Kid-Friendly Fine Dining in London: Fit for Young Foodies + Their Families

In London, dining out with kids doesn’t have to involve fast food or noisy theme restaurants. You can introduce your little ones to international flavours at family-friendly chains like Wahaca and Masala Zone, linger over lunch at a local gastropub, or snack on street food at local food markets. But what if you fancy something a little special? We’ve rounded up five restaurants that offer kid-friendly fine dining in London that the whole family will enjoy.

HIX Soho
At his buzzy Soho restaurant, chef Mark Hix celebrates the very best of British cuisine – from superb steaks and chops to fresh fish and classic British desserts. Hix has campaigned for better quality childrens’ menus in the past, so it’s no surprise that little foodies are well catered for in his restaurant. Young diners can enjoy dishes like prawn cocktail, chicken escalope with wild herb salad, or the classic fish fingers with chips and mushy peas. Budding artists are encouraged to draw a picture of their experience at HIX which is then entered into a prize draw. Make a reservation at HIX Soho.

Kid-Friendly Fine Dining in London

Offering ‘modern London cooking’ in the heart of Seven Dials, Marcus Wareing’s Tredwell’s is a real treat for foodies. Last year, the restaurant was named AA Restaurant of the Year in London for 2015/2016. Younger diners have their own Junior Menu, but adventurous eaters might be tempted by dishes from the main menu like crispy buttermilk chicken and tomato soup with a basil pesto toastie for dipping. The dessert menu is in a league of its own, so don’t even think about getting your sugar fix at M&M World on Leicester Square. Kids will love the salted caramel soft serve with honeycomb, while the grown-ups tuck into gin & tonic cheesecake or a selection of cheeses from La Fromagerie. Make a reservation at Tredwell’s.

Kid-Friendly Fine Dining in London

Heddon Street Kitchen
At Gordon Ramsay’s West End restaurant, kids can dine for free every day of the week from a menu created by his daughter Tilly. Choose from dishes like rigatoni bolognese, scampi and chips, and sticky chicken wings but save room for dessert – the Ramsay Whoopie Pie or make-your-own-ice-cream from the Ice Cream Bar. The restaurant is situated close to Piccadilly Circus, only a short walk from kid-friendly attractions like Hamleys Toy Shop and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Don’t miss their Teddy Bear’s Brunch on July 17th! Make a reservation at Heddon Street Kitchen.

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Dining with the Stars: Amy Adams in LA; Wolves of Wall Street Feast in UK; Seacrest Out in Vegas; More

After a serious case of actorexia, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are eating again, recently at The Lambs Club in NYC.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Ryan Reynolds’s Mrs. Blake Lively was spotted at A Voce Columbus in New York City. [Page Six]

* Erstwhile 90120 star Jessica Lowndes had a meal at Ainsworth Park in New York City.  [NY Daily News]

* American Idol host Ryan Seacrest dined at Andrea’s in Las Vegas along with and legendary producer Jimmy Iovine. [Page Six]

Son of Hercules star Kellan Lutz pre-gamed, literally and figuratively, at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in Manhattan. [NY Daily News]

* Ryan Reynolds’s ex-Mrs. Scarlett Johansson noshed at NYC hotspot El Toro Blanco. [Page Six]

Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes ate at Hakkasan-Fountainebleu Miami Beach in Miami. [Page Six]

* Dallas Buyers Club co-stars and fellow weight-loss experts Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lunched at The Lambs Club in the Big Apple. [Just Jared]

* American Gigolo Richard Gere almost turned into an American popsicle after a midday meal at NYC power spot Michael’s. [NY Daily News]

American Hustle‘s Amy Adams dined at Pearl’s in West Hollywood with her family. [NY Daily News]

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Tweet of the Week: Setting the Table with OpenTable

We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table — and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.