Cute Lunch Places in London to Visit with Young Kids


Looking for some cute lunch places in London to visit with your family?  These choices are sure to be a hit for kids and adults alike.

We’ve talked about some of the fun restaurants in London for kids, but what about cute lunch places? These places give you the opportunity to bond with your children through special moments that neither of you will ever forget. We put together a list of our favorite cute London restaurants, and they’re all serving up something hot and delicious for lunch.

Cute Lunch Places in London to Add to Your Must-Try List:


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Who doesn’t want to browse a gift shop with a Forrest Gump theme and then sit down to a delicious meal loaded with shrimp? There are 20 shrimp variations on the menu plus other seafood options. The atmosphere is light, the staff members are friendly, and the décor is pure fun for anyone who has seen the movie that inspired it all.

You can order chicken if you don’t like seafood but want the cute experience of stepping into a slice of the movie. There are some vegetarian options on the menu as well.

The restaurant is convenient to Leicester Square. It’s easily reached from the Piccadilly Circus train station.

Garfunkel’s Restaurant

You’ll find several of these cute American diners tucked into the busy streets of central London. They almost look like fast food restaurants from the street, but don’t let the casual aesthetics trick you. Garfunkel’s is a welcoming diner that serves delicious food that even the smallest members of the family can appreciate, right down to the ice cream, pudding, and triple layer chocolate fudge cake.

While many London restaurants focus on elevated and created menus, your little ones may appreciate the simple offerings mixed into this restaurant’s menu. For instance, you can order a classic hot dog or hamburger with your choice of toppings. Add a starter like nachos for about £3.

Little Frankie’s

This Frankie & Benny’s spinoff is a small Italian eatery tucked into the shadows of the busy streets near Trafalgar Square. It’s conveniently located near the Trafalgar Theatre and National Gallery. You’ll find it at 7 Whitehall, just down from the Equestrian Statue of Charles I.

The menu is similar to the food you would expect at Frankie & Benny’s, but it’s a bit more casual. You don’t need reservations, and every member of the family is likely to find something of interest. This is a small restaurant you can pop in and out of without a lot of planning, making it a great escape from the hustle and bustle of sightseeing with young children.


Step into a French diner with excellent food and a great kid’s menu. It’s located in front of Tanner Street Park off Tower Bridge Road. The playground is nearby, and you can order a rotisserie chicken to go if you prefer to have a real picnic outdoors, allowing young children to stretch their legs and relax while eating.

This cute restaurant features roosters on some of the tables and interesting décor that provides a welcoming atmosphere. It’s everything you might expect from a French diner in London.

Pizza Union

If you see a Pizza Union and it’s around lunchtime, we highly recommend you stop. It’s one of the most cost-effective lunch spots in London, and service is always fast and friendly. We consider it one of London’s cutest lunch places because the atmosphere is relaxed yet energetic. From the moment you walk in the door, you know you’ve arrived at a hip spot that is great for all members of the family.

With large lighting features hanging low over the tables and bar-style lighted signs on the walls, the mood is perfect for selfies and lighthearted conversation over delicious pizza. It’s also casual enough that an excited or upset baby shouldn’t turn many heads.

They have branches in the following locations:

  • Leman Street in Aldgate
  • Kingsland High Street in Dalston
  • City Road in Hoxton
  • Pentonville Road in Kings Cross
  • Sandy’s Row in Spitalfields

Choosing Your Lunch Venue in London

There are several factors to consider when selecting  cute lunch places in London with kids:

  • Location – What restaurants are located near the attractions you plan to visit? If you have a detailed itinerary for each day of your trip, you can research dining options in advance. That allows you to time your day so that you hit the restaurant at just the right time for lunch specials.
  • Price – Those lunch specials will help, but they don’t apply at every restaurant. Make sure you’re aware of the expected price range and can fit it into your budget.
  • Environment – The best lunch places in London have safe, welcoming environments that are suitable for children. If the restaurant has a bar, make sure there’s a clear separation and that the crowd doesn’t get rowdy during the hours you plan to visit. Outdoor seating may allow you to keep your children entertained while waiting for your food, but make sure it won’t be too hot out for your child’s comfort.
  • Kid-Friendly Features – What does the restaurant’s kid menu look like? Are there menu items that your teen will appreciate? What about highchairs, coloring books, and other small touches that make dining with kids easier?

There are some cute lunch places in London, but there are also some fun restaurants that cater to children. Look around our site for more suggestions on where to eat in London with kids.

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