Little Londoners deserve special treatment on their home turf. Marie-Claire Chappet rounds up the finest hotels and swankiest indulgences for your Very Important Kids…
The Dorchester, Park Lane
The Dorchester has everything covered, from freshly baked cookies to bread for feeding the ducks in Hyde Park. The Dorchester team is happy to arrange a variety of children’s activities, from ‘Glamping at The Dorchester’ – featuring children’s beds complete with bespoke tents – to excursions to nearby Hyde Park where tennis, boating and horse riding are available. They even organise children’s birthday parties with such themes as ‘Princess for a Day’ or ‘Doorman for a Day’, complete with their famous doorman’s hats.
The Connaught, Mayfair
There’s plenty to offer VI Kids here. Treats include family-friendly hours in the swimming pool, an array of games and a variety of special treats (including some homemade snacks on arrival). Child-friendly menus in the restaurant have been lovingly created by Hélène Darroze and games consoles and games are stocked in every child’s room as well as children’s bathrobe and slippers and a Connaught activity book and pencils. A children’s concierge is on hand to organise family fun and babysitters, first-aiders and doctors are available – the former for a small additional fee.
The London Edition,Fitzrovia
Edition Hotels’ luxurious London base has very special treatment for your VI Kids. Stay at the Loft or Loft Suite and enjoy a complimentary connecting room and Little Londoner (and Big Londoner!) treats, including a kid’s guide to London made exclusively by Edition staff, milk and cookies on arrival, a movie night with popcorn and a tent in your room that’s shaped like a London Underground tube!
One of London’s most cherished luxury hotels courts loyalty among the littlest of guests with a children’s concierge dedicated to entertaining and assisting your little ones and your family with every aspect of your stay. At Claridge’s the service for children is almost unparalleled: amenities and services include a ‘petit’ afternoon tea, a Claridge’s bell boy teddy bear, a children’s magazine with your morning newspaper, children’s books, board games and games consoles. There are also babysitters, first-aiders and doctors on call should you require them.
The Milestone, Kensington
The ‘Milestone Mini Experience’ allows children to go on a supervised behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel. Other available treats for little ones include ‘The Princes’ and Princesses’ Afternoon Tea’ where the pastry chef will assist children in decorating their own cupcakes. The ‘We Are Family’ package accommodates for two adults and up to two children in a range of room types and includes a welcome glass of champagne for Big Londoners. To win a special afternoon tea at the Milestone Hotel enter our Little London Launch Competition!
Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
With a bowling alley and a theatre, the Ham Yard Hotel is ideally suited to Big and Little Londoners alike. Your VI Kids will, however, receive their own mini bathrobes and bathroom amenities, cutlery, high chairs, books and board games, DVDs, as well as milk and cookies at bedtime.
Corinthia hotel London, Whitehall
Special packages for families include accommodation for two adults and two children in adjoining luxurious bedrooms, an English breakfast for two adults and two children in The Northall restaurant, a games console with a selection of games as well as children’s amenities and, for Big Londoners, a chilled bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
The Savoy, Strand
After one of the largest refurbishments of any hotel, The Savoy is back firing on all luxury cylinders. It’s a dream for VI Kids, with connecting rooms and suites available upon request, a children’s Welcome Kit, in-room games consoles, children’s menus, a babysitting service and a 10m swimming pool available for Little Londoners and their much bigger counterparts.
The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
At The Berkeley London the littlest of gestures for the littlest of guests goes a long way. There are family-friendly swimming sessions available twice daily, a children’s special afternoon tea called ‘Prêt-à-Portea’ as well as family picnics made to order and special days out planned by your very own children’s concierge.
The Ritz, Mayfair
Kidz@theritz caters exclusively for your Little Londoners with treats such as free ice cream and in-room games consoles. From the moment they arrive, your little ones receive special welcome gifts, are spoilt with children’s room service and special treats at evening turndown. Subject to room category, a family booking can also guarantee interconnecting rooms or that children stay in their parents’ room on a complimentary basis.