One of life’s great pleasures, is enjoying a cold pint of beer in a pub garden. Luckily pub owners in London, England, understand that becoming a parent doesn’t necessarily mean you want to spend every weekend in a windowless soft play center. Numerous pubs across the city have embraced their tiniest customers and offer a range of incentives for parents to plonk the kids down and enjoy their brew undisturbed. Which is just as well, as according to The Daily Mail, Britons apparently spend a year of their life in the pub!
London publicans enthusiastic marketing and redesign of “family-friendly” pubs means the smallest member of our family doesn’t have to be left out. Plus the savings we make on not hiring a babysitter equal more beer- win-win!
I was born in Peckham, South London and spent my childhood and much of my twenties in East London. It’s been over a decade since I moved across the Atlantic, yet still, every trip home will involve a trip or two to our local.
Even though most pubs in London now cater to children by offering kids meals and providing high chairs and coloring books, some go the extra mile to be crowned “The best child-friendly pub in London.”
Here are my top picks:
The Anglers, Teddington
3 Broom Road
The Anglers is right on the banks of the river Thames and has a lovely playground. The kids menu has lots of appealing choices for mini guests and it even has its own mooring spot so if you’re arriving by boat, you’re sorted!
The Florence, Herne Hill
131-133 Dulwich Road
The Florence has a garden which in the summer hosts weekend BBQ’s, and a large playroom for rainy days. This pub has its own micro brewery and hand pumps to deliver the perfect pint.
The Owl, High Beech
On the outskirts of London and into Loughton, Essex is The Owl. This pub is up a long winding country road and has a collection of animals available to pet, including the cutest bunny rabbits. It also has a playground in its large garden and paddocks next door with friendly horses.
The Knights Templar, Chancery Lane
95 Chancery Lane
Off Carey Street
Near Fleet Street
I might be a little biased with this pick, as it’s where my wedding reception was held. Although it’s a chain run pub by the Wetherspoons network it is such a cool space with little medieval touches that kids will love. A suit of armor, nooks and crannies and stairwells to hide in and the best bathrooms in London. Each individual stall door arcs out as though you entering a tomb and the sinks are made to look like a fountain!
The Island, Queens Park
123 College Road
The Island is a gastro pub with outdoor space that welcomes families with a selection of board games in “The Snug” a quieter corner of the pub where you can enjoy your Sunday lunch with a glass of wine while the children play.