Eating in London can be an expensive business particularly when you have kids in tow. But happily there are several child friendly places that offer a ‘kids eat free’ deal.
Several of these are close to the most popular free museums for kids. Please check the venue’s website for the current offers as these can change or be withdrawn.
At ten of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants one child up to 12 years old can eat for free (all day, every day) from the children’s menu for every adult ordering a main course from the a la carte menu. You can check out the full list on the website but here are a selection close to some of the best free museums for kids.
Close to St Paul’s and the Museum of London, the Bread Street Kitchen is known for its weekend brunch sessions with kids’ entertainment. It’s located in the One New Change shopping centre overlooking St Paul’s. Take the lift to the viewing gallery and get a panoramic view of London.
On Sundays the Bread Street Kitchen offers the Lazy Loaf brunch where there is live music, magic, face painting and a pizza making masterclass (pre booking required). Adult mains range from £16.50 to £21.50 for a Sunday Roast (plus 12.5% service charge). Main courses on the a la carte menu range from £14 (pork and turkey meatballs) to £40 (steak and lobster).
The free children’s menu includes meatballs & pasta, fish & chips, sausages & mash or margherita pizzetta followed by chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding or vanilla ice cream. With minor variations this menu is available at all of the restaurants.
The Heddon Street Kitchen is close to the shopping area of the West End and a short distance from Hamleys, the largest toy shop in the world, founded over 250 years ago. Spread over two floors the kitchen also has its own ice cream bar.
The Narrow (Limehouse) is close to Canary Wharf so ideal for a visit to the Museum of London Docklands. With its riverside setting you can take in central London with the Shard dominating the skyline. Adult mains of British classics including sea bream, cod with lentils, fish and chips, rib-eye, beef burger and sausage and mash (£15 to £31).
The Union Street Café offers an Italian menu and so close to Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and many other sites around the Bankside area. Adult mains (£22 ish) include cod, sea bream, ox cheek and guinea fowl all with an Italian twist.
In the Camden area close to Camden Market and London Zoo is the York & Albany, a regency townhouse restaurant and hotel. Venison, red mullet, fish & chips and Shepherd’s pie are typical mains on a changing seasonal menu.
The Tramshead is located in a former East end tram-generator building in Shoreditch an area rich in street art and about a 20 minute walk from the Gerkin and City. A child aged 10 or under eats for free when dining off the ‘calves’ menu with an accompanying adult between 4 and 6pm weekdays and 12 and 6pm at weekends. Choices include eggs & soldiers, chicken, burger or steak (all with chips) or fish (fingers) & chips with mushy peas. Ice cream or chocolate mousse follows.
Hix Soho is located in Brewer Street and short walk from Piccadilly Circus and its focus is on fish and shellfish. The kids eat fee deal is the same as the Tramshead. Choices include prawn cocktail, smoked salmon, fish & chips, chicken escalope with salad and minute steak with chips. Chocolate tart or ice cream finishes the meal.
The Hixster Bankside is a short distance from Borough Market which is London’s oldest market having existed since 1014 and is a 10 minute walk from the Shard. The kids eat free deal is the same as the other restaurants with a similar menu including rib steak burger, chateau steak, Indian Rock Chicken and on Sundays and beef or chicken roast with all the trimmings. The a la carte mains range from a buttermilk fried chicken burger (£12.95) to a 10oz sirloin (£22.50).
If you like your meat then Bodean’s is the place for you. Opened in the UK in 2002 this diner-deli from Kansas City delivers the authentic American BBQ. The menu includes hot deli main sandwiches (including a Grilled Veggie option), burgers, hotdogs, ribs and chicken.
A child eats free at Bodean’s every day from noon til 5pm with every adult diner (£5 at all other times). Served with either fries or rice, the choice includes ½ baby back ribs, BBQ chicken breast, beef burger, chicken wings or mac ‘n’ cheese. Ice cream is for dessert.
Bodean’s has eight London locations including Soho (good for West End shopping and close to the British Museum), Tower Hill (good for Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and HMS Belfast) and Covent Garden (good for the theatres and the London Transport Museum).
If you’re in the Canary Wharf area at the weekend for a spot of skyscraper spotting, shopping or paying a visit to the Museum of London Docklands, then a maximum of four kids aged 12 or under can eat brunch for free at Tom’s Kitchen. For every adult ordering from the brunch or main course menu, one child eats free. There is also a play room stocked with toys, games and a children’s TV.
Breakfast menu items include eggs on toast, porridge with banana, sausage with beans, pancake, cereal or mashed banana with raisins and honey. The Lunchtime kids menu includes spag bol, sausage and mash, burger & fries or fish (fingers), chips and peas. The lunch menu finishes with a mini banana split, fruit skewer, Eton mess or Malteser & brownie ice cream.
Adults ordering from the Bruch classics menu can expect to pay between £8.50 (crushed avocado on toast) and £19 (Truffle Eggs Benedict).
Remember the kids eat free deal is only available at Canary Wharf at weekends (10 to 4pm).
Close to the Museum of London and St Paul’s is the Barbican Kitchen, located on the ground floor. One child under 12 eats free for every adult ordering a main meal. Options include sandwiches (£6 ish), hand-made pizzas (£6 ish) and hot specials (Meatloaf, grilled swordfish, Mac ‘n’ Cheese – £9 to £11).
It’s an open kitchen and families can watch the chefs at work, especially when making pizza dough.
The Real Greek chain has nine locations across London. The Bankside restaurant is near door to the Globe theatre and a few steps from Tate Modern. If you’re visiting the London Transport Museum or the theatre then the Covent Garden branch in Long Acre is a good choice and the Marylebone location is close to Madame Tussauds.
Kids under 12 can eat free on Sundays. One child eats free for every adult spending £10 or more. The kids menu includes a choice of main course – either a wrap filled with chicken, halloumi or beef & pork sausage (served with fries or a tomato & cucumber salad) or a meze selection of three dishes. A drink is included and to finish there’s a choice of ice cream or sorbet.
If you’re planning to stay at the YHA (there are eight London locations, five of which are in central London), then a child under the age of 10 eats for free for every adult meal purchased from the main menu. Children’s choices are spag bol or spaghetti in tomato sauce followed by ice cream.
Fancy a taste of Spanish cuisine? Then at La Tasca kids eat free all day, every day at all locations, including Leadenhall Market and Broadgate in London. One child under 12 eats free for every adult spending £10 or more.
Kids can choose from seven mains including crispy chicken pieces, meatballs in a tomato sauce or macaroni cheese, all served with a salad and a choice of fries, peas or rice. The sweet treat includes a warm, gooey chocolate brownie with creamy vanilla ice cream, churros; cinnamon-sugar dusted doughnut twists with a chocolate dip and fruit salad.
The adult main menu includes six fish dishes (including squid, hake, prawns and crab croquetas), four chicken dishes, and seven meat dishes (including pork cheeks, ribs and meatballs). Vegetarians are well covered with a choice of eight mains including goat cheese croquettes, potato frittata, Spanish bean stew and Catalan roasted vegetables.