Going to child-friendly restaurants in London doesn't have to mean sacrificing on grown-up style. These central and neighbourhood restaurants in London know how to feed the whole family, offering value for money grub for babies, children and adults, too. You can even enjoy a cocktail while the kids enjoy entertainment from accommodating staff. Thumbs up all round.
Child-friendly restaurants in London
Mark Hix believes children’s dishes should be as much of a treat as mum and dad’s, but it’s a brave parent who waltzes a double buggy into Hix’s ultra-cool Soho flagship. Instead try the more open-plan and relaxed Hixter, where tempting meals for under-tens are free at lunchtime.Read more
The staff at this cheery café in the tiny patch of countryside that is Vauxhall City Farm are used to children and want to educate them through food. The menu appeals to adults and kids alike. Try penne with own-made garden pesto, then let the children loose in the play area.Read more
The relaxed ground floor of this cosy pub suits families refuelling after a runaround on Hampstead Heath. Little ones can point out doggy visitors from their high chairs, older kids can get stuck into the communal board games. The gastro grub, in adult and child portions, is spot-on.Read more
Rocca di Papa
At this friendly Italian in south-wast London’s Nappy Valley, every third customer is a child, and the lovely staff manage to fuss over all of them. The menu of trat classics is child-appropriate, as is the casual, bustling atmosphere.
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Even if you can't see any baby-change facilities, ask the staff and they produce a portable one for you. There is no kids' menu but the burgers are child friendly, so order one and eat what they don't want. When we went to the Mayfair branch (great before an exhibition at the RA) my son happily gobbled up the chips and some of my burger. Plus, the turnaround is quick.Read more