21 Deliciously Child Friendly Restaurants in London

Living in London for nearly 20 years and being a massive foodie, I’ve tried a lot of restaurants. They’ve not all been family friendly but what I have noticed is that there has been an increase in child friendly restaurants in London over the years. Even some of the most celebrated chefs in London have opened their doors to kids which means that you can enjoy excellent food when eating out as a family.

There’s a lot to be said for a quick and easy meal at Wagamama and Pizza Express. They are actually a couple of the kids’ favourite restaurants. But if you’re looking to try something different, there really are so many nice restaurants in london for families. We’re always searching out the best places to eat in London with kids and doing a ‘best kids restaurants London search’ (note that best doesn’t always translate as expensive). We have our favourites, but it’s good to try new places.

What we look for in a family friendly restaurant

  • A decent kids’ menu (or suitable sharing dishes if there’s no kids’ menu)
  • A relaxed atmosphere where we won’t feel uncomfortable if the kids drop food on the floor or are a little noisy
  • Colouring kits or another child friendly activity (although we also bring a card game like Dobble or top Trumps and our own colouring books and pens just in case).

Kids eating Japanese food

These are restaurants that our kids love. We have very broad tastes and so there’s a good mix of restaurants here from Indian to Italian and high-end to street food. Make sure to check out the Kids Eat Free section at the bottom of the post which we aim to update when new offers become available.

The MOST child friendly restaurants in London

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

When it comes to family dining, Gordon Ramsay has all the bases covered with some of the best family restaurants in london. Not only does he offer tasty, healthy food but he really wants kids to enjoy the experience. See some of the kids’ activities below. Kids under 12 eat free at nine of his London restaurants (one free meal with every adult meal).

Heddon Street

Build your own ice cream

Bread Street Kitchen

Kids’ Pizza Masterclass & Brunch (temporarily on hold)

Build your own ice cream at Heddon Street Kitchen

Build your own ice cream at Heddon Street Kitchen | Photo Credit: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

Best child friendly restaurants in London for Indian food

Dishoom

Having visited Sri Lanka with the kids we discovered that they love a bit of spice. One of our absolute favourite child friendly restaurants in London for food with a bit of a kick is Dishoom. Dishoom is probably also one of the coolest restaurants in London with its Irani-café-in-Bombay style décor so even if you’re not a fan of spice, go there for a quick cup of chai and be transported to early 20th century colonial Bombay.

Where: They have five locations in London. Kings CrossCovent Garden | KensingtonShoreditch | Carnaby Street

Kids menu: The kids menu is small and consists of lightly spiced chicken thighs or Paneer and peppers served with Bombay potatoes and coleslaw with a fruit juice. Our kids like to order extra rice and naan breads.

Food at Dishoom

Food at Dishoom | Photo Credit: Dishoom

Masala Zone

Masala Zone is rated as one of the best-buy kid friendly restaurants in London. Their little colourful and lightly spiced thali dishes are the perfect introduction to Indian food for little ones.

Where: They have seven locations across London. Covent Garden| Soho | Earls Court | Islington | Bayswater | Camden | Selfridges

Kids menu: They have mini thalis (a platter with a mix of dishes) with less spice than the adult dishes as well as some standard kids menu food for around £6.

Kids Thali at Masala Zone

Kids Thali at Masala Zone | Photo Credit: Masala Zone

Best child friendly restaurants in London for Mexican food

Wahaca

We love Wahaca because it is vibrant and informal. As well as the options on the kids’ menu, they have lots of small and reasonably priced dishes which are great for sharing. This means that the kids can try something a bit different. Don’t miss the churros! If you can’t get to a Wahaca, you can try out their Wahaca at Home recipes.

Where: There are seven locations across London. Check here for locations.

Kids menu: The kids’ menu has build your own tacos so you can leave out the bits you know they won’t try, or cheesy quesadillas. The small plates are also great for getting the kids to try something different.

Wahaca Mexican street food

Wahaca Mexican street food | Photo Credit: Wahaca

Best child friendly restaurants in London for Asian food

Yo! Sushi

You would think it might be a hard sell getting kids to eat raw fish. It is with ours – but we’ve included Yo! Sushi for 2 reasons. It is FUN! Back in early 2000, it was pretty cool to go to a sushi restaurant and pick your food off a revolving conveyor belt. Maybe you got over this novelty – but the kids LOVE it.

It’s not all raw fish either. They have so much on the menu that our kids eat. You can also order dishes from the menu in case nothing on the conveyor belt takes their fancy. But we promise, they won’t be able to resist picking something from the conveyor belt.

Yo! have come up with a new, socially distant way to Yo! The conveyor belt will deliver your order to your table (watch the video below).

They also offer sushi making classes for kids as well as adults (although this is temporarily on hold).

Where: They have Check here for locations.

Kids menu: There is no kids’ menu as such but they have a huge range of small dishes to try. Our kids love the chicken katsu (fancy chicken nuggets with rice), edamame and fried rice dishes. We haven’t been too successful on the raw fish front yet but we’re working on it!

Benihana

They say that if you get kids involved in the preparation of the food, they are more likely to try it. Well it doesn’t get much more interactive than at Benihana. Benihana was one of the first restaurants to use an open kitchen. The chefs cook your meal at your table in a thoroughly entertaining way.

As far as fun family friendly restaurants in London go, it doesn’t get much better than this. The preparation of your food is an art. It’s like dinner and a show at the same time.

Where: Benihana, 37 Sackville Street, London, W1S 3EH

Kids menu: The Benihana Kids’ menu includes a choice of chicken, steak or prawns (or a combo) – done in the Benihana way and served with rice, a cucumber roll and a dessert.

Japanese teppanyaki at Benihana in London

Japanese teppanyaki at Benihana in London | Photo Credit: Benihana

Inamo

Inamo offers a high-tech dining experience that the kids will love. The cuisine spans Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai. The kids can watch the chefs prepare your meal on the chef-cam or draw on the table and play games using the interactive table technology. Watch out for their pop up igloos (winter garden dining pods) that may make a come back this winter.

Where: They have three restaurants in London: Covent Garden | SoHo | Camden

Kids menu: There is no kids’ menu but they have a range of small dishes. Our kids love the panko chicken lollipops, chicken satay and yuzu pork belly.

Inamo SoHo

Inamo SoHo | Photo Credit: Inamo

Best child friendly restaurants in London for burgers

Five Guys

What we love about Five Guys is that it is quick and easy and the kids never say no to burger, fries and a milkshake. The burgers are made to order and they’re good. They have large boxes of monkey nuts that you can help yourself to and nibble on while you’re waiting for your order. (Note that these have been temporarily removed due to Covid).

You can also get unlimited refills of your drink at the drink vending machine and their milkshakes are great.

Where: There are a whopping 32 Five Guys restaurants across London so there’s bound to be one near you.

Kids menu: There is no kids’ menu but they have little burgers and you can customise your burger order by selecting the toppings you want.

Five Guys meal

Five Guys meal | Photo Credit: Uber Eats

Honest Burger

Honest Burger have great burgers! We’re pretty picky when it comes to burgers but this is our go-to place for a burger treat. And those rosemary fries are something else! The burgers are juicy and fresh and fully loaded with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. We love how that, despite being a chain, their offerings are a little different in each restaurant because they try to source ingredients from local producers and beers from local breweries.

Where: Similar to Five Guys, there are 32 locations across London

Kids menu: The kids’ menu consists of a burger and a fruit juice for £5.50

Honest Burger burgers

Honest Burger burgers | Photo Credit: Honest Burger

Best child friendly restaurants in London for pizzas

Homeslice

There is no kids’ menu here but this is a great choice for family style eating. They make enormous 20 inch pizzas with half and half options that are perfect for sharing. You could have basic margherita on one side and wagyu beef and truffle creme fraiche on the other. If this is too much for you, you can also order pizza slices.

Where: There are six Homeslice locations across London.

Kids menu: Pizzas start from £20.00 (or from £4.00 for a slice) – see menu here.

Homeslice pizza

Homeslice pizza | Photo Credit: Homeslice

Polpo

Polpo may not spring to mind as a pizza restaurant (and it’s not really a pizza restaurant) but this is a little gem. The Venetian tapas-style dishes are beyond delicious and if your kids won’t touch the tapas, they have pizzette that are the perfect size for little diners which are delicious too. It is an Italian restaurant after all!

Where: There are two Polpo restaurants in London – SoHo and Chelsea.

Kids menu: There’s no kids’ menu but take a look at the pizzette here.

Fritto Misto at Polpo

Fritto Misto at Polpo | Photo Credit: Polpo

Best family restaurant in London for a meat feast

Bodean’s

Bodean’s have a very reasonably priced kids’ menu and are great if you are a meat lover. Their large game day platters are great for sharing, or there’s a dedicated kids’ menu.

Where: They have five locations across London. Clapham | Fulham | Old Street | SoHo | Tower Hill | Covent Garden

Kids menu: The kids’ menu is very reasonably priced at £4.95 for 3 courses.

Meat platter at Bodean's

Meat platter at Bodean’s | Photo Credit: Bodean’s

Best Fun restaurants in London for kids

The Rainforest Café

The Rainforest Café really is one for the kids. As the name suggests, it is a café in an Amazonian rainforest setting. There are sound effect, animatronics, waterfalls and the occasional tropical rainforest thunderstorm. The kids will be delighted with the surroundings and the American style food. We would say that this one is great if you’re looking for the fun places to eat in London and are not overly fussed by the food.

There’s also a gift shop where you can buy Rainforest Café merchandise, including the cutest cuddly toys.

Where: 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EU

Kids menu: The kids’ menu is pretty standard with burgers, pizzas, chicken bites and pasta.

Dining with elephants at the Rainforest Café

Dining with elephants at the Rainforest Café | Photo Credit: The Rainforest Café

Best child friendly restaurants in London for foodies

Café Murano

A meal in Café Murano will delight your tastebuds. This modern Italian restaurant is run by Angela Hartnett who trained under Gordon Ramsay and was head chef at the Connaught for many years. Her Covent Garden restaurant is a great option for a pre-theatre meal. They are also running Eat out to Help out through October.

Where: Café Murano, 36 Tavistock Street, London, WC2E 7PB

Kids menu: The 2-course Café Murano Kids’ menu is simple but the food quality is amazing – and all for £10

Good food at Café Murano

Good food at Café Murano | Photo Credit: Café Murano

La Famiglia

La Famiglia is a little hidden gem and an instituion in Chelsea. It is one of my all time favourite restaurants in London serving delicious, comforting, home-cooked Italian food. And really, you can’t go wrong choosing an Italian restaurant when looking for places to take kids in London. The Italians adore kids and they will be thoroughly spoiled.

Their Spaghetti al Cinghiale (wild boar ragu) is out of this world and the dessert trolley alone is worth coming here for. The main restaurant is quite unassuming, but on warm summer days or evenings, there is a lovely outdoor dining area at the back.

Where: La Famiglia, 7 Langton Street, The Worlds End, Chelsea, London, SW10 0JL

Kids menu: For the kids (Bambini) they have two different types of pasta with a choice of sauces, chicken breast (breaded or grilled) or steak with chips and a couple of desserts.

Spaghetti al Cinghiale at La Famiglia

Spaghetti al Cinghiale at La Famiglia | Photo Credit: La Famiglia

The Langham

Just putting The Langham in here as an extra one because, although it is not particularly child friendly (there are no kids’ menus), they do offer 50% off for children under 12 at all of their restaurants in the group. If you have a particularly adventurous young foodie that you want to treat, this is the place to go. Also see below for best afternoon tea spot in London.

Best child friendly restaurant in London for Afternoon Tea

The Langham

The Langham was the first place to serve afternoon tea in London 155 years ago and their award winning Afternoon Tea is a real treat. The children’s afternoon tea is a little pricey, but a great idea for a birthday treat or a special occasion and is one of the most child friendly afternoon teas in London.

Where: The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA

Kids menu: The Langham Afternoon Tea Kids’ menu

Children's Afternoon Tea at The Langham

Children’s Afternoon Tea at The Langham | Photo Credit: The Langham

Best child friendly igloo restaurant in London

Coppa Club

The Coppa Club may not spring to mind as one of the most kid friendly restaurants in London as it is one of the ‘cool places to eat in London’. We were pleasantly surprised at how family friendly this restaurant is and you can’t beat an igloo for the ultimate socially distant dining experience.

Note that Igloo bookings are quite hard to make so make sure to read our Coppa Club FAQ post. If you’re looking for an igloo dining experience in London, definitely give this a go. If you can’t get in here, you could try Skylight where there are igloos on the rooftop alongside an skating rink!

Where: Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH

Kids menu: The kids’ menu is very reasonably priced

The Coppa Club Igloos at Tower Bridge

Child friendly chain restaurants in London

If you’re new to the UK and are not familiar with the restaurants, then these are the main kid friendly restaurant chains in London that provide consistently good food. They are a great fall back if you don’t manage to book somewhere else.

Wagamama – this has been a favourite of the kids since they were small and we now cook the chicken katsu curry at home since they released the recipe.

Giraffe – great value and good quality food. The smoothies are delicious!

Pizza Express –  the kids love it so much, we’ve even had pizza making birthday parties here.

Pizza making class at Pizza Express

Pizza making class at Pizza Express

Kids Eat Free Restaurants in London

You can’t argue with a free meal, especially if you are spending an arm and a leg visiting London (although remember there are lots of free things to do in London with kids).

Sadly, Coronavirus has had a huge impact on London restaurants. There used to be a long list of restaurants that offered a free kids meal with a paying adult, but understandably, this is just not possible at the moment for many restaurants. Here are some of the family friendly restaurants in London offering free kids meals.

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Gordon Ramsay has a bunch of fantastic restaurants across London where kids can eat free (under 12 and one child meal free with one adult meal).

The Real Greek offers kids eat free on Sundays at all of their restaurants. They have 12 restaurants in London.

Yo! Sushi – during half term

Carluccios – kids eat for £1 during half term

Temporarily on hold

The Big Easy

Bodean’s

YHA

Café Murano

Camino Bankside

Pizza Pilgrims – currently only at their Oxford restaurant

Map of the most child friendly restaurants in London

The Most Child Friendly Restaurants in London incl. Kids Eat Free

21 Family Friendly London Restaurants (incl. Kids Eat Free)

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8 replies
  1. Hannah
    Hannah says:

    Oh, this post has made me so hungry! I loved the foodie scene in London when I lived there. You’ve mentioned so many of my favourite places – Dishoom, Yo Sushi etc. A great guide for parents!

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  2. kmf
    kmf says:

    I so wish we had this guide when we visited London with our son when he was young. This is such a great resource to find the most family-friendly restaurants in London!

    Reply
    • wpx_nosweats
      wpx_nosweats says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you managed to find some great places to eat nonetheless. It really can be a bit overwhelming with the number of places there are to eat in London.

      Reply

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