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Child friendly posh restaurants in London - can anyone recommend?

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Pennies Sun 14-Jun-09 21:59:58

DH is a bit of a foodie and we're going to London next weekend and I thought I'd try and book a table somewhere nice. Trouble is we have pesky children (aged 3 & 4, who are generally restaurant friendly but there are occasional off days). Where can we go for nice food and not have to worry that the children will annoy others.

dg1 Sun 14-Jun-09 22:41:35

amazing posh Indian food at Zaika in Kensington - DS happily gummed on a naan bread there on his 1st birthday!

curiouscaseofnamechanging Sun 14-Jun-09 22:45:14

I keep hearing that Wolsey (sp?) is very child friendly...

IlanaK Sun 14-Jun-09 22:45:33

There is a fabulous Lebanese resteraunt in Marylebone called Fairuz. They have been written up loads so look them up on google. They are very child friendly just in the fact that they are lebanese. They fuss over the kids and love them in that way.

sunfleurs Sun 14-Jun-09 22:46:07

Chez Kristof, Hammersmith, TV/Play Room in the back showing a childs movie. Gorgeous food.

hmc Sun 14-Jun-09 22:53:21

Hmmm child friendly - well I think you do need to have basic control over your children if you are going to eat out, or be prepared to take them outside if they shriek or tantrum, talk loudly and exuberantly etc.....Dh and I eat out all the time (TGI or Pizza Express with the children, somewhere Michelen starred if we are on our own - you need to be realistic!)

Atheneum is a 5 star hotel in London which does quality food in its is a child friendly hotel (even has a dedicated childrens concierge) that should be a safe bet.

But truly aghast that you would want to fork out a couple of hundred quid on a decent meal and take the ankle biters.

singersgirl Sun 14-Jun-09 22:57:50

We went to Nobu just off Berkeley Square recently and there was a couple with 2 children of about 7 and 5 at the table next to us. The kids both had Nintendos to keep them quiet and were eating some amazing chocolate pudding while the parents had sushi and blackened cod. The parents did look a bit like they might have been a footballer plus wife. There were four of us and we had the tasting menu which was fab! (But no children with us...)

hmc Sun 14-Jun-09 23:13:31

7 & 5 whole different ball game to 3 & 4!

MrVibrating Mon 15-Jun-09 00:07:37

3 & 4 is a difficult age for gastronomic dining - it's not the food that's the problem, it's the amount of time involved. Sitting still for upwards of 2 hours at that age is just not possible

You could book a babysitter (most hotels can arrange this) and go somewhere nice for dinner.

Failing that, it HAS to be lunch, in fact Sunday lunchtime often sees kids in unexpected places, some places even go for this market (Smollenskys springs to mind). We ate with our 5 year old at the Paternoster Chop House recently, twas good.

Final suggestion - lots of kids LOVE sushi (small, attractive tasty plates they get to choose as they go past on a conveyor belt - magic!) - Yo Sushi is the place to go, but watch what they are eating because it is as easy for a kid to grab a £5 plate as a £1.50 one (and the £1.50 cucumber maki are a good child pleaser, as are the edamame - lots of fun squeezing out of pods).

SomeGuy Mon 15-Jun-09 00:31:22

Yo Sushi is in no way posh though.

Quattrocento Mon 15-Jun-09 00:34:57

Define posh? It's an elastic term, after all

FairLadyRantALot Mon 15-Jun-09 00:39:49

there are family/childfriendly restaurants in london....really...intersting and must take note....because I have never been treated as rudely when in london with kids in tow

hifi Mon 15-Jun-09 11:07:42

fino have always been good with our dd

cecconis are great, but no kids menu, she has a few starters.

automat very attentive, again no kids menu, she has the adults chicken burger.

any of these are amazing, they do kids menus and have great offers on at the mo

this is dd, 5 years, fave

thaliablogs Mon 22-Jun-09 21:37:13

River cafe, esp for lunch, v child friendly as there is a garden they can run around in. Fab food.

thedolly Mon 22-Jun-09 22:22:53

Ping Pong for Dim Sum - tastey food, flowering teas (to fascinate the LOs) low tables so comfy for all but not sure if it's posh though.

ZakuroFujiwara Mon 22-Jun-09 22:27:39

Have had good experiences in Fino, Sketch & Bluebird Cafe (varying degrees of posh) at weekend lunchtimes. Never ventured out with DS in the evening though - suspect it would be a very different story....

PrettyCandles Mon 22-Jun-09 22:28:10

Au Porte des Indes (Goan food) and the Blue Elephant (Thai food) do a fixed price buffet on Sunday afternoons that is fab-u-lous. Very colourful interesting places, and while they don't particularly do anything special for children, they are totally chilled about them and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Because they are buffets with billions of dishes, to which you can return as many times as you like, you can be sure of finding something for the LOs.

Rindercella Mon 22-Jun-09 22:30:01

Hifi - thanks for that. I am now reminded to take DH to the Crazy Bear near Oxford for a treat grin

tigerdriver Mon 22-Jun-09 22:32:52

what thalia said : River Cafe spot on for kids. We took DS (7 admittedly) there on my birthday this year, for dinner. He was the only kid on the block (and he is a bit of a handful_ but they were truly fab with him, he had a lovely time (can we go there tomorrow : me - er, not in this bank balance lifetime), and so did we. I should go for lunch or a very early dinner with 3 and 4 yo though. They did produce the crayons and paper which I was surprised about there but it kept him amused quietly so obviously worked.

ra29needsabettername Mon 22-Jun-09 22:40:47

Marine Ices in chalk farm is a a lovely child friendly italian and has fab ice cream for pudding!

tigerdriver Mon 22-Jun-09 22:48:47

oh, yes, crazy bear is great, Oxford or Beaconsfield (weird, but great). Have taken DS to the Oxford one, he loved it.

MollieO Mon 22-Jun-09 22:50:08

Le Caprice, Claridges, Boxwood Cafe.

PortAndLemon Mon 22-Jun-09 23:31:17

Locanda Locatelli is supposed to be very child-friendly.

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rubyslippers Sat 15-Aug-09 10:04:30

15 seemed v child friendly

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