At the end of a busy week (or towards the start of one), nothing beats a glass of wine or a pint of ale with friends in a cosy local hostelry. But what if you or your friends have young children who aren’t quite ready for a swift half and a game of bar billiards? Never fear, we’ve rounded up some of the capital’s favourite family-friendly pubs, with everything from healthy kids’ menus to facilities for the smallest of customers.
This friendly local opens in the morning as a community coffee shop selling delicious homemade cakes — ideal for a mid-morning pit-stop. Linger over brunch or lunch with little ones in the large, pleasant beer garden; on Saturdays there’s a food market selling locally sourced and produced goodies. 162 Tufnell Park Road, N7 0EE
A super-friendly, cosy pub with comfy couches galore. The Sunday lunches are delicious — make sure to save room for dessert — and they welcome parents with children of all ages. Ideal for a lazy weekend brunch. 36 Barbauld Road, N16 0SS
A cafe by day and tavern by evening, The Spoke offers a healthy home-cooked kids’ menu, fresh juices, toys, games and crayons for young customers, plus high chairs galore. Popular with baby-wearing Islington dads, this cycle-friendly pub is directly opposite Whittington Park for superb outdoor play facilities. 710 Holloway Road, N19 3NH
This locally popular gastropub has exceptionally child-friendly staff. With generous portions of food and a pretty beer garden, this is an excellent choice for a family Sunday lunch or a weekday prix-fixe with friends. Children are welcome until 7pm. 42 Orford Road, E17 9NJ
Boasting a beer garden backing onto Vicky Park itself, this is a great place to relax with the kids in summer — and, thanks to the outdoor heating — into the chillier months. A kids’ menu offers small portions of home-cooked roasts and pub favourites. 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT
A tavern with welcoming staff, a good children’s menu, books and crayons and even fairy cakes for the little ones to decorate. The Bolingbroke serves modern British food in a conservatory setting with ample room for buggies. Sister pub The Rosendale is also worth checking out for Dulwich-dwellers. 174 Northcote Road, SW11 6RE
A large beer garden and airy conservatory together with a small but tasty menu, good selection of ales and a relaxed vibe make The Vanbrugh a favourite with Greenwich families. Children are welcome until 8pm. 91 Colomb Street, SE10 9EZ
This very family-focused pub is named after the owner’s son. A hearty Italian menu — the pizzas are a particular stand-out – and friendly staff put a smile on everyone’s faces; grown-ups will enjoy the wine list and cask ales; younger visitors will be enthralled by the selection of toys and games. Prices are refreshing too. 277-279 Richmond Road, TW1 2NP
This charming Shepherd’s Bush local has bright, candy-coloured walls and an amazing outdoor play space filled with beanbags in all the colours of the rainbow. Rock away the summer days on the swing benches in the garden or curl up on a sofa by the fire and enjoy seasonal bar snacks and grills, including a barbecue menu in the warmer weather. 215 Askew Road, W12 9AZ
This 19th century hotel and hostelry is one of Ealing’s oldest. Today it’s a large and characterful pub serving delicious burgers and superior pub-grub. Children receive a warm welcome and will enjoy the garden and outdoor playground, while a children’s menu of mini-bites caters to smaller appetites. 2 The Avenue, W13 8PH
With an outside terrace and attractive interior, The Island has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and is popular with Brent families for Sunday lunches and early dinners; the fish and chips on Friday nights go down especially well with younger palettes. Children are welcome until 8pm and can stay in the restaurant later if eating. 123 College Road, NW10 5HA
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