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Food and mealtimes

Boy eating toast

Eating well helps your child to recover. We want them to benefit as much as possible from the foods they eat.

All of the meals served in our wards are made using fresh ingredients in our hospital kitchens.           


Mum and son at lunch trolley

Mealtimes vary from ward to ward but the approximate times are:

  • Breakfast: 8am
  • Lunch: 12 noon
  • Dinner: 5pm        

Check on your child's ward page for exact times.

Our wards have protected mealtimes. This means we try to keep mealtimes quiet, to allow your child to eat without interruption.


Breakfast is usually a selection of cereals and toasts.

Your child can then choose their lunch and dinner from our menus each day. If your child has special dietary needs, please let a member of their ward team know. All meat dishes are halal, and there's also a vegetarian option for meals.

If your child is hungry outside of mealtimes, let a member of staff know and we'll provide a snack.

Where can I get food?

Meals are only provided for patients and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

Some wards have a parents' kitchen area and room where you can store and eat food. Find out more on your child's ward page. Make sure any food you leave in the parents' kitchen is labelled with your child's name and the date.

There are also a number of cafés and restaurants at Evelina London, neighbouring St Thomas' Hospital and in the local area. Find out more at cafés, shops and more.

Find out more

Watch our patients talk about the food at Evelina London in our videos for younger children and teenagers.

What's the food like? (for children) – video transcript

The food is really scrumptious here. I especially like the crisps, the dessert, and I love the jelly and the porridge in the morning is quite nice as well

At the Evelina we have, we have snack boxes. Snack boxes are delicious because sometimes you can have tuna, bread, ham or cheese.

Sometimes we can have oranges which is my favourite fruit.

Me and my mum go to the dinner hall and we get some food from there.

Sometimes it can be good, it can vary.

Sometimes mine can be a bit…[pulls face] And sometimes mine can be yummy!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner (for young people) – video transcript

Well you get breakfast around 9 or 9.30. You usually get cereal but you can pick what you want, it’s really nice.

Around 12 you get lunch so you can get mashed potato or chips.

I actually think it’s really nice once you get used to it.

There’s a menu every day, you can choose the menu or you can get someone to come and get you some food.

 Also they do, if you don’t like hot food, there are snack boxes available which are like sandwiches.

They have fruits, yoghurts, you know the usual.

You get dinner is around 5 which is a bit early.

They have pretty nice puddings, usually a warm sponge and custard which are pretty decent.

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