Eating out with little ones in tow can be stressful. Is there enough space for your buggy? Will they mind if your kid drops half of their food on the floor? What about baby changing facilities, high chairs, and colouring? And all of this before we’ve even thought about the kids’ menu… These places check all of these boxes and more. Scroll down for the best family friendly London restaurants.
In the heart of Notting Hill, Soho House’s stylish Electric Diner serves a French-American menu with plenty of kids’ options. The neighbouring Electric Cinema hosts kids’ club showings and also offers children’s parties.
Kids will love sitting at the red leather booths and high chairs and colouring are available on request.
Located in the iconic Tea Building, Pizza East in Shoreditch is infinitely more stylish than your traditional Italian chain aimed at kids. The parent-pleasing restaurant scores big by offering a complementary children’s meal for little ones aged 8 and under for every adult dining from the a la carte menu.
Kids can choose from classic margarita pizza, lasagne, or burger and chips, and there’s gelato to finish too. What we love most though is the buzzy atmosphere, which makes you feel relaxed when you’ve got a table full of excited kids.
The light and spacious dining room at The Broadcaster is housed inside the former BBC Television Centre at White City. There’s plenty of space for a buggy, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
The kids’ menu includes market fish goujons, mini cheese burgers, and chicken breast with mash potatoes and french beans. On the menu for grown ups is innovative pub cooking – with favourites including hake and chips and a plant-based burger.
Our favourite branch of London’s most-loved plant-based restaurant has got to be the original on Soho’s Lexington Street. However, the super-cosy layout is not the best when you have a buggy-in-tow. For space to spread out, head to the Dalston restaurant. It’s right next door to Dalston Junction overground station, which conveniently has a lift for buggy users.
Entirely plant-based, Mildred’s has a great kid’s menu. There’s crowd-pleasers such as ‘nuggies and fries’ and healthier options including ‘hummus dip daps’ and ‘dumplings and sugar snaps’. High chairs are available on request and there’s baby changing facilities.
The restaurant also has an area at the back where you can book a table for larger parties. With a partition, it’s great if you have toddlers who are likely to want to run around.
Bill’s has a menu that is sure to keep every member of the family happy. For grown-ups there’s everything from classic burgers to colourful salad bowls. And dishes for under 10’s include buttermilk pancakes, mac n cheese, and fish fingers and chips – all made with fresh ingredients.
There’s several branches in central London – including Soho, Covent Garden, and Baker Street (to mention just a few). All Bill’s restaurants have high chairs, and they’re super helpful if you need colouring set or extra napkins! You can check on the Bill’s website if your local branch has baby changing facilities.
The Ivy Brasserie
The Ivy Soho Brasserie has just launched a menu called ‘Little Dreamers’. Perfect for a family treat, all main dishes are priced at £9.95 and include favourites such as lamb and beef bolognese with linguine, and traditional fish and chips with mashed peas.
What kids will really love though is the option to build-your-own dessert. The ‘Dream Sundae’ combines vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate sauce and a variety of toppings and is available for £6.95 all week.
All Star Lanes
Themed restaurants in London can be a bit hit-or-miss. For something a bit different, head to All Star Lanes at Brick Lane. With a retro-American theme, it couldn’t be further away from the usual tacky decor of traditional bowling lanes.
There’s a restaurant with plenty of space for a party of kids, and there’s not a lukewarm hotdog or sugar-filled slushy in sight. The kids’ menu elevates the classics including chicken and waffles and mini fish and chips. There’s vegan pasta and all the mains (excluding pizza) are served with carrot and cucumber sticks, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. You can also request to swap the skinny fries for tender steam broccoli.
The ice cream floats are also sure to be a big hit with kids.
Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill
As you’d expect from a dad-of-five, Gordon Ramsay’s Bar & Grill is super family-friendly. Kids eat free all day every day, with a complementary meal for little ones aged 8 and under for every adult dining from the a la carte menu.
There’s a great choice for kids including bangers & mash, mac n cheese, and meatball pasta with tomato sauce. And you can add dessert for £3.50, with crowd pleasers including chocolate brownie and sticky toffee pudding.
Caravan isn’t an obvious choice as there’s no specific kids’ menu. However, their London restaurants have a relaxed vibe, that’s perfect if you’re meeting a friend with a baby in tow.
A menu of small sharing plates and sourdough pizza is easy for little ones to pick from. And their Coal Drops Yard restaurant is also right next to the Granary Square water fountains, which is lots of fun for little ones in the summer.
Rosa’s Thai has branches all over London, making it an easy win if you’re stuck for a place to eat with hungry little ones in-tow.
Every meal on their kids’ menu comes with egg-friend rice, vegetables including baby corn, sugar-snap peas, and carrots, and a glass of fruit juice. Dishes include chicken satay, crispy prawns, and spring rolls. You can also add a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Rosa’s also has high chairs and baby changing facilities.
See what’s on for families in London here.