The West End
In the West End, themed restaurants abound down every street and around every corner. You can’t go far wrong with a taste of home with US flavors and rock memorabilia at the original Hard Rock Cafe, where Eric Clapton’s and Pete Townshend’s guitars are part of the decór.
For a more exotic atmosphere, head into the jungle, complete with waterfalls, robotic animals, like an elephant that moves its trunk, and sudden storms, at the Rainforest Cafe.
Zédel is an enormous, buzzy, could-be-Paris brasserie with a menu big enough to satisfy most tastes (including the excellent French fries). Sunday lunch is popular with families, especially since roast chicken is the plat du jour, and it’s yards away from Piccadilly Circus.
Soho is the best neighborhood for sheer diversity, with lots of Italian bistros plus plenty of Chinese eateries on Gerrard Street, the heart of London’s Chinatown. Family Traveller‘s recommendation is the friendly Cafe TPT, located on the Piccadilly Circus end of Wardour Street, opposite the W Hotel.
For more cutting-edge Asian style, where you order everything by the touch of a button, try Inamo.
In West London, there’s Rolling Stones heritage on the menu at Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers, which serves ribs, burgers, chicken drumsticks and shakes, plus cocktails for the grown-ups.
Julie’s Restaurant & Champagne Bar in Holland Park operates a crèche every Sunday (except in August) for two- to 12-year-olds, as well as a children’s ‘FUN’CH menu.
London Bridge is at its most animated on a Saturday when the best of people-watching is in full swing. At Borough Market, you can sample the best of the produce by strolling from one outlet to the next – a great place to stock up for a picnic.
East London’s Brick Lane is the epicentre of London’s curry houses. The street is lined with mostly Bangladeshi restaurants. Bengal Village is one of the most popular and delicious.
If you are planning a trip to Camden Town market and can resist the food stalls, continue north for 400 yards towards Chalk Farm to Marine Ices. As well as serving some of the best ice cream in London, there’s an Italian restaurant, too.
All Star Lanes: Combine bowling with classic American fare, including southern fried chicken, burgers, steaks and ribs. It has branches on Brick Lane, Bayswater and Holborn.
The Breakfast Club: Excellent breakfasts served until late, plus a range of other dishes.
Wagamama: Communal tables, a huge range of Pan-Asian dishes, great juices and a kid’s menu.
Yo Sushi: For the fun of picking Japanese dishes off the conveyor belt.
My Old Dutch: Both sweet and savory pancakes and waffles.
Giraffe: Very family-friendly with a broad range of dishes.
Pizza Express: The pizza and pasta chain found all over town, and mostly in interesting buildings.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen: Quality burgers, with mini versions for.