London calling

London calling

2015-03-04 - Navigating London town with a pushchair (and entourage) can test even the calmest souls. Here’s our pick of the best family-friendly spots that offer some Zen with your weekend stroll:

Ruby Violet

Take some Americana glitz, add a dash of Marrakech, some retro 50s design, an abundance of pushchair space and you have the ever-alluring Ruby Violet. Whether blind date or play date, there are few occasions this place doesn’t suit. The 18-strong selection of ice creams is all made from Duchy Originals organic milk, free-range eggs and some of the kooky brand’s signature je ne sais quoi. Flavours of rhubarb, elderflower and Prosecco are offered,while the counter is crammed with Guinness and blue cheese or chocolate-beetroot cakes. Whether looking for a quick sugar fix or a spot to bed down with the family for a few hours, Ruby Violet is where it’s at. 



So there’s this place: it’s stocked with baby gadgets, Gina Ford books and all the latest Bugaboo pushchairs and accessories. Even at this point, we’re sold. Then add buggy parking, dedicated kid toilets and baby changing facilities, a chic café and an indoor play space for kids and you have parental Mecca. It’s called Huggle, and was started by a husband and wife duo that spent two years researching what it’s like to be a parent struggling to find the best products for their kids – with their kids in tow. Three words: go there now.



With the motto ‘do a simple thing, and do it properly’, Byron is loved by hungover parents and hyperactive kids alike. Exposed brick and tiled walls might look somewhat unfinished, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that these are the best burgers in town.  For pure American-style indulgence, the smiling waitresses serve up signature coke floats and juicy courgette fries for kids and Aberdeen Angus beef burgers served medium rare for adults. With space for everything bar the kitchen sink, this is one spot to keep kids schtum and parents chilled. 



With a collection of high chairs in all colours of the rainbow, this Mexican food chain is undeniably kid-friendly. Launched by MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers, the décor is all bright and cheerful – somewhat akin to a Mexican market stall. Interior matches the tapas-style dishes that are served up on bright and beautiful plates. Think quesadillas with new potatoes, broad beans, peas, feta and mint, followed by Dulce de leche ice cream. All in all, it offers a taste of Mexico with all the accoutrements needed to keep kids wide-eyed and wanting more.

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