I heard trumpeting elephants and roaring lions
In preparation for our trip, I’d asked on the Heart Breakfast Show if anyone could recommend a family friendly place to eat lunch. Weirdly, given that London has over 6,000 different restaurants, all bar two of the first 50 texts recommended the same location – The Rainforest Café in Piccadilly.
After eating at this place, I understood why.
It’s one thing being told that it recreates the sights and smells of an actual rainforest, it is another thing altogether experiencing it. Our tour guide (they don’t have waiters) steered us effortlessly to our table, which was situated very close to a life size gorilla who actually tried to engage in conversation with my enthralled son.
During the meal we endured four thunder and lightning storms, and I also heard various trumpeting elephants and roaring lions not far from where we ate. Fish swam close by, and your whole vision was a sea of green plantation. Normally at a place like this, the food doesn’t quite match the effort spent on the ambience – not so here. I recommend the Leaping Lizard Mezze (homemade hummus) and the Mojo Bones (ribs) both of which were fantastic.
The Rainforest Café is committed to supporting worthwhile environmental causes, including the threat to rainforests themselves – and given that I had spent the whole of Saturday in Cathedral Square for the launch of Peterborough’s Green Festival, it actually felt like a really good choice.
After walking off the lunch around many of the other touristy places, we sped out of King’s Cross at 6.10pm, and by 7.30pm my kids were sound asleep in their beds.