I didn’t realise how lucky I was to have a cafe in my local park complete with small soft play area until I tried to find other baby-friendly cafes in West London. And while we have been away, this place has closed. What am I going to do now!?
I thought that the Piccolo cafe and playcentre at North Acton Playing Fields was a fantastic local resource. It provided a cheap local play venue within walking distance (soft play was £2.50 for the over 1’s). And as an added bonus you could have a cup of coffee and some cake while they played. There was of course also lots of outside space in the park. And there were mum & baby yoga and pre-school music classes in the attached hall. But these have also ceased. Why was the venue so under-supported? There were some issues with the cafe not opening or closing early. But I suspect that was a little chicken and egg; if there is no one there, why not close early? But then people are put off going if it might not be open when it is supposed to be. I very much hope it re-opens.
Alternative Baby-Friendly Cafes in West London
This has lead me to research whether there are any other alternatives in the area.
There are two options just about within walking distance:
- **Edit 15th May 2017 – this cafe is also currently closed.** The Blend House, Acton. This cafe is marketing itself as family-friendly. They hold classes, such as baby massage and a tunes & tales session. Check out their Facebook page for what is currently running.
- Birdie’s Kitchen, Acton. This is in Acton Park, so plenty of outside space and small indoor play space. And they sometimes run music sessions or other special events.
A slightly further afield cafe with soft play area is Cafe Floral in Hammersmith. But the only time I have tried to visit, it was closed. Even though the Facebook page said it was open from 10am that day. I like to support local ventures but it is fustrating when information is incorrect. Particularly after making a special trip. I was probably just unlucky, but I would advise giving them a call before setting off!