For many people, London is a dining heaven. The wealth of restaurants, bistros, cafes and eateries spread around the city is endless. But when you’re out with the kids, settling on a place to eat and convincing them to try some of that “green stuff” on the plate seems like a real nightmare. Today’s children live under the impression that fish fingers, sausages and chips are the only three yummy dishes from a menu. In part encouraged by some unimaginative kids menus from popular restaurant chains. Of course, they’re wrong. But then again, it’s up to us as parents to teach toddlers that avocado tartlets, pea dumplings, cream spinach and broccoli salads can be delicious too. We could all probably be a bit braver when trying new food with kids and picking new places to go. Here are our picks for 5 family restaurants in London. Check them out, and with a bit of luck, you might just turn a picky eater into the most enthusiastic food lover.
If you’re looking for more things to do in the city with kids, check out our insiders guide to family friendly London.
Family Restaurants in London to try on your next visit
Pasta heaven at Spaghetti House
Kids in love with pasta will never want to leave this place. And guess what? There are 11 Spaghetti House restaurants spread across London. Why do we love it so much? Well, because it has a killer kids’ menu loaded with the most delicious Italian-inspired dishes. The signature dish for toddlers: chocolate pizza. Even though it may not be the healthiest restaurant in town, it is definitely one of the coolest. The restaurant on Bryanston Street is stunning with a very original and urban-like décor. To help take the edge off, parents are recommended to relax at the bar and just enjoy the warm Italian welcome over a glass of fine wine.
French flair in London at Brasserie Zedel
Brasserie Zedel looks more like an uptown French café with a twist. It seems cute and small at the entrance, but downstairs there’s a huge dining area that the kids will adore. The décor is sleek, tasteful and friendly, and it’s safe to say that the menu will knock your socks off. The beef bourguignon, steak a la bordelaise and French onion soup are just mouthwatering. Convince your kids to try some and we guarantee that they’ll love it. For dessert, have some crème Brulee. It is exquisite! Brasseries Zedel is right next to Picadilly Circus, and it is famous for being one of the most conveniently-priced bistros in Central London.
Boxpark Shoreditch – street food for kids
Shoreditch is one of my favourite areas to stay in London with kids. It’s quirky, funky and often better value than the central area. Boxpark is where we alway head for food after a day exploring the city. Opened in 2011 this is a pop up retail space made from re used container boxes. You’ll find cool independent stores and streetfood style kiosks selling everything you can dream of. Kids love having options, they can enjoy a carb heavy mac and cheese box while you relax with a bento box and beer. Perfect!
Franco Manca a family restaurant in London
Take your family to London’s best pizza place in town – Franco Manca in Brixton Market. Made with fresh Italian ingredients (including fresh broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and more), the pizzas menu is quite diverse. The Meat Special of the Day is quite something! Make your pick and enjoy a trip to Pizza Heaven. If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant in town, this is it. Franco Manca offers decent service, a simple (but clean) décor, and affordable prices. What more can you ask for?
Introduce the kids to a taste of Asia at Royal China
Introduce the kids to the wonders of Asian food and take them to the Royal China on Baker Street. The best dim sum dish in town is right here! We love this place because it looks sophisticated but without being too showy. Take toddlers on a virtual trip to China and make dinner time fun, enjoyable and even educational. Using chopsticks is an art, so encourage them to master it by practising. Their taste buds will be on the verge of experiencing new and enticing flavours, and before you know it they won’t even remember what fries and burgers are.
When it comes to dining, there’s something for everyone in London. From foreign cuisine to local eateries, the above-mentioned restaurants will either make you feel at home or travel the world with your thoughts. We’ve chosen five family restaurants in London that are the most welcoming, presentable, conveniently-priced and of course, qualitative. Taste the difference and make dining in London a weekly activity to cherish with your loved ones. Be sure to let me know your favourite family restaurants in London.