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The Trafalgar Hotel, Spring Gardens, London

If you’ve been for a post-work or first date drink in the Lobby Bar at the Trafalgar Hotel you will, at this point, be thinking that it is indeed a pretty cool bar to hang out in but no one in their right mind would bring a baby.  Well, you would be right.  And wrong.

We had been out and about one weekend with Jack when he was just a few months old and he desperately needed feeding and I, equally desperately, needed a coffee and refused to go a step further.  We hoped the Trafalgar would be up to the challenge.

We discovered that during the day, The Trafalgar is generally quiet and civilised in a rather cool kind of way.   There are not many places in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square one can say that about.   As such, it made a perfect daytime escape from the melee of Trafalgar Square.

There were no raised eyebrows, and whilst the too cool for school staff are not necessarily the friendliest in the world, they are efficient.  Coffee procured, milk bottle warmed and all seemed right with the world again.   They even have a baby changing table in the disabled loo so either of us could change Jack.

The food in the Lobby Bar is mainly small plates in an Asian fusi0n style.  Not bad for a snack or light lunch.   A yummy mummy, daytime secret in the middle of Trafalgar Square.  Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone…

Rating:

Stylishness: 4/5

Friendliness: 3/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 5/5

Food: 3/5

Overall rating: 18/25   ££

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Fifth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London

I think I must have spent an embarrassingly large proportion of  my time before the arrival of Jack in Harvey Nichols – much of it in the company of my lovely friend Eileen, chatting, browsing and cooing over beautiful things.  So, naturally, as I started to feel more like the pre-pregnancy me, I persuaded my husband to venture into Knightsbridge on a Sunday.   Well, someone needed to look after Jack while I was trying on shoes…

My husband has a particular fondness for nice restaurants.  It’s not the food, but the experience for him.  Whilst I, reluctant to impinge on my precious shopping time, tentatively suggested we grab a sandwich and a coffee, he insisted we eat properly in the Fifth Floor Restaurant.  We pitched up with a baby and no booking.

They couldn’t have been more accomodating.  Jack wasn’t really big enough for a high chair so we kept him in the buggy and parked it at the table, which the staff worked round with aplomb.  They willingly warmed up his bottle of milk – though it came back pretty hot and we had to let it cool down.  There is a pretty good, though snug, baby changing cubical in the Ladies loo next to the restaurant.  It might have been tricky for Dan if he’d been on his own though, as there don’t appear to be any baby changing facilities in the Men’s loo…

The food was lovely, the staff made a fuss of Jack and, though it doesn’t happen often, I did have to concede that my husband was right.

Rating:

Stylishness: 4/5

Friendliness: 5/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Overall rating: 20/25  ££

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