Whether you live in, near, or miles away from London, planning food for the entire family on a trip there can be quite mind boggling with all there is on offer. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the best family restaurants in London that go over and above to cater for kids.
Finding a London Restaurant to suit your budget and taste that’s suitably located can be quite a task. It might find you immersed in web pages for far longer than ideal. To make things a bit easier, we’ve gathered together our selection of London’s family friendly eating destinations. From the comfortingly traditional to the quirky and unique.
Family friendly London Restaurants; Chain eateries
Chain needn’t mean substandard or boring. And remember, there are, of course, other chains in addition to the ones we’ve featured here. The ones we’ve chosen go out of their way to make sure your family culinary experience is something to remember. All have great kids menus – just visit their websites to find out more.
Giraffe Restaurants – they have a number of restaurants in central London including the South Bank Centre, Victoria SW1 and Blackheath SE3. Their eateries themed with world music and offer healthy but tasty food at reasonable prices. I’ve visited various of their locations. But the one at Southbank is particularly well situated, usually busy but well run with a good atmosphere.
Wahaca is another chain that can be found at various central locations – including Soho London W1, the South Bank Centre and just south of Covent Garden in WC2. Their vision of healthy, fun Mexican food has been realised in these fabulous restaurants. I’ve really enjoyed them with children of various ages on different occasions. Excellent for either a quick snack or long lunch break – friendly service and a great vibe.
Ed’s Easy Diners – the all American diner is a must to include, and Ed’s is a very worthy contender. Again with various locations across central London; W1C, and two in W1D. Its blurb rightly states that Ed’s ‘is a much loved retro-American diner. It successfully captures the spirit of the classic US originals, iconic symbols of an unforgettable period in history’
They serve a variety of good quality burgers, fried chicken and pulled pork type fare, and fabulous milkshakes. Friendly staff will tell you jokes in funky retro surroundings.
The Rainforest Café is also technically a chain, originating in the US but spreading it’s global wings, though there is only one in the UK, in the heart of London’s west end in Piccadilly. It has become a ‘must visit’ for lots of families. Whilst pricey (kids menu start at £15.95), the American and international food is of a good standard. And of course the cost includes the Amazon jungle experience element which is a significant part of the visit. Visit their very informative website which is handy in deciding whether this is up your street.
Bodeans BBQ is, like Ed’s, American BBQ type fare, reasonably priced but with the added bonus of one free kids meal per one full priced adult dish up until 5pm, and all day Sundays with a loyalty card. This offer is not featured on their site, and nor is the children’s menu. It features macaroni cheese, ribs, chicken wings or breast and hamburger or cheese burger. Time it right, and you’ll have a fun and fabulous BBQ which isn’t too taxing on the wallet . Bodeans restaurants can be found in London W1, and EC3 (near the Tower of London). Also in SW6 the Fulham area of London.
Masala Zone is a fabulous Indian chain that provides tasty cuisine at very reasonable prices, and an original children’s menu, featuring dishes such as naan pizza, in unique surroundings. Each restaurant is different – the Covent Garden branch has several hundred vibrant puppets from Rajasthan suspended from the ceilings. Other locations in London include Covent Garden, Bayswater, Earls Court and South Kensington amongst others
Have you found what you’re looking for? If not, check out other chains Wagamama, Yo Sushi andTGI Fridays to name a few.
We hope this information has helped you to find the eating experience that you and your family are looking for. Which do you think are the best family restaurants in London? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’re wondering where to stay in London with kids, I can highly recommend the Indigo Hotel near the tower of London. Or for family friendly things to do in London read this insiders guide to London with kids.