Abbots Park playground

As the weather is finally getting warmer we are trying to make the most of the sunny days outdoors. A friend recently invited us to Abbot’s Park playground and we spent a lovely afternoon there. The size of the play area for under 7’s is quite impressive for a local playground and there are lots of different equipment to keep your little ones entertained. There are loads of baby swings, different sorts of slides and climbing frames and a biggo swing which N. loves. There are also picnic tables and a play area for older children.

Address: Leigh Road, Leyton, E10 6JJ.
More info: Abbot’s Park 

photo 1 photo 3


The Marquis Cornwallis

I do have a thing for corner pubs with big windows and The Marquis Cornwallis falls under this category. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury it’s set over two levels, both bright and spacious. It was a favourite during my student days in the area and remains a fav whenever we meet friends for lunch in central London. Emphasis on ‘lunch’, however,  as children are only welcome before 6pm. Still, finding a decent pub in central London where the food doesn’t feel like a rip-off and there is space for a buggy is not an easy task. The food has never disappointed us here although it doesn’t come cheap – it’s around £8 for a sandwich and £11-12 for a main. Another plus is that it is just 5 minutes walk from Coram’s fields so you can combine with some time at the playground and see the animals too!

Practicalities: Highchairs available. No nappy changing facilities, just a spacious disabled toilet on the ground floor in case of emergency.
Address: 31 Marchmont Street, , London, WC1N 1AP.
More info: The Marquis Cornwallis

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 13.31.32

*photo above from pub’s website

Millfields playground

Just a stone’s throw from Chatsworth Market is Millfields Park, a lovely greenspace to have a picnic and stroll around. The playground is located on its northwest edge and you can reach it by walking through the park and crossing the busy Lea Bridge road. Although the playground could do with a bit of TLC, it is a big space that didn’t feel overcrowded even on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There are lot’s of baby-swings available so we didn’t have to wait in a queue. The playground also has a couple of different slides, a carousel, some picnic benches and a lovely wooden climbing frame. If you want to grab a bite or a coffee before or after visiting the playground, don’t forget to check out the Cooper and Wolf cafe which is not too far away.

Address: Lea Bridge Road, E5 0AR. 
More info: Millfields Park.
photo 2

The Empress

Fancy some gastropub food prepared by a chef with experience in Michelin starred kitchens without having to worry about what the other customers will make of your messy toddler or grumpy baby? Well, the Empress , in Lauriston Road offers exactly that. First class food sourced from the neighbourhood’s suppliers and attentive service. I also love the big, bright space and the decor. My only objection would be that brunch is served until 12. After that you can only order from the lunch menu. And sometimes I just feel like having pancakes or a big breakfast for lunch but that’s just me. Also, check out the opening times as they don’t serve food all day long. All in all, a lovely place, within very close proximity to Victoria Park!

Practicalities: Highchairs and nappy changing facilities available.
Address: 130 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7LH.
More info: The Empress

The Empress

*photo above from the pub’s website

Stepney Green Park Playground

The playground for under 4’s in Stepney Green Park is your average neighbourhood play area. Nothing to write home about or travel for but decent enough for a short visit. Located conveniently next to Stepney City Farm, it has some baby swings as well as a climbing frames and other toddler equipment. It felt a bit deserted when we visited on a Saturday afternoon, perhaps because the farm is more popular. There is also a play area for ages 5 and above right next to it if you have older children.

Address: Stepney Way, E1 3DH.



Stepney City Farm

photo 1

Located about ten minutes walk from Stepney Green Underground and the Limehouse DLR stations Stepney City Farm is definitely worth a visit. There are lots of animals on the grounds including chicken, ducks, a rabbit, two very friendly donkeys, some lovely sheep and goats and a couple of sleepy pigs. For £1 each you can buy two different pots of food to feed the bigger animals and the birds and it goes without saying that N. loved feeding all of them. Or maybe I loved it even more myself! It feels quite spacious for a city farm and the cafe is pretty good too- especially the outdoors space. We happened to visit on a Saturday when the farmers’ market is on and there is fresh fruit, veg, meat and bread on sale. There was also a pottery stall with gifts handmade on site. Do check out the farm’s website before you plan your visit as there might be various activities and events on. Also, there is a playground just around the corner in Stepney Green Park if your little one is not too tired after exploring the farm.

Practicalities: Highchairs available at the cafe. Nappy changing facilities in the accessible toilets.
Address: Stepney Way, E1 3DG.
More info: Stepney City Farm

photo 2

Cooper and Wolf

We came across Cooper and Wolf after a stroll along Chatsworth Market on our way to Millfields Park. Located down the road from the market, just a few minutes walk from the main shops and cafes, it looked very inviting as it wasn’t packed like all the other cafes we had walked past. We were a bit hesitant at first as N. had just woken up from his nap and was going to be hungry and full of energy. However, the place proved to be particularly baby-friendly with highchairs and a nappy changing mat in the toilets. We were also pleasantly surprised when we realised that they mainly serve Scandinavian inspired food. We had the Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and a chicken salad on sourdough bread and both were quite tasty. They only accepted cash payments on the day we had lunch though so we didn’t have any money left to try the cakes but I hope we get to visit the area soon. I loved the big windows overlooking the park and there is also outdoors seating for warmer weather.

Practicalities: Highchairs available. Nappy changing mat in the toilets.
Address: 145 Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton, E5 0LA.
More info: Cooper and Wolf

photo 2 photo 1