Local Expert – Kathryn/ West London

Name: Kathryn

Instagram : @katykrunch

Freelance travel nanny and photographer. Documenting my time spent entertaining children wherever we may be.


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Favourite places to eat: Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park.
Skylark Cafe on Wandsworth Common.
Debenhams in Southside, great for kids and babies with warming facilities for baby food.
Peter Jones Restaurant, dedicated children’s menu and lots of high chairs.
V&A Museum.
Le Pain Quotidien – staff on Kings Road so friendly and helpful with babies.
Home Community Cafe – St Andrews Church, Earlsfield is run by volunteers who make delicious soups and cakes. It is a lovely setting inside the church with comfy sofas and pretty fairy lights.
Royal Hospital Chelsea – lovely friendly cafe where the Chelsea Pensioners love to see babies and children.

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Favourite places to go : V&A
Army Museum – Playspace
Battersea Park & Zoo
Kensington Gardens
Kew Gardens
St James Park to hunt for pelicans.
Wandsworth Common – pop into Skylark for a bag of swan & duck food rather than bread.
Playground in Balham near the boxing club – great sandpit, on a sunny day you can pretend you’re at the beach.


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Favourite places to shop for little ones: Tiger & Hema are good shops to buy things to make a treasure basket. They also have great art supplies to make your baby’s first painting on one of their canvases.


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Favourite classes or groups:

The Little Gym

Little London Music

Baby swim classes in the hydro pool at the Royal Hospital.



Any other local tips?: Make a picnic, kids always love picnics. You don’t even need it to be sunny, have one inside on the carpet if it’s pouring.

Dig out your wellies and go puddle jumping. Who doesn’t love that?

Get messy and allow little ones to explore with paint. Then clean up with a kitchen sink bath if it’s big enough.

Take a ride on the bus even if it’s just a few stops.

Hop on the train, you don’t need to go anywhere in particular. The journey there and back will probably be fun enough.

Often the more simple and free activities are the ones the kids love and enjoy the most.

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