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The best family-friendly restaurants in London

Skowflake Gelato

A successful visit to London, as any parent knows, depends on feeding and watering the kids regularly. Use our guide to find the best places for all budgets, close to the must-see key museums, galleries and attractions, where the children’s menus offer more than just chicken nuggets and chips. 

 

Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A, Royal Albert Hall, Serpentine Gallery

Skowflake GelatoPicking flavours at Snowflake Gelato

Tapas Brindisa - The food here comes quickly and it's of a high standard - two bonuses. Get a plate of jamon to share and then keep the dishes coming, including padron peppers and croquetas.

Big Fernand - This French burger spot serves up great (and big) burgers along with croque monsieurs for those with smaller appetites. 

Rocca - Swerve the pizza chains and head to this independent spot instead where both the pizzas and pasta are good value for this part of town. 

Snowflake Gelato - Right by the tube this is a great place to stop for superb gelato with plenty of dairy-free and vegan options. 

 

Tate Britain & Churchill War Rooms

Shake ShackA box of Shackburgers at Shake Shack

Shake Shack - The soft potato buns at Shake Shack are a big draw, but it’s their frozen custards which are particularly popular.

Bleecker -  Bleecker’s cheeseburger is one of the best in London, making it one of the best in the world.

Sticks n Sushi - As the name suggests, this is a good spot for teenagers who’ll love the yakitori sticks and well-made sushi. 

Tozi - This Italian restaurant specialises in Venetian small plates - put a plate of Parma ham or zucchini fritti on the table and watch it get hoovered up.

 

National Gallery, London Transport Museum and Museum of Youth Culture 

Skowflake GelatoSlurping like pros at Pho

50 Kalo - One of the world’s best pizzerias but surprisingly good value for a family meal. 

Pho - The kids' menu can be tailored for fussy eaters and there’s even a picking plate aimed at toddlers. 

Jamaica Patty Co - if you want to grab and co, the patties here are the perfect, good value eat-on-the-go snack.

Din Tai Fung - for a fast turnaround you can’t beat this Taiwanese spot and its famous soup dumplings.

Milk Train - check out their Insta page for a look at the amazing candy floss ice cream cones that this Covent Garden dessert bar serves up.

Chick n Sours - their crispy tenders and chicken wings are amazing, and it’s good to know that all the chicken is from high welfare British farms (and is halal).



Madame Tussauds & The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Chik'nA tray of tenders at CHIK'N

Phoenix Palace - This old-school Chinese restaurant is incredibly family-friendly with lovely, warm service. If you're here at the weekends the place is knee-deep in children and their parents hoovering up the great dim sum. 

Il Blandford's Cafe - As a change from the Carluccio's and Cafe Pastas, take the family to this wonderfully trad Italian just off the main drag. You can't go wrong with the pizza or pasta and the Spanish eggs for breakfast would set anyone up for the day.

Fischer's - Pop in for a pastry or some more substantial schnitzel and enjoy one of their amazing hot chocolates. This Marylebone High Street establishment is a great place to take grandparents who’ll appreciate the classic decor.

Chik'n - This fast-food offshoot of Chick n Sours serves up exemplary free-range fried chicken - as wings, tenders or burgers. There's also a cracking veggie version too.

 

British Museum, Wellcome Collection and The Cartoon Museum

Flat IronFlat Iron meals end with a free soft serve.

Fuwa Fuwa - Inside the Brunswick Centre you’ll find this Japanese cafe serving up super souffle pancakes.

Bao Fitz - For small appetites, their baos are perfect lunchtime fuel and the ones here are among London’s best.

Flat Iron - at the end of a hard day of culture and fun, the steak deal here is both good value and delicious. And all meals end with a free ice-cream.

Mowgli Street food - the ‘mini Mowgli’ menu includes butter chicken and rice and mango sorbet for dessert.

 

Southbank Centre, Somerset House, Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum

Pizza PilgrimsDid anyone order a margarita? Pizza stack at Pizza Pilgrims

Skylon - With floor to ceiling windows looking out over the Thames, there’s plenty to see here and the children’s menu is good value with veggie crudités, pasta and fruit bowls all on offer. 

Dipna Anand at Somerset House - Ordering a few of Dipna’s Thali platters is a great idea so kids can help themselves to mini poppadoms, samosas and dhal.

Pizza Pilgrims - this cheery restaurant chain offers a good value children’s menu featuring a half-sized pizza, juice and ice cream. 

Tonkotsu Bankside - Tonkotsu's kids okosama menu offers two bento box meals - one meat, one veggie - which includes a drink option too. 

 

Museum of London, Barbican & St Paul’s

Bread Street KitchenGordon Ramsay serves up fish and chips at his Bread Street Kitchen restaurant by St Paul's.

Kennedy’s Goswell Road - You can’t beat a good fish & chip shop for a family supper and this one offers both fried and grilled fish along with their own Aberdeen Angus beef burgers. 

Paternoster Chop House - This lively City brasserie lets the grown-ups tuck into a nice grass-fed steak while the kids enjoy grilled chicken and spinach or mac ‘n cheese. 

Pilpel - Handy for both grab and go as well as a quick pitstop lunch, the falafel here is second to none and served up with pitas and houmous.

Bread Street Kitchen - You can’t really beat the price at Gordon Ramsay’s St Paul’s restaurant; kids get a free two-course meal when an adult orders a main dish. Options on the kids' menu include bangers & mash and fish & chips.

 

Tower of London and Tower Bridge

Emilia's Crafted PastaEmilia's Crafted Pasta

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta - Pasta is made fresh every day on-site at this spot down at St Katharine Docks with pretty reasonably (for London) priced dishes including rigatoni with tomato and mozzarella sauce.

The Coalshed - You’ll find this steak restaurant in the One Tower Bridge development south of Tower Bridge. The children’s menu includes steak and chips and homemade churros for a tenner.

Le Pont de la Tour - More for a special occasion visit, this riverside restaurant has a well priced set menu for children with elevated options like cured ham with pickled Charentais melon and deep-fried Cornish plaice with fries. 

 

Museum of London Docklands

Big EasyBig Easy

Big Easy - Children and grownups alike will love this lively spot on the water serving up great platters of BBQ. The children’s menu comes in under £10 and there are virgin cocktail options for the tweens and teens. 

Seoul Bird - A superior Korean fried chicken experience with a kids deal that includes tenders and tater tots (or rice).

Mama's Jerk - Swing by this spot in Jubilee Place for amazing jerk chicken and curry goat.

The Parlour - With a large alfresco area this is a good spot for families and we like that there are babyccinos on the kids' menu.

Also, look out for KERB West India Quay which is reopening in February and offers some useful street food options for lunch on the go.

 

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich MarketGreenwich Market

Crosstown Greenwich - Parents can warm up with a coffee while their kids peruse the doughnuts menu. Everything from the dough to the fillings and toppings are made in house and there’s also a wide vegan selection.

Goddards at Greenwich - For a traditional pie and mash meal, this longstanding Greenwich restaurant is hard to beat. They also do a mean apple crumble with custard for dessert.

Greenwich Market - This popular market features a diverse set of traders from Da Fish Ting with their sustainable fish burgers and The Sausage with its foot-long meat and vegan hot dogs.

15 Grams - this newish coffee house serves up pastries from St John and must-have hot chocolate with blowtorched marshmallows.

 

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