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Canteen, Royal Festival Hall, London

If you’re travelling to or from South London via Waterloo Station the revamped area around the Royal Festival Hall is a great place for a pit stop.  Canteen is located round the back of the Festival Hall away from the melee of the riverside, which is a relief if you’ve spent the last few hours fighting your way through crowded streets with a buggy.

I’ve been with Jack several times now, from just before he was  a year old onwards.  The food is always yummy and they will do starter size portions for children.  The vibe is distinctly not that of a children’s restaurant (unlike places like Giraffe, of which more in a later post) since you’re as likely to find trendy 30-somethings working over lunch as you are mums with toddlers.

The staff have always happily found space to park the buggy and magic up a highchair.  The toilets have loads of decent changing space as well as a dedicated disabled loo which has a changing table.

Whilst the service is generally pretty quick – always helpful when you have a hungry toddler –  on one recent occasion when they were, admittedly, very busy we had to ask after the food several times.  This produced an exasperated reaction from the waitress.   The result:  I went from one stressed mum who needed to feed her child to one very angry one.  Not good if you expect a tip.

Don’t let this put you off though, because overall it’s a great place to go with babies and toddlers if you want a more, pleasant, adult experience than you’ll get in a place dedicated solely to feeding kids.  They also have branches in Spitalfields, Baker Street and Canary Wharf

Rating:

Stylishness: 3/5

Friendliness: 4/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Overall rating: 18/25   ££

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