Have you heard of Quandoo? It’s an online reservation platform for restaurants and eateries all over, here Silvia runs us through her top 5 family friendly restaurants in London, have you tried any of them?
Sometimes finding great restaurants in London for the entire family can be a challenge. No one likes having to chase easily-distracted and under-stimulated kids around the table legs, and it’s just as important for the grandparents to feel comfortable when they head out for lunch or dinner. This delicate balance is what’s required to really relax and enjoy a lovely family meal.
Luckily online reservation platforms like Quandoo help would-be family diners discover ideal restaurants that strike it right, making the hunt much easier. Thanks to these kinds of useful web resources, it’s possible to not only read menus, gauge prices and seek out special offers for groups and families, but to get an idea of the atmosphere of the place and see what other stressed-out mums and dads say in user reviews.
Digging around on the London page of Quandoo’s restaurant reservation platform, I found some great suggestions for a memorable meal that I’d like to try. These restaurants focused on tasty food served in somewhat sophisticated surrounds, but the venues were equally characterised by a comfortable ambience appropriate for the whole family.
The Gate Islington is a great example of the family-friendly restaurant concept, and a unique proposition in itself. A “celebration of everything that’s tasty and rich in natural flavours”, this all-vegetarian eatery melds Arabic, Indian and even Jewish cuisines to create a diverse range of authentic, healthy dishes prepared with the same amount of love and care you’d ideally lavish on your family were you cooking at home. Plus the airy dining room it will be perfect for a lovely family dinner.
With its gorgeous gardens and multiple dining rooms, The Avalon up Balham Hill in London’s Clapham South is a special spot for Sunday brunches or relaxed but sophisticated dinners with the family. This restaurant’s menus are extensive and include a lavish degustation offering, barbecue-by-appointment, and a special menu just for the little ones.
For special occasions, take the family to The Trafalgar Tavern, an elegant restaurant set in the enchanting landscape of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site, close to the Thames. Young and old are sure to be amazed by the building’s beauty and the breathtaking view. Not to mention the food!
Another restaurant with a spectacular view out over the river over to Tower Bridge is Smiths of Wapping, a seafood restaurant ideal for a cosy meal with the family where kids’ developing and sometimes a little timid palates can be exposed to the oceans’ bounty. Here the service is particularly high class, with a polite, enthusiastic and well informed staff ready to help and fulfil the requests of you and your little ones.
In the same area, close to Tower Bridge and London Bridge, you and yours can try typical “Mamma-style” Italian at Café Amisha. This restaurant’s relaxed and colourful premises makes for an exceptional option when you have a hankering for healthy and satisfying food hailing from Italy. Here, all the ingredients are fresh and come from local London markets, and this is also the kind of down-home eatery where you can also grab bread and cakes baked in-house.