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7 Fun Child-Friendly Restaurants in London

A kids’ tasting menu, curries and crayons, and luxurious banana splits

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For people with little mouths to feed, dining out and finding a child-friendly restaurant often means racking the brains, trying to come up with a restaurant to keep kids occupied that also suits parents’ tastes and actually welcomes the young diners as customers.

Here are seven great London restaurants with kids’ menus which make a welcome change from the usual suspects.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dishoom King's Cross

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5 Stable St, Kings Cross
London N1C 4AB, UK

Not only is the King’s Cross branch of Dishoom’s mini London group perhaps the best of the lot for buggy parking, it services the needs of older children, too, offering what it calls “one plate meals for little Dishoom-wallas.” For £7.50, kids can choose from either a mildly spiced grilled chicken thigh or paneer tikka with peppers, both of which are served with Bombay potatoes, slaw, and a glass of fruit juice. It’s mostly indoor dining, but there are a few outdoor tables.

2. Masala Zone Covent Garden

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48 Floral St
London WC2E 9DA, UK

Of the seven branches across London, Masala Zone Covent Garden will most appeal to younger diners, as they can gawk at the traditional Indian puppets that festoon the place as they wait for their food. Although they can occupy themselves at every branch with colouring books and crayons which are provided by the amenable staff. Mini thalis with milder curries are available from £6, and for those that can handle more heat, the rolled dosas prove popular. Indoor dining only.

Masala Zone’s children’s thali
Masala Zone [Official Photo]

3. Tredwells

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4A Upper St Martin's Ln
London WC2H 9NY, UK

The target market for this restaurant from chefs Chantelle Nicholson is budding gourmets — its “Culinary Kids” menu seeks to introduce new flavours and textures. At much better value than an average tasting menu, for £17, children receive six courses of dishes such as mozzarella with mild chorizo; hake, salsa verde, and purple sprouting broccoli; and salted caramel soft serve with chocolate sauce, plus a recipe to take and make at home. The cheaper “Junior Menu” is aimed at even younger palates, with decent but risibly named offerings such as ‘legendary lamb croquettes’ and ‘awesome omelette,’ served with ‘perky peas’ and ‘bravo broccoli.’

Tredwells’ “Culinary Kids” tasting menu
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4. Cafe Murano St James

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33 St James's St, St. James's
London SW1A 1HD, UK

For £10, young visitors to any of chef Angela Hartnett’s northern Italian mini-empire can treat themselves to classic Italian executed beautifully. Chicken Milanese with potato fritti, basil and tomato pasta, or tagliatelle with sausage ragù, plus a choice of fruit juice and a scoop of ice cream. The St James’ Street branch is particularly bustling, so most forgiving of youthful exuberance. Indoor dining only.

Cafe Murano by Angela Hartnett
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5. Pique-Nique

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Tanner St, Bermondsey
London SE1 3LD, UK

One of the best places in London to eat roast chicken is kind enough to offer that same chicken to its young audience. At Pique-Nique, the neighbouring sister site to the fantastic French bistro, Casse-Croute in Bermondsey, children are presented with a simple choice: chicken, potatoes, and ice cream for £10 or go home. 10/10, too, for the menu itself.

6. Goring Dining Room

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15 Beeston Pl, Westminster
London SW1W 0JW, UK

Little princes and princesses may be tempted by the very English offerings at the Queen Mother’s favourite hotel where Kate Middleton famously spent her final night before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge. Enjoy savoury options including nursery-style boiled eggs and soldiers, fish fingers, chips and peas, and bangers and mash, but it’s the puddings which will really win hearts, such as the lavish Knickerbocker Glory and the giant banana split.

Eggs and soldiers at the Goring in Belgravia, one of the best places to visit for children in London
Boiled eggs and soldiers at The Goring
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7. Kitcho

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57 Greenwich High Rd
London SE10 8LP, UK

This small Japanese restaurant sits halfway down Greenwich High Road. Its main trade is takeaway as evidenced by the plush waiting area and piles of magazines but blag a table near the back and relish Japanese food done well. There’s no kids’ menu as such, but plenty to please even the fussiest of children, with excellent pork and chicken katsu — fried cutlets similar to schnitzel — and chicken karaage — crisp fried chicken — as well as a wide range of udon dishes, fat noodles which every child seems to enjoy slurping down, and more familiar ramen and rice dishes. For the grown-ups and more adventurous children, the set sushi and sashimi platters are exemplary, but it’s even more fun to play it by ear with ingredients like sea urchin, spot prawns and abalone to choose from.

Kitcho’s sushi
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1. Dishoom King's Cross

5 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, UK

Not only is the King’s Cross branch of Dishoom’s mini London group perhaps the best of the lot for buggy parking, it services the needs of older children, too, offering what it calls “one plate meals for little Dishoom-wallas.” For £7.50, kids can choose from either a mildly spiced grilled chicken thigh or paneer tikka with peppers, both of which are served with Bombay potatoes, slaw, and a glass of fruit juice. It’s mostly indoor dining, but there are a few outdoor tables.

5 Stable St, Kings Cross
London N1C 4AB, UK

2. Masala Zone Covent Garden

48 Floral St, London WC2E 9DA, UK
Masala Zone’s children’s thali
Masala Zone [Official Photo]

Of the seven branches across London, Masala Zone Covent Garden will most appeal to younger diners, as they can gawk at the traditional Indian puppets that festoon the place as they wait for their food. Although they can occupy themselves at every branch with colouring books and crayons which are provided by the amenable staff. Mini thalis with milder curries are available from £6, and for those that can handle more heat, the rolled dosas prove popular. Indoor dining only.

48 Floral St
London WC2E 9DA, UK

3. Tredwells

4A Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9NY, UK
Tredwells’ “Culinary Kids” tasting menu
tredwells/instagram

The target market for this restaurant from chefs Chantelle Nicholson is budding gourmets — its “Culinary Kids” menu seeks to introduce new flavours and textures. At much better value than an average tasting menu, for £17, children receive six courses of dishes such as mozzarella with mild chorizo; hake, salsa verde, and purple sprouting broccoli; and salted caramel soft serve with chocolate sauce, plus a recipe to take and make at home. The cheaper “Junior Menu” is aimed at even younger palates, with decent but risibly named offerings such as ‘legendary lamb croquettes’ and ‘awesome omelette,’ served with ‘perky peas’ and ‘bravo broccoli.’

4A Upper St Martin's Ln
London WC2H 9NY, UK

4. Cafe Murano St James

33 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1A 1HD, UK
Cafe Murano by Angela Hartnett
cafemurano/Instagram

For £10, young visitors to any of chef Angela Hartnett’s northern Italian mini-empire can treat themselves to classic Italian executed beautifully. Chicken Milanese with potato fritti, basil and tomato pasta, or tagliatelle with sausage ragù, plus a choice of fruit juice and a scoop of ice cream. The St James’ Street branch is particularly bustling, so most forgiving of youthful exuberance. Indoor dining only.

33 St James's St, St. James's
London SW1A 1HD, UK

5. Pique-Nique

Tanner St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3LD, UK

One of the best places in London to eat roast chicken is kind enough to offer that same chicken to its young audience. At Pique-Nique, the neighbouring sister site to the fantastic French bistro, Casse-Croute in Bermondsey, children are presented with a simple choice: chicken, potatoes, and ice cream for £10 or go home. 10/10, too, for the menu itself.

Tanner St, Bermondsey
London SE1 3LD, UK

6. Goring Dining Room

15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW, UK
Eggs and soldiers at the Goring in Belgravia, one of the best places to visit for children in London
Boiled eggs and soldiers at The Goring
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Little princes and princesses may be tempted by the very English offerings at the Queen Mother’s favourite hotel where Kate Middleton famously spent her final night before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge. Enjoy savoury options including nursery-style boiled eggs and soldiers, fish fingers, chips and peas, and bangers and mash, but it’s the puddings which will really win hearts, such as the lavish Knickerbocker Glory and the giant banana split.

15 Beeston Pl, Westminster
London SW1W 0JW, UK

7. Kitcho

57 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8LP, UK
Kitcho’s sushi
meemalee/Instagram

This small Japanese restaurant sits halfway down Greenwich High Road. Its main trade is takeaway as evidenced by the plush waiting area and piles of magazines but blag a table near the back and relish Japanese food done well. There’s no kids’ menu as such, but plenty to please even the fussiest of children, with excellent pork and chicken katsu — fried cutlets similar to schnitzel — and chicken karaage — crisp fried chicken — as well as a wide range of udon dishes, fat noodles which every child seems to enjoy slurping down, and more familiar ramen and rice dishes. For the grown-ups and more adventurous children, the set sushi and sashimi platters are exemplary, but it’s even more fun to play it by ear with ingredients like sea urchin, spot prawns and abalone to choose from.

57 Greenwich High Rd
London SE10 8LP, UK

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