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The best child-friendly restaurants in London

There'll be no more tears at mealtimes if you take the kids to these child-friendly restaurants in London

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


Want to prove you can still manage a hip meal out? At this Bethnal Green institution, staff treat little ones like regular diners. Tuck into comfort-food brunch dishes and maybe even sink a daytime cocktail – just like in the days before the 6am starts.

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Bethnal Green

Hixter Bankside

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.

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Mr Bao

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.

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The Old Dairy at Vauxhall City Farm

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.

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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.

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Marcus Wareing’s casual venture is still formal enough for a special family meal, and it’s so pro-youngsters that it offers an eight-course tasting menu for kids (£17) alongside the à la carte children’s menu.

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Covent Garden


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.

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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.

South Kensington


This Japanese café in Haggerston gets top rating from its young customers thanks to its toy-filled playroom and canalside location. There’s no pressure to spend and scarper: while away the afternoon with as many matcha lattes as you can handle.

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De Beauvoir Town

Plus five child-friendly chain restaurants

Franco Manca

Pizzas are always a winner, they're served up super quickly and the kids can watch the pizzaiolo doing 'messy play' in the open kitchen.

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Burger & Lobster

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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Breakfast in the Islington branch – the one with the on-table toasters – is a rite of passage for posh kids lucky enough to live around there.

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Royal China

Dim sum are brilliant for children, and Royal China branches are dab hands at welcoming families.

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