Looking for somewhere to take the family out to eat where the menu isn't all nuggets and pizza? We pick the best restaurants, that also happen to be child friendly, near the big tourist attractions
Museum Mile - Natural History, Science and V&A Museum
7-9 Exhibition Road London SW7 2HE
The food here comes quickly and it's of a high standard - two bonuses. Get a plate of jamon to share and then keep the dishes, like padron peppers and croquetas, coming.
55 Exhibition Rd, London, UK SW7 2PN
So this is a bit of a treat spot, but it's perfect for any school holiday. Fill up with dumplings during cold weather breaks and you've got a great outside terrace for when the weather cheers up. There isn't a child alive who wouldn't devour their meringues with Chantilly cream for dessert.
London Dungeon/Sea Life/London Eye
Unit 9 Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Sustainable sushi is their thing and this South Bank spot has a neat kids menu featuring everything from veggie sushi to a bento box - everything on it is £6.50. Keep up your own energy with their power lunch, featuring salmon sashimi, pomegranate, edamame, coriander, avocado and wakame seaweed on brown rice.
Jackson Boxer's spot is usefully off the main drag, so it'll feel like your own special discovery away from the madding crowds. The menu changes daily, and it is probably for children with more adventurous palates, but if you've got any of those, here's where to come.
Also look out for: The Southbank Centre market has a good selection of street food traders and at certain times - half terms, school holidays - the traders offer special child size portions.
London Zoo/Camden Market
York and Albany
127-129 Parkway, London NW1 7PS
Part of the Gordon Ramsay group, this Camden gastropub is just a few minutes walk from the zoo. The pizzas are pretty darned good and they do a lovely afternoon tea here for £24.
63-65 Parkway, London NW1 7PP
This popular seafood spot does a cracking line in sustainable fish and chips - love the seaweed salted chips. There's also chicken in panco crumbs and veggie arancini on the menu for fish-avoiders. Only trouble is that all the icecreams, though made in house, are boozy ones. All the more for you then.
Cereal Killer Cafe
Camden Stables, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
Look the kids are going to adore this place and despite any reservations you might have you'll probably love it too. Their latest concoction is The Sticky Monkey - it's Toffee Crisp cereal/chopped banana/whipped cream/crushed digestive/toffee sauce/banana milk in a bowl. Sold.
Also look out for:
Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock Place makes its ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen. Jaw-dropping stuff for adults and kids alike.
5 Glentworth Street, London NW1 5PG
This old-school Chinese is incredibly family-friendly with lovely, warm service. If you're here at the weekends the place is knee-deep in children and their parents hoovering up the great dim sum. Bring a crowd.
65 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 6NH
Ignore the Carluccio's and Cafe Pastas in this touristy area and take the family to this wonderfully trad Italian just off the main drag. You can't go wrong with the pizza or pasta and the Spanish eggs for breakfast would set anyone up for the day.
50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN
Pop in for a pastry or some more substantial schnitzel and ward off the cold with one of their amazing hot chocolates. This Corbin & King establishment is particularly great if you happen to be a three generation party - grandparents will love it.