Great places to eat with your kids

Here's our list of the best restaurants in London for family dining.

If you've got little ones and you're growing tired of the frowns of fellow diners when Jessica does a little bit of sick on the table. (C'mon get over it, it's only a mashed up version of what went in there 20 seconds ago.) Then you're in need of a place with some tolerance.

There are plenty of restaurants in London which make extra special provisions for your nippers such as colouring-in books, themed tables, place-settings, happy-happy music and angelically helpful staff who take Larry's high-chairful of wee in their stride as they work hard to convince you that yes, you're well within your rights to carry on a normal life, post reproduction.

Here's our list of the best restaurants in London for family dining.

Little Bay Restaurant
228 Belsize Road NW6 4BT
Region: Hampstead
Nearest Station: Kilburn High Road

AIL Says: Cheap, tasty and theatrical sum up Little Bay. Throughout the day a main dish costs as little as £5.45, the food is surprisingly good, and all of their branches look like the inside of a jewellery box.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Imli Street
167-169 Wardour Street W1F 8WR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The tapas-sized portions at Indian restaurant Imli are ideal for little ones, plus the restaurant is usually so busy no one will bat an eyelid if your child starts screaming.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
Sam's Brasserie & Bar
11 Barley Mow Passage W4 4PH
Region: Chiswick
Nearest Station: Chiswick Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Children are well catered for at Sam’s Brasserie, with colouring-in books to keep them amused and a two course meal costing just £7. Alternatively the kitchen is more than happy to offer smaller portions off the main menu.

Belgo Holborn
67 Kingsway WC2B 6TD

Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Despite the large selection of beers on offer, Belgo is family-friendly. There’s a kids menu offering pasta, rotisserie chicken and even their trademark mussels. It’s cheap as chips (frites) too.

Bumpkin Notting Hill
209 Westbourne Park Road W11 1EA
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This cosy all day eatery and serves healthy, locally sourced food. The menu has comforting child-friendly dishes like Shepherd’s pie and free range chicken with roast potatoes.

24 Inverness Street NW1 7HJ
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Town

AIL Says: Who doesn’t love a burger? Particularly when there’s such a vast array of choices: lamb, chicken, duck, tuna, veggie and of course beef, all with gourmet toppings; there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
La Porte Des Indes
32 Bryanston Street W1H 7EG
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Marble Arch

AIL Says: This bright, colourful restaurant is a feast for the eyes, as a large waterfall and numerous plants will keep kids enthralled once they’ve finished eating. The lunch and set menus are great value.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
The Rainforest Cafe
20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7EU
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus

AIL Says: Every inch of Rainforest Café is filled with soft toys, exotic animals and jungle greenery, even a cacophonous soundtrack plays in the background, emulating the sounds of the rainforest. On the menu you’ll find popular dishes like quesadillas, burgers, nachos and chicken wings.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
134-136 Wardour Street W1F 8ZR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The interactive tables at Inamo which allow diners to change the tablecloth pattern, play Battleships and peep into the kitchen via a "chef cam", is sure to keep children entertained. Ordering is done via the touch screen table, and colourful pictures of all the dishes flash by along with their descriptions.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Scandinavian Kitchen
61 Great Titchfield Street W1W 7PP
Region: West End
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This friendly supermarket cum café is filled with mums and their kids of a morning. There is a mouthwatering selection of cakes and pastries at the counter, as well as colourful, not to mention delicious open sandwiches.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10

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