8 Child-Friendly Pubs In London
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8 Child-Friendly Pubs In London

From Barnes to Stoke Newington

Who says you have to say goodbye to Sunday afternoons at the pub when you have kids? Plenty of London’s favourite haunts welcome families, offering kids menus, play areas, toys and outdoor space so little ones will be occupied while you enjoy a well-earned glass of rosé. We’ve rounded up the best child-friendly pubs in London, where you can rest assured you won’t be evil-eyed for a bit of noisiness.

Best Family-Friendly Pubs

The Red Lion, Barnes


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Barnes is a hub for families, so it’s no surprise there are lots of child-friendly pubs. One of the best is The Red Lion, a local favourite with plenty of space both inside and outside: in winter you can cosy up by the fire, while in summer the al fresco terrace is the place to be. On the food front there’s an array of dishes for all ages, with a dedicated children’s menu on offer until 6pm. Think burgers, toasties, fish and chips and more.

2 Castelnau, London SW13 9RU, red-lion-barnes.co.uk

The Half Moon, Herne Hill

After a family walk around Brockwell Park, head to The Half Moon for lunch, a Grade II-listed hotel in Herne Hill. There’s a kids menu recommended for children aged 10 and under, featuring dishes like Margherita pizza, pesto pasta, and chicken goujons with chips, followed by puddings of chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream, and apple and blackberry crumble. The pub is also dog-friendly, with pets welcome everywhere except for the restaurant.

10 Half Moon Ln, London SE24 9HU, halfmoonhernehill.co.uk

The Eagle, Shepherd’s Bush


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Perched beside Ravenscourt Park, and with its own massive beer garden, there’s ample space for children to run around at The Eagle. You can book out a garden hut and order family-friendly food from the burger shack – or there’s the Little Eagle’s menu, designed for under 14’s and featuring dishes like fish and chips, mac and cheese, and chocolate brownies. There’s always a buzzy, lively vibe – particularly during the summer months – so you won’t need to worry about disturbing other tables, either.

215 Askew Rd, London W12 9AZ, theeaglew12.co.uk

The Island, Kensal Rise


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Nestled away on a quiet corner of Kensal Rise, The Island is a charming neighbourhood pub which is well-suited to families. There’s a terrace for outdoor playing, and children are welcome until 8pm, with high chairs and colouring sheets on hand to keep them happy. On the menu you’ll find a children’s section featuring hot dogs, mini fish and chips, pasta and ice cream, while the a la carte offering includes more refined dishes like artichoke risotto, and fallow venison with pearl barley. 

123 College Rd, London NW10 5HA, theislandnw10.com

The Hare and Billet, Blackheath


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On the edge of Blackheath Common sits The Hare and Billet, a laid-back pub which welcomes families, children and dogs alike. It’s renowned for its food offering, which focuses on local, seasonal produce, including a pie of the day and a sumptuous Sunday roast. Kids, meanwhile, can choose from dishes like cheesy garlic bread, grilled chicken with mash and cheese, and fish and chips, plus ice cream or sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

1a Hare and Billet Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 0RB, hareandbillet.com

The Bolingbroke, Battersea

Northcote Road is a hotspot for young parents – hence its Nappy Valley nickname – so the area is well-equipped to cater for families. At the quieter end of the bustling street you’ll find The Bolingbroke, a relaxed, stylish pub where children are given special attention. There’s a kids menu featuring everything from grilled chicken to fish goujons, and toys and colouring crayons are provided. To top it all off, they’ll be able to make their own dessert: cupcakes are made freshly on site, ready to be covered in decorations.

174 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6RE, thebolingbroke.com

The Londesborough, Stoke Newington

Over in east London, one of the best child-friendly pubs is The Londesborough – a historic spot frequented by the Kray twins back in the ‘60s. Don’t worry, you won’t bump into any notorious criminals there nowadays: it’s usually filled with young families, and there’s an enclosed garden out the back. Staff are friendly and they do a particularly good Sunday roast.

36 Barbauld Rd, London N16 0SS, thelondesborough.com

The Clissold Arms, East Finchley


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This family-owned gastropub was voted Family Pub of the Year a few years back, so you can rest assured children will be welcomed with open arms. It’s designed to feel warm and friendly, with a large beer garden and an impressive menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine: kids can enjoy breaded chicken nuggets and chips, penne pasta and beef burgers while grown-ups tuck into Greek platters, chicken meatballs, and charcoal grilled octopus.

105 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9HR, clissoldarms.co.uk