After a busy day exploring the British capital, there’s nothing quite like sinking into a plush booth and knowing that the whole family can find their favourite food on the menu. Luckily, families staying at the Rubens at the Place will discover that London is home to plenty of places that offer both child-friendly dishes and toddler-pleasing plates, as well as something special for grown-ups. These are six of the best child friendly restaurants in London to try on your next trip.
Despite its exclusive postcode and polished interiors, Sticky Fingers in Kensington won’t bat an eyelid if the kids get hands-on with their food. Children will love diving into a plate of baby back ribs or macaroni, whilst larger appetites can refuel with the delicious Sticky’s Old Times burger. Expect messy faces and satisfied grins all round.
If viewing a West End show features high on your family’s itinerary, then make sure you pay a visit to Joe Allen beforehand. Decked out with theatre memorabilia and posters of famous faces, this Covent Garden joint has been cooking courses worthy of an encore since 1977. Mini-fish cakes and saucy pasta promises to strike all the right cords with young audiences.
The English Grill
One of the best child friendly restaurants in London thanks to its V.I. Little P’s bespoke menu, The English Grill has plenty of options for guests under 12. Even the fussiest eaters will be tempted by a homemade cheeseburger, chicken pot pie or classic spaghetti meatballs. A fruity Princess Charlotte or punchy Prince George mocktail are a sure-fire hit amongst young diners, too. Clink cups and toast to a fantastic family vacation—mum and dad can enjoy a glass of wine from award winning South African vineyard Bouchard Finlayson.
Pizza night always delights the whole family. So, tune into sourdough pies topped with seasonal Italian ingredients at Radio Alice in Hoxton. Brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s pizza bases are rested for 24 hours and sliced into eight, once cooked, for easy tearing and sharing. The only tricky decisions will be what to have on top and on the side. Nibbles, such as the burrata or salumi platter, come highly recommended.
Located on a corner of the King’s Road, Beaufort House is homely, elegant and child-friendly. On a sunny day, the Chelsea property’s large glass sides fold open, so that its tables and chairs have an al fresco feel. Kids can tuck into tasty and nutritious dishes, such as gnocchi with broccoli or chicken and quinoa, from their brasserie.
Tredwells is part of Covent Garden’s vibrant Seven Dials, known for its great boutiques, theatres and charming cobbled streets. A Marcus Waring restaurant, Tredwells is known for is laidback atmosphere and hearty British fare, making it a great choice for a family meal. Here, young food enthusiasts can refine their palate with a seven-course ‘Culinary Kids’ tasting menu.
Guests under 12 at the Rubens at the Place can dine free of charge between 5.00pm – 7.00pm at The English Grill, The Curry Room or bbar.
Image Credits: Lead image © Steven Joyce. Sticky Fingers Sticky Fingers. Joe Allen interior Steven Joyce. Pizza slice iStock/FotoZlaja. Tredwells restaurant Tredwells.