We are hoping to take my mum out for a family lunch for her 60th birthday which is in 2 weeks. We have been very tardy in organisig it, thinking we were going to do a surprise party but she has scuppered our plans. Anyway, can anyone think of a good place for about 15 people including lots of kids aged between 1 and 10. Somewhere nice, poshish but kid friendly and not a chain place (don't want much do i?). I'm a bit out of touch with London eateries having moved a couple of years ago so any help is greatly received.
Is Blue Kangaroo in Chelsea posh enough? - supposed to be fantastic for children (soft play in basement) but also good food for grownups. (Haven't been there myself but have heard good reports.)
If I were in your place I'd be looking for something that had distractions either onsite like BK or v close by. Isn't there something nice in St. James' Park now? Or what about one of those canal boat + lunch trips?
It's the Inn the Park at St James' Park and is really lovely - great food, fab service, very relaxed and mega child friendly. I went to a birthday lunch there in the summer - 8 of us and 4 babies / toddlers and nothing was too much trouble. Also very nice building and lovely views over the lake. innthepark
Oh god no Blue Kangaroo is hell on earth! Binkie it really is awful, the noise levels have to be heard to be believed and it is always a total mess!
Do you need it to be in central london?
The Phoenix Bar & Grill in Putney is great, you could have a whole area to yourselves (we did this for dd's non-christening) Food good too and they are v child friendly. We organised our own menu etc and it wasn't too spenny
Maybe a bit too posh, but we had DH's birthday lunch at the Mandarin Oriental when DD was about 2 months old - it was a weekday and very quiet - DD screamed all the way through the meal and they couldn't have been nicer! The restaurant's called Foliage - it overlooks Hyde Park and is stunning.