Fun on the menu: 10 family-friendly restaurants in London we adore
Updated: May 22
Fact: Hangry kids are the worst kinda kids! Thankfully, we know exactly where the best family-friendly restaurants in London are at, perfect for a pit stop after a day of adventuring around town. Go on, dive on in for the 10 best places to eat with children - the cafes and eateries where fun is on the menu and easy dining is the dish of the day. Oh, and don't forget your funky face masks, your guide to how to get around the Underground with small humans in tow, two gallons of hand sanitiser and, of course, empty tums!
If it’s a vegan family-friendly restaurant you’re after, then look no further than the UK’s first vegan pizzeria, Purezza. Head over to Camden for a slice of the yummy action and don’t forget to try one our fave pizza creations of all time: The One That’s Telling Porkies. Sink your teeth into its white base with melted cheddar, mixed wild forest mushrooms and lashings of marinated pulled BBQ pieces that, whether you’re vegan or not, will send those taste buds into overdrive. And the best news of all? Not only is it kid (and dog) friendly, but if you book your table online and dine-in, you'll get 15% off the bill. Pizzarific!
Purezza, 43 Parkway, Camden NW1 7PN
Score a family-dining hole in one by playing a game of mini golf while also filling the kids' boots with pizza, delish sharing platters (we especially love the crispy fried salmon sushi and red pepper hummus boats) and big,fat, juicy burgers. Oh, and did we mention the licensed bar? Win, win. Hot tip: if you’re going to be playing golf, make sure you book in advance. There’s nothing worse than tantrums over tacos if the kiddos don’t get to play, and with covid-rules in place, you won't be able to just pitch up and play anyway.
Puttshack Bank, 1 Poultry, Queen Victoria Street, London, EC2R 8EJ
Puttshack Westfield, Ariel Way, London, W12 7HB
Puttshack Lakeside, The Quay intu, West Thurrock Way, Grays, Essex, RM20 2AD
3. All Star Lanes
Strike it lucky by combining a game of bowling with a kid's meal (which includes a main, drink and dessert) for £17.50 at one of the All Star Lanes spread across London town. Grownups get their own deal too: bowl, drink and dine for £25 per person which includes two courses, a glass of prosecco or a beer, and a game of bowling. The US diner-style food will certainly keep the kids’ tums full, while beating mum and dad with a spot of bowling will definitely seal the happiness deal.
All Star Lanes Holborn, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Holborn, London WC1B 4DA (reopening on 19th October)
All Star Lanes Brick Lane, 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford, Montfichet Road, London E20 1ET
All Star Lanes Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Ariel Way, London W12 7FU
4. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
This one is only purr-fect if you have kids age 12 years or up (there is strictly no admission for small humans below this age), but with a menu that has us feline full and its well looked after, off-the-scale-cute rescue kitties, this charming cat café hits the family-friendly dining spot. There are a few covid-related rules in place at the moment so do check the website before making your reservation.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, 152-154 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6DG
5. Mudchute Kitchen
Set in the courtyard with a bird’s eye view of the horses, this London city farm is not only a fun-packed and educational day out for the whole fam, but its lovely little café is low in cost and big on flavour too. Pets are also welcome so make it a whole family affair and bring your fur babies too. Hot tip: Entry into Mudchute Park & Farm is absolutely free, but with the covid-restrictions happening you will have to book ahead. Spots go fast, so snag your tix quick!
Mudchute Kitchen, Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HN
6. Din Tai Fung
While there are no themes or activities to be found at Din Tai Fung, there is a whole lot of happiness to be had in its little parcels of delicious dim sum. Originally from Taiwan, and with a Michelin star accolade to the brand name, kids will love the top notch food in this Covent Garden based restaurant. And if they’re anything like our children, once they’re done stuffing themselves with delectable pork dumplings, they’ll want to watch the chefs at work making all that dim sum: there’s a window through to where all the magic is happening!
Din Tai Fung, 5 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PT
7. The Rosendale
Originally a Victorian coaching Inn, not only does this lovely pub welcome kids (up until 8pm), it also serves up super tasty seasonal and sustainable food. Whether you’re looking for vegan dishes or delectable steaks, there’s something on the menu for all. Add in an award-winning selection of wines, large range of local ales plus table tennis, colouring books and crayons, table football and climbing frames, and you’ve found yourself one of the best places to dine with kids in all of London. You’re welcome.
The Rosendale, 65 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ
8. Rainforest Cafe
Located smack, bang in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, Rainforest Café has been serving up burgers, pastas, salads and more since 1997. Kids will love the decor where they’ll be surrounded by the jungle, which is brought to life with the help of special effects and really rather cool animatronics. Expect tropical showers, cascading waterfalls and mechanical butterflies to go along with your milkshakes and fries.
Rainforest Café, 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU
9. Cafe Murano
For amazing Italian food created by celeb chef, Angela Harnett, Cafe Murano is where it’s at. These gastronomic eateries, located in Bermondsey, St James’ and Covent Garden, are a more chilled version of Hartnett's Michelin-starred Murano in Mayfair (and the prices are more wallet-friendly too). Kids will love the mix and match £10 children’s menu at the Covent Garden branch, which is reopening on 20th October. Tasty tip: adults can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, our faves include the salt cod fritters with parmesan and lemon, the braised rabbit with olives and orzo, and the sea bream with fennel, chili and pistachio. Also: those roast spuds pictured above. Say no more.
Cafe Murano, 184 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Cafe Murano, 33 St James’ Street, London SW1A 1HD
Cafe Murano, 36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB (reopening 20th October)
For the more adventurous kiddos, it's just got to be Archipelago where menu delights include python, kangaroo, crocodile and crickets: this really is the nearest the fam is going to get to a bush tucker trial this side of the world! The decor is as divine as the menu is diverse, making it one of our all-time favourite restaurants not just in London, but anywhere! Tasty tip: there are also standard classics on the menu including fish, vegetarian and chicken options if zebra and alpaca are not your taste bud bag.
Archipelago, 53 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4JJ
Like this story? Here's some more you might find useful: