Most mums I know love and loathe soft play in equal measure – it’s generally regarded as a necessary evil to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. My own experiences have taught me not to expect much. Even the ‘award winning’ venues are often a let down. Actually I’ll re-phrase that, they are usually a let down! Now and then however, a place comes along that takes me by surprise – in a good way. My family often come here, so imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to write a review. Tots Landing is a hidden gem just off Wimbledon Broadway.
The owner, Rob, takes great pride in keeping the place immaculately clean which already puts him ahead of the game as far as I’m concerned. After taking the place over in January last year, Rob put his previous career in hospitality to good use and has created a wonderful little café loved by parents and kiddies alike. They won Netmums’ Runner-up Best Soft Play in Greater London award last year, and more recently Business of the Year at the Merton Commerce Awards.
Although it’s fairly small they’ve packed a lot in and have three play areas, ensuring there is something for everyone that ticks the 1-5 year old box. The main soft play equipment (see above) is housed directly opposite tables and chairs, so parents can enjoy a cuppa, and free WiFi while their cherubs go climbing and bouncing. My girls are two and four, and this lot keeps them entertained for a good hour, especially if it’s nice and quiet like it was first thing Sunday morning when we went. For smaller children there is a separate play area within this part of the cafe, as well as a wendy house (see below) and book corner with baby toys on the opposite side. They also have diddicars and baby walkers to ride around on. The best part is that no matter where you are sitting, your kids are never out of eye sight.
My regular readers will know that I’m a real lover of good coffee and nice food. For me, a sure fire way for any business like this to stand out from the crowd is to get these two things spot on. Rob has thought long and hard about what the people want and does not disappoint. Mostly home made, they have a fab selection of cakes, muffins, and kids snacks. Their meat comes from a local butcher, and they’ve introduced freshly made salads for the grown ups now the weather is getting nice. Oh and have I mentioned that they are air conditioned? He really has thought of everything! Even down to the toilets – one large disabled loo with baby change, as well as four more separate loos all with fitted child sized toilet seats. My 4yo takes great delight in being given free reign to go all by herself.
Tots Landing can be hired exclusively for birthday parties, taking the pain out of the event for mums and dads. ‘Mr. Roballoons’ will entertain the children when they aren’t running around by modelling balloons and performing magic tricks. They take care of all the food and party bags as well.