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Exciting places to eat with kids in London

Hawkesmoor Seven Dials - various locations in central London - see website for full details of location and menus

Primarily a steak restaurant with delicious cocktails, friendly service, swanky but cosy setting and gorgeous food. Not only that but they are child-friendly too. The manager said they positively welcome children and get quite a lot of children and babies. They don’t do a specific child’s menu but recommend getting something from the side dishes menu which is quite extensive or asking for smaller portions of things. It’s reasonably priced if you choose carefully but I could imagine spending a fortune if you downed loads of cocktails and ordered the most expensive steak. There’s a burger and chips option which I had and loved which is £15. Cocktails are around £8 - £10.

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Bread Street Kitchen - nearest tube Mansion House/Bank - see website for full details of location and menus

Not an obvious choice but like a lot of restaurants in the City this is much less packed at the weekends making it more attractive to families with children. The staff are totally unfazed by kids and were happy for my one year old to peer in to the kitchen and watch the fire. It’s noisy and spacious, so plenty of room for a buggy with a sleeping baby and for older ones not to get too claustrophobic.

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Roka - Canary Wharf - nearest tube Canary Wharf  - see website for full details of location and menus

If you don’t mind paying for the privilege, weekends at Roka are awesome as not only do they have an all you can eat buffet, unlimited wine and make your own (as many as you like) Bloody Mary’s, but they also have a child’s play area which our son absolutely loves. The restaurant is usually empty by the time he gets fed up with it and by that time we’ve drunk so much wine, it’s party-central on the way home. It’s not cheap (£42), so you have to want to drink and eat a lot to make it worth it, but this is my number one choice for a treat place with MLA. It’s worth adding that kids get a free delicious Bento box too and the staff are incredibly accommodating.

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16 Degrees West – nearest tube Cutty Sark DLR -  - see website for full details of location and menus

Not an obvious child-friendly restaurant as it’s pretty smart inside and relatively compact but if you can get a table outside it works brilliantly. There is a large terrace with views over Greenwich Park and loads of room for children to run around afterwards. The choice for kids isn’t huge, but it’s OK.

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Aside from the usual chains like Giraffe, Cafe Rouge, Strada and TGI Fridays which are easy to find and very child friendly there are a few great restaurants in London for eating out which are really child friendly but also exciting for Mum and Dad.

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Electric Diner - Portobello Road - see website for details of location and menu

Do you remember the days when going to the cinema was a regular activity rather than a once a year treat? The Electric Diner, next to the Electric Cinema on the Portobello Road is totally relaxed and noisy enough to drown out babies screaming, toddlers crying and grown-ups shouting. The food is French - American, which translates as fried house-made bologna sandwich, roasted bone marrow with beef cheek marmalade, cheeseburger, and honey-fried chicken with chilli and sesame seeds and the like. There’s a dedicated eggs section on the menu, while enormous desserts include toffee date cake and a pie of the day. The staff were totally unfazed by the amount of mess our child decided to drop and made us feel very welcome, infant and all.

The Wolseley – Piccadilly, Central London - see website for details of location and menu

Not a place to take energetic toddlers because there are lots of “real” people having business meetings and the like but if you’ve got reasonably well-behaved children who’ve passed the age of random tantrums and flailing limbs and you want a real treat, the Wolesley is superb. The staff are professional and calm and the afternoon tea is a real treat with lots of finger-sized bites to tempt even the fussiest of eaters.

The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead - see website for details of location and menu

The pub itself is noisy with decent rather than outstanding food, but gets a mention because of its location right next to Hampstead Heath. That means your kids can enjoy the great outdoors, burn off lots of energy and get really hungry so that they're angelic and well-behaved once lunch time comes around.

Barbican Centre Foodhall - City of London - nearest tube Moorgate - see website for details of location and menu

If you’re in the City to meet friends or visit the Museum of London then the Barbican Foodhall is probably the best place to eat with kids because it’s pretty spacious with lots of baby seats and noisy enough to drown out any unwanted noises - and the food is decent with kids portions on request. The added bonus is that in the summer you can sit outside by the water which is lovely and there’s space to run around. You can also visit the Children’s Library in the Barbican while you’re there! Ask if you get lost as the Barbican is confusing!