If anyone deserves a decent cobweb-banishing coffee, it’s a sleep-deprived new parent – so it’s a pity that genuinely tot-friendly cafés serving proper caffeine fixes and carefully created food are so hard to come by in the capital. And while many a maternity-leave mum has fantasised about opening a place that guarantees a warm welcome (mostly while sitting somewhere where toddler tantrums, spat-out fish fingers and bulky buggies guarantee cold shoulders instead), Green Lanes mums Sam and Ginny actually did it. Their aim is to create an extension of your front room, somewhere to unleash the offspring with impunity and take five.
The straightforward menu features deep-filled deli sarnies, daily salads and soups and, yes, a good cup of joe, while penne with tomato sauce, houmous and fresh fruit smoothies keep even fussy wee eaters on side. There are ballet and art classes, puppet shows and the like, alongside books, toys, a dressing-up box – plus thoughtful touches such as bottle warmers and bibs to make lunching with little ones that little bit easier. There’s still room for fine-tuning – the small counter overflowed with dirty plates on our last visit – but a room full of noisy newborns and knackered mums is inevitably chaotic and the loyal locals evidently forgive a little haphazard service for a lot of generosity.
|Venue name:||That Place On the Corner||Contact:|
1-3 Green Lanes
|Opening hours:||Open 9.30am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat (Sat hours may vary)|
|Transport:||Tube: Canonbury rail or bus 73, 141, 341|
|Price:||Main courses £3.95-£6.95|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:1
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Great local cafe/party venue for kids right on Newington Green. Location, space, menu & staff are all excellent. Activities & classes for the wee ones; good coffee & cakes for us = win-win.
Fab entertainment for the kids just when you need it most... Thanks for getting us through those rainy weekends and schools holidays! Some great classes too...
Love taking my daughters to this cafe. So friendly and they do great kids parties - plus a licensed bar for grown ups!
My daughter is absolutely in love with this shop she can't wait till next summer to do the summer camp again
A truly unique little gem with loads of activites for the kids and totally personal and unique birthday parties at weekends! Maddy and the team are first class :)
We have been going to this café for years. It is our kids favourite. There is always a new activity or class to join, beautiful toys for all ages, books to read, warm food to eat and friendly staff. It is a five star!
That Place on the Corner is a café full of charm, where kids and toddlers enjoy activities that boost their imagination while parents can have a cup of coffee and warm food. Having a café like this is a real treat both for children and parents. We can not recommend it enough.
Lovely place. Good, simple food, the best part is you can relax, let the kids do what they want and enjoy a coffee or meal. My 18 month old loves the toys and dressing up cupboard. They also have classes and activities. Good notice board full of leaflets to find out about local kiddy stuff; classes, events, babysitters. Staff are lovely, sweep away all the dropped food on the floor without a huff. The only down point is the cost. Given the uniqueness of the place, and the ability to be able to relax when in there (and not worry about your child playing up and upsetting other customers), I pay it, but £4 for a bowel of pasta with pesto is daylight robbery! (kids eat free though if you go for dinner in the evening). Coffee and cake mummy heaven.