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 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. Just make sure to take your kids on a long walk around Covent Garden Piazza afterwards so they can get rid of 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 together, 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.
This ‘Japanese super diner’ in the heart of Chinatown is a whole lotta fun. Kids will love the quirky interiors, from the manga comics on the walls to the Japanese masks on the ceiling. Embrace the Tokyo vibes with dishes like chicken karaage, prawn gyoza, and udon noodles in a slurpable soy-dashi broth. There’s a kid-friendly meal deal, too – a mini cheeseburger with fries, a mochi ball, and a drink for £7.50.
If your children are into delicious food as much as you are, then head to Covent Garden and treat the entire family to a meal at Marcus Wareing’s modern British restaurant, Tredwells. With specially crafted ‘Junior’ and ‘Culinary Kids’ menus available all year round, it’s guaranteed to impress. Your little foodies will love the salted caramel soft serve and mint and apple fizz mocktails.
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. A culinary jackpot for the entire family!
Fortnum & Mason The Parlour
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.
We have to hand it to them – Americans know how to make some of the best burgers, fries and milkshakes. 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 group, 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.
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.