A love of dining out needn’t wait until adulthood, so child-friendly restaurants head up many a parent’s wish list. A tatty colouring book and some smaller portions just won’t cut it though, so we’ve uncovered some gastronomic gems offering that extra something for the whole family. With interactive tables, Roald Dahl-inspired cakes and a restaurant on a boat, your inner child will be just as happy as the kids.
1. inamo Book inamo Covent Garden
The tables at inamo will fascinate diners of any age. Not only can you browse the menu and order dishes from the interactive surface, there’s also the option to change the ‘tablecloth,’ watch a live feed of the chefs at work, and even play games with your fellow diners. Once you’ve stopped marvelling at the table, you’ll notice that the pan-Asian cuisine is also pretty special.
2. Hix Mayfair Book Hix Mayfair
Despite his status as one of the big names on the London restaurant scene, Mark Hix hasn’t forgotten the younger visitors to his establishments. In fact, he’s campaigned for better food in restaurants for children, and his ‘Little Artists’ menu features a monthly competition, with guests invited to draw their experience of the restaurant to be entered into a monthly competition. There’s no dumbing down on the children’s menu at HIX Mayfair either, with the likes of baked haddock with potatoes and spinach, or honey-roast chicken with wild rice.
3. BRGR.CO Book BRGR.CO
Quality burgers, Oreo shakes and dreamy sundaes certainly make for a family-friendly menu at BRGR.CO. Ranging from the 4oz ‘original blend’ to the 8oz ‘masterpiece,’ there’s a burger option to suit any appetite. What’s more, the New York-style interior is so cool that your kids might not be embarrassed by your choice of venue for once.
4. Jamie’s Italian Book Jamie’s Italian
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Known for his school dinner campaigns, it’s no surprise that family man Jamie Oliver looks after younger diners at his restaurants. At Jamie’s Italian, not only is the kids’ menu packed with healthy options, but meals are selected from a viewfinder. Even without the quirky ordering, dishes like free-range chicken lollipops with crinkle-cut wedges jump off the menu.
5. One Aldwych Book Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
The West End
Whether young or young at heart, it’s hard to resist the magic of Roald Dahl. Providing the golden ticket to a lavish family treat, the flavoured candyfloss, chocolate caramel milk and golden eggs are irresistible. The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych was also named one of the Top 5 Bars in the World by the Sunday Telegraph, so there’s plenty to seduce adult members of the family too.
6. Inn The Park
St James’s Park
As family-friendly restaurants in London go, this one’s hard to beat for location. Slap-bang in the middle of St James’s Park, the menu is as quintessentially English as, well, a day at the park. With a dedicated kids’ menu, classic afternoon teas, and views of the pond, Inn The Park aims to please everyone, and does so with aplomb.
7. Planet Hollywood London Book Planet Hollywood London
With movie memorabilia inside and the West End on its doorstep, theatrical Planet Hollywood is no shrinking violet. The international menu doesn’t hold back either, with big-hitting flavours that include jumbo cajun shrimps, barbecue chicken pizza, and classic spaghetti and meatballs. It’s not every day a life-sized Star Wars character watches you tuck into a burger.
8. Sticky Fingers Book Sticky Fingers
The kids might not know who Bill Wyman is, but this venture from the former Rolling Stone may just convert them to classic rock. Rolling Stones memorablia adorns the walls and American-style barbecue classics are piled onto the plates at Sticky Fingers – who can resist a pulled pork burger underneath a cartoon mural of Mick Jagger?
9. Tredwell’s from Marcus Wareing Book Tredwell’s
A quirky, playful restaurant in London’s bustling Seven Dials, Tredwell’s comes from one of the UK’s most well-known chefs, Marcus Wareing. This quirkily-styled hideaway pays tribute to London’s pie and mash shops of yesteryear, so little diners can soak up some capital culture while enjoying dishes like the ‘fabulous’ fishcake with ‘bravo’ broccoli, or soft-serve ice cream with chocolate sauce.