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Best nurseries and kindergartens in London

There are more than 2,500 nurseries and kindergartens in London. With so many to choose from and so much to consider when deciding, selecting a nursery for your son or daughter can feel overwhelming. At Simply Learning Tuition, our team of nursery consultants know nurseries and pre-prep schools better than anyone. We are pleased to present our list of the best nurseries in London.

Finding the right nursery for your child

When deciding on a nursery for your child, there is a lot to consider. The step up to nursery can be a nerve-wracking time as well an exciting one, and it is vital to get it right. It is important to consider the nursery’s curriculum, atmosphere, facilities, staff, and connections to pre-prep schools. And not to mention location – most parents want a nursery within walking distance of their front door. (That’s why our list of the best nurseries in London includes a separate ‘top 3’ for different areas of the city.)

The truth is that every child is so unique that there could be a separate list of the best nurseries for every family. But the nurseries included in our list below are popular, reliable and well regarded by our team of expert nursery and pre-prep consultants. We hope you find them useful in beginning your search.

If you would like to discuss your search for a nursery in more detail, our nursery consultants would be delighted to help. They take time to understand your requirements, help you consider the merits of each nursery and kindergarten in your area, and help with the registration process and paperwork. Please contact us to find out more.

We are pleased to present our list of the best nurseries and kindergartens in London.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Kensington

Pooh Corner SW7

Ages: 2-5

Part of ‘The Kindergartens’ group, a bright and spacious kindergarten with outdoor space based in a Kensington church.

Maggie & Rose Kensington Nursery

Ages: 0-3

A ‘clubhouse’ for young children, renovated in 2022, featuring spaces for soft play, reading, and even watching films.

Kensington Kindergarten

Ages: 2-5

A kindergarten located in a Kensington townhouse, incorporating elements of the Montessori method, with good links to independent pre-preps.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Chelsea

Earls Court Nursery and Pre-School

Ages: 0-5

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, a nursery and pre-school located in a Victorian townhouse with a large garden.

Miss Daisy’s – Chelsea

Ages: 2-4

Part of the ever-popular Miss Daisy’s family of nurseries, the Chelsea site is located within St Luke’s Church and opened in 2010.

Tadpoles Nursery School Chelsea

Ages: 2-5

Nursery with a garden, pond and values of kindness and environmental awareness at its heart. Opened a second site in Kensington in 2022.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Notting Hill

Pippa Pop-Ins

Ages: 1-5

Pippa Pop-Ins is a highly popular family-run group of nurseries emphasising individuality, creativity and self-expression. The Notting Hill site is located in a beautiful townhouse two minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate.

Pooh Corner W8

Ages: 2-5

Pooh Corner’s Holland Park nursery is a smaller, cosier setting with a small garden, located in St George’s Church.

Keren’s Nursery Holland Park

Ages: 0-5

Forest School-accredited, Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery, based in Holland Park Synagogue.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Marylebone

Bryanston Nursery

Ages: 0-5

A large, spacious nursery, based beneath the Annunciation Church, Marble Arch.

Hope Montessori

Ages: 0-5

Montessori nursery in Marylebone with a sister site in Paddington.

Merchant Square

Ages: 0-5

Bright and spacious nursery with a small but fun outdoor space.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Belgravia

Miss Daisy’s

Ages: 2-4

There are two Miss Daisy’s sites to choose from in the area – one in Belgravia and one in Knightsbridge.

The Knightsbridge Kindergarten

Ages: 2-5

Part of the same group as the Kensington Kindergarten, located in St Peter’s church in Eaton Square.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Fulham

Little People of Fulham

Ages: 0-5

A large nursery with outdoor space, part of the Little People group of three Montessori nurseries.

Pippa Pop-Ins

Ages: 1-5

Pippa Pop-Ins’ Fulham site is on the New Kings Road, not too far from its Chelsea setting.

Marmalade Hedgehog

Ages: 2-5

Marmalade, a popular group of nurseries in south-west London, has a ‘Hedgehog’ site in Fulham, located in the Church Hall at St Etheldreda’s.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Clapham

Little Garden

Ages: 3-5

Part of the Little Garden group, a nursery set in a three-storey building with a garden, north of Clapham Common.

Marmalade Cat/Marmalade Owl

Ages: 2-5

Part of the Marmalade family of nurseries. Cat (Clapham Common) and Owl (Clapham North) are both Ofsted ‘Outstanding’.

Bright Horizons

Ages: 0-5

A large nursery with a garden, just off Clapham Common, part of the Bright Horizons group.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Southfields and Earslfield

Noddy’s

Ages: 0-5

Nursery based in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, with lovely outdoor space and a sister site in Putney.

Seahorse

Ages: 0-5

Group of bright and fun nurseries with four locations in Southfields and Wimbledon Park.

Summer House

Ages: 0-3

A small, home-based daycare setting with a garden, located in Wimbledon Park – a word-of-mouth hit.

Best nurseries and kindergartens in Wimbledon

Dee’s Day Nursery

Ages: 0-5

Nursery based in a large semi-detached house in central Wimbledon.

Orchard Day Nursery

0-5

Spacious nursery with unusual open-plan design.

Bright Horizons Wimbledon House

0-5

Large nursery with big outdoor space, part of the Bright Horizons group.

Best nurseries in Hampstead and Highgate

Ivy House Nursery

Ages: 2-5

Formerly known as St Anthony’s nursery, a highly popular setting located on the grounds of Ivy House school.

Holly Lodge Nursery

Ages: 0-5

Small nursery with outdoor space in Highgate.

N Family Club – West Hampstead / Highgate

Ages: 0-5

N Family, the upmarket forward-thinking nursery group, has two sites in the area – one a grand converted bank building in Highgate, the other a detached house in West Hampstead.