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Rainforest Cafe

Restaurants Piccadilly Circus
3 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
Rainforest Cafe

Time Out says

This ever-popular theme-restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue is firmly geared toward kids, its simulated-jungle setting – complete with animatronic animals – still well capable of eliciting wide eyes and dropped jaws. The soundscape is atmospheric, too – think chattering monkeys, parrots and the odd tropical storm.

The food menu is accessible, with kids' options ranging from burgers, chicken goujons, baked potatoes and macaroni cheese to salmon fishcakes, pizzas, meatballs and chicken salad. The adults menu is a little more interesting, with penne arrabbiata, quesadillas, cobb salads and grilled sea bass with garlic mashed potato, horseradish sauce and sautèed baby spinach. 

And if you want to take a furry friend home? A visit to the shop – chock-full of jungle-themed toys – will supply the souvenirs.



Address: 20 Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £14.90-£23
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Fri; 11.30am-10pm Sat; 11.30am-10pm Sun
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Users say (9)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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I'm not a parent. But yet I found myself thinking how great The Rainforest Cafe is for kids when I joined my sister and two little nephews for lunch one Friday. The place was heaving with children and families as the summer holidays kicked off. The jungle themed restaurant with their animatronics is (weirdly) entertaining for children. The food is not much to go by - a tad leisure-centre cafe-y, but then again, with a primary customer base who's appetites probably prefer a chicken nugget-chips combo, it does the trick. An entertaining, quick and easy sit down for families. Staff are very patient and accommodating


If you need a children friendly bar in central London, Rainforest Café is a perfect place that even adults will enjoy (the animal chairs!). The plastic jungle is surprisingly fun, with snakes and monkeys with occasional elephant trumpeting that the kids loved. The entrance through the gift shop means that you have to be prepared to spend a fortune even before you sit down at the bar.

The food menu is not very exciting, burgers, grilled meats, nachos with prices you expect in this location. The drinks menu is limited, with Goose Island IPA on tab being the best you will find. The members of the staff – all dressed as zoo rangers – are too busy chasing wild animals, it seems, as no one approached our table even though it wasn’t busy. Even at the bar with no other customers waiting the barman took his time to serve. 


Aside from the decor this was highly disappointing! The food is very expensive for the portion size you get and the taste, plus also very limited for vegetarians. We also found the service to be quite slow and the staff not that helpful. The Gorilla noises get quite annoying after a while and they are quite loud so it was hard to hear each other speak and to be honest I saw many children get quite upset by them too. Overall, it was nice to see what all the fuss was about but I wouldn't want to go back!

Very over rated, Food quality poor and very over priced. Our bill came to £180.00 for 6 of us with a coke each and no dessert.  You could have had the same meal in a regular burger joint for £40.00   If you get to sit upstairs then there is plenty for the kids to see but if you sit down stairs then there isn't anything apart from decorated ceilings and walls and a plastic gorilla that roars every 15mins and moves its arm up and down.

If you have small kids and don't mind being paying the extra then go but its no where I will be in a hurry to revisit. 

Shame as our visit had been planned for a few weeks but we all came away feeling disappointed. 


Love this place.. A real jungle paradise for the kids! The setting is spectacular, in keeping with all branches, it is as if you have stepped into the Amazon rainforest. Complete with squawking birds of paradise, crocodiles and regular thunderstorms!

The staff are fantastic, truly getting into character as jungle rangers ready to take your order. The menu is extensive, although a little expensive. Starters are around £10 each and main courses £20. Just make sure you leave room for a VOLCANO dessert!!! A real experience, almost a reason to visit alone!!

Kids will love it. Definitely somewhere to visit for a special treat. 


Have you ever sipped cocktails, or eaten in the middle of an amazonian rainforest? Thought not. Luckily for you dear Londoners, you don’t need to head to South America to experience this. Instead, hop on the tube, alight at show-stopping Piccadilly Circus and head into the tropical Rainforest Cafe where the jungle awaits.

Fun, quirky and definitely different, the Rainforest Cafe is quite an experience, and kids will love it especially when they can get up close and personal with the very real looking crocodile, the snakes that drapes along the overhead branches and grandmother willow. Even the staff are in on the act, dressed as park rangers. The soundscape makes it even more real with the occasional thunderstorms and the constant noise of animals rustling of trees.

There’s is a bar and restaurant located in the lower ground floor for grown-ups if you really want to tick dining and drinking in the amazonian rainforest off your bucket list. But really it’s geared towards kids, and  it’s more about the experience of being there in this make-believe rainforest rather than eating and drinking. Worth a snoop around if you’re in the area or if you’re taking the whole family on a day out. Not sure if it’s the ideal place for a night out with your besties.


I ended up in Rainforest cafe because I was across the road at a show and it was the only restaurant nearby that was open at 11.30am on a Sunday and child friendly.

I'm not keen on places that I think are prohibitively expensive and for me Rainforest Cafe falls into that category. £10 for a chicken wing starter, £17 for a chilli. Mmm, no.

We ended up with ribs and a lamb shank for £17 each £6 juice. Yes, really £6. The food was fine but no better than any other diner style restaurant. The service was quick but nothing remarkable. Maybe if the staff were more engaging with the children, tricks, jokes, something (anything) then I could understand the inflated price but there's is no 'je ne said qua'

The selling point for this place is that it is great for kids. There is lots to see and do to distract them until their food arrives. There is also a face painter on site who charges a very reasonable £5 for a full face design (£3 for half face)

However, is quite loud inside with grollia roars and thunder rolls which may frighten very small children.

It was an experience but unless the prices come down I won't be back.

What an amazing trip. Took a friend for his birthday and they were fab. Food was great, thought a bit expensive - even for the area. Waiter was pleasant, so much to look at while awaiting your food. Group of adults but we loved it, the kids around us seemed to love it even more. Definitely something to experience. GO!

Thorourly enjoyed our family meal at The Rainforest Cafe London. We didn't book a head so when we got there it was busy but were told we would be seated in half an hour so popped out then came back. We were seated promptly and greeted by a very plesant waiter. The meal was good and the atmosphere was fantastic, the kids really had a good time. The price is a bit much but for the experience it was worth it. Will definitely be coming back again.

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