There are tons of activities and child-friendly places for kids in De Beauvoir. Here are just a few.


Dining with kids


52A Coffee House

(aka ‘the White Corner Cafe’)

52A Southgate Road, N1 3JF

Madeleines, chocolate chip cookies, brownies and excellent savouries and salads. The girls are kind and patient with littlies. A small browsing library of books for older kids.


The Tin Cafe

1 Middleton Road, E8 4BL

You’ll find decor for dog-lovers, whimsical hurdy-gurdies and lush plants in the morning sunshine. Good pains au chocolat and they do toast to order.


Sweet Thursday

95 Southgate Road, N1 3JS

Does ‘teddy-bear’ shaped margarita pizzas! There’s a play mat at the back with some toys for smaller children, and lots of highchairs.


Burley Fisher Books

400 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA

Has a small but lovely children’s book selection and tasty offerings for morning or afternoon tea



13 Downham Road, N1 5AA

Haggerston Expresso Room, next to Hackney New School (where you might be a parent dropping off your school-aged children) has become proficient at warm chocolates.


Bread & Butter

7 Enfield Road, N1 5EN


Tucked in behind the old fire station site, it has good cake, comfy couches, a lending library, ample space for prams or buggies and good baby-change facilities.


Draughts Board

Game Cafe

337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA

Near Haggerston Overground station, this has a massive selection of board games to enjoy. Limited but tasty menu for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.


The Dalston Eastern

Curve Garden

13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF


This lovely cafe and park has colourful seasonal flowers, wild spaces for kids to get muddy and grubby, and holds planting and craft workshops at various times. They also do fresh pizzas of a Sunday.




Visit a playground

De Beauvoir Square


Rosemary Gardens,

Southgate Road


Stonebridge Gardens

(‘Snake Park’), Haggerston Road, E8 4EP


Bike-friendly parks

Evergreen Square, E8 3XD


BMX track, Haggerston Park, Audrey Street, E2 8QH



See the animals


Hackney City Farm


Freightliners Farm


See the fish

Charterhouse Aquatics ( welcome children to come and ‘find Nemo’.


Listen to a story

Dalston CLR James Library

Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

Thursdays, 11am–12 noon


South Library

115–117 Essex Road, N1 2SL

Mondays, 11am 


Mildmay Library, 21–23 Mildmay Park, N1 4PG

Mondays, 11am


Visit a toy library

400 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA

Dalston CLR James Library

Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

Fridays,10.30am–12.00 noon


Also at Mildmay Library after the Baby Bounce session.


Go to Baby Bounce

Mildmay Library

21–23 Mildmay Park, N1 4PG,

Thursdays, 11am–12noon


South Library

115-117 Essex Road, N1 2SL

Fridays, 11am



Try Stay and Play

Mapledene and Queensbridge Children’s Centre


Comet Nursery + Children’s Centre


Packington Children’s Centre

(Parents/carers must be registered with the Centre before using the services. Call 020 7527 5688 or email for more details)


Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre



Go swimming

Britannia Leisure Centre

40 Hyde Road, N1 5JU


Highbury Swimming Pool

Highbury Crescent, N5 1RR


Cally Pool

229 Caledonian Road,

N1 0NH



Make music

Mrs H and the Singalong Band

24 Exmouth Market Centre

Wednesdays 10–11am and
11am–12.00 noon and

Thursdays 10–11am