Family Friendly London

Make the most of London 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.

Restaurant at The Athenaeum

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, which offers 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 12 or under will also enjoy complimentary breakfast throughout their stay. 

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ

www.11cadogangardens.com

Exteriors at Sea Containers London

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.

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 garden. As soon as you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped abroad with the hotel’s tranquil oasis entrance, that is towered over with huge palm trees. 

Exteriors at The Landmark London

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.

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

www.landmarklondon.co.uk

Families are at the core of what Brown’s Hotel does, from their Jungle Book themed afternoon tea to a very special children’s picnic and ‘family feast’ menu. 

You can look forward to a tailored itinerary for children of Brown’s, curated so you can explore famous corners of the city whilst ensuring the little ones are kept entertained along the way. 

They also have a great partnership with UK start up Plaay? Luxury Wooden Toys, with a bespoke monkey ‘Alby’ that’s exclusive to families staying at the hotel. It’s the perfect edition to the hotel’s newly decorated family suites and interconnecting family rooms.

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

www.roccofortehotels.com

Pan Pacific London

For those looking to enjoy the best of the Thames, look to Pan Pacific London who have a brilliant offer right now. Enjoy a family hop-on hop-off sightseeing day boat pass on the River Thames, as well as dedicated swimming hours for the kids and organia bathroom comforts for little ones. 

The package also includes a children’s welcome activity pack, 50% discount on meals for children 12 years and under, and access to the Wellbeing Floor – think infinity pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation pods and mindful studio. 

80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB 

www.panpacific.com

The Langham 

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

The never-ending menu of children’s activities available include 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, guests ages 12 and under can enjoy 50% off in the restaurants, with dedicated children’s menus available and even a special afternoon tea in the Palm Court. 

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.

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

www.claridges.co.uk

Kimpton Fitzroy London

Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, Kimpton Fitzroy London is the ideal secluded location for families travelling. It’s handily located near London transport links, making it the perfect hotel for a London staycation. 

Take the whole family for the weekend and book into one of Kimpton’s double rooms and enjoy a £75 credit per stay to use for room service or in any of the on-site restaurants, from afternoon tea at Palm Court to the British grill menu at Galvin Bar & Grill.

1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE 

www.kimptonfitzroylondon.com

Great Fosters

Children at Great Fosters

Venture out of the city and head to Egham near Windsor for the ultimate family countryside escape. The regal estate offers so much for the little ones, from swims in their heated outdoor pool to tennis coaching for older kiddies. 

All children receive a welcome rucksack packed with treats, as well as delicious (but healthy) dining options, little robes for their own ‘spa’ experiences and more. 

The younger kiddies can have a magical teepee laid out to sleep under or an extra bed, or even their own interconnecting room.

Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR 

www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

 

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Sloane Place

Young kiddies are welcomed with open arms at Sloane Place. Handily located in the heart of Chelsea, the hotel is equipped with child-friendly amenities, from ducks for bathtime to little bathrobes and slippers so they too can feel like an adult when staying in the room. 

If the dreaded boredom hits, they can look forward to grabbing pens and pencils and filling out the complementary activity packs.

60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP

www.sloaneplace.com

South Place Hotel

The perfect location for a family staycation, enjoy free museums and fun activities the kids will love before crashing in your very own pad at South Place Hotel. 

Enter through private doors and dive straight into a super king size bed in one of their spacious rooms. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, with a handy twin room located next door for playing in. 

Both rooms are fully stocked with complimentary daily soft drinks and snacks, so no one goes hungry.

south Place hotel family stays

3 South Place, EC2M 2AF 

www.southplacehotel.com

St Martins Lane

Stay in the heart of theatreland thanks to St Martins Lane. Located in Covent Garden, home to the iconic piazza, street performers and family-friendly fun, the hotel is perfect for a city break. 

Their cosy and generously sized double rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the popular hotspot. Kids can dine on their playful children’s menus while the adults indulge on their European-meets-Eastern fusion menu. 

For the afternoon tea lovers, there’s plenty of choice for all including scones, savouries and sweet treats. Delicious.

45 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX 

www.sbe.com

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Situated in the heart of London’s West End, the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is home to views over the charming gardens of Portman Square and handily located just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, Madame Tussauds and Buckingham Palace.

There are plenty of interconnecting family rooms for those with little ones in tow, as well as child-friendly amenities like mini bathrobes, slippers, in-room activity packs and a ‘Jock’ toy on arrival – Jock was Winston Churchill’s cat!

30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH 

www.hyatt.com

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Looking for a London hotel that’s elegant enough for the grown-ups while still being safe and fun for the little ones? Andaz London Liverpool Street is the place for you. 

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Relax with your loved ones in this 62-square-metre room consisting of one king room connecting to a twin or king bedroom, conveniently offering two bathrooms, separate sitting areas, and privacy for your stay.

Andaz London is ideally situated next to London Liverpool Street station, making it the perfect spot for exploring London with not too far to walk for tired little legs. The hotel has five bar and restaurant options, offering excellent choices for adults and children alike.

40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN 

www.hyatt.com


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