Cafes & Restaurants
I love Carluccio’s because they are so child friendly. They also have quite a lot of space for buggies as well as high chairs. This is where NW8-mums started back in 2009, and I am quite sure my daughter used to think we lived there considering how often we were there (and still are)… My son also loves it and starts squealing in delight as soon as we approach it. I have actually got to know two of my closest friends through spending time at Carluccio’s. Just by seeing them there continuously, and then starting to talk to them. The changing facilities are in the groundfloor bathroom.
Fego Caffe is another lovely place. Since I had my daughter in 2009, I feel they have become much more accepting of children and it is now a place where I would happily take mine. It is tiny which makes it hard to meet up if you have buggies. They have changing facilities in their women’s bathroom.
Gail’s just off St John’s Wood High Street is lovely. Since they refurbished it in late summer 2016, it looks better as it is much brighter and the layout works better if you want to sit in. I love their cakes, bread and salads, but I mainly do take-out, because it is so small, and if you have a buggy it is almost impossible to stay. I really wish they had a bigger space. The give NW8-mums an exclusive discount of 10% off valid for sitting in and take-away.
There is also The Bread Shop where you can get a lot of yummy things, but I don’t find it as cosy to sit in. Their bread and cakes are delicious though.
A great lift to the High Street has been since October 2016 when The Ivy Cafe opened its doors. I have been several times (breakfast, lunch and dinner) since they opened and I have been very impressed with the service, quality of food, coffee etc. What has been lovely is how welcoming they are towards families, buggies etc. I have been for dinner and there have been babies and children there. There are changing facilities downstairs. I have only heard positive comments from ‘my’ mums!
The Azan Newsagent in Barrow Hill Road (two doors down from Carluccios) has the most lovely man owning it and my friends have had their newspapers delivered at the crack of dawn for some years from him. He started selling frozen yogurt (fat-free of course!) last year and has named that side of his business MyBerry. Instead of buying yogurt per pot size he sells it by weight so can get as big or small as you like, add toppings and it’s all DIY. My friend’s daughter loves it and takes it up to the scales to be weighed, and she says it tastes nicer than Snog too! He also does smoothies, hot drinks, slushies and things down that line.
- Gary Ingham Aveda Salon & Spa (formerly Mowgli) on St John’s Wood High Street on St John’s Wood High Street offer haircuts for children.
- I have taken my daughter to Alex and Tony at Avalanche Hair & Beauty on Fairfax Road in South Hampstead for haircuts. We were both very happy with the result.
- Studio Hair & Beauty on 66 St John’s Wood High Street offers 10% off to NW8-mums for children’s haircuts. Phone number: 020 7449 0000
- Igloo on St John’s Wood High Street offers hairdressing for children downstairs. Pop in or call to make an appointment. 020 7483 2332
Clothes & Shoes
The wonderful Igloo is now open again, and they offer anything you can think of from newborn and up. You can find clothes, gifts, toys, books, scooters, shoes (from pre-walkers to wellies and school shoes) and much more. They also have a haidressing service for children. Nino and Diana who are the owners are lovely.
IKKS Junior launched their pop-up store on our very own High Street and it is a welcoming place. They are friendly and helpful. Go in and have a look at all their lovely goods.
Tiddlywinks@Bens on St John’s Wood High Street has been selling children’s clothing and shoes since the 1960s. The age range is from newborn to 16 years.
They stock brands from around the world including Italy, France, Spain and the USA and are at the forefront of fashion with attention to detail. The cut and quality of their clothing is second to none.
Tiddlywinks @ Ben’s carry an eclectic mix of casual and smart clothes plus shoes and swimwear – in fact it is a one stop shop for all your clothing needs with a floor dedicated to party wear, prom dresses and smart boys suits. They are offering NW8-mums an exclusive 10% off in store and on their website with the code NW8MUMS.
Everyone who works in Courtenay Chemist on St John’s Wood High Street is lovely and offers such helpful advice. I always go there for medicines and/or advice. They also now have an amazing spa downstairs. The spa is currently closed (autumn 2016). I will keep you posted as to when it opens again.
My amazing hairdresser Joe used to work on the High Street. He is now at Daniel Galvin at The Corinthia Hotel.
The lovely Sara comes to cut my hair as well as my children’s hair too, at my home for when I can’t make it to the salon. She is super talented! She can be reached at 07477 008 355.
Some other NW8-mums go to the following ones: Lisa at Gary Ingham (formerly Mowgli) on St John’s Wood High Street, and Ali at Hair by Partners (no website) on 100 St John’s Wood Terrace (020 7483 3337). Another friend goes to Alex and Tony at Avalanche Hair & Beauty on Fairfax Road in South Hampstead. I have also tried Avalanche Hair & Beauty for myself and was very happy.