Is This the Most Child Friendly Restaurant in London?
For the third year running, Planet Hollywood has won the Bookatable award for being the most child-friendly restaurant in London.
Bookatable by Michelin is Europe’s leading restaurant marketplace, with more than 15,000 restaurants and millions of diners booking every month. The company works with both restaurateurs and diners to bring them together in a single marketplace. They are exclusively partnered with Michelin, and has restaurants in over 19 countries, taking bookings from diners in over 40 different countries.
We visited Planet Hollywood, London ourselves last Sunday to see for ourselvse why Planet Hollywood was voted the most child-friendly restaurant in London. Kid friendly highlights include:
- After being seated, the kids are given an activity sheet to colour. The colouring and other activities on the sheet take a fair while to complete which helps keep them occupied as you wait for your meal/during dinner. If your kids have graduated from colouring, the activity sheet has a word search which is challenging enough to keep older kids busy.
- There’s a dedicated kids' menu with generous portions but not so large a child can't finish it.
- Screens are dotted about the restaurant containing trailers of movies they (and you) will love.
- Said screens also show messages from diners to their friends/family and play music videos that will have you bopping in your chair. The music spans all eras (early Michael Jackson plus current chart bangers) so everyone should be satisfied.
- Everyone gets a paper placemat with activities to keep things moving should any lulls in conversation develop.
- We saw kids of all sizes - babes in arms and teenagers - all of whom seemed to be having a great time.
Food wise, Planet Hollywood offers steaks by Donald Russell, fajitas, vitamin-rich salads and American favourites like burgers, wings and ribs. We loved that the menu contained three pages of gluten free options (hello sweet potato fries) and it’s easy to customise most dishes on the menu to make room for other intolerances.
Of course no visit to Planet Hollywood is complete without the ‘Hollywood’ part – the walls in the London branch feature nearly 100 pieces of real Hollywood history; favourites include a 1970's original Stormtrooper helmet, the life-size T800-Arnie from Terminator, 007’s Walther PPK pistol and Harrison Ford’s chalice and whip from Indiana Jones + the Last Crusade.
If you are visiting from outside of the UK and are looking for a restaurant that caters to children while having food they’re actually going to eat, Planet Hollywood is perfect for you. It’s in a great location close to Piccadilly Circus and a short tube ride (or walk) to lots of tourist attractions. If you’re a native Londoner, it’s a good place to take the kids for a special treat and depending on where you live, not far from the tube so you can try and walk off the food baby you’ve grown.
Planet Hollywood | 57-60 Haymarket | St. James's | London SW1Y 4QX
*We attended as guests of Planet Hollywood, London*