From restaurants to museums, we discover where the founders of private family club Maggie & Rose go to keep their little ones entertained (as well as the best places for ‘‘date’’ night!)
Best Restaurants For Families
Maggie: We both love the Soho House Group – The Electric and Shoreditch House especially. My kids love going to Shoreditch House and it’s cool for them to go east. You can swim in the morning, have breakfast and then wander around.
Rose: Soho House gives the times that it is okay to bring your children, so you know that you are okay! On occasion, I take my seven-year-old out for a nice lunch to Bellamy’s, which is where my husband goes on business meetings. She will have the Dover sole, which is such a treat and she has got to that stage where she can behave herself, have green beans and not spit them out on the floor!
Maggie: However, we usually don’t tend to take kids to restaurants, as I don’t actually believe that they want kids in there! When they are newborns, you can go pretty much anywhere. When you’ve got toddlers, you have to go to a chain like Byron Burger. Byron deals with kids really well. You go in and they’ve got activities and it is a little bit chaotic in there anyway, so you don’t feel like people are looking at you.
Best For Date Night
Maggie: We like The Hoxton Hotel.
Rose: Barnsley House is just amazing – incredible rooms, beautiful bathrooms and it’s just a perfect night off. For short weekend breaks, you can’t go wrong in Paris. I used to live there (pre-babies!) so I love it – especially Le Cost Hotel. It’s cool and you get great cocktails, delicious food, great music and it’s a complete break – and it’s so easy going to Paris with the Eurostar too.
Best Parks In London
Rose: We love Kensington Palace Gardens and Hyde Park. You’ve got the Diana Memorial Fountain and the pirate ship park, so the kids can go and run around like crazy and then come back to their parents sitting at The Orangery, which serves really nice tea and cake.
Maggie: Holland Park is also incredible – you have the ecology centre and football fields – it feels like you’re not in London.
Best Festivals For Families
Rose: In Oxfordshire, we go to Wilderness, which conveniently also happens to be where I live! It is absolutely brilliant for children and the food is wonderful as well. Other festivals I’d recommend are at Cornbury Park, which is so big and unbelievably well organised, and Festival, which is Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ food festival. I’d recommend staying at Daylesford.
Maggie: The best museums for children in London are the V&A and the Science Museum. We practically live there, as it is literally ten minutes down the road and it’s free. When babysitters are booked or grandparents are in town, these museums are their first port of call. We try to avoid holidays just because the queues are massive.
Rose: We go to Blenheim Palace a lot because the kids can scoot all around the grounds on their scooters and we get to go on a really lovely walk – it is a beautiful place. Woodstock also has a Dinosaur Museum, which is free – it’s brilliant!
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