Child-friendly pubs for families
The days when pubs were smoky no-go areas for kids are gone and families can now expect epic play areas with giant, colourful beanbags (The Eagle, Hammersmith), chalkboards for sketching (The Island, Kensal Rise) and even suspension bridges (The Duke of Kent, Ealing). They’re all in zone 2 – as child-friendly spaces in zone 1 are hard to find.
The Parcel Yard in King’s Cross Station will keep all ages happy, as it’s next to Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾. Once you’ve lined up for a photo, relax in this train-themed pub, which is decorated with toy trains, train posters and retro luggage.
As well as baby-changing facilities in an accessible toilet, parents will be pleased to hear that staff offer young children colour pencils and pictures to colour in. Older kids can play cards, chess, table football or board games such as Cluedo. The children’s menu features classics such as fish and chips, tomato pasta and mac ‘n’ cheese.
If you’d rather be outside, The Phene near Chelsea Physic Garden is a smart gastropub with a beautiful back garden, which has a fake lawn, parasols, heaters and walls of flowers. It’s dog-friendly, so little ones may make a furry friend. They can also complete a maze and puzzles printed on the kids’ menu, which features sausage and mash and tomato linguine. Two tables inside have space for pushchairs, with high chairs and baby changing facilities available.
The Freemasons Arms near Hampstead Heath also has a beer garden, as well as a conservatory that brims with sunlight. Its children’s menu includes sliders, pizza and, for the more adventurous, spiced coconut chicken curry with sticky jasmine rice.
Pubs and football go together hand in hand so why not take the family to a stadium? Read our kids' guide to Chelsea FC stadium tours here
Images courtesy of The Parcel Yard