There are over 24,000 restaurants London restaurants and every parent knows choosing where to eat with kids has to be right. So to save you some time – and money – Natasha Harding and her children recently ate their way round London on your behalf. Here are a few of their top picks, enjoy!
Knott Churros: top stop for pudding
The Knot Churros in Knightsbridge is an ideal destination stop for pudding. The oh-so pink decor is perfectly Instagramable and fits in perfectly with this summer’s Barbie movie. You can’t help but smile as soon as you step inside. Dessert choices include Glazed Churros, Glitter Popcorn and Love Heart Waffle Cones – which were particularly tasty.
The prices aren’t for the faint hearted – milkshakes alone cost £11.04 – but if you’re happy to treat the little ones, this is one of the London restaurants you shouldn’t miss.
Pizza Express Bankside: kid-friendly and incredible views
If you plan to put a Pizza Express on your list of London restaurants, then put the one at Bankside right at the top.
As well as a kid-friendly vibe, it also serves up a lovely view of the St Paul’s Cathedral and the city. The Piccolo menu, specifically for children, is great value at £7.75 and kids can enjoy Dough Balls with crunchy vegetables to start, plus a choice of pizza, pasta or salad as a main, and a dessert too. Also included is a Bambinoccino and activity pack – which means you might get to enjoy that view – for five minutes at least.
Imano Soho: perfect for adventurous young eaters
If your children are adventurous eaters then Imano Soho is worth a visit. Launched in 2008, as the world’s first interactive restaurant, it uses smart tables for food orders and provides entertainment in the form of tabletop games and drawing.
They serve a fusion of Asian dishes and stand outs for us included the Shrimp and Broccoli Lao Mein, Chicken Karaage, and the deliciously light coconut ice cream. We also loved the laid back feel of the restaurant, and had a laugh playing ping pong while our food was being cooked.
Pivot Bar and Restaurant: kids eat free on Sundays
Kids eat free every Sunday if they order a roast at Pivot Bar and Restaurant, which is located in the heart of Covent Garden.
The food is good – really good – and the kitchen is headed up by award-winning chef, Mark Greenaway. The first floor restaurant is a super swanky space and offers a view of the bustling square below which will keep the kids amused as they people-watch. For grown-ups, there’s a selection of Sunday Special cocktails which deserve to be tried, including a fruity Pimm’s Cup or, if you’re in need of the hair of the dog, an excellent Bloody Mary.
One Aldwych: leads London restaurants for afternoon tea
One Aldwych is probably one of the most prestigious addresses in London and, although it’s steeped in history, all guests are made to feel welcome from the minute they step inside its chic lobby.
Their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is the kind of treat kids will remember for a long time. Although the food is so picture perfect it’s almost too good to eat. Naturally the names are pure Roald Dhal too, so kids can expect the likes of scones with Snozzberry Jam and Chocolate Swudge Milkshake. In need of some extra adult decadence? Order a glass or two of crisp Champagne with your version of afternoon tea.
‘O Ver Borough: possibly the best pizza this side of Naples
‘O ver Borough is situated on Southwark Street and although small, it’s one of the most beautifully formed London restaurants.
The attentive, child-friendly Italian waiters welcome kids of all ages and the food is very impressive. On offer is delicious Neapolitan street food that’s made fresh each day. And you won’t find stodgy pizza bases here, as the dough at ‘O ver is made using pure sea water: apparently it improves the taste and is better for digestion.
We shared Bruschetta to start with, and oh my, the tomatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had: I could have been in Naples. The pizza choices include Margherita, Capricciosa (artichokes, ham and olives) and Salsiccia (pork sausage, broccoli, white wine and chilli). They were flavoursome and filling but leave room for pudding is our advice. We tried the Tiramisu and Il Gelato – which comes from Borough market.
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