Nominees for “London’s Most Toddler-Friendly Cafe” Award!

So here it is, the shortlist that some of you have been waiting for… Voting starts NOW! Winner will be announced on Nov 1st. In no particular order, the nominees are…

Beanies, CroydonIMG-20121031-01606

Nearest Station: East Croydon (National Rail)

Special Features: Play Floor, Pic n Mix toddler food

What LWAT says: “A nice place to spend a lunchtime and an afternoons”

cafe badge nominee

Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall

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Nearest Station: Vauxhall (Victoria Line and National Rail)

Special Features: Child-friendly film nights, toy chest

What LWAT says: “It’s welcoming to toddlers, the cakes are exciting, the decor is kooky and the people are friendly”

cafe badge nominee

Eat, Play, Love, Battersea

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Nearest Station: Battersea Park (National Rail)

Special Features: Play area, Spotty family toilets

What LWAT  says: “A great place to hang out with kids”

cafe badge nominee

Arts and Crusts, Walthamstow

2013-09-28 13.49.01Nearest Station: Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line and National Rail)

Special Features: Sand table, E17-shaped buzzer game

What LWAT readers say: ” It is lovely, with great coffee/cake/bread etc. the owners have small children themselves so there are plenty of toys and a very child friendly atmosphere. It’s a great place to keep up with what’s on in the area and the local news and issues”

cafe badge nominee

Gooseberry Bush Cafe, South Wimbledon

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Nearest Station: South Wimbledon (Northern Line)

Special Features: Baby classes, toys and crafts for sale

What LWAT says: “A very pleasant place for a cuppa with a friend and a happy baby”

cafe badge nominee

The Dish and the Spoon, Nunhead

2013-09-20 11.49.22Nearest Station: Peckham Rye (Overground and National Rail)

Special Features: Music Sessions, play area

What LWAT readers say: “We have been regulars there since it opened & love it, the staff are so accommodating and have made a child-friendly haven in what used to feel a long way from anywhere :-)”

cafe badge nominee

That Place on the Corner, Stoke Newington

IMG-20120830-01052Nearest Station: Canonbury (Overground)

Special Features: Singing groups, dressing up area

What LWAT says: “It is entirely designed with children in mind – dressing up, toys, stacks of highchairs and -of course- a kids menu”

cafe badge nominee

Dulwich Park Cafe, Dulwich

2013-09-27 12.06.38Nearest Station: West Dulwich (National Rail)

Special Features: Play area, outside seating near playground

What LWAT readers say: “Super yummy food, a corner of toys for kids and a kids menu.”

cafe badge nominee

Living Waters Satisfy, Crystal Palace

IMG-20120417-00025Nearest Station: Crystal Palace (Overground and National Rail)

Special Features: Toy corner, Ice cream counter

What LWAT readers say: “Living waters is the only cafe I have been to where I know I don’t need to worry about my kids being…. well kids! There are toys and books for them to play with, a choice of tables and chairs or sofas, a kid friendly menu and understanding staff, and no-one batting an eyelid if they decide to go for a wander, have a tantrum or make friends with the kids on the other side of the cafe”

Pistachios in the Park, Greenwich

2013-10-05 11.16.56Nearest Station: Westcombe Park (National Rail)

Special Features: Large outdoor area, toys and crafts for sale

What LWAT readers say: “The food is homemade and comes in generous portions, the drinks are good and the service is charmingly disorganised. But they clearly like kids, and it’s the little things like adding marshmallows to my son’s hot chocolate and offering a glass of water for the toddler, that make the difference when you’re eating out with kids”

cafe badge nominee

Deli Nene, Beckenham

2013-10-05 11.16.56Nearest Station: Beckenham Junction (National Rail/Tram)

Special Features: Massive play area, singing groups

What LWAT readers say: “This place is lovely… a great play area for children, with books, toys, a tent etc etc. My three love it – so it appeals to children from 10 months to school age. Nice food too and a cheap children’s menu. Combine it with a trip to Kelsey Park for an afternoon out – and make the trip to zone 4 worth while!”

cafe badge nominee

So, voting starts now! Fill in the form below to vote for your favourite. Voting will close on Oct 31st and the winner announced on Nov 1st.

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28 Responses to Nominees for “London’s Most Toddler-Friendly Cafe” Award!

  1. Judith says:

    Chaotic and fun with very tasty paninis and coffee. We spent a lot of time there in my daughter’s first year.

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Judith

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  2. D Sargeant says:

    Great place

    • katese11 says:

      Hi

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  3. Sarah McHugh says:

    Love love love Tea House Theatre! Staff are amazing and can’t do enough to be accomodating. Plus the tea and cakes are sublime!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Sarah

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  4. Sophie says:

    Absolutely fabulous to go with babies and toddlers. Yummy cakes & coffee too!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Sophie

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  5. Katie Wood says:

    Dish and Spoon makes eating out with a toddler an enjoyable experience rather than an endurance test!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Katie

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  6. Ahhh it hurts me to read this…I miss London so much. I used to work as a nanny there in my young days and I loved how family-friendly it was. I moved to Canada and live in a very small province…It is nothing like London for sure! I miss it so much!

  7. B Claydon says:

    The staff at Tea House Theatre are really great with children. There is a relaxed atmosphere where families can enjoy delicious food and drink. ( cakes are fab!)Their child friendly film afternoons and music sessions are a Godsend.

    • katese11 says:

      Hi

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  8. Linda Clubb says:

    Scrummy food and super child friendly. Love it

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Linda

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  9. Andrew Samuels says:

    We are regulars with our young daughters

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Andrew

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  10. Broni says:

    Eat play love….a wonderful kid friendly, quirky, stylish, fun and happy place! Brilliant! Go there with your little ones and eat their amazing food-we love it!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Broni

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.
      Have a super Saturday night and don’t forget to put your clocks back!

      Kate

  11. Kate Trewartha-Wyatt says:

    Wonderful place so relaxing, even with the children.

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Kate (good name!)

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Kate

  12. Caro says:

    My niece is full of energy, so it was great to watch her run around enjoying the space & freedom at Eat, Play, Love.
    Friendly, helpful, warm staff; comfy seats & the best gluten free red velvet cake in London!!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Caro

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Kate

  13. Caroline says:

    This cafe is a haven for new mums. I used to go here every day on my maternity leave and Shonas amazing coffee and cakes got me through after many sleepless nights.
    This cafe has without doubt enhanced the community spirit in Nunhead, I have made many friends here!

    • katese11 says:

      Hi Caroline

      Apols for the cut-n-paste nature of this comment, but just wanted to check the same thing with everyone – have you voted as well as commenting? Only clicks on the Polldaddy poll will be counted, not comments.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Kate

  14. Karen Jarman says:

    I love Eat Play Love xxxx amazing friendly staff xxxx 🙂

  15. Caroline Vuong says:

    We love this cafe and regularly visit with our three kids. Ice creams are delicious and good quality, whilst the coffee, club sandwiches and crepes are a big hit with the adults. Toys to play with, sledges when it snows, ping pong and regular events like outdoor films etc. This cafe is great!

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