Looking for somewhere to take the family out to eat where the menu isn't nuggets and pizza? We pick the best restaurants, that also happen to be child-friendly, near to London's biggest 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.
Wright Bros Kensington
56 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3DY
Salt cod croquettes with aioli at this high end seafood chain should go down a storm and the fish pie should restore anyone who's just spent the day going up and down Museum Mile.
Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square
77 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0AJ
The Nova complex has revolutionised eating out in Victoria. Family friendly options include Sticks 'n' Sushi = the kids menu at £7.50 can be yakatori sticks, sushi or a mixture of both (see above) and includes dessert and a healthy soft drink. The express lunch at Stoke House for £10 features a homemade giant meatball with gravy and roast potatoes and Jason Ahterton's Hai Cenato pizzeria serves up top notch pizzas.
The ICA, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH
So close to the Palace it's actually on The Mall, the hummus and flatbread is second to none here and the rabbit and bacon pie is a great family pleaser although you may not want to tell everyone in the group that they're eating bunnies. The bar snack menu's also a good bet with excellent buttermilk chicken nugget and aioli and arancini rice balls.
Also try: A short walk up Haymarket, Ole & Steen does a nice line in focaccias and stews (meay and vegetarian) as well.
London Dungeon/Sea Life/London Eye
49 the Cut, London, United Kingdom, London SE1 8LF
Pretty much the perfect family pitstop, this is just a few minutes off the main South Bank drag. If you just fancy a quick snack the pork katsu sandwich at £3.50's a steal and most kids will wolf down the karaage chicken. If you need real sustenance make sure you go for one of their ramen bowls. And reward particularly good behaviour by ordering a beautiful raindrop cake.
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 children's menu here features dishes from Ramsay's daughter Tilly's first cookbook, so you'll find margherita pizzette or Tilly's slamdunk meatballs and pasta for £7.
63-65 Parkway, London NW1 7PP
This popular seafood spot does a cracking line in sustainable fish and chips - love the seaweed salted chips. Fish tacos will probably go down well with teenagers and we defy anyone not to love the salt caramel and pretzel pie for dessert.
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. The Sticky Monkey features 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 enjoy 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.
The British Museum
31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2JN
With a classic bao starting at just £4.50 this can be a budget pitstop for parents wanting to grab and go. And the fried BAO horlicks ice-cream is a must-have for all family memmers. If you book ahead as a group of four or more you can order the PPP feast where they put out a platter of grilled meats with sharing baos.
9 Denmark St, London WC2H 8LS
Steak and a plain house salad costs a tenner here making it a useful place to regain your energy after braving the hordes in the Egyptology section. Add dripping cocoked chips for £2.50 more.
80 New Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London WC1A 1HB
This US burger chain is a cut above the average and what parent wouldn't appreciate a burger restaurant where you can enjoy a glass of decent wine while the kids fill up on malted shakes?