Wakey, wakey, rise and shine for next week marks International Coffee Day (Tuesday 1st October). Whilst we never need an excuse to indulge in a cup of joe or two, in celebration of the humble coffee bean, we have compiled a compendium of the best cafes where you can grab a caffeine fix alongside a smidgen of something for the kids. From North to South London, make seeking out a family-friendly coffee spots super simple with our caffeine-fuelled guide…
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. Come and join Tiny Table each month at Hygge Pygge Cafe around The Together Table for good chat, great coffee and to meet new mamas in North London, for information about our next event click here
37 Chalk Farm Road, London, United Kingdom NW1 8AJ
Milk Beach Cafe
Calling all brunch loving mamas, Milk Beach Cafe in Queen’s Park is a-calling. This Aussie inspired child-friendly cafe prides itself on specialty coffees from around the world that are traceable to the farm and carefully roasted by the Milk Beach team. Alongside a mean cup o’joe, their eggs are a snap-worthy start to the day. Be it an Antipodean smashed avocado with goats curd or coddled eggs in a jar with cream and sweet potato purée, sea salt and chives, served with sourdough soldiers.
19 Lonsdale Road, London, NW6 6RA
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 caffeine fix and spot of breakfast. 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
Little Highness Play Cafe
The fabulous family team behind the Highness Café and Tea Rooms, welcome the delightfully named offspring – 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.
69 Highbury Park, London, N5 1UA
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
Brown & Green Cafe
The brainchild of parents Laura and Jess Tili, Brown & Green Cafe are a coffee lovers delight. From Crystal Palace to Gipsy Hill, their collection of family-friendly cafes are a must visit and popular with food writer and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch drinks expert Rebecca Seal. Serving Fair Trade teas & coffees, the best bacon butties, all types of scrambled eggs, full brekkies, vegan & veggie stuff, freshly baked croissants, steaming porridge, sarnies and some seriously yummy cakes…have we tempted you yet?
Various locations across London
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
A firm favourite with mums across Clapham, Fresh Ground not only serves up a corker of a coffee but their new Stay and Play, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, is the ideal local hub for mums to meet, tiny ones to play and toddlers to get creative with arts, crafts and themed sensory activities. Running 9.30am to midday, it’s just a mere £3 per child and you can drop in on the day – an ideal sanctuary for showery Autumnal days. With coffee from Nude Coffee Roasters and Gatehouse Coffee Roasters, brews pack a punch, plus their array of cakes, croissants and vegan sweet treats will keep you powered up after those early-wake up calls!
68 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EQ
Maggie & Rose
A firm favourite of Table Talk guests, Miriam Cooper and Zoe Hardman, Maggie & Rose is London’s first, best and most brilliant family members’ club. With a club in the heart of Chiswick and their original outpost in Kensington, North London mamas get ready to rejoice as Maggie & Rose head to Islington this Autumn. With a focus on family dining, coffee is courtesy of Climpson and Sons and their brasseries are home to healthy menus for little ones and grown-ups alike. We LOVE their weaning menus for tiny ones resplendent with fresh fruit and veggies and treats from Babease.
1 Essex Place Square, W4 5UJ / 58 Pembroke Road, W8 6NX
Run by Aussie chef Jason Wells, Brew Cafe’s breakfast menu is teaming with a cracking dishes including Folded Eggs with lemon and parsley on sourdough, parents can pimp up with a kicking chorizo version. Kids can slather marmite on their soldiers or order a smaller size of the Folded Eggs on the house kids menu. With high chairs for tots and friendly service, you can find additional branches of Brew Cafe in Chiswick, Wandsworth and Clapham.
142 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London, W4 1PU
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
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. Tina Powell, founder of Gourmet Baby UK catches coffee here with her daughter regularly as do we!
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