Every mama who uses a laptop/computer to work on knows that this is a near impossible task to do at home with a toddler. When I heard that Huckletree West had a “Kid’s Studio” and were doing an open house, I had to check it out.
The change of scenery was already something to look forward to. Introducing E to new surroundings and people was appealing and I really didn’t need any more persuading. The chance to work in a space that is trendy, brightly coloured and designed especially for parents with children in mind, I couldn’t say no to the offer.
As soon as we got to White City Place we were greeted with a beaming Autumn sunshine. The courtyard as we approached reception was stunning. Check in at reception was warm, friendly and really easy. We came a little later in the day so it was nice and quiet when we arrived. E is quite a quiet toddler anyway, until she gets warmed up of course, so you wouldn’t even know there was a baby in your presence. E took to everyone really easily and was off making friends with the staff before I had even fully introduced myself.
We were shown around and I could see how much thought went into designing this gorgeous space. It’s super fun with every corner having a thought out function. From a tea and coffee bar (bottomless for members) to a tech free meditation yurt. (I hear their yoga sessions are quite popular.)
There’s a kitchen area where all the amenities are available for you to use. A white board “brain dump” room used for brainstorming in a comfortable casual surrounding with shaggy carpet and bean bags. A phone booth area where you can make quick private calls. The list of convenient amenities is endless. Not forgetting to mention every parents bonus necessity, the baby changing facilities.
The “Kid’s Studio” was super cute, clean and tidy. As soon as we stepped into the room, E was raring to go ready to explore and play. They have a smart tv mounted on the wall which has AppleTV functions for connecting any Apple equipment such as; iPhones, iPads or Macbooks to keep the little one entertained while you’re working. The preinstalled DisneyLife app came in handy when taking a break and chilling with E for her nap. There are plenty of plug sockets (hidden of course) and desk space in the Kid’s Studio. Toys, books, magazines, a table and chairs for the children are all in the room too so there was no need to bring anything from home for her to play with. (The National Geographic Kids reading material definitely deserved a mention and two thumbs up from me.) The Kid’s Studio is a wonderful workspace to be in for both myself and E. The fantasy of having E with me at work doesn’t seem too far out of reach anymore.
Do you recommend anywhere else for workspace that is child friendly?