12 OF THE BEST CHILD FRIENDLY PUBS IN LONDON
By Kerry Dolan
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, there’s not many of us who wouldn’t enjoy an evening at the local pub.
Everyone has their favourite tipple. For me, it’s a cool, crisp glass of prosecco.
As a responsible parent, my pub-crawling days are pretty much over (almost) and with a serious lack of childcare available, my wild nights usually consist of a glass of wine, the TV and me falling asleep in front of it. Sound familiar?
All is not lost. Whilst scouring London for a family friendly eatery, I came across a surprising number of child friendly pubs, all waiting for stressed parents to take advantage of their hospitality.
Pubs are typically not the kind of places you’d want take your kids to, but there’s a new generation of family friendly inns emerging that aim to welcome the whole family.
If date night is a struggle for you, then give these places a try. They all offer the laid-back atmosphere you need when you’re venturing out with the little people and pretty decent pub grub too.
With watering holes like this popping up all over the capital, you’ll wonder why you never took them with you before.
London’s best child friendly pubs:
Situated opposite Brockwell Park, this family friendly establishment is the place where breadstick throwing, spoon banging children are welcomed. They welcome children until 7pm and offer a children’s menu with the likes of mac and cheese and fish and chips. They also provide kid’s activity sheets and have great kids play area.
A brightly coloured little gem of a gastropub located in the heart of Hammersmith. A reasonably priced kids menu including sausage and chips, chicken and pasta plus a traditional roast on Sundays, plus a very generous garden full of multi-coloured beanbags for the kids to run about and let off some steam.
The sign outside simply states – A House of Fun & Family since 1864. A stylish mix of old and modern and one of the few remaining pubs on the Island, expect everything an east end pub should be. This place has a good kid’s menu, plus they eat free on Sundays when accompanied by a paying adult. There’s also a snack menu if you fancy a quick bite instead.
An eclectic mix of cultures all come together in one vibrant, carnival vibe place. It’s a unique bar that actually encourages you to bring your kids along to join the fun. Sundays are truly a family affair with Sunday lunch and brunch available and kid’s tables with something to please all ages. Choose from coffee or cocktails while the kids (age 3 to 10) take advantage of the supervised craft activities on Sundays between 1 and 5pm. Let your little darlings loose in the pop-up kids corner while DBS checked child carers provide table based fun and games.
Kids are welcome until 8pm. London’s first co-operatively owned pub it’s a real local jewel - back in 2012, locals raised the money to buy their beloved Grade II listed public house. There are books and games for the kids and a true community atmosphere. Even the dog is welcome.
Bugaboo friendly and not far from Kensal Rise and Kensal Green stations, this family friendly establishment has yummy mummy written all over it, literally. With their own chalkboard for childish etching, plus highchairs, crayons and colouring in, the kids and the other half will have plenty to keep them occupied while you relax over a meal and coffee.
Located in the Westfield shopping centre, the colourful, quirky interior design is laid back and welcoming. Offering the best of British, the adult menu offers beer battered fish and chips and craft ales, plus the staff are super friendly. The kid’s menu is extensive and includes a Sunday roast menu.
A family friendly favourite, this pub has its own beer garden with a children’s play area which will delight the little people. There’s also a climbing frame, table football and table tennis and boules. They know that if the kids are happy, then you’ll be happy. Also available are plentiful highchairs, colouring books and crayons and even toddler ride-on toys in the garden. The menu is delicious and they serve pizza all day.
Little people are considered special at this place via a fabulous menu for mums and dads and an equally delightful menu for the kids. There’s colouring crayons and toys on hand to stave off boredom and if that doesn’t work, they even offer cupcakes that the kids can decorate themselves with chocolate buttons and sprinkles.
Buggy, bike and baby friendly, this pub serves classy coffee by day and a delectable burger menu by night. Locally owned, the Spoke’s main aim is making the customer feel at home. Expertly crafted cocktails from their very own ‘Great British Cocktail’ menu make this place feel less coffee bar and more grown-up gastro pub.
This pub located on Scotch Common in Ealing has family friendly dining at its heart with a pleasing children’s menu available, but it’s the pub garden that you’ll really delight in. The vast green area outside this pub has a kids’ play area and colourful huts, ideal for meeting up with groups of friends and having a get together while the kids play. Also, home to the Hullabaloo Puppets Music Theatre, on Mondays join the music theatre party and class especially for babies and under 4’s.
An attractive gastropub that welcomes the little people with open arms, and of course well-behaved big people too. Warm and welcoming surroundings help you and the kids relax and there are plenty of highchairs, colouring books and crayons to keep the largest family happy for the afternoon. There’s a good value children’s menu and baby changing facilities aplenty. If the kids are feeling particularly grown-up, they will even provide smaller portions from the A La Carte menu too.
Where’s your favourite child-friendly pub?