We believe every parent and carer deserves a moment in peace and at least one hot coffee a day. ☕️
This is unfortunately not as easy as it sounds (as all parents and carers know only too well...)
What really helps though are child-friendly cafes & restaurants offering some kind of play corner so kids can be busy and distracted while mum or dad can enjoy a drink while it's actually still hot, eat something without rushing or just have a chat with other parents to stay sane...
Places like these are great but sadly very rare. We love to support and promote them as well as help local parents & carers making their lives easier so we neatly listed them up for you.
Please let us know your favourites and if we need to add any cafés!
Natural Coffee Lounge
(picture above & right)
!Play area currently closed!
Child-friendly oasis in the heart of Kentish Town. Generous, inspiring and well kept play area in the back and lots of pram parking space.
Independent unique organic/natural food store with coffee lounge offering you salads, protein and a wide selection of cakes.
Staff is always friendly and the food is delicious (do try their brunch!)
136-138 Kentish Town Road, NW1 9QB
+44 20 7813 1179
Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm
Sat & Sun 8am - 7pm
Grain Artisan Sourdough
This lovely little cafe prouds itself for it's sourdough bread which is hand crafted, long fermented, and contains nothing but the finest organic stone ground flour, sea salt, water, and a century’s old starter. Their pastries are made in the same traditional way and only use the best quality butter from southern France.
But they also have a small, enclosed play area in the back for babies and toddlers to enjoy themselves while their parents or carers can enjoy their food, a fresh smoothie in peace or even check their emails?
36 England's Lane, NW3 4UE
020 7496 012455
Open daily 7am - 6pm
Sanctuary Cafe at The Sherriff Centre
The Sherriff Centre is a unique space with a post office, café, gift shop, children's soft play and concert venue all within St. James Church, West Hampstead.
All profits go to their charity to bring services to the local community!
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm (but available for private hire outside these hours)
Hullaballoo soft play is open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm
Parents/carers have to stay within the building but the Sanctuary Cafe is your kind of haven offering great coffee, hot chocolate, cakes and more!
The Sherriff Centre, St James Church
Sherriff Road, NW6 2AP
Independently owned specialty coffee and all day brunch cafe in the heart of Camden, started with the aim to bring the community together in a relaxed and welcoming space whilst serving the best coffee possible.
The big play area on the lower ground is a nice green meadow where two peaceful bears sleep and a colourful house waits for kids to go inside and play.
Hygge Pygge is also host to regular kids' and adults' classes and events!
37 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden NW1 8AJ
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun 9am - 7pm
Welcoming Chai & Coffee House serving traditionally brewed Chai, specialty organic coffee and delicious eats from India and Sri Lanka.
They are very child-friendly and always have a little box full of kids' books and toys which you are welcome to use in the carpeted sofa corner, away from the tables.
Make sure to try their Chai and the Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl!
Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden NW1 8AH
Weekdays 9.30am - 6pm
Weekends 10am - 6pm
Bear & Wolf Cafe
This great little cafe between Kentish Town and Tufnell Park has everything you want: great breakfast, brunch, lunch, cake, smoothies, juices and coffee as well as a tasty, healthy children's menu and snacks. Not to mention a dedicated room out the back with toys, books etc for your little ones and plenty of pram parking space! The cafe still manages to be very clean, trendy and has efficient and very friendly staff. Win win!
153 Fortess Road, NW5 2HR
0203 601 1900
Neli Deli at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Formerly known as 'Del'Aziz', 'Neli Deli' is situated on the ground floor of Swiss Cottage. This makes it very convenient for a quick 'pit stop' before or after your child's swimming/football/tennis lesson, as a break from the playground or fountains just outside or a reward after some library time next door?
They offer delicious breakfasts, quick lunches, healthy kids meals, home-baked afternoon treats and even slow wine & dines...!
Neli Deli is very child-friendly and family-focused with plastic plates, cups and cutlery, a kids corner and table with toys and crayons/paper. It also offers a great venue for kids parties!
Ground Floor, Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF
020 7586 3338
Calthorpe Project Cafe
This is not strictly a cafe with play area but older children are welcome to roam the inspiring fenced garden and playground whilst toddlers can join the early years programme 'Little Green Fingers', gardening and environmental stay & play Mondays 11am - 3pm.
Tuesdays & Fridays 10am – 1pm the fabulous 'Creche & Co-working Cafe' offers 3 hours of creative play and learning for your little one (age 1-3) while you enjoy three hours of ‘me’ time in the cafe right next door and outside on the terrace.
There is always a nice choice of homebaked scones, cakes, fresh
sandwiches and soups.
Great little family owned cafe which serves a really good breakfast, coffee and pastries.
They also have a great space for kids to play in with lots of toys. Very nice background music and generally great, relaxed vibes together with the community focused, friendly staff and approach make you feel very 'at home' at this place...
'Drawn from Motherhood' and other groups offer baby and family friendly workshops downstairs in the basement at Streets Coffee too!
289 Finchley Road, NW3 6LU
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2pm
Sunday closed (!)