9 Child Friendly Restaurants In London

9 Child Friendly Restaurants In London
Eating and entertainment: All Star Lanes

Want to take the kids out for lunch? You might think that well known pizza restaurant is the only option, but it’s not just the big chains that will accommodate the little ones. Here’s our pick of 9 much more interesting London restaurants where children will be made more than welcome.

All Star Lanes

What better way to keep the children entertained over lunch than bringing bowling into the equation? At the four All Star Lanes branches across London, a game of tenpin can be paired with good ol’ US diner-style dishes such as burgers, fried chicken, ribs and steaks. Special smaller main meals are £6.50 for all kids, while a main, a side, a drink, a dessert and a game of bowling can be bought together for £17.50.


This Soho institution’s offering of pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, chicken wings, burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese will ensure neither adult nor child leave hungry. Or with a clean face. The best bit? Kids eat completely free from noon up until 5pm every day, take a look at the details here.

You get one free kids’ meal for every paying adult, but for extra meals (or outside of these hours) it’s still only a fiver. There are now also branches of Bodean’s in Balham, Clapham, Fulham, Old Street, Covent Garden, Muswell Hill and Tower Hill (though Soho’s still our favourite).

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Though it goes into bar-mode of an evening, this fun, brightly coloured Cuban hangout near Waterloo station is perfect for the kids in the daytime. A dedicated kids’ menu offers two courses for £7, along with a juice, and yummy homemade desserts will appeal to both big and little ones. If the children want to feel a bit more grown up, they can enjoy glasses or pitchers of mocktails; don’t worry, there’s no shortage of real cocktails for the adults.

Hix Soho

Mark Hix’s plush and moody Brewer Street restaurant wouldn’t be the first place that would come to mind to take a child. But given the chef himself has campaigned for better food in restaurants for children, it’s actually rather apt.

It’s not the cheapest restaurant in town, but kids under 10 eat free from a special menu when accompanied by a dining adult between 4-6pm on weekdays and 12-6pm on Saturdays. Options include fish and chips with mushy peas and a breaded chicken breast. It’s just a shame the kids won’t get to sample the excellent cocktails on offer in Mark’s Bar down below...

Homeslice pizza


If it’s pizza that the kids are craving, then give either Homeslice's Covent Garden or Shoreditch branch a try rather than the big chains. There’s no special menu, but given pizzas arrive whole (and large) at the table for sharing, that’s not really a problem.

Children will no doubt enjoy being able to use their own pizza slice to cut and share out the pizza, as well as the fun of seeing pizzas go in and out of the pizza ovens in the open kitchen. It’s informal, loud and bustling, so there’s no need for anyone to be too quiet either. Oh, and the pizzas are far better than those at the big chains, too.

Masala Zone

This small chain of informal Indian eateries (locations here) is a firm favourite of ours for a cheap and cheerful meal that doesn’t cut corners on taste. Alongside classic curries, dals and biryanis, choose from a selection of dishes inspired by the street food of India, such as bhel (a puffed rice salad) or aloo tikki chaat (a spiced potato cake). Or to keep choosing to a minimum, go for one of the thalis, a platter including bread, rice and a selection of mains for little over a tenner. A special kids’ menu is available for under-sevens and it's just £6 for a main course and dessert.


Stepney City Farm

London’s city farms are ideal entertainment (and education) for children, and this one comes with a particularly appealing independently run café. It’s open 10am-3.45pm from Wednesday to Sunday. The daily menu is a simple assortment of sandwiches, pastries, cakes, toasties and the like, while daily-changing dishes dictated by what’s growing are the real highlight. Anything using the excellent laid-that-day eggs are always recommended, and smaller portions of just about everything can be made for kids, too. Also try: Frizzante who run café-restaurants at Hackney City Farm, Surrey Docks Farm and Mudchute Park & Farm.

Tom’s Kitchen

You’ll find celebrity chef Tom Aikens's casual range of eateries in Chelsea, Canary Wharf and on the terrace at Somerset House just by Waterloo Bridge. He’s put together a special kids’ menu (may differ across venues) offering many of the same style of modern British classics that adults will enjoy, but in smaller portions.

Breakfast options including egg & soldiers, and mini berry pancake, available 8-11.30am on weekdays and 10am-noon on weekends, dishes costing £2-£5. Lunches from noon-2.30pm and dinners from 6-9pm come in at £8.50 for a mini-main and a pudding, with options including macaroni cheese, pasta and mini burgers.

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Any of the branches of this Mexican mini-chain will welcome little ones. They’ve even got a special kids’ menu offering smaller portions, toned-down spices and little extras like scoops of ice-cream to finish from just £1.20. The bustling atmosphere means there’s no need to worry about a bit of noise, and the locations are pretty handy too. If you’re shopping in a Westfield, checking out the Southbank or hitting the West End, one won’t be far away.

This article is part of our Best of London Food and Drink series. Visit the page for more recommendations of where to enjoy the capital's top food and drink, categorised by cuisine, food type and more.

Last Updated 04 January 2018


Sophie's in Covent Garden shouldn't be missed off. A steak restaurant, they always give a warm welcome to families and kids eat free on Sundays.


Banana Tree is also family friendly. There a special kids menu with drink, main and dessert and all of the children get crayons and some puzzles to color about orangutans plus at the end of the visit they get a helium balloon

Adam Parkin

Child Friendly Restaurants is rare In London. But love to see those restaurant. Cubana and Masala Zone is fantastic. Will visit rest of the restaurant very soon.

Susie Boo

"Oh, and the pizzas are far better than those at the big chains, too."
ah, hip londoners and their pet hate for "chains" and love of "small, quirky places with industrial decor" serving bitter coffe that they call "strong". so cute. newsflash: it's usually for a reason that the chains are everywhere and always packed. there's nothing special about homeslice or franco manca, tbh.


Thanks for brilliant article & all the advisory comments about other child friendly eateries. I can add them to my list of restaurants to avoid.