Hidden amongst the busy narrow pavements and buggy-unfriendly doorways of crowded Blackheath village, The Brockley Deli at The Conservatoire is a family-friendly haven.
We love it because... This little-known spot was such a surprise! Despite being regulars to Greenwich Park and Blackheath green, we don't spend too much time in the village due to its crowded pathways, hills and lack of child-friendly spots. However, we couldn't wait to check out The Conservatoire after hearing that it's a haven for mums, AND they have a beach?! You won't believe it until you see it. This music and arts venue (we used to take our piano exams here as kids!) has a cafe run by The Brockley Deli which is a must-see.
What's good... This cafe has a classic offering inside, but it's the outdoor 'creativity garden' area that makes it so special. On our visit it was full of children (mainly pre-school age) enjoying the giant sand pits and boats. You can also access the cafe via a separate entrance with a ramp, so you don't need to take buggies through the main building (although there's a ramp here too).
We spotted... A lovely 'friendship' bench, sponsored by the well-known Mummy's Gin Fund. Designed to offer a space for lone mums to chat and make friends, it adds to the community feel of this venue.
Top tip... Try the freshly squeezed orange juice! And remember, this place is pretty small, so combine your visit with a trip to the Heath if your little ones need a wider run around.