Child-friendly restaurants might appeal to your young ones but their grown-up appeal tends to wear thin once you can recite the menu off by heart.
Fortunately there are plenty of classy restaurants in London where kids are welcome to sit at the grown-ups’ table.
Here are some of some of our favourites:
Ostuni, Queen’s Park
Italians love children and this wonderful Italian restaurant welcomes families with open arms. Serving the best traditional Puglian cooking and atmosphere outside Puglia, it has an excellent wine list (and Espresso Martinis) for grown-ups while tomato pasta, ice-cream and, if they’re really lucky, biscotti behind the bar, will keep the children happy. High chairs available.
42 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, NW6 6RA; ostunirestaurant.co.uk
The Ivy, Chelsea
The relatively newly opened Chelsea Ivy is a plush, beautifully designed, art-filled space with garden terrace and orangery.
This is undoubtedly a space for grown-ups, and yet, it welcomes children.
Park the buggy alongside the table while your baby naps, or pull-up a high chair for your toddler to enjoy a delicious modern British menu that will appeal to young ones and adults alike.
195-197 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3, 5EQ; theivychelseagarden.com
Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green
Wander in to this light-filled, East London favourite at brunch or lunchtime and you are certain to see kids. You can treat your little one to a mini burger while you enjoy a more refined version with gorgonzola and green chilli rarebit alongside. Or tuck-in to brunch-time pancakes and eggs en famille. The cocktails are ace.
23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 9DR; bistrotheque.com
The Grain Store, Kings Cross
Bruno Loubet’s wonderful restaurant in the newly developed part of Kings Cross is a firm favourite for grown-ups and kids alike.
There are chic baby-changing facilities, high-chairs available and menu options such as butternut squash ravioli or mushroom and cheddar croquettes that will appeal to youngsters, but all this is secondary to the terrace overlooking the square’s fountains, where, in summer, you can sit back with an espresso while the kids jump and skip through pulsating jets of water.
Hours of fun for all. Pack a swimsuit and towel.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, Kings Cross, NWC 4AB; grainstore.com
Roka, Canary Wharf
It is worth making a special trip to Roka at Canary Wharf at the weekend, even if you don’t live locally.
A slick Japanese restaurant usually populated by suits, its Sunday brunch for families features an all-you-can eat buffet, unlimited booze and make-your-own Bloody Mary’s for adults while children under 10 get their own Bento box and a drink free of charge.
There’s even a play area to keep kids entertained while you get mildly (but never irresponsibly) sloshed.
4 Park Pavillion, Canary Wharf, E14 5FW; rokarestaurant.com