BEST KID FRIENDLY PUBS IN LONDON
Going to the pub; a cheeky pleasure that isn’t so easy once you’re flanked with a pushchair, a two year old with a serious case of the fidgets and the complete collection of Hairy Maclary books. That ice cold beer and crisp Chilean white, are somewhat undermined by the wet wipes and hand sanitizer. Yet help is at hand. Some lovely people have taken the much-loved pub and turned it into the perfect place to bring the little ones. Slinky Malinki and all.
1. The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Having hosted The Kinks’ first ever gig in 1960, this is the ideal place to enjoy a Sunny Afternoon with the ones who keep you up All Day and All of the Night. With five distinct areas, including a Kinks-themed room, a garden and covered terrace, this public house actively encourages little ones to get involved. A live toddler music group – that’s music for toddlers, not by them – and baby French and Mandarin lessons are definitely going to keep your tots engaged. Not to mention the classic British menu with a European twist, crudités and homemade hummus and free crisps at the bar, this guarantees that Ev’rybody’s Gonna be Happy.
2. The Leather Bottle Pub and Dining, 538 Garratt Lane, London SW17 0NY
Depending when you visit this Victorian Pub, you could be at either end of the world. If it’s in summer, then sandy beaches and straw huts are the order of the day, if winter – alpine lodges and an ice rink. It’s fair to say they go above and beyond for important events – a petting zoo at Easter, summer barbecues, Pimm’s and tennis in their enormous garden for Wimbledon and, of course, their yearly festival; Earlsfest. They have everything a parent could need; high
3. Pub on the Park, 19 Martello Street, Hackney, London E8 3PE
Perfect for the hipster parents in you – if lively and bright is your thing, then you can’t get much better than the Pub on the Park, right next to London Fields. How many pubs have their own cricket team and heated lido? Unless Wetherspoons has installed a Jacuzzi then I can’t think of one. What the pub lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. A tiered terrace and beer garden overlook the nearby park and playground, just right for your little sporting legends. Don’t forget the factor 30 – this is the perfect spot for catching a few rays, even if it is whilst you chase after the kids with the Ambre Solaire. With a menu showcasing the best of the gastro-burger and a collection of kid’s meals they will love, this could be your new favourite trendy hangout.
4. The Rosendale Public House and Garden, 65 Rosendale Road, Welst Dulwich, London SE21 8EZ
If you’re tired of sub-par slides, and monkey bars that have lost their cheek, then the Rosendale has the answer. A playhouse, climbing frame and giant Connect Four are destined to keep even the most distracted adventurer going. Their menu has a lot to recommend itself too – with the ever popular staple of the roast dinner, as well as a pizza menu that would make the Ninja Turtles jealous. The cheery and efficient staff members go above and beyond to help brighten up even the dullest days. This is a diamond at the centre of an up and coming area, so you best book a table while you still can!
5. The Victoria, 10 West Temple Sheen, Richmond, London SW14 7RT
Everyone loves a country pub, but when you have busy traffic, heavy congestion and the hustle and bustle of city living, it can be hard to find that idyllic space to take the little ones. The Victoria is that place; it’s equally at home catering to those who fancy relaxing with a Rosé and a good book or a big cookie and The Tiger that Came to Tea. Tucked award in the backstreets of Sheen – this place prides itself on quiet understatement. Their menu takes the bog standard hotdog to previously unexplored heights – recommended by both Hardens, and Sawdays – and their kids menu has plenty of tasty, organic favourites. With an enclosed rear garden, offering plenty of space to explore, and a climbing frame you will spend hours prying your explorers from, this is a hidden gem, worth discovering.