In case you hadn't heard the exciting news - Take A Deep Breath pop-up cafe is coming to Marylebone!
With afternoon tea for mums, and entertainment for children, the events sound great and tickets are selling fast. Go to www.takeadeepbreath.co.uk for more info and to buy your ticket. The events are running for the next 2 Wednesdays at Hardy's on Dover Street.
Its great to see a local mum being so enterprising - well done! So do come along to show your support and of course have some fun.
The lovely Gail's has opened on Seymour Place, which has become a great place for dining over the last couple of years. It joins Lockhart, Donostia, Vinoteca, Sandy's, The Portman and Borough Barista.
The family-friendly Gail's store looks deceptively small at the front, but inside there is a large cafe space, with a big area at the back of the shop that I am already eyeing up for future coffee mornings and meet-ups. There are easily accessible baby changing facilities and high chairs. They have wi-fi as well.
The menu changes throughout the day - breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea - plus there is all the lovely bread and cakes that are beautifully displayed in the store that you can choose from too.
Gail's is a great addition to the local area. Welcome!
More local news… Those of you who receive The Portman magazine will have read that we will soon be getting a fishmonger opening here too! Its great to see that the Portman Estate is encouraging businesses that cater to the needs of the local population.
The first Marylebone Mums Coffee Morning will take place this Friday 19th September from 10am-12pm at Perilla Cafe, 75 George Street (between Baker St and Gloucester Place). Feel free to pop along for as long as you want.
An opportunity for those new to the area to meet other mums (and dads), as well as for all mums in the area to connect and share useful info about living in the area, events, parenthood or just generally chat over a coffee (and cake!).
Mums with children of all ages are welcome, as well as mums-to-be and bumps!
Note that there won't be any activities for the children/babies - this is an event for mums to meet - though of course kids are welcome (I will be bringing mine).
Perilla has kindly agreed to host us, so if you could order a coffee and maybe a piece of cake/biscuit, it would be a way to show local businesses that being child-friendly can also be beneficial to them.
Bad news for families who like to eat out in Marylebone - Giraffe on Blandford St has closed. After many many year, one of the most popular and reasonably priced restaurants for local families has shut its doors. We will miss you, Giraffe!
From what I hear, the location will reopen as a Daylesford shop i.e. pricey dairy, grocery and lifestyle goods probably. With the loss of Starbucks from the high street as well, Marylebone is gradually becoming less and less family friendly. Pizza Express and Carluccios are still reliable family favourites so fingers crossed they also don't get priced out of the market too! (Btw, did you know Giraffe is owned by Tescos? I didn't)
There are other cafes and restaurants locally that are happy to host families e.g. Natural Kitchen and others, though not all have baby changing etc so do ask when you are there. Others don't always have space for prams, or only have 1-2 high chairs available. Chiltern Firehouse has a great courtyard and high chairs, but weekends they only serve food from 11am - they are ignoring a great opportunity there!
Marylebone is a hot spot right now, but we must make sure that there are still family friendly businesses here too.
New Tata Isa French music session starting at marylebone library Wednesday 10th Sept at 10.30am
Tata Isla French Music classes arrive in Marylebone - Designed for preschoolers from 6 months old to expose them to the French language through music and song in a fun interactive way using puppetry and musical props.
The classes will run on a regular basis from September and be drop in at Marylebone Library . For further info anyone can contact at firstname.lastname@example.org