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.
Venue says: “New 'Del Bao Trotter' is on the menu! Slow cooked pork-collar bao with a plum wine chutney and fresh apple. Delicious!”
The squidgy Taiwanese steamed buns here are easy for tiny hands to grab, and weekend dishes like ‘bao Benedict’ are irresistible to kids. Despite Peckham’s cool credentials, staff are great with the young families visiting from East Dulwich.
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.
When the suits vacate Canary Wharf, this slick Japanese rolls out the red carpet for residents. Family brunch is a blast: under-tens can choose from a three-course menu (£14.90) and run riot in the play area. The staff are helpful – and also mix excellent cocktails for parents.
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.
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.
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This swish Mayfair restaurant was one of a few restaurants opening toward the end of 2013 that aimed to bring higher-end Peruvian cooking to London. It's one of three venues sharing the Coya name and ethos, with sister sites in Miami and Dubai. It looks good – think traditional South American aesthetic done with Mayfair money - with a central ceviche bar and an open charcoal grill providing the platform for much of the cooking. There's a separate bar, Pisco, on site too. Its speciality? Pisco sours, of course. The food in the restaurant proper leads with ceviches and tiradito, with plates including ceviche de bergomata (wild sea bass with bergamot, choclo and plantain) or pez limon (yellowtail with dashi, truffle oil and chives). Quinoa salads, chicken tacos, Josper grilled sirloin steaks with chimichurri and duck breast with chifa vegetables and lucuma also feature. Keep an eye out for group, Sunday brunch, set lunch, tasting and seasonal menus, too.