Hands up, who’s ready for half term? With the school holidays right around the corner, let Tiny Table take the stress out of planning as we’re here to lend a hadn’t with a heap of tasty activities and child-friendly restaurant recommendations across London…
Pirates and Pizza
From Treasure Island to Captain Pugwash, the V&A Museum of Childhood’s ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’ exhibition is a half term treat for swashbuckling kids. Travel from a moody coastal inn to a tropical treasure island in search of sparkling riches and swing through the huge pirate ship designed to inspire learning through active play. Further riches are to be had at Boxpark Shoreditch as you grab a slice at Voodoo Ray’s – two of their slices is equivalent to a whole 11 inch pizza! From a simple Ray’s Margherita smattered with oregano to the double cheese disco-dancing Giorgio Moroder oozing with goats cheese and mozzarella. All pizzas can be made gluten free for kids looking for a wheat-free pizza fix.
Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Seesaws and Burgers to Savour
With the weather a little nippy for nearby Granary Square’s dancing fountains, why not bring the kids to Coal Drops Yard latest installation – Wave-Field, Variation F illuminated musical seesaws. Created by Lateral Office and CS Design with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, we expect these to be hugely popular with families across half term. Whilst the food choices for families around Kings Cross are plentiful, when it comes to burgers, Honest Burgers is always a top choice for an affordable chicken, beef or vegan patty (featured above). For kids, the menu is the same as the adults just served in children’s sized portions. The mini burgers come with rosemary salted chips and cost 50% less than the grown up sized dishes. Gluten-free goodness can also be whipped up as the ask of a hat.
Urbanest, 25-27 Canal Reach, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4DD
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross / St Pancras
Kids Eat Free at HIX
Mark Hix has kids covered at his London restaurants with his epic kids eat free all year round offer. We all know that the school holidays can be expensive but dining at HIX is the ideal spot for an early dinner after a day in London this half term. Children under 10 can choose a complimentary main course from the kids menu when accompanied by a dining adult. With a kids menus offering the best of British seasonal food designed specially for our younger diners – expect to see dishes such as kids menu featuring dishes including HIX fish and chips with mushy peas, Glenarm minute steak with chips and Breaded chicken escalope with wild herb salad. Creative ones can also enter the HIX colouring competition to win a voucher for the family to dine at any of HIX’s restaurants.
HIX Soho – 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP / Tramshed – 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX / Hixter – 16 Great Guildford St, SE1 0HS
Kids Cookery at 26 Grains
With the weather set to chilly, what better way to warm up the kids at cult-status porridge pitstop – 26 Grains. Nestled in the heart of Neal’s Yard, the 26 Grains team will be running two kids cooking classes over half term – Monday 18th February 4-8 years at 4.30pm and Tuesday 19th February 8-12 years at 4.30pm. Inspired by the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’, which loosely translated encapsulates the concept of comfort – kids will learn the art of a perfect porridge with cards to take home at the end. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org with date, age of child and any allergies. £5 payable on the day for each child.
1 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
As Easy As Pie at Museum of London Docklands
The East End of London has a rich history with its own unique part to play in the story of London. Head to The Museum of London Docklands this half term as children and under 5s can enjoy a full day out at the museum exploring pearly kings, music halls and Cockney rhyming slang. On 21st and 24th February, little ones can enjoy a free workshop centred around the ubiquitous East End pie and mash. Using craft materials and oodles of imagination, kids can recreate some of the most well-known flavours of famous East End pie and mash shops. Will you whip up a pork pie, a meat pie with jellied eel or will you come up with your very own creation?
No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Nearest Tube: Westferry, West India Quay, Canary Wharf (10 minute walk)
The Potion Room at Cutter and Squidge
Purveyors of the much sought after Biskie, Cutter and Squidge invite you this half term to the Potion Room at the Cutter & Squidge – a secret School of Wizarding Alchemy and bewitching teatime fun. Delicious food and magical potions combine at their new afternoon tea just in time for witching season! As a wizard-in-the-making, you will be invited to join their Potion Master to learn some of his secrets in an immersive experience, whilst enjoying a family feast for all senses. Parents can sip on on Galaxy Juice infused with unicorn tear tea whilst little ones can enjoy Pumpkin Juice. Rock cakes laden with blood curdling jam, glowing amber butterscotch biskies and a whole load of magical surprises await. Wheat-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options of the tea are also available. Nab your tickets here.
20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square
Tales and Tacos on Southbank
The Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns between 13th and 24th February for 12 jam-packed days of fun. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music. Events include a sandpit that makes noise, a Peppa Pig concert, and a talk by children’s authors Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris Riddell. If all that fun has got your little ones hungry why not nip into nearby Wahaca for a brilliant bite of Mexico’s street food. Only £5.50 with a drink included, Wahaca have created dishes especially for little Wahacos to explore the flavours of Mexico’s markets. Cheese toasted quesadilla sandwiches jam packed with guacamole are the gooey with goodness but we absolutely love the build your own tacos. Inspiring kids to craft their own meals, pick from chicken, steak, cod or veggies and layer up with crunchy lettuce, a zingy tomato salsa and mashed guacamole.
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Embankment
Build Your Own Lunchbox at The Postal Museum
Hugely popular amongst families across London, The Postal Museum’s Postal Play Space is a winner with kids under 8. With an immersive mini-town complete with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, your little ones are assured sackloads of fun. Launching just in time for half-term, a brand-new family trail is now available to pick up at The Postal Museum, taking wannabe engineers around the Mail Rail exhibition. If all that postie play has built up an appetite, kids can create their own lunchbox at Benugo’s Counter Cafe. From Cheddar cheese and honey roast ham rolls to sweet treats or miniature raisin boxes, grab one of their five a day with crunchy carrot batons, juicy grapes and juice. Kids can also ch0o-choo-choose a train pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan.
15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Kids Eat Free at Tredwells
Headed to the London Transport Museum’s acclaimed interactive kids play zone or set for a sing-a-long at Matilda the Musical this half term? If you’re Covent Garden bound, let Marcus Wareing’s Tredwells take the stress out of family dining with their tasty kids eat free offer. Order one small main and one pudding from the Junior menu over half term and your little ones can fill their boots with free foodie delights including magnificent meatballs in lashings of tomato sauce or a lighter silky omelette, both served with a veggie pot stacked with sweet potato, perky peas and brave broccoli. Puds include salted caramel soft serve and juicy pineapple chunks atop a light-as-a-feather coconut mousse.
4A Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
The Kids Table at Mommi
Looking for Sunday lunch with a twist the whole family can enjoy? Clapham’s Mommi has just the answer. Born in Peru, finessed in Japan and brimming with the colourful exuberance of Miami, Mommi’s menu is bursting with flavour. Forget dry slithers of beef and soggy spuds, Sunday roasts at Mommi are all about 24 hour braised lamb teriyaki and succulent roast anticucho spatchcock chicken served with crisp garlic roast baby potatoes, yuzu glazed carrots and an insane quinoa Yorkshire pud. Whilst parents tuck into lunch, little ones can get crafty at The Kids Table which offers free, supervised fun and games for 3-10 year olds. Plus, there’s a dedicated kids menu which serves up a drink, main (dishes include mini roasts, fish bites and cassava chips, grilled chicken rice bowl) and pud for under seven quid.
44 – 48 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UR
Nearest Tube: Clapham North
Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham Hotel
If your little ones adore books, then The Langham Hotel‘s newest afternoon tea will delight. Their Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books means little literary lovers can select their own new book from a specially curated library before they embark on tasty treats. Specially conceived for creative young minds our tea is interactive; there are jigsaw puzzle sandwiches to un-piece and for the sweet element children can assemble a cake into the shape of a dog before devouring it! Children’s Afternoon Tea at Palm Court costs £29.50 for guests aged 12 and under.
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Chocolate Tuesday at Chelsea Physic Gardens
During his voyage to Jamaica, Chelsea Physic Garden‘s benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane, observed the use of chocolate mixed with milk as a remedy. He licensed the recipe to Mr Nicholas Sanders of Soho, and so the popular drink ‘Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’ came about. Heat up the chilly winter days overhalf term with Chocolate Tuesday on 19th February. This sweet-treat of a day includes craft activities, a Garden tour, a lip-smacking chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away. Tickets are £15 and the day runs from 10.30am-2.30pm.
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square