With over 18,000 restaurants listed in London according to TripAdvisor, it’s easy to get lost with so much variety of food in different areas of the city. Finding the right place to eat with children is equally a challenge unless you go for a Pizzeria or a fast food restaurant. At BabyBreaks, we have researched and found these child friendly restaurants in London below so that next time you go in the English capital, you will already have your list of restaurants instead of going blind whilst wandering in the city.
And if you fancy experiencing something unique and totally British, make sure to check out our best children’s afternoon teas in London.
Wagamama has been around since 1992 and has spread with many branches across the city and beyond. You will eat easy Asian food dishes like Ramen, Gyoza or Steamed Buns.They have kids menus suitable for all kinds of taste and the prompt service will make your kids happy as you would probably be out of the restaurant within one hour and feel full and happy. By the way, if you happen to stay in a holiday apartment, you can order take-away from there too.
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2. Rainforest Cafe
Rainforest Cafe has been among London families’s favourite child friendly restaurants because it is centrally located nearby Piccadilly Circus and close to London theatres. The food might not be the best in town but the decor and animation inside the restaurant will make your kids jaw dropping as soon as they enter the venue. And let’s not forget the shop where your children will beg for bring back home a snake or a monkey.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7434 3111
3. Sunday Spread at Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter is a cool new French hotel concept that is spreading around the world. Their new hotel opening in London was in September 2019 located in East London trendy Shoreditch. We’ve recently tried their Sunday lunch All You Can Eat Buffet style and we were pleasantly surprised by how good this was. This child friendly restaurant is a perfect lunch venue in East London before wandering the streets around Spitafield Market and Shoreditch district. Their good value for money menu costs £25 per adult and only £10 per child (under 12). Our favourite dish is the Beef Wellington. So make sure to check out this buffet lunch between 12 and 6pm every Sunday.
Address: 437 Hackney Rd, London E2 8PP
Phone: +44 20 7613 6500
ROKA is a great Japanese restaurant close by the British Museum where kids and parents will find an easy-going atmosphere. You can even seat nearby the kitchen and observe all the action happening from the chefs. While there are no kids menus, you can pick and choose smaller portions of different dishes and allow your kids to discover different tastes and textures. Parents will also be spoiled for choice with so many exquisite dishes.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7580 6464
5. The Teahouse at Petersham Nurseries
This venue in Richmond (West London) is one of the hidden secrets of the English capital. If you are looking for a restaurant/café surrounded by plants and plenty of space outside, you have to try The Teahouse at Petersham Nurseries. Whilst Spring and Summer are obviously very popular with local families on weekends to have an easy lunch outside, Petersham Nurseries is open all year round. And if it raining on the day, you can still have lunch or dinner inside the huge glasshouse. Regarding food, expect hearty and hearty food like savoury and sweet homemade cakes, salads and more.
Please note that Petersham will be closed on 15th January and from 27th January – 31st January for necessary maintenance and refurbishment projects.
Phone: 020 8940 5230
6. Bread Street Kitchen Restaurant
Bread Street Kitchen Restaurant belongs to Gordon Ramsey Restaurants. It has a very casual atmosphere with a kids menu inspired by Tilly Ramsey’s cookbook (one of Gordon’s daughter). Kids under 12 eat free too which is already a proof point to be featured among the family friendly restaurants in London. If an adult orders a main course when you dine, your child will be able to enjoy a two-courses from the Tilly’s Treats’ menu. Last but not least your family can enjoy the Sunday brunch with a Pizza Masterclass that will make your kids entertained for sure.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3030 4050
With 27 branches across the UK, Wahaca has become one of the main representative food chain restaurant influenced by Mexican food. You and your children will love their food whether you like it hot or not. Their restaurants are very colourful and vibrant and now spread around commercial centres like Westfield. However, we can’t recommend enough to visit their first and flagship restaurant in Covent Garden. Perfect before taking your children to see a London show. One of our favourite child friendly restaurants in London before going to the cinema on a Friday night.
Phone: 020 7240 1883
8. Galvin la Chapelle
If you are looking for a family lunch in a French Michelin Star restaurant, Galvin La Chapelle is a great choice where you won’t have to break the bank. Kids have a lovely set menu for around £12.5 and adults can choose the 3-course Sunday lunch menu for £38. The room is very nice and large with a feeling of grandeur and luxury. After your lunch, you could have a nice walk around Spitafield market. Who said it was impossible to have lunch with young children in a Michelin Star restaurant?
Advance Booking is recommended
Address: 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7299 0400
9. Belgo Centraal
Belgo is probably one of the largest restaurants in London which seats up to 420 dinners. This place is huge, a bit noisy but have classic food that will satisfy adults and kids. And yes they do have a Kids Menu for £6 per child. The specialty is Mussels & French Fries with a lot of beers to choose from the taps. Definitely a great family dinning spot for a Friday/Saturday evening.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7813 2233
10. The Parent Hood
If you are parents who live around Hammersmith/Chiswick area, you’ve probably passed by this great Café that is a true gem for young children. This place is very unique and home to lots of activities such as Adult & Child Healthy Baking or Children’s Street Dance. Check out their full timetable here. This unique Café is a brainchild of two mums who were bored of the traditional coffee shops and restaurants with no space to park their bulky buggies. Parent Hood should inspire a lot of coffee shops entrepreneurs in other European cities to potentially localise this concept.
Please note that the coffee shop is closed to the public on Sundays as the space is reserved for exclusive use parties.
Phone: 020 3876 6947
11. Berti and Boo Restaurant & Play
Bertie and Boo is one of those rare places in London where parents can eat or drink a coffee whilst their children enjoy the soft play area. Open in 2015 on Northcote Road in the residential area of Clapham, the team behind this project has really thought through how to please both parents and children to create an attractive place where you can even organise birthday parties.
Last but not least, the venue hosts story times from Monday until Thursday with one session in the morning at 10:30am and in the afternoon at 4:00pm (please note there is not story time on Friday afternoon). A great child friendly coffee shop to choose in London.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3490 7820
12. My Old Dutch
If you are into pancakes, this restaurant chain will satisfy your taste buds especially if you have a sweet tooth. Proclaimed to be the original London Pancake house, you can find different outlets around London but our favourite remains in Chelsea. So whether you and your children like savoury or sweet pancakes, you will spoilt with choice looking at their menu. And of course don’t forget their Dutch inspiring desserts.
Phone: 020 7376 5650
13. Roast at Borough Market
Who doesn’t love a nice lunch in a big spacious restaurant where you feel a good vibe with staff doing everything they can to make your experience as pleasant as possible. This is what what we find when we have a weekend lunch at Roast. We love this place because it is right in the middle of the Borough market which makes a great outdoor activity to do with your kids but also because it is minutes away from the contemporary modern art museum Tate Modern. The restaurant also has a kids menu priced at £13.50 for 2 courses. We usually like going to Roast on Saturday morning for breakfast before hitting the food stalls at the market. A versatile restaurant among our favourite child friendly restaurants in London.
Phone: 020 3006 6111
14. Sticky Fingers
If you are into Rock and Roll, this great family friendly restaurant in Kensington will delight adults and children for a great lunch or dinner. This joint has been created by former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman so no wonder why this restaurant has been called after the famous Stones’ record.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7937 8690
15. All Star Lanes at Westfield White City
Fancy a game of bowling with your family followed by a great lunch or early dinner? Then All Star Lanes at Westfield must be on your to do list for your next visit in London. This new venue located within the gigantic Westfield White City Shopping Centre will please adults and children for a great fun afternoon or late evening. Make sure you pre-book your bowling slot combined with the meal. The restaurant serves simple dishes like Pasta, Fish Goujons, Burgers or Mac ‘N ‘ Cheese. A fun activity to do on the weekend for sure!
Phone: 020 3167 2401
Hopefully, this list of our recommended best child friendly restaurants in London will help you for your next city break holiday with the family. If you have other recommendations, feel free to contact us via our Facebook page or Instagram or send us an email.
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