The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in London, England
London’s streets have inspired many a children's tale, and certain hotels have extra finesse when it comes to travelling with children | © I-Wei Huang / Alamy Stock Photo
Welcome treats, mini bathrobes and child-ready menus await at these tricked-out stays, geared towards travelling with kids.
It’s the home of Oliver Twist, Sherlock Holmes, Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Platform 9¾… Not to go all Willy Wonka, but London’s storied streets really are a world of pure imagination, whether you’re young or just young at heart. Where to stay? We’ve gathered hotels with particular finesse when it comes to families: dedicated children’s concierges, pint-sized amenities or perks for parents like babysitters on speed dial.
4.7/5 (166 Reviews)
Courtesy of Brown's Hotel / Expedia.com
Now from $743 per night
Did you know that Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book at Brown’s (in the very room now called the Kipling Suite)? This historic Mayfair hotel may seem formal from the outside, but cheeky monkeys of the real and literary kind get a very special welcome here: there are special kids’ check-in cards, welcome treats, even mini bathrobes… Your fridge can be filled with child-friendly snacks on request and, with the family package, meals are half-price for under-12s.
4.8/5 (556 Reviews)
Courtesy of Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences / Hotels.com
Now from $408 per night
Steps from St James’s Park, Taj 51’s suites look onto a lush inner courtyard. Members of the royal court were once housed here and, today, little lords and ladies are treated with the same deference: every child gets a special goodie bag with a cuddly bear, a sketchbook and their own Taj passport with stamps to collect. You’d be a mad hatter to miss the Queen of Hearts afternoon tea – it’s consistently rated the best in London.
4.7/5 (971 Reviews)
Courtesy of the Ampersand Hotel / Hotels.com
Now from $251 per night
Little legs won’t have to travel far to see Archie (the giant squid), a real space rocket or the Peter Pan statue – the Ampersand’s South Kensington location means easy access to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and Hyde Park. All rooms also come with child-size bathrobes, slippers and an activity pack, as well as babysitting on request, so parents can disappear downstairs for dinner.
4.5/5 (953 Reviews)
Courtesy of the Landmark / Expedia.com
Now from $359 per night
Once you’ve stopped gawping at the glass-covered ceiling in the enormous eight-storey atrium, it’s time to suit up and go for a swim in the Landmark’s heated indoor pool with dedicated hours for children. By this time, you’ll have totally forgotten you’re in the centre of London – reorient yourself with a romp around nearby Regent’s Park and a visit to the London Zoo, where the sight of giraffes, zebras and lemurs might get you all confused again.
Chain Hotel, Luxury
4.9/5 (339 Reviews)
Courtesy of Haymarket Hotel / Expedia
Now from $575 per night
Smack bang in the heart of theatreland, the Haymarket Hotel is the place to position yourselves if you plan to catch a matinée, noodle around the National Gallery or goad the Buckingham Palace beefeaters into a flicker of a smile (good luck). There’s plenty to keep kids entertained on rainy days, too: books, board games, Sky TV, children’s menus to delight even the pickiest of palates, and milk and cookies at bedtime.
St James’s Hotel
4.4/5 (495 Reviews)
Courtesy of St James’s Hotel and Club / Expedia
Now from $410 per night
A former member’s club for diplomats, the elegant St James’s Hotel in Mayfair can arrange interconnecting rooms for families (even three or four rooms, if you’re Sound of Music-sized) and also has a dedicated children’s concierge who can dream up all kinds of kid-approved adventures. Unless they’re immaculately behaved, swerve the Michelin-star Seven Park Place and park up instead at the more casual bistro for burgers, pasta and sticky-toffee pudding.
Town Hall Hotel and Apartments
4.5/5 (878 Reviews)
Courtesy of Town Hall Hotel / Expedia.com
Now from $151 per night
You’ll feel like you’re flitting about on a film set in this enormous Edwardian building in East London. Families should opt for the self-contained apartments (choose from either one or two bedrooms) – each has a fully fitted kitchen and dining area so you can keep your own hours. The heated, sky-lit swimming pool in the basement is an unexpected bonus – as is the resident dog. Psst, if you ask nicely, the front desk might even loan you their pet goldfish for the night.
4.6/5 (323 Reviews)
Courtesy of the Laslett / Expedia
Now from $264 per night
More neighbourhood hangout than hotel, the Laslett is formed of five Grade II-listed townhouses on a quiet street in upmarket Notting Hill
. There are plenty of interconnecting rooms and extra space for a cot on request. If you’re staying on a Saturday, join the throng on Portobello Road for the famous antiques, fashion and food market. On quieter afternoons, catch a family film at the Electric Cinema, decorate cookies at Biscuiteers or rent a pedalo in Hyde Park.
These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.