As lockdown lifts and the sun lingers for longer, nothing beats relaxing and soaking up the sun at your local pub.
We can almost taste the classic, irresistible pub food - the greasy chips followed by a pint for the grown-ups. But pubs can also be enjoyed with the whole family in tow - check out our list of 11 child-friendly pubs with play areas, kids menus and more.
If being outside is important, take a look at this guide to the best beer gardens in London. Whether your little ones go crazy for the monkey bars, love an open, green space to frolic around in, or just enjoy a good family pub meal, there's no denying that the pub can be a great place for families and friends to meet up. If you're in the mood for a little riverside pub fun, check out our blog here on London's best riverside pubs, bars, garden and cafes. Don your sunnies, grab a beer and let's dine out at some seriously child-friendly pubs again!
Get Lost In The Greenery At The Hare & Hounds
Where? The Hare & Hounds - Wyke Green, Osterley, Isleworth TW7 5PR
The Hare & Hounds is a great child-friendly pub located just minutes away from Hounslow. It remains one of West London’s oldest pubs with stylish interior and a green outdoor space to die for. Not to mention the huge beer garden accompanied by a children’s outdoor play area with two super fun climbing frames - one complete with a slide for your kids to whizz down! Impressive decor aside, The Hare & Hounds also boasts a great kids menu where your little ones can choose a main, including pub classics like sausages and mash as well as beef burgers, and a pudding, like sticky toffee pudding or chocolate brownie for just £7.50!
Visit Outer Space At The Half Moon
Where? The Half Moon - 10 Half Moon Ln, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HU
Blast off! The Half Moon, located in Herne Hill, has confirmed that it will be re-opening its doors on 4th July with social distancing measures firmly in place to welcome everyone back. You’ll definitely want to book a table at The Half Moon to secure your spot at this stylish and newly renovated Grade II listed hotel, complete with outdoor greenery and of course, play area. Plus, this family-friendly pub has even got a giant Connect 4 game, perfect for keeping kids entertained while the food's in the oven. Not to mention, at this impressive pub, kids can join in the pub fun as the children's menu offers a delicious mini Sunday roast for just £7, complete with all the trimmings - mmm.
Don’t Worry About Cleaning At Mops and Brooms
Where? Mops and Brooms - Rowley Lane, Well End, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, London, WD6 5PD
Located in North London, operating a reduced menu as well as a change in opening and food serving times, this charming, local and child-friendly pub will soothe your craving to get away from the big city. Complete with plenty of outdoor space and a climbing frame with a slide, kids will enjoy running off some energy before they dine like kings and queens!
Break Your Lockdown Hibernation At The Anglers
Where? The Anglers - 3 Broom Rd, Teddington, London TW11 9NR
Break your pub hibernation at The Anglers in Teddington, South West London, as it opened its doors again on 4 July. Booking online is essential as they are expecting high numbers of people (who can blame them really?), so ensure you go online to save your space at this rustic family pub. It’s difficult to choose just one aspect of the incredibly popular Anglers pub. With its riverside location, the views are unparalleled elsewhere. Its football tables make for great entertainment, plus, the food is outstanding - it’s truly a must-visit. Not to mention that The Anglers also offers a great kids menu, so combined with the views and sporty fun, this adventurous gem is a top spot for family dining.
Head To The Florence - It Will Make Your Day
Where? The Florence - 131-133 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0NG
One of our fave child-friendly pubs, The Florence, serves up modern British pub food and, situated opposite the infamous Brockwell Park, it’s the perfect place to pitch up for a spot of lunch. It reopened on 6 July, and you’ll be back in no time to dine on some tasty pub food and head to the children’s play area that is fully equipped and perfect for toddlers and youngsters.
Dine Royally At The Duke of Kent
Where? The Duke of Kent - Scotch Common, West Ealing, London W13 8DL
Dine like kings and queens at The Duke of Kent, another pub that opened its doors on 4 July. Again, you must book online in advance if you want to reserve your spot for the perfect pint and pub lunch, so get on it! Deemed the best pub garden in Ealing, The Duke of Kent certainly doesn’t disappoint. With its luscious green area, complete with fun, colourful huts and table tennis tables located at the rear of this haven for summer, as well as an impressive children’s menu, you wouldn’t want to soak up the sun anywhere else. Plus, The Duke of Kent pub is dog-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring your pooch along for a bit of summer fun.
Relax at Battersea’s Finest: The Latchmere
Where? The Latchmere - 503 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3BW
Heading a little more South now, The Latchmere in Battersea boasts an incredible four garden spaces, including a blazing sun terrace, an alfresco outdoor area where you can keep snug, an open courtyard space and of course, a kids play area complete with a Wendy house, outdoor games and toys (which is yet to open but will do in due course). Plus, The Latchmere reopened to the public on 4 July and you can secure your spot for up to six people online now. Inside, the family-friendly touches continue with accessible baby-changing facilities, high chairs as well as colouring in and crayons for when social distancing measures get relaxed a little more, making this pub ideal for the whole family. Not to mention, the kids menu offers delicious traditional pub grub including roast beef, chicken and fish and chips as well as all-time favourite desserts like sticky toffee pudding and even banoffee pie - yum!
Enjoy A Great Play Area At The Rosendale
Where? 65 Rosendale Rd, Norwood, London SE21 8EZ
After opening back for business on 4 July, The Rosendale pub in West Dulwich, London can’t wait to have their beer garden full again! You can book a table for up to six people online and can call the restaurant if you’d like to get a little more information on the social distancing measures in place. The Rosendale prides itself on serving simple, seasonable and sustainable food so you’re guaranteed a good family meal. Plus, when social distancing measures are relaxed a little more, The Rosendale has an impressive garden space complete with a climbing frame, table tennis and football tables as well as boules for adults. Keep an eye out for when their kids area is re-opening because you simply can’t miss out on this popular, child-friendly pub.
Hop-On At The White Horse
Where? The White Horse - Worple Way, Richmond TW10 6DF
Located in Richmond, London this child-friendly pub provides the perfect place to relax amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Alongside the pub there is a large play area, perfect for kids to let off some steam after fuelling up (we would recommend that younger children are supervised as the play area is not in immediate sight from some areas in the pub) and ideal for a hot day. Plus, with a range of mains to choose from on the children's menu including battered haddock and chips and linguine pesto pasta for just £7 and ice-cream for dessert for £2.50, you really can’t go wrong with this family-friendly restaurant.
Take A Trip To The Iconic Drayton Court
Where? The Drayton Court - 2 The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8PH
As one of the most well-known child-friendly pubs in London, The Drayton Court boasts the biggest beer garden in London, a fantastic kids play area, outdoor table tennis and even giant garden games where you can unleash your more competitive sides! Planning to re-open their doors shortly, the family-friendly The Drayton Court is home to outstanding food and drink, including an impressive children's menu that includes all your delicious pub faves with a twist for the little ones - for example, homemade fish fingers! Plus, as it’s also a hotel, why not book in for a night and spend the next day exploring Ealing, one of the greenest suburbs in these parts.
Go For An Old-School Option: The Turk’s Head
Where? The Turk’s Head - 28 Winchester Rd, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 1LF
Also ready and waiting is The Turk’s Head (again you will be required to book online to secure your spot). This lively pub boasts a lovely beer garden as well as a small jungle gym and climbing frame for your little ones. Hosting a whole range of family-friendly events throughout the year too, The Turk’s Head is another great option.
Ellie is a keen Londoner, thespian and foodie! She's the oldest of three and loves taking her younger siblings, aged nine and fourteen, on adventures to the theatre and food markets, trying new foods and dabbling in the world of musical theatre. Some of her favourite spots include Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum, not to mention the ever-changing Spitalfields Market.