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Family-Friendly Pubs In London

Lise Smith
By Lise Smith Last edited 17 months ago
Family-Friendly Pubs In London

At the end of a busy week (or towards the start of one), nothing beats a glass of wine or a pint of ale with friends in a cosy local hostelry. But what if you or your friends have young children who aren't quite ready for a swift half and a game of bar billiards? Never fear, we've rounded up some of the capital's favourite family-friendly pubs, with everything from healthy kids' menus to facilities for the smallest of customers.

Tasty treats and high chairs at The Spoke, Upper Holloway. Image: Lise Smith

North

Tufnell Park Tavern, Tufnell Park

This friendly local opens in the morning as a community coffee shop selling delicious homemade cakes — ideal for a mid-morning pit-stop. Linger over brunch or lunch with little ones in the large, pleasant beer garden; on Saturdays there's a food market selling locally sourced and produced goodies. 162 Tufnell Park Road, N7 0EE

The Londesborough, Stoke Newington

A super-friendly, cosy pub with comfy couches galore. The Sunday lunches are delicious — make sure to save room for dessert — and they welcome parents with children of all ages. Ideal for a lazy weekend brunch. 36 Barbauld Road, N16 0SS

East

The Spoke, Holloway

A cafe by day and tavern by evening, The Spoke offers a healthy home-cooked kids' menu, fresh juices, toys, games and crayons for young customers, plus high chairs galore. Popular with baby-wearing Islington dads, this cycle-friendly pub is directly opposite Whittington Park for superb outdoor play facilities. 710 Holloway Road, N19 3NH

Queen's Arms, Walthamstow

This locally popular gastropub has exceptionally child-friendly staff. With generous portions of food and a pretty beer garden, this is an excellent choice for a family Sunday lunch or a weekday prix-fixe with friends. Children are welcome until 7pm. 42 Orford Road, E17 9NJ

People's Park Tavern - image by M@

People's Park Tavern, Victoria Park

Boasting a beer garden backing onto Vicky Park itself, this is a great place to relax with the kids in summer — and, thanks to the outdoor heating — into the chillier months. A kids' menu offers small portions of home-cooked roasts and pub favourites. 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT

South

The Bolingbroke, Battersea

A tavern with welcoming staff, a good children's menu, books and crayons and even fairy cakes for the little ones to decorate. The Bolingbroke serves modern British food in a conservatory setting with ample room for buggies. Sister pub The Rosendale is also worth checking out for Dulwich-dwellers. 174 Northcote Road, SW11 6RE

The Vanbrugh, Greenwich

A large beer garden and airy conservatory together with a small but tasty menu, good selection of ales and a relaxed vibe make The Vanbrugh a favourite with Greenwich families. Children are welcome until 8pm. 91 Colomb Street, SE10 9EZ

The Aleksander, Twickenham

This very family-focused pub is named after the owner's son. A hearty Italian menu — the pizzas are a particular stand-out - and friendly staff put a smile on everyone's faces; grown-ups will enjoy the wine list and cask ales; younger visitors will be enthralled by the selection of toys and games. Prices are refreshing too. 277-279 Richmond Road, TW1 2NP

The Eagle, Shepherd's Bush. Image: Sachab under Creative Commons licence

West

The Eagle, Shepherd's Bush

This charming Shepherd's Bush local has bright, candy-coloured walls and an amazing outdoor play space filled with beanbags in all the colours of the rainbow. Rock away the summer days on the swing benches in the garden or curl up on a sofa by the fire and enjoy seasonal bar snacks and grills, including a barbecue menu in the warmer weather. 215 Askew Road, W12 9AZ

Drayton Court, Ealing

This 19th century hotel and hostelry is one of Ealing's oldest. Today it's a large and characterful pub serving delicious burgers and superior pub-grub. Children receive a warm welcome and will enjoy the garden and outdoor playground, while a children's menu of mini-bites caters to smaller appetites. 2 The Avenue, W13 8PH

The Island, Kensal Rise

With an outside terrace and attractive interior, The Island has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and is popular with Brent families for Sunday lunches and early dinners; the fish and chips on Friday nights go down especially well with younger palettes. Children are welcome until 8pm and can stay in the restaurant later if eating. 123 College Road, NW10 5HA

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Do you have a favourite family-friendly local we should know about? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 21 October 2015

Olly

Since when has Holloway Road been in East London? Granted there are a few more coffee shops and beards but it's still N19!

Ian

Thanks for the heads-up on which pubs to avoid. Pubs used to be an adult stronghold until they were taken over by screaming, whingeing brats.

Matt

People's Park Tavern??? Have you even been there with a family? If you enjoy being aggressively reminded from about 5pm that your kids must be off the premises by 7, and having them scowled at for running around in the beer garden, then by all means go there.
There are much, much better options in Hackney.
Avoid at all costs

Tatyana Todorova

Kids have to grow up at home surrounded with their families not in pub surrounded of alcohol and drunk people. And also its dangerous for the staff as well, kids play and scream everywhere around the pubs and the restaurants and it's a big chance for a bad accident. Parents get drunk too and they stop to care for the kids properly. In these days many young families are irresponsible, they leave very dirty tables behind themseves and some of them even leave used pampers on the tables. So guys enjoy with your weekend off in a places like this after hard working week.
Encourage the kids to drink.

Angharad

All the pubs in East Dulwich are family friendly!