You've seen the Queen (pretty sure it was her looking out of the window at Buckingham Palace), traipsed up Regent's Street to hit Hamleys and now, hunger has struck. You might feel like your only option for family friendly restaurants is to hurry to the nearest chain, but if you're looking for places to eat if you're visiting London with kids fear not, we've got you covered. Here are six of the best eating establishments that are child friendly - ones that offer that bit extra to the whole family. Places with patient staff and fun menus that are well used to sticky fingers, mess and the odd tantrum thrown in – what more could you ask for?
All Star Lanes
This place combines bowling with lunch, ideal for keeping the kids entertained. The four All Star Lanes branches offer a package of a main meal, a side, a drink, a dessert and a game of bowling.
Bayswater: 6 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB
Shoreditch: 95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Holborn: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, WC1B 4DA
Stratford: 2nd floor, Westfield Stratford City, E20 1ET
A BBQ Smokehouse. Need we say any more? On the off chance you need further persuasion, this American style spot serves up burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, bbq ribs and wings accompanied by classic sides like mac'n'cheese and fries. Fingers might be a little sticky and faces a little messy by the end but Bodean's is certainly one of our favourite family friendly restaurant. And if you're really still not convinced, we'll just leave you with the info that for every paying adult you get one kid's meal free. You're welcome.
Soho: 10 Poland Street, W1F 88P
Covent Garden: 25 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
Old Street: 201 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1JN
Tower Hill: 16 Byward Street, EC3R 5BA
If you're after pizza, look no further than Homeslice. You can order large pizzas from the wood fired oven to share out between the family, or if that all feels like a little too much and you're tactically saving room for dessert, you can order by the slice instead. The whole place is open plan, relaxed and always busy so making some extra noise won't be an issue, even if the discussion about what pizzas to share get a little heated.
Covent Garden: 13 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
Fitzrovia: 52 Wells Street W1T 3PR
Shoreditch: 374-378 Old Street EC1V 9LT
Mexican street food was obviously your first thought when we said child friendly. If it wasn't, bear with us a second. Wahaca's menu is a lot more kid friendly than it may first sound, with spices toned down on the children's menu, great value desserts to finish it off, colourful decor and a lively atmosphere, it's a winner for informal family dining.
Covent Garden: 66 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HG
Southbank: Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 8XX
Oxford Circus: 26 – 28 Great Portland St, W1W 8QT
St Pauls: First Floor, One New Change, EC2V 6AG
Liverpool Street: 1-3 Widegate St, E1 7ES
Known for his school dinner campaigns, it’s no surprise that family man Jamie Oliver looks after younger diners at his restaurants. At Jamie’s Italian, not only is the kids’ menu packed with healthy options, but meals are selected from a viewfinder. Even without the quirky ordering, dishes like free-range chicken lollipops with crinkle-cut wedges jump off the menu.
Piccadilly: 17-19 Denman Street, W1D 7HW
A world of pure imagination, the Madd Hatter's adds some Alice-inspired magic to an already elaborate afternoon tea experience.Tea and lavish cakes (such as colourful cupcakes, macarons and delectable brownies) are served amidst eccentric, colourful murals and Alice-themed artwork. Awarded MasterChef’s 'Food and Drink Innovation of the Year', it also supplies Fortnum & Mason, so they are undoubted cake connoisseurs.
Covent Garden: Arts Theatre, 6 - 7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB
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