74 Westbourne Grove, W2
For the health-conscious West London audience it attracts, this restaurant is a dream come true. Here, food that's free of refined flour, sugars, dairy, and other common no-nos is presented in a beautiful, tastefully decorated space full of plants and unusual ceramics. In other words, it's health food minus the hippie digs. Plus, everything from the millet bean burger to the take on Caesar salad is just as good as the "real" thing.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Broad Walk, W2
This unique playground located towards the northern end of Hyde Park has an enormous pirate ship, a sandy beach, teepees, and mini houses to climb in and out of—all in the spirit of Peter Pan. Most of the facilities are wooden and beautifully designed. Parents can hang out at the café which serves casual fare.
12 Connaught Street, W2
A beautiful, wood-lined bakery that turns out beautiful cakes, croissants, and scones. The space itself is airy and kind of refined for a bakery, making it the perfect destination for tea. It's a good spot for a mid-day break as it doesn't fill up as much as other central London sweet stops.
Hyde Park, W2
Divided by the Serpentine Lake, the impossible-to-miss Hyde Park is central London's most prominent chunk of greenery. It's worth getting lost: You'll find the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial; an awesome pirate ship playground; the very cool Serpentine Gallery; the lakeside Lido Café; sports facilities; boating; seasonal events; and many wonderful walks and paths to wander. From November to January of each year, the entire place is decked out in holiday decorations for the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, including an ice-skating rink and a winter festival.
21 Edgware Rd., W2
This is the first outpost of the Maroush chain and it's located on Edgware Road, a Middle Eastern enclave in London. Hit the upstairs for a casual, quick bite or downstairs for a longer stay. It's family-friendly, always welcoming, and the menu is vast and very good. The counters stuffed with row after row of traditional Lebanese treats are hard to resist. There are close to 20 locations throughout London, so check their site for one near you.
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