Diggory Lifestyle Management - Restaurants where children are welcome

London's best restaurants, cafes and bistros where children are welcome!

Just because you have children it doesn't mean you have to stop eating in restaurants or resign yourself to eating uninteresting, poor-quality child focused menus. There are some wonderful cafes, bistros and restaurants in London with delicious cuisine that also happen to be child friendly!

Dee Hope, Founder, Diggory Lifestyle

Banners

21 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 0208 348 2930 £39.00

"Insanely large" breakfasts and "a lovely family-friendly environment", help win a devoted following for this "fun" diner in "trendy Crouch End", it's all-day World Food menu is "a bit like Giraffe on steroids". The children’s menu offers fresh, unprocessed food and our smoothies, milkshakes and fresh juices all come in children’s portions.

Banners' provides crayons and paper, books and even a few toys. Highchairs are also available but in limited supply, so book in advance to save disappointment telling them you require a highchair.

 

 

The River Cafe

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 0207 386 4200 £78.00

"This incredible" Hammersmith modern Italian - famous worldwide for its cookbooks - offers "simple" but "phenomenal" dishes that are amongst "the best in London"; as ever though, even fans say its prices are just "silly". Closed Sun.

 

 

Rossopomodoro

50 - 52 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2 0207 240 9095 £37.00

With restaurants in Chelsea, Covent Garden and Notting Hill you are guaranteed a "surprisingly authentic pizza" - from a chain that is after all based in Italy - help make these "busy", "noisy" and "fun" outlets popular with almost all who comment on them.

 

 

Belgo

50 Earlham Street, WC2 0207 813 2233 £39.00

Belgo have two restaurants in WC2, and one in NW1 and another in Clapham. "For a Quick moules frites", these "all-Belgian" refectories can fit the bill, with their "lovely" range of Belgium beers, and their ability to entertain children. It's not posh, it very busy and the, atmosphere is authentic.

It’s extremely child-friendly; you won't struggle to find a highchair. The children's menu which includes a mini pot of mussels and an activity kit  is great and best of all they eat for free!

 

 

Villandry

170 Great Portland Street 0207 631 3131 £53.00

Stylish décor, buzzing atmosphere, great food, patient and charming staff and very child-friendly. The children will love the  “paint your own ice cream” dessert plate which comes complete with paint brush and “paints” (chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate sauces).

Villandry’s have a wonderful children's menu which includes freshly squeezed juices, strips of chicken breast with courgette chips, lemon sole with chips and peas, mini hamburger, macaroni and cheese.

They have plenty of high chairs and hand out crayons and paper for the children to colour...as you finish that last glass of wine!

 

 

Giraffe

7 Kensington High Street, W8 0207 938 1221 £37

Giraffe have many restaurants all over London and you can search for the nearest one to you here. "They do a wonderful job with families", at these "busy" World Food cafes. Nod to the wise, if you don't have children this place could be torture!

 

 

Frederick's Restaurant

Camden Passage, Islington, N1 0207 359 2888 £48

It's a large restaurant that does cater for children. The children's menu is available on Saturday lunch times and by booking all other times.

Frederick’s main dining area is the Garden Room, an airy yet intimate space beneath a spectacular vaulted glass roof. It overlooks the patio and garden, which are open for drinks or dining whenever it’s warm enough.

 

 

The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, W1 0207 499 6996 £57

Although The Wolseley is not particularly equipped for children, it is non the less a wonderful place to have brunch, although you do need to book in advance. The staff are really helpful and will provide you with highchairs as needed.

 

 

Wahaca

66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, WC2 0207 240 1883 £29

Wahaca have restaurants in Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Soho and White City and are great for children. They are really buzzing - a great atmosphere and the staff are really friendly. For those of you who know your highchairs, they have brightly coloured Stokke highchairs - so your little ones can eat great Mexican and look trendy doing it.

You don't need to book; they believe you should eat when you are hungry so if you see a queue, don't worry it does go down quickly.

 

 

Gracelands Cafe

118 College Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 0208 964 9161 £tbc

Award winning Gracelands Cafe is a definite destination if you find yourself in the area - lovely atmosphere - great staff and extremely child friendly, with highchairs and a well equipped play area for the children. They have big windows that bathe the room in light and long wooden rectory tables and 'real food' cooked at the counter!

They also have rooms at the back of the cafe, referred to as, Graceland Yard, offering mums and children opportunities to take part in various classes and workshops.

 

 

Petersham Nurseries

Church Lane, Petersham, Richmond, TW10, 0208 940 5230 £63

This is an award winning cafe and teahouse, so good, you have to book one month ahead to get a table, is a lovely summers stroll from the centre of Richmond, along the river Thames and across beautiful cow pastures (eyes open for the cowpats). They have wonderful gardens for the children to run and play and a shop for plants and interior design, including some fabulous antiques.

They are well quipped for children with highchairs; and they always have a 'pasta dish of the day' for children and also they are flexible to accommodate children from the A La Carte menu - fore instance two children sharing one dish between them.

 

 

Camden Brasserie

9-11 Jamestown Road, Camden, NW1 0207 482 2114 £44

Very near Camden market, a favourite of celebrities this French style brasserie serves wonderful food and the staff are friendly. They serve all meals to children, half portion and at half price, they even have highchairs and colouring pads and crayons  for both younger and older children.

 

 

Carluccio's Cafe

Branches throughout London, click here to find your nearest £36

The children's menu,at £6.95 per child is wonderfully creative with a soft drink to start and then they can either pick their preferred 'pasta' (tubes or strings...cute) and 'sauce' tomato, Pesto, Butter or Ragu or they can have a child's portion on Lasagna, Ravioli or Milanese di Polo (chicken and potatoes to us!).  

There are plenty of high-chairs in every restaurant, and they have baby-changing stations in the bathrooms. They provide a wonderful activity set with small wooden colouring pencils, a colour-your-own puzzle kit, and fun games. Your children will love it, and with them entertained, you can enjoy your glass of wine...with the grownups!

 

 

The Rainforest Cafe

20 - 24 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 0207 434 3111 £44

Rainforest Cafe, London’s largest family restaurant, is a tropical hideaway in the heart of the West End. The spectacular restaurant recreates the sights and sounds of the rainforest with the help of stunning special effects such as thunder and lightening storms, tropical rain showers and cascading waterfalls.

Rainforest Cafe is also home to a cast of astounding, lifelike, animated inhabitants including chattering gorillas, a menacing tree-bound jaguar, trumpeting elephants, a life-like crocodile and fluttering butterflies. The children's menu is extensive from pizza, to soup, and pasta to burgers and they are extremely well equipped with highchairs.

 

 

That Place on The Corner

1 -3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 0207 704 0079 £15

"We wanted a place where the children could be children and that's why you won't find any unaccompanied adults here. A place where the children ate well, that's why all of our ingredients are locally sourced, then freshly prepared to order… no pre-packaged foods here, the only thing in our freezer is the ice cream.

We wanted a place where the children could play in a safe and stimulating environment… that's why you won't find any plastic toys in our space, but plenty of dressing up and books to encourage creative play. We wanted a place that was as welcoming for the adults as it was for the children. That's why there are no garish primary colours or easy-clean formica surfaces. We have thought of everything from bibs and bottle warmers to homemade babyblend and mini-portions for under twos.  Sam & Ginny owners

They also run some wonderful classes for children, such as Ballet, arts and crafts and even a children's disco!"

 

 

Crumpet

66 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 0207 924 1117 £15

Two years ago the owners of Crumpet decided that what Clapham needed was a proper, modern tearoom with excellent food and drink, plenty of space for pushchairs and a positive attitude to small children. Today the cafe is an essential stop-off for parents and children. Grown-ups are taken care of too: there's a bar counter at the front where those without children can chill out and read the paper.

For children, cheese toasted fingers were golden and oozy, and there are also great pasta dishes. Crumpet makes its own blends of tea, and their homemade cakes and crumpets are made by local mummies which are yummy...try the lemon cake. They have space for buggies, a play area at the back for the children and a loo that can cope with a small family!

I need help with...