Life in London is fun, but also very expensive – especially when it comes to treating the family. But don’t cross family dinners off your activity list just yet – we’ve rounded up nine London restaurants where children can eat for free and you can enjoy sensational dishes, too. Win-win for everyone!
York & Albany
Nestled between Regent’s Park and Camden Town, Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie. The former 1820s coaching inn makes for the perfect cosy restaurant setting for the whole family. Kids under 12 can eat free from Tilly’s Treats menu, which includes pasta and meatballs, fish and chips, and chocolate brownies for pud.
Fancy some delicious British comfort food after a day of exploring the city? Then visit HIX in Soho with the entire family. Children under 10 can choose a complimentary main course between 4-6pm Monday to Friday and 12-6pm on weekends. There are familiar favourites like fish and chips and breaded chicken, plus prawn cocktail and smoked salmon for young seafood fans.
Just a short walk from Southbank and the Tate Modern, a visit to Camino Bankside feels like a short trip to Spain itself. Grown-ups can check out the impressive jamón counter where top quality Ibérico ham is carved to order. Little ones can eat for free from Camino’s classic or vegetarian children’s menus. They’ll love the Ibérico meatballs and traditional Spanish tortilla.
Up for a weekend treat? Whether your kids are fussy eaters or food connoisseurs, at Sea Containers they are bound to find a dish that’ll tickle their fancy. Choose from hummus and crushed avocado with flatbread, mac & cheese, or a mini cheeseburger. Best of all, your little ones can fill their bellies for free from 12pm to 4pm every weekend.
The Real Greek
We’ve always known that our European neighbours were great at treating kids the right way and with free kids’ meals on Sundays, The Real Greek is no exception. Round up the family, share some delicious meze dishes, and feel like you’re in sunny Greece for a little while.
Barbican Kitchen is a family-friendly restaurant situated on the ground floor of the Barbican Centre and a family trip combining the arts and yummy food are a win-win combination in our eyes. Kids under 12 eat free with an adult ordering a main meal and can choose from mini steak burgers and fish bites with smashed peas. Why not let your little ones check out how real pizza dough is made in the kitchen? The chefs here are super friendly!
Love a good barbecue? Then head to Bodean’s, which brings the taste, style and soul of Kansas City barbecue to the British capital. At their Soho restaurant, one child eats free with each adult ordering a main from 12-3pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. Just watch out for sticky fingers after they’ve got stuck into the ribs and chicken wings! If your kids get bored in a restaurant setting, fear not – there’s plenty of colouring supplies to keep them entertained.
Do you love a leisurely weekend breakfast? Leave the cooking to the experts and head to Tom’s Kitchen to try his famous eggs Benedict. From 9.30-11.00am, children up to the age of 10 eat free from the children’s menu and grown-ups can enjoy unlimited tea or coffee. There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend.
Greenwich is the ideal location for a family day out. After taking the children to see Cutty Sark or the Maritime Museum, stroll over to Rivington Greenwich for comforting dishes like sausage and mash or mini schnitzels with garlic mayo. Kids under 12 eat for free from Monday to Friday and everyone will feel welcome at this stylish yet cosy restaurant offering modern British cuisine.
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.