love to share a table in town with…
1. I’d like a table for…
Three and our 4 legged companion. Being a mama is hard. Being a mama who travels for work can be so brutal. Being able to spend time with Fin and my husband (and Matilda the pup) on a weekend is my idea of heaven. Good food, fun and colouring and the pup at our feet is something I’d sign up for every day of the week.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Karma Bakery, South End green in Hampstead. Particularly if you like your coffee accompanied by a cinnamon bun the size of your face which, let’s be honest, we all do.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Greenbery Cafe in Primrose Hill. Pancakes, fruit, eggs, fries, juice, and on and on. Great atmosphere, amazing people watching, and then you can walk it all off with a good walk on Primrose Hill.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Afternoon tea at the V&A cafe is always a hit for us
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
En masse or great night out? Great night out, always The Palomar. I just love the food. There, or Annabel’s (if we’re going out out). If we have the littles with us, then I think you can’t beat a Le Pain Quotidien. It’s not glam necessarily, but you can sit on long tables, and there are pastries for the kids…
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
At the moment, the Museum of Food has an Ice Cream exhibition on called Scoop. It’s amazing, they get to eat glow in the dark ice cream, and even have a go at making some ice cream. What could be better? Then head over to Caravan and grab lunch.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Bring books. Bring pens, bring toys, and be prepared to engage them in conversation. It can be long and boring for them if you’re not prepared to chat! Also, I always use it as a way to get Fin to try new things-how will he know if he doesn’t try?! If in doubt, bribe with ice cream (yes, we’ve all been there).
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
TAKE ME OUT! (Force me out actually, because I am such a home bird hermit, I will never leave if you give me the option!)
9. My earliest food memory…
Irish stew. On repeat. With dumplings. I grew up on the stuff. Not going to lie, you can’t beat a bit of stout in a stew, I’m sure my mum used to say it would put hairs on my chest. WHY WOULD I WANT THAT MUM?!
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Sharmadean Reid, Freddie Harrell, Erika Bearman, Eden Grinshpan, Whitney Hawkings. Those 5, and plenty of wine, will be raucous and fun.