The Handbook
The Handbook

A family trip to Europe might be off the cards this summer but there are plenty of places to visit on our doorsteps right here in Blighty. Make the most of the quieter London streets and fewer tourists by booking a staycation in the city and indulge in everything it has to offer, from an incredible restaurant scene to historic landmarks, the abundance of green space (far more than most cities) to some of the best shops in the world.

If you’re planning a trip to the capital with your brood, check out our edit of the best family-friendly hotels in London, that both you and the children will love equally.

The Athenaeum

Little travellers will feel like proper VIPs at Mayfair’s  Athenaeum Hotel & Residences.  The hotel’s tailor-made kids concierge questionnaire makes sure that your little one’s favourite things are in the bedroom upon arrival, even down to the milk and cookies before bed.

Book into the hotel’s neighbouring Residences, the traditional red-brick townhouses for a real ‘London moment’ and make the most of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks on your doorstep (you even get your own front door), from Green Park just across the road to Buckingham Palace that’s within walking distance. 

Each Residence comes fully equipped with a kitchenette, dining table and a spacious living area, and if you need space for little ones, they can arrange some of the most stylish bunk beds we’ve ever seen. 

Plus, adjoining Residences can be made interconnecting on request, making them ideal for families, groups and long-term stays.

The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ

www.athenaeumhotel.com

11 Cadogan Gardens

Head to one of our Chelsea favourites, 11 Cadogan Gardens, where they are offering guaranteed interconnecting rooms when you book two for you and your little ones, plus the second room will be discounted by 50%.

Ideally located in the heart of SW, the hotel sits near some of the best family-friendly attractions the city has to offer, from Harrods to Chelsea Physic Garden, Hyde Park to the V&A. 

Back at the hotel, the whole family can eat together in the brilliant Hans’ Bar & Grill, which offers an all-day seasonal menu rooted in British produce, before heading to bed in the gorgeous rooms kitted out with DVD’s, snacks and more to please little ones. Plus, the hotel concierge are on the end of the phone and will be happy to arrange a wealth of trips during your stay, from the Harry Potter Tour to a day at Hamley’s. 

Parents who need a night off, can book a babysitter through the hotel’s partner, Hope and Dreams, safe in the know that they will be sound asleep upstairs. 

Children aged 16 or under will also enjoy complimentary breakfast throughout their stay. 

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ

www.11cadogangardens.com

The iconic Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences and St James Court are celebrating getting back to a little normality with a sepcial family reunion offer. If you’ve planned a staycation or a London break with your family after months of being apart, quote “family reunion” when booking Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences to be treated to complimentary afternoon tea for the whole family. 

The hotel’s current afternoon tea offering is one to remember and one that’s sure to excite family members of all ages as it’s been inspired by the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. The Alice’s Queen of Hearts Afternoon Tea is served in the hotel’s Kona restaurant, and features beautifully designed pastries and scrumptious savoury treats inspired by the foul-tempered monarch from the book. 

Elsewhere in the hotel, the teams are prepped and excited to welcome guests back again in their stunning suites, serviced apartments and in the alfresco restaurant. Plus, the hotel is just a short walk from some of London’s most iconic landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to Green Park. 

For larger family groups, book into one of the six-bedroom residences that come with a fully-equipped kitchen and a more homely vibe – perfect for a longer visit. 

Rates from £275 per night.

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E 6AF

www.tajhotels.com

Sea Containers

Take little ones on a sea adventure, albeit on banks of The Thames, at the nautical-inspired Sea Containers hotel. Nautical themed it may be, but it is also impossibly chic too with interior design reminiscent of a 1920s transatlantic cruise liner and a tonne of Tom Dixon work inside. 

Anchor down for the weekend in one of their rooms, suites or apartments – some with spectacular views that stretch out over the river and the iconic London skyline. 

On rainy days make the most of the hotel’s entertainment, from a personalised treatment at Agua Spa for tired parents or catch a family movie in the super stylish Curzon Cinema in the hotel’s basement.

Rates from £235 per night.

Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD

www.seacontainerslondon.com

The Landmark

Little ones (and grownups) will be blown away when entering the Grande Dame of the London hotel scene thanks to The Landmark’s stunning Winter Garden. We might not be going abroad just yet, but you’ll feel like you are with the hotel’s tranquil oasis entrance, that is towered over with huge palm trees. 

When it comes to booking for the family, take advantage of the hotel’s Family Escape break, designed to suit both parents and little ones. Spend time together in the hotel’s  luxurious and spacious family rooms, which have two double beds for two adults and two children up to 12 years of age.

As part of the package, kids will receive a surprise upon their arrival; a tent and headlamps in the room for an epic indoor camping experience. Plus, The Landmark’s Marylebone location means you’re in walking distance of Regent’s Park and London Zoo so you can ensure your day’s itinerary will be jam packed.

The hotel can even put on a special family treasure hunt through the Marylebone neighbourhood, sure to excite the imaginations of little ones and yourself.

Family packages available from £434 per night.

The Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6JQ

www.landmarklondon.co.uk

The Westbury Mayfair

The Westbury Mayfair’s choice of interconnecting two and three bedroom suite options provides distinctively styled spaces perfect for multigenerational travel. 

Watch as little faces light up when children receive their surprise gift on arrival and enjoy the luxury of the Polo Bar with delicious, healthy children’s menus served all day. 

Make treasured memories in Mayfair, steps away from Regent Street’s Hamleys toy store, the luxury boutique shopping on Bond Street for the adults or bask in the sun in the surrounding Royal Parks. 

Plus, guests can receive a guaranteed room upgrade and £50 daily credit to spend in the Polo Bar with their special ‘Your Welcome Awaits’ offer. 

The Westbury Mayfair hotel is available to book now for Friday 4th September onward, for enquiries contact [email protected] or visit www.marriott.com

The Westbury Mayfair, 37 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YF

Returning to the London hotel scene on 1st September is Brown’s Hotel in the heart of Mayfair. Unmistakably British, the hotel’s rooms and suites offer exceptional comfort and style, a dose of English heritage and all the mod cons you could wish for. 

For adults there’s plenty to keep you occupied come evening, from incredible cuisine at Charlie’s at Browns or some of the best cocktails you’ll find at the impossibly cool, ’60s-inspired Donovan Bar. 

Little ones needn’t feel left out though, in fact, they’re probably better looked after than the adults thanks to the hotel’s Monkey Teddy Turndown Service, 24-hour babysitting, baby bath products, hooded towels and rubber ducks in the bathrooms, a VIP kids’ library, special child-friendly spa packages, 50% off all kids’ meals and a bespoke Rocco Forte Kids In-Room Bar – the list is endless. 

Room rates from £468.

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP

www.roccofortehotels.com

The Langham 

The only downside to you stay at London’s five-star Langham hotel is that the kids will be asking to go back every weekend. 

On the neverending menu of children’s activities on offer are kids’ baking classes at the cookery school Sauce by The Langham. Here kids will learn key techniques from a friendly team of chefs, gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of bakery, as well as all round kitchen confidence. Expect them to come away with warm cookies, muffins and cakes – bonus.

There are also welcome hampers to dive into upon arrival, that include a Theodore teddy bear, bear themed slippers and bathrobe – cute.

As well as a children’s activity booklet which includes activities to encourage inquisitive little minds to explore the historic hotel.  At each outlet, a special stamp can be collected and once finished, each child will have earned themselves a tasty treat which can be redeemed at reception. If only adults could take part too. 

Plus, receive 25% off the best available rate on your second room (for under 16 year olds) when you book. 

The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA

www.langhamhotels.com

Claridge’s

Service doesn’t come much better than at London’s iconic Claridge’s, no matter what your age. The team have thought of everything, from child-friendly tote goody bags on arrival to personalised bathrobes at bedtime. Computer games in the room (if mum and dad approve) to art and craft activities.

There’s even a children’s special afternoon tea in the hotel’s stunning Foyer and childcare or babysitters to give you some much-needed time – preferably in the bar or the Claridge’s Spa. 

Outside of the hotel, there’s a specialised Children’s Concierge at Claridge’s who will happily arrange tickets for attractions, museums and shows, make up luxury picnics to take to nearby Green Park or Hyde Park and someone to book activity days organised by the wonderful children’s entertainers Sharky & George. 

Claridge’s, 41 – 43 Brook Street, London W1K 4HJ

www.claridges.co.uk