Local Parents

Local parent: Charlotte in Wandsworth Town

Charlotte Holroyd has lived in Wandsworth Town for four years. She works as a doctor and is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son Oscar, five months.

Describe your area in three words: Nappy Valley Central! I heard the other day that Wandsworth has the highest density of children under five in the whole of Europe but I’m not sure whether that’s true.

Coolest coffee spot: Cafe Fleur is a cute little coffee shop close to me. It’s very family-friendly and the perfect place to meet other mums for a coffee and natter. I also love the new Corner Cafe in Earlsfield, which does a delicious selection of cakes.

Best family-friendly restaurant: One of our local favourites before having a baby was Konnigans restaurant on Old York Road, and this is still top of my list. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner out the front watching the world go by, or inside where there is a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. We are fortunate to live near the Southside shopping centre, which has lots of the usual family-friendly chain restaurants such as Wagamama and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. There is also a large Debenhams with a restaurant on the top floor, which I have to say is incredibly family-friendly with lots of highchairs, excellent baby-changing facilities and even a bottle-warming station.

Favourite park or green space: Wandsworth Common has a large duck pond and excellent playground; Wandsworth Park has a gorgeous river-front location and a Putt in the Park mini-golf course; and King George’s Park has large, open spaces for sports, and several tennis courts. A little further afield is Richmond Park with its roaming deer, and Wimbledon Common – both wonderful places for family trips in the fresh air.

Best local museum or gallery: Fulham Palace in Putney is a wonderful place to visit with little ones and admission is free. There is a small museum, free guided tours, Palace Explorers sessions for two-to-four year olds and a cosy café, as well as lots of events organised throughout the year. Although there aren’t many museums/galleries in Wandsworth itself, it’s just a quick hop on the train or bus to central London and all that it has to offer.

Coolest kids’ shops: Northcote Road is probably one of the best places to shop for children’s clothes, with Joules, JoJo Maman Bébé and Mamas & Papas to name but a few. For expectant mums, Séraphine has a fantastic selection of maternity and nursing clothes.

Favourite under-5s class/activity: I would really recommend the Mini Potters studio in Earlsfield, which we visited with our NCT group and had a really fun afternoon taking prints of our babies’ hands and feet for keepsakes and gifts. In terms of classes, Oscar has really enjoyed Hartbeeps baby sensory and I have just started going to local Baby Bounce postnatal exercise classes, which are great fun.

What makes your area great? Wandsworth is so geared up for families – there is so much going on for children and everything you need is a few minutes’ walk away.

What’s the best thing about living in London?: All the fantastic museums, galleries and events on your doorstep… especially during maternity leave; I feel incredibly lucky to have so many things to enjoy with Oscar.

And the worst?: The traffic!

Follow Charlotte at @mum.about.town

Photo credit: Charlotte Holroyd

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