It’s no secret that London is the best city in the world. With all of its historic landmarks, world-class museums, and beautiful parks, it’s no wonder that families from all over the world flock to the capital to live and work, let alone enjoy a city break.
London is awash with places to stay, but if you’re after somewhere to accommodate for the whole family, here are just five of our favourites:
PLACES TO STAY
The Athenaum Hotel in Mayfair prides itself on offering a truly family-friendly service without compromising on five star luxury. Situated opposite Green Park, the hotel has a dedicated children’s concierge, catering to your child’s every whim; from arranging a kite-flying session in Hyde Park, to milk and biscuits at bedtime. They can easily arrange cots and extra bedding for rooms, and its private apartments are equipped with kitchens and dining areas just perfect for families. And, if you fancy some quality time to yourself, its team of nannies and babysitters are on hand to look after your little ones.
The Nadler Kensington
Just a short walk from Earl’s Court tube station, The Nadler Kensington is a 65-room boutique hotel in the heart of the capital’s museum district; from Kensington Palace Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall to the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert, children will love being so close to all the attractions. The four-star hotel features cosy rooms perfect for families, with luxury bunk rooms for the kids and baby cots available at no extra charge.
St James’s Hotel and Club
A favourite of film stars, celebrities and diplomats, St James’ Hotel and Club is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Mayfair. With five stars to its name, the hotel provides excellent facilities for families, with interconnecting rooms on request, and even a complimentary superior or deluxe room for your kids when you reserve a junior or deluxe suite. And, like The Athenaeum, there’s a concierge service tailored especially for little ones. They’re on hand to offer advice on all things fun in the capital, and come with recommendations for activities, restaurants and theatre productions.
Flemings Mayfair is one of the oldest hotels in London, dating back to 1851. Comprised of thirteen Georgian townhouses, the recent multi-million pound refurbishment blended its period details – which date back to the 18th Century – with lavish new interiors. For the little ones, the hotel’s resident character Fleming the Frog is out to help kids enjoy their stay. They’ll be treated to a storybook featuring the amphibian, a dedicated menu at the restaurant and milk and cookies at bedtime.
The Rubens At The Palace
The Rubens at the Palace, sat right opposite Buckingham Palace, treats little ones with just as much respect and hospitality as the adults. Upon arrival, each child is taken through a preference form to confirm vital information – from their favourite colour to their drink and food of choice. They’ll find bathrobes and slippers in the bedroom, as well as a selection of children’s movies, books and games. The Director of Fun will recommend the best attractions and shows – as well as the lesser-known gems of the city – to make sure the whole family enjoys their stay
THINGS TO DO
London is full to the brim with attractions, events and shows that all the family are guaranteed to enjoy. From popular landmarks to lesser-known destinations, there’s something for every child, no matter their age.
When it comes to museums and art galleries, families are spoilt for choice. For mini historians, The Natural History Museum and The Imperial War Museum are good options, and art fans will love Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert. There’s something to wow everyone at The Science Museum, and you can view the capital’s transport heritage at the London Transport Museum. Best thing of all, most are free to enter!
If it’s entertainment you’re after, the West End comes second to none. Productions currently showing across theatre land include an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, recently opened Aladdin and the legendary Lion King.
If the sun comes out during your stay, make the most of it with a trip to one of the capital’s green spaces, all of which offer something a bit different. Head to Hyde Park for a boat along the Serpentine lake, go to Regents Park for a trip to the zoo, and visit Greenwich park for fantastic views of the city. Additionally, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now open in east London, where you can see the stadiums and arenas that played host to the 2012 Olympic Games.
And, of course, you can’t visit London without seeing all the sights. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and even take a tour of the state rooms during its summer opening. View the London skyline with a trip on The London Eye, and see it from even higher up at The Shard’s viewing platform. Another one for any history buffs is the Tower of London – see if you can spot all six ravens!
With so much to do in the capital and so many wonderful places to stay, there’s no need to go far on your next mini break when it’s all right on your doorstep.