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When I gave birth to my first child, I remember thinking that it would be great to have a nice space where I could have a coffee with my friends while my child could play in a clean, nice, play area. I even went as far as thinking that Notting Hill needed a space like that and started a business model. Unfortunately, the idea died when I realised that rent in Notting Hill is so bloody expensive and that mums could easily stay hours sipping just one coffee and that wouldn’t pay the rent.
Fast forward eight years later, and Cloud 12 has opened with a different business model: the family & lifestyle member’s club. Here, there’s an annual membership and there are classes on tap and a very fancy spa upstairs. A friend of mine who is a member invited me to visit last week. As you walk in, the ground floor has a very cool and fun play area which I would say is best suited for 0-6 year olds: it is like a very cool, clean, fun and creative kids club. There are classes and a creche where you can leave your child for two hours. If you were looking to have it all under one roof for a young child, this is a great option. There are all kinds of classes like singing, ballet, science and art classes.
There is a small cafe in the kids area and a larger cafe upstairs, which is for adults. The food is all organic and vegan – which is fine for the adults – but I have heard that the kids have a harder time with it. Their ethos is sustainability, wellness and eco – friendly which is all the rage at the moment, so it def ticks those boxes.
Upstairs is the salon and the spa, which has treatments from cryotherapy to colonic therapy to quartz beds. Its decoration is Japanese inspired, from the time the founder lived in Japan, so very zen and full of tree and nature themes. I didn’t have a treatment so couldn’t tell you my thoughts, but it looks very high end and wouldn’t mind coming back to try one.
The club is lovely, but as it is Notting Hill, can be quite costly if you don’t use it but if you use it regularly, my friend tells me it is worth it. My children, who are both in school, I would say are too old for this as they have so many after school activities, but if I had young children and babies, I would definitely look into it.
The day I went, it was very quiet, but I heard that the last Bank Holiday weekend, it was packed and I heard that James Blunt was there and another celebrity mum is also spotted there regularly. So, if you want a bit of privacy, a nice kids area and a place to do your hair all in one place, this place is great and shame it wasn’t around when I first had a baby.
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