Local Cafés with Play Areas for Babies & Toddlers
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!
Sanctuary Café 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
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
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.