161 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 1LJ

020 8371 1485 : info@theslatecafe.co.uk :  

About Us/Events (updated 01.08.2017)

The Slate Café is Finchley’s most original and welcoming place for freshly ground coffee, the finest loose leaf tea, the most indulgent hot chocolate and plenty of delicious homemade food.

We're the most child-friendly cafe you could imagine. We have lots of space for pushchairs and we're famous for our lovely toddler den which will keep little ones entertained and stimulated while you relax. Highchairs are also available

Healthy, freshly prepared food is served all day, and our popular children's menu starts from only £2.95.

We're open 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday. We're also open Saturdays and Sundays for party hire

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We host the following regular events for toddlers and children (and parents):-

Wednesdays - Caterpillar Music We host a toddler music class every Wednesday at 11:00. Places are limited, but click here for more information 

Click to check out the Caterpillar Music  page 

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Fridays - Spencer Stage School We host Spencer Stage School classes every Friday between 4pm and 6:15pm. A great after school activity for kids of all ages. From 4pm it's Acro, then Jazz Dancing at 4:45 and Tap Dancing at 5:30. Come along and try it out - your first trial session is FREE! (This class will recommence in September 2017)

Click to check out the Spencer Stage School  page

///Counselling and Tarot reading @ The Slate Cafe At The Slate Cafe we have our very own resident counsellor and Tarot reader - Philippa Shallcrass. If you would like to make an appointment to see Philippa in the privacy of a private space at our cafe, please call her on 07779 472220

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Venue Hire

We have TWO Fabulous Party Rooms/Venues to hire.

Upstairs we have a large 45 sq m bright and airy room with lots of natural light and lovely wood flooring. Suitable for meetings, seminars, birthday parties, baby/toddler classes etc. It can comfortably accommodate up to 25 adults or 30 children under 10 years. Plenty of space for entertainers, dancing, or activity parties!
 click here for more information. Also you can click here for details of entertainers who have performed at The Slate Cafe

Or downstairs, you can hire The Slate Cafe outside normal opening hours. It's ideal for small informal gatherings (baby showers, book groups, etc) 

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Our rates 

£20 per hour between 9:30 am and 2pm Monday to Friday
£30 per hour at all other times 

NOTE - hiring time includes set up and cleaning time

Drinks, light snacks, sandwiches and homemade cakes can be bought from the cafe downstairs.

Upstairs is available to hire 7 days a week, usually from 9:30 am to 8 pm. Downstairs is available in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends.

Discounted rates are available if you're thinking of booking weekly sessions.

Our usual slots
Morning slot - from 10:00 am
Afternoon slot - from 1:30 pm
Evening slot - from 5:00 pm


Parking - free in the roads behind the cafe except between the hours of 2pm-3pm Mon-Fri

Contact : 020 8371 1485 : info@theslatecafe.co.uk