London is a fantastic place to visit! It is unique in its range of famous sights and attractions, its shops, its theatres and weird museums, its red busses and royal palaces, its music and rich culture, and its expansive parks and green spaces. And that’s to mention nothing of its incredibly long and spectacular history. It’s truly one of the top cities in the world to visit, and taking your kids there will result in some magical and unforgettable memories.
However, being a big city, dining options are vast and finding somewhere to eat that will keep the whole family happy can be tricky. So today, we’re rounding up some of our favourite child-friendly restaurants.
Child-Friendly Restaurants Near London Bridge
A direct descendant of the famous London Bridge sung about by children everywhere, the modern version was opened in 1973 and is a stunning piece of architecture. More importantly for the kiddos, it’s surrounded by wonderful attractions such as HMS Belfast, a Second World War ship now moored along the Thames and the Unicorn Theatre, a theatre dedicated to children and young people.
Jamie’s Italian is well known for its fantastic kid’s menu, as well as being a firm favourite with the older members of the family. Dishes on the kid’s menu are available in Little Kids and Big Kids sizes and are made using the same fresh and healthy ingredients that you’d see on the main menu.
Pizza Express is great for kids who like pizza and parents who like their kids to eat pizzas that aren’t too saturated in unhealthy fats. They offer a good range of children’s meals, including a Bambinoccino (frothy milk with a sprinkle of chocolate powder) for the more discerning young diner.
If you want to keep on the move, why not explore the huge variety of food stalls and street food available at Borough Market? You’re sure to find something for everyone here and get an eyeful of beautiful historic London at the same time!
Child-Friendly Restaurants Near the London Eye
With pods easily big enough to accommodate the whole family, the London Eye is a big wheel with an unparalleled and ever-changing view of one of the most famous cities in the world. It’s a gentle ride that won’t startle little ones and will leave bigger ones thrilled at the sights. And the Houses of Parliament are just opposite!
You’ll find Giraffe in the Southbank Centre a short walk down the river from the London Eye. Giraffe is renowned for its child-friendly approach to dining, and with a great choice of children’s meals from all over the world, there’ll be something to please everyone here.
Next door to Giraffe, and with an absolutely fabulous range of children’s meals (that even come with easy-to-use kid’s chopsticks!) is Wagamama. This is a Japanese chain but with an emphasis on quality, accessible food that looks great and is fun to eat too.
For the more adventurous among you, you’ll also find a Yo Sushi! in the area. Don’t panic, it’s not all raw fish and octopus! There’s actually a really wide range of dishes available. They’re generally pretty healthy small dishes that you help yourself to from a conveyor belt of options. The dining experience is great fun and helping yourself to the number of dishes you like is a good way to fill tummies of varying sizes.
Child-Friendly Restaurants Near London Aquarium
The Sealife London Aquarium is a really immersive and child-friendly attraction that you’ll have to be careful not to spend the entire day at. With over 1000 critters from penguins to sharks and loads of interactive hands-on exhibits, it’ll be a hit with the whole family. They offer a Family Saver ticket as well, which will get you 20% off the normal ticket price.
If your family is a fan of Chinese food, you’d be wise to consider a visit to Ping Pong, a dim sum restaurant just a short walk from the Aquarium. The food is fantastic and the tasty parcels are ideal for little fingers.
Wahaca is a funky Mexican restaurant built from 8 shipping containers that will have your kiddos wide-eyed as well as wide-mouthed while they sample the delicious Mexican street food on offer, much of which can be eaten with your hands. The street food dishes are designed for “all day grazing” and as such are a great size for tiny tummies.
Now we’re not suggesting this is a healthy option, but for those of you with children whose default cry at the mention of lunch is “McDonalds!”, why not give them a glimpse of an alternative by taking them to Honest Burgers? With a dedicated kids menu, and games to play while you wait, it’s just possible they might think twice about how great a burger meal can really be next time around.
Child-Friendly Restaurants Near the Natural History Museum
Dinosaurs, animals, a butterfly garden and a new virtual reality experience all housed in a building straight out of Harry Potter. The Natural History museum is a firm favourite amongst little ones, and if their inquisitive minds need more feeding – the science museum is just down the road. Oh and did we tell you it’s free to get in? That’s a few more pennies to spend on dinner!
Half way between the tube and the museum you’ll find this lovely café serving sandwiches and croissants that you can eat in or take out and chomp as you mosey there or back again. If you do eat in, try and get a table outside – it’s a pedestrianized area and a good opportunity for your kids to do some running about.
Just over the road from Fernandez and Wells is Casa Brindisa. It’s a little more upmarket, but has a wonderful Spanish atmosphere and lots of little tapas plates to share with the family. The food is fantastic, and you might discover some new favourites!
Another café, and this time it’s French. With a large range of sandwiches and baguettes you can eat in or takeaway, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone, and at a good price too. The service is reputed to be very good as well, so you’ll be off to the museum with a spring in your step!
Child-Friendly Restaurants Near Hyde Park
No matter how old you are, the sheer size of Hyde Park, in the centre of London, is staggering. While you catch a welcome breather from the Capitol’s busy streets, your kids can adventure in the playground, swim in the lido (or splash in the paddling pool), play tennis on the courts, football on the pitches or you can take the whole family boating or even horse-riding! It’s a day out in itself. Of course, they can just run around on the grass if that’s what they’d prefer. And often, they do.
Actually situated in Hyde Park itself is the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen. With a beautiful terrace you can watch the children playing from, a year-round kids menu and baby-changing facilities, you might prefer to stay onsite for your lunch rather than have to leave the tranquillity of the park!
Again, we’re not talking health food here, but you might be surprised at the number of healthier options now on the menu at the Hard Rock. At the end of the day, this option boils down to good ol’ American dining, and there’s usually something for everyone on a menu like this. Older children will love the interesting memorabilia, whilst younger children will enjoy a fun atmosphere - and their own menu.
From serving your children first, to providing cutlery made for people of their size, crayons and highchairs, Ask Italian is good option if you’re in the area. It’s a chain and offers classic Italian cuisine, but makes a point of welcoming families and making it easy for you to have a good time with your kids in tow.
We all know how important food is on a day out with our little ones. It can be the game changer that turns a difficult day into a wonderful one (or vice versa!). But hopefully we’ve given you a smorgasbord of options to help your trip to the big city go as well as it deserves to. Have fun!