Looking for somewhere to dine out with your little ones? We’ve rounded up some of the best child-friendly restaurants in London’s West End – perfect for foodies of all ages.
American food is always a winner when it comes to satisfying the taste buds of your kids, so why not head to Maxwell’s and enjoy some scrumptious burgers and fries? Kids can dine for £7.95, including an indulgent dessert, while stressed-out mums and dads enjoy a well-deserved cocktail. You can take the kids on a long walk around Covent Garden Piazza afterwards so they can shake off that sugar high!
If sitting still for an hour or two simply is not an option, look no further than Inamo. The pan-Asian restaurants are equipped with an interactive table ordering system which means your menu is projected onto your table surface by space-age pods. Your children can help you choose a virtual tablecloth, play a game of Battleships, or watch the chefs in action on chef-cam. They’ll be glued to the table while you enjoy dishes like black pepper beef and chilli tofu.
Fish and chips is a family favourite and few places do it as well as Poppies. Decked out with 1950s memorabilia, their Soho restaurant serves perfectly flaky battered fish, homemade fishcakes, and retro favourites like scampi and jellied eels. While the grown-ups enjoy a glass of wine, kids can tuck into crispy cod bites, sausage and chips, and ice-cream for dessert.
If your children are into delicious food as much as you are, head to Covent Garden and treat the family to a memorable meal at modern British restaurant, Tredwells. Their ‘Culinary Kids’ menu, priced at £17, is like a mini tasting menu – guaranteed to impress aspiring foodies.
If you have little adventurers by your side, why not take them to a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant where dishes are cooked on a hot plate right in front of you? The special Ninja Kids menu features dishes like teriyaki chicken and juicy tiger prawns, served with rice, veggies, soup, and cucumber rolls.
Heddon Street Kitchen
If you’re up for treating the entire family, we recommend booking a table at Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen just off Regent Street. Adults will be treated to high-class cooking and little ones eat free from Tilly’s Treats menu. They’re even invited to build their own dessert from the restaurant’s ice cream bar.
The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is a top spot for traditional British afternoon tea, but any little ice-cream lovers in your family will wax lyrical about their sundaes, too. In fact, their ice-cream offerings have made quite a name for themselves. Try their Knickerbocker Glory, piled high with fruit, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, and Italian meringue.
Cult restaurant Shake Shack has made its way across the pond to bring gourmet fast food to London. Your little ones will be well catered for with their classic Shack burger, crinkle fries, and thick and creamy milkshakes. You can even bring your dog, as Shake Shack offers delicious treats for four-legged family members, too.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a tribute to the film Forrest Gump and the menu is full of comfort food classics from the American South. For just £6.95, kids can tuck into popcorn shrimp, mac ‘n’ cheese, and fish and chips, followed by a build-your-own sundae. It’s the ideal place to refuel after a day of sightseeing around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
We’ve always known that our European neighbours were great at treating kids the right way and Rossopomodoro is no exception. This Italian restaurant chain, which has several branches across the city, treats its little visitors like kings and queens. Expect Italian soul food – from pasta dishes to authentic Neapolitan pizza – and lots of love for your family on top.
For more family-friendly dining inspiration, check out our list of child-friendly restaurants in London.
This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.
Updated August 2020.