There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy an afternoon out with the kids knowing that you’re in an environment that accepts having little ones around. For nannies, maternity nurses and child carers across London, knowledge of those failsafe child-friendly restaurants and cafes is a fantastic string to your bow, with the ability to keep youngsters entertained and even improve their social skills along the way.
You’ll be pleased to know that our wonderful capital has a plethora of child-friendly establishments just waiting to take your order. Make sure you read on and take note of the following ‘creche-taurants’ across London that are easily accessible by road, rail and bus.
RokaCanary Wharf, E14
Nestled in the Canary Wharf, Roka is a Japanese robatayaki restaurant with a difference. Family brunch menus are available, along with a well-located play area that allows kids to let off some steam while you get some sumptuous sustenance!
Serpentine Bar & KitchenHyde Park, W2
Overlooking the stunning Serpentine Lake sits the super-chilled Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. You’ll struggle to find a better location on a warm, summer’s day to enjoy an al fresco bite to eat or liquid refreshment. There’s ice cream, cakes, smoothies and all sorts to prick the ears of the children.
Tots Landing Play CafeWimbledon, SW19
Designed specifically for little ones aged 5 and under, Tots Landing in Wimbledon is a soft play centre, with a cafe full of healthy treats for the children (and great coffee for the nannies and parents). The perfect place to let your young charges run off some energy!
Bertie & BooBalham, SW17
Open since 2006, Bertie & Boo is a restaurant and play area in the heart of Balham. With quirky décor, vintage furnishings and delicious homemade treats you can enjoy your surroundings while the children amuse themselves. They also run a dedicated play centre, Adventure Island, for kids aged 0-6 years.
Bear + WolfTufnell Park, NW5
Tufnell Park’s latest – and best – café on Fortress Road, Bear + Wolf is the perfect place for nannies, carers and parents to hang out in a stylish and relaxed setting. The café prides itself on providing healthy snacks for the kids and a playroom jam-packed with toys, books and fancy dress outfits!
Biscuiteers (Northcote Road)Clapham, SW11
Battersea’s very own Boutique & Icing Café, Biscuiteers is making waves, not only as a café in its own right but as a place for youngsters to get inspired about baking. They have their own Little School of Icing for mini-Biscuiteers to learn how to ice just like the Biscuiteers themselves!
Rude Health CaféFulham, SW6
This West London café is passionate about natural, great-tasting food. With a menu oozing with locally sourced produce and homemade drinks, there is absolutely nothing artificial here, which is perfect for giving the kids that wholesome afternoon treat.
Little Highness Play CaféHighbury, N5
Another reasonably new kid on the block in Highbury, this place specialises in super-clean soft play for the kids, as well as plenty of edu-play (jigsaws and books). Their cakes are pretty darn good too… so they should considering the owners are the brains behind the Highness Café and Tea Rooms – voted Time Out London’s ‘most loved café’ in 2016!
Petersham NurseriesRichmond, TW10
A quintessentially British restaurant in an utterly unique setting. Petersham Nurseries’ child-friendly café is set within a stunning glasshouse, complete with Indian blinds and antique furniture. It’s a feast for the senses for the carers and the kids will delight at the choice of cakes too!
Gracelands CaféKensal Green, NW10
Youngsters are actively encouraged to be a part of this Kensal Rise family-run café. With lots of toys and books and a well-thought-out children’s menu, it’s a great place to feed the kids with locally sourced wholesome food and enjoy a snack yourself from Gracelands’ vibrant glass-fronted kitchen.
Café ZStoke Newington, N16
Café Z on Stoke Newington High Street pairs a relaxed brunch spot with an ajoining cafe especially for kids - Yummy Yummy In My Tummy. You'll find a varied menu for adults and kids including classic English breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and Turkish specialities, plus a selection of toys and plenty of space for the children to enjoy themselves.
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