The best child-friendly restaurants in London the whole family will love

Poppies, one of London’s most loved fish-and-chips joints is a bonafide family favourite. Credit: Poppies

World-class museums, awe-inspiring shows, and immersive children’s workshops make London a favourite for family outings. The enchanting British capital is also rich with standout restaurants for refuelling with your crew. From top-notch pizza to comforting fish and chips the kids will love, the best child-friendly restaurants in London promise a memorable family time.

In Blackheath, a gem of a pub is the perfect spot for a family Sunday roast. In Piccadilly, a rock-and-roll institution known for killer burgers caters to mini musicians with live performances. Nifty touchscreen tables loaded with games keep little ones occupied at a pan-Asian tapas place in Covent Garden and Soho.

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For London’s most loved fish and chips – try Poppies in Spitalfields, Soho and Camden

Fours dishes of fish and chips with a bowl of garden peas at Poppies, one of the best family restaurants in London with a kid-friendly menu

At Poppies, children can choose from cod bites, fish cakes, and sausages, all served with crispy chips. Credit: Poppies

With locations in Spitalfields, Soho and Camden, Poppies is one of London’s most loved fish and chips joints, and a bonafide family favourite. A buzzy atmosphere, the occasional live music performances, and an extra-attentive staff fuel the kid-friendly vibes. Children can choose from cod bites, fish cakes, and sausages, all served with crispy chips. Rest assured, non-fish eaters can opt for comforting alternatives such as pies and chicken, customisable with sides including pickled onions, housemade mushy peas, and gravy.

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For playful sushi – don’t miss Inamo in Covent Garden and Soho

Plates of sushi sit on top of a touchscreen table at Inamo, one of the best child-friendly restaurants in London for families

The interactive table tops promise a fun family time at Inamo. Credit: Inamo

Adults flock to this pan-Asian tapas spot for inventive small plates such as bang bang cauliflower and Korean-style chicken wings. Children adore it for its nifty touchscreen tables (interactive ordering systems) loaded with games. Both Inamo locations in Covent Garden and Soho have an entertainment room stocked with more than 150 console games, 2,000 retro arcade games, and a karaoke machine, making the restaurant a sought-after party spot for older children and teens.

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For French steak frites – visit Boulevard Brasserie in Covent Garden

Burgers, fish and steak are all served with chips at Boulevard Brasserie, a restaurant in London

A selection of dishes for kids at this trendy Parisian style brasserie. Credit: Boulevard Brasserie

A sophisticated French restaurant in Covent Garden may not seem like an ideal place to dine with the tots. But Boulevard Brasserie makes a compelling case with its enticing kids’ menu of minute steak and frites, fish goujons, and a signature burger, among other mains. There are prix-fixe and à la carte options for adults featuring traditional onion soup, bouillabaisse, and coq au vin. Enjoy it all in a three-storey space inspired by 1960s Paris.

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For one of the best child-friendly pubs in London – book at The Hare and Billet in Blackheath

A flower-adorned green building with white writing and a picture of a hare make up the front of the Hare and Billet, one of the best child-friendly restaurants in London

The Hare and Billet is a family favourite in Blackheath. Credit: The Hare and Billet

This bar’s comfortable digs make it a family, child and dog-friendly space. Adults and young ones will relish the pub grub here: The Hare and the Billet is an ideal spot for mini (or adult-sized) Sunday roasts after a walk around the leafy surroundings. A junior menu of mac and cheese, fish and chips, and a cheeseburger also caters to younger eaters. Adults come for the beef dripping chips, cauliflower cheese, vegan Wellington and sizable portions of porchetta, beef, and chicken with all the trimmings.

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For family-size platters after a day of shopping – book at Lokma and BaBa Lounge Westfield in Stratford

Spectacular Turkish-inspired interiors at Lokma and BaBa Lounge Westfield in Stratford, one of the best child-friendly restaurants in London

Impress the kids with a special meal at the spectacular Lokma and BaBa Lounge Westfield in Stratford. Credit: Lokma and BaBa Lounge Westfield

Mezze and mixed grills are made for sharing, which makes Lokma and BaBa Lounge Westfield a go-to family option, especially after a fun day at the Westfield Shopping Centre. Turkish chicken shish, kofte and kanat (chicken wings) are the focus of the children’s menu, best paired with drinks including ayran (a yoghurt-based beverage), lemonade, and juices. The vibrant decor and theatrical sizzling plates will wow younger diners. Lokma is an ideal weekend pick for big groups thanks to live entertainment and feasting platters—piled high with chicken, lamb and rice—adorned with hot and cold sides such as sigara börek (filo rolls stuffed with spinach and feta) and marinated artichokes.

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For burgers and live music – don’t miss Hard Rock Café in Piccadilly

A spread of American dishes including burgers, steak, fries and cocktails at Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in London

Expect a menu of American faithfuls such as chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and cheeseburgers. Credit: Hard Rock Cafe

Rockstars-in-waiting shouldn’t skip a visit at the Hard Rock Café, a Piccadilly institution, chock full of signed instruments and other unique music memorabilia. Live music performances cater to all ages. There’s a solid children’s menu of American faithfuls such as chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and a junior cheeseburger. Expect crowd-pleasers including fajitas, sliders, and steak on the adult side. Holders of the annual Merlin Pass are entitled to one free kid’s meal for children under ten (with the purchase of an adult main).

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For a family-friendly pizzeria – drop by The Pizza Room in Hackney, Poplar, Mile End, Surrey Quays and Deptford

A spread of pizzas at The Pizza Room, one of the best child-friendly restaurants in London

Gather the whole family for a pizza party at The Pizza Room. Credit: The Pizza Room

Head to this trendy pizza place for the ultimate fuss-free meal. With locations across south and east London, in Hackney, Poplar, Mile End, Surrey Quays and Deptford, this spot is known for its terrific Baby Pizza deal: A seven-inch Margherita with one free topping offered daily from 12 pm to 7 pm for £5.95. There is a lineup of gourmet signature pies such as pear and gorgonzola for more adventurous eaters. Or the option to build your own from a generous toppings list. Add enticing sides such as cheesy garlic bread and end with traditional Bavarese cake with vanilla and chantilly cream, glazed with raspberry puree and mixed berries.

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For kid-favourite piri-piri chicken – try Casa do Frango in London Bridge, Piccadilly and Shoreditch

A plate of grilled chicken takes centre frame alongside fries, rice, salad, prawns and croquettes at Casa do Frango, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in London

The signature piri-piri chicken is a city-wide favourite. Credit: Casa do Frango

A cult favourite piri-piri chicken spot, Casa do Frango has families flocking to its locations in London Bridge, Piccadilly, and Shoreditch for the signature dish plus shareable Portuguese bites. The hearty menu is inspired by the cooking techniques of the Algarve and appeals to adults and children. Younger fans love the chicken prepared by these grillmasters, which comes plain or with oregano, lemon, and garlic. A hearty supply of crayons lets little ones unleash their creativity throughout mealtime. Round things out with pastéis de nata (Portuguese egg custard pastry), made fresh onsite daily.  

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For one of the best child-friendly restaurants in London for a budget-friendly meal – visit The Coal Shed in London Bridge

The exterior facade and outdoor terrace of The Coal Shed London, one of the best London restaurants for families

Head over to The Coal Shed after a lovely walk on the banks of the River Thames. Credit: The Coal Shed London

Miniature versions of its signature steak and seafood hits are the draw at The Coal Shed, a beloved Brighton transplant. The children’s menu offers two courses for £10: Choose from cheeseburgers, grilled fish, or mac and cheese and finish with ice cream, served with a brownie (or on its own). There are sharer cuts of steak, juicy lobster rolls, and roasted cod with clams for heftier appetites.

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For a birthday, a special celebration, a  holiday family gathering or a casual meal after a day of shopping, the best kid-friendly restaurants in London have something for everyone. Take a seat at one of the best London restaurants for families and impress the kids with a memorable child-friendly meal.

 

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