London is packed with experiences to delight kids, from museums and theatres to parks and cinemas. Finding a great place to stay isn’t always as easy. Culture Trip has found the best family-friendly hotels in the capital so you don’t have to.
Family travel often brings to mind images of hotels bustling with Disney characters and rooms that focus more on convenience than style. Banish that thought – many of London’s chicest accommodation spots have made allowances for children, or even actively encourage their presence, without compromising on decor. In a city with so many opportunities to delight children, you will be happy to know there are plenty of hotels that will charm mum and dad too.
You won’t be greeted with disapproving glares if someone accidentally spills a drink or gets fingerprints on a polished surface at this stylish suite hotel. The concierge is on hand to help out with securing tickets to a show or arranging transportation. Little guests are greeted with welcome gifts and themed bedding in their interconnected rooms so they feel right at home. There are also family-friendly hours at the seventh-floor swimming pool and a doctor and childminding service available.
Though it’s a four-star boutique hotel in Kensington, The Resident has managed to keep costs down by eliminating unnecessary extras, making it an affordable option for families. Bunk rooms will keep the kids happy, and larger rooms feature kitchenettes, perfect for feeding hungry mouths before a big day of exploring – although you can always order breakfast from Gail’s Bakery next door. A short meander up the road en route to the Tube station take in the Earl’s Court Police Box that will no doubt delight Doctor Who fans. The hotel also has free Wi-Fi and hundreds of kid-friendly movies.
The Ampersand Hotel is in the centre of London’s museum district with both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum nearby. The bright design gives this boutique hotel a homely atmosphere and the downstairs games room – well equipped with toys, books and pool table – will keep the kids entertained during downtime. Babysitting can be arranged so that mum and dad can enjoy the amazing restaurants within walking distance (nearby Daphne’s is a local favourite). The whole family will love the hotel-monogrammed rubber duckies that come with each room, which are available to purchase at reception should you want to bring a very chic memento home with you.
Housed in a former Victorian-era train station, The Landmark will enchant children as soon as they walk through the doorman-helmed entrance. This opulent hotel is steeped in history – the Suffragettes once held a breakfast here – and there are far more stories held within the hotel’s walls, making it perfect for entertaining little ones with educational titbits. Parents will love the decadent wellness facilities, including a fully stocked gym, indoor pool, steam room and a lengthy list of spa treatments, plus the numerous dining spaces with extensive champagne menus. There are plenty of convenient room combinations, too – all are spacious enough for an extra bed, while the Executive Family Room and Marylebone Family Studio have two double beds, making them perfect for those with older children.
With baby monitors, cots, colouring books and child-size bathrobes on hand, The Zetter Hotel is your home away from home. Just a short walk from Exmouth Market and Shoreditch High Street, there’s plenty to explore nearby. Down in the restaurant the little ones get their own menus to enjoy, with delights such as egg and soldiers for breakfast and macaroni cheese for dinner. If you’re looking to splash out, opt for a Rooftop Deluxe Room with its outdoor bathtub, which will make a great relaxing spot for mum and dad once the kids have been put to bed.
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Although St James’s Hotel and Club sits on the luxury end of the accommodation spectrum, the price tag is more than worth it. The kids’ concierge will keep little ones entertained, allowing parents time to enjoy themselves as well. Planning your perfect family holiday will be easy with the concierge’s age-appropriate recommendations any time you need them. Interconnecting rooms are offered specifically for families, meaning all the luxury of a hotel room without compromising on space and allowing the whole family to stay together. Traditional yet comfortable, and with child-friendly menus, the St James’s Hotel is perfect for a five-star family holiday.
MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park, with its numerous multi-bed rooms, has more than enough space for the whole family. The Family Room offers a double bed for mum and dad, bunks for the kids, and sleeps up to six people. Kids can easily lose hours in the Natural History Museum next door, which is the perfect start to a museum tour of the city – be sure to nip into the V&A one block down for more of the world’s best exhibitions, ranging from fashion to technology. As the name suggests, Hyde Park, with its lakes, trails and gardens, is just a short walk away, and royalists will love the proximity to Buckingham Palace – and the fact that Her Majesty The Queen has even paid the hotel a visit.
Offering up spacious rooms complete with full kitchens, this aparthotel is perfect for those wanting a bit of autonomy with their stay. The Rosebery – Supercity Aparthotels is an apartment-hotel hybrid, offering up the benefits of both accommodation options in one chic little package. Housed in a Victorian red-brick building, it’s as striking from the outside as it is in, where minimalist decor dominates in a Scandinavian colour palette of blonde wood, charcoal and beige, punctuated with modern artwork. Two-bedroom apartments are available for larger families, and early risers can pick up produce from the enormous, and historic, Smithfield Market, which is a 10-minute walk away.