The summer holidays are in full swing which means it is prime family time. It’s no secret that the capital boasts an eclectic range of restaurants, but eateries that cater to both adults and children can seem few and far between. For those in need of a restaurant the whole family can enjoy together, we’ve rounded up the 10 best child-friendly spots across London. From a simple cheese and ham toastie to a mini shellfish platter perfect for pint-sized diners, here’s our pick of the best child-friendly restaurants.
Canto Corvino, City
What: Despite its trendy warehouse vibe that appeals to City suits and Shoreditch hipsters, Canto Corvino caters to a younger, more bright-eyed audience on the weekends. Every Saturday, any two children accompanied by a paying adult get to enjoy brunch for free. Nibbles such as spaghetti Pomodoro and buttermilk chicken are served alongside their choice of ice cream or fruit salad.
Go here if: you’ve got a family bowling competition scheduled at nearby All Star Lanes.
Where: 21 Artillery Lane, E1 7HA
Great British Restaurant at Dukes London, St James’s
What: The Great British Restaurant (GBR for short) delivers exactly what you would expect: hearty portions of traditional British comfort food. Little ones can indulge in the same classic comforts as their older counterparts, as the kids’ menu boasts traditional bites, such as a cheese and ham toastie, and fish fingers served with chips and mushy peas.
Go here if: you’ve spent the day touring Buckingham Palace.
Where: Little St James’s Street, SW1A 1NS
Hai Cenato, Victoria
What: New York-Italian hybrid restaurant Hai Cenato stays true to the welcoming nature of Italian-style eateries by serving the whole family. Kids can order from a specially curated children’s menu which features nibbles such as a sourdough Margherita pizza, pasta beef ragu or a simple pasta and tomato sauce dish. Pop in for lunch on Saturday or any time on Sunday and the kids can eat for free.
Go here if: if you’ve just caught a show at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Where: 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ
Il Pampero, Belgravia
What: Successful in its attempts to peg itself as a traditional Italian restaurant in contemporary London, Il Pampero’s kitchen emphasises a ‘from scratch’ approach by doing all of its own bread baking and meat curing. Adults can enjoy a hearty order of grilled swordfish while the younger members of their party can dine on chicken paillard with sautéed veg, or gnocchi with tomato sauce.
Go here if: you’ve got a big family with a taste for Italian food.
Where: 20 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HQ
The Lampery, City
What: Housed within the Apex Hotel City of London, this best-of-British-restaurant serves an all-day menu of Brit classics. Just as adult guests can indulge in a filling set menu, kids can enjoy the same delights in a three-course menu of their own. A choice of breaded fish goujons are among the savoury nibbles, while sweets arrive in the form of an Eton Mess or chocolate brownie.
Go here if: you want to check in for the night and ship the kids off to a babysitter (just kidding).
Where: 1 Seething Lane, EC3N 4AX
OXO Tower Brasserie, South Bank
What: High up on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, this fashion-conscious brasserie-style eyrie offers great views within convivial, easy-going surroundings, and the relaxed nature of the brasserie makes it ideal for those dining with children. Mains such as spaghetti Bolognese, fish & chips, and a cheeseburger are available to order to satisfy any peckish pint-sized dinner guests.
Go here if: you want the sweeping views of the South Bank to keep the little ones entertained.
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
What: Housed on the bottom floor of an office block, this buzzy space meets the needs of anyone craving fresh pasta with its in-house pasta machine. For the school holidays, kids can eat for free from Monday to Friday, and order their choice of a small portion of any of Palatino’s main pasta dishes – think cacio e pepe, tagliatelle and more.
Go here if: you’ve spent the day exploring at Barbican.
Where: 71 Central Street, EC1V 8AB
Rivington Grill, Greenwich
What: This modern brasserie has a menu that boasts British comfort food ranging from beer-battered haddock to grilled rack of lamb for adults. Kids, however, can dine on the likes of mini schnitzels with garlic mayonnaise and peas, fish & chips, or scones and jam for free from Monday to Friday. They’ll even get to indulge in their own kid-friendly version of bubbly, sparkling apple juice.
Go here if: you want to visit the Cutty Sark after your meal.
Where: 178 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
Smith’s Bar & Grill, Paddington
What: Tucked away in the Paddington neighbourhood of central London, the relaxed but vibrant Smith’s Bar & Grill is a place for just about any occasion and is ideal for big families with rambunctious children. The kid’s menu, though short, is not devoid of easy eats to keep kids full and satisfied – think steak frites, fish & chips, chicken bites and a complimentary scoop of ice cream.
Go here if: the kids love Paddington Bear…tenuous, we know.
Where: 25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EY
Wright Brothers, Battersea
What: Oyster farmers turned restauranteurs, Wright Brothers, specialise in fresh seafood and their kids’ menu keeps in line with the brothers’ specialty. Adventurous little ones can enjoy a mini shellfish platter or an order of St Austell Bay mussels with cream, garlic and parsley, while pickier eaters can order a simple penne pasta with tomato sauce.
Go here if: you’ve spent the day lounging around Battersea Park.
Where: 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN