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�e dining area may be too cramped for bulky buggies, but our
iCandy is freestanding once folded so we can tuck it by the table.
Mark Hix's cavernous dining room displays a Damien Hirst
piece that will draw gasps from young visitors with a taste for the
gruesome: the cow and chicken in formaldehyde reference the
menu of steak and roast chicken. Under-10s get a free main at
certain times; and a drawing competition keeps them busy while
you snack on pork crackling and apple sauce.
THE LOUNGE AT THE GORING, BELGRAVIA
A short walk from Victoria Station, this under-the-radar hotel
is a world away from that busy terminus. �e menu is pricey but
packed with expertly made classics (gooey cheese omelette, with
Knickerbocker Glory to finish), but the real draw here is �e
Goring's garden - one of the area's biggest private green spaces,
it's a huge, hidden oasis, perfect for burning off some energy.
TOM'S KITCHEN, CHELSEA
Close to Kensington's museums, this place is always packed with
families. Scan the kids' menu and you see why. As well as the usual
suspects of mini burgers and macaroni cheese, there are healthy
options such as fresh fruit skewers and mashed banana with honey
and raisins. �e staff obligingly wrapped a doggy bag of berry
pancakes, which I stashed in the Raspberry's storage capsule.
VICO, WEST END
�is Italian restaurant boasts a stunning interior with strung fairy
lights and a beautiful indoor water fountain that you may have to
drag your child away from. �e food is pretty good too, running
from simple tomato spaghetti to homemade fennel sausage.
The iCandy MiChair is a
beautifully crafted piece of
furniture. The careful design
ensures dirt has no place to
get trapped, making it easy to
keep clean. A timeless piece, the
highchair is suitable from birth
when used with the iCandy
Pod. As your child grows, the
iCandy MiChair converts
into a stylish child's chair
or a rocking chair, suitable
for children up to the age
of six. From £450,
�e real life-saver is nestled in the corner - a tantrum-busting
in-house counter from award-winning gelato masters Gelupo.
HAWKER HOUSE, CANADA WATER
Hawker House's array of food options - from barbecue and tacos
to lobster rolls and �ai chicken - work well with families, and the
buzzy atmosphere make it a perfect spot for meeting friends without
kids. �is addition to Street Feast's markets features the Land of
Bamboo, with trampolines and a sandpit to keep kids amused.
Jimi Famurewa is a writer and editor. Family London, his guide
to the capital's finest kid-friendly experiences, will be published in
autumn 2017 by Frances Lincoln
A DRAWING COMPETITION KEEPS THEM
BUSY WHILE YOU SNACK ON PORK
CRACKLING AND APPLE SAUCE