It’s summer time! Now is the perfect time to take a vacation with your kids. London is an amazing city to go travelling around with it’s countless attractions such as fun Museums to take children to have an exciting time. There are many hotels in London that are family and child-friendly, however, we have narrowed the list down to the top 8 hotels that we think your kids will absolutely love and will remember, with incredible features like swimming pools, cute gifts to keep, delicious treats on the kids’ menus, arts & crafts for kids and games to keep them amused throughout your holiday.
1. The Rubens at the Palace
This hotel is located in the perfect location overlooking the Buckingham Palace which is only a short walk away, great for families to visit. It’s a beautiful & comfortable hotel with great family features such as children under age 12 staying with parents in the Triple Room can stay for free and dine for free! This hotel has its own Director of Fun & Adventure who can tell exciting stories to your kids such as the fact that he’s seen the Queen drive by numerous times. He can also recommend the best local attractions as well as numerous events for the family.
The Pastry Chef Experience is an exciting opportunity for kids to dress up like chefs, meet the pastry chef and learn have some cupcake-decorating fun! Upon completion, your kids will receive a ‘Master Chef in the Art of Pastry’ certificate. Enjoy an afternoon tea with the whole family while children under 12 can enjoy the special Little Prince and Princess Tea which is an afternoon tea specially catered for them! It includes bite-size sandwiches, scones, pastries and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink.
Bonus features include:
- A welcome pack with colouring pencils and sticker books
- Children’s menus
- Bath toys
- Board games & books
- Games consoles with games
2. Brown’s Hotel
This hotel located in Mayfair is great for families and has a variety of features for kids aged 4-12. They will receive ‘Alby the monkey’ amenities upon arrival and once in the room, they will love the teddy bear, baby bath products and a rubber duck toy in the bathroom! The older kids can relax with the special spa treatments and be occupied with plenty of fun games, books, movies and games consoles. The Rocco Forte Kids passport that is stamped at check-in can be taken home with them and kept as a reminder of their memorable experience.
Bonus features include:
- Welcome amenities- eg. personalised gingerbread men
- 24-hour babysitting service
- Baby cots
- VIP kids’ library
- 50% off all kids’ meals
- Mini robes and slippers
3. Le Meridien Piccadilly
Located in the heart of London, this luxury 5-star hotel is great for families with it’s various amenities like the heated indoor swimming pool that kids can have fun splashing around in! The family room with 2 double beds is extremely comfortable and cosy. The ‘Peter Rabbit’ Afternoon Tea, inspired by the wonderful children’s tale is the perfect treat for kids, with yummy foods like vegetable patch sandwiches to cakes and even an edible chocolate pot!
Another great feature is the inspiring and secret enchanted book den where children can find lots of books to read during their stay, keeping them occupied or even to read at bedtime. Kids under 12 can also dine for free (with a full paying adult).
4. The Ampersand Hotel
This luxurious hotel is located in central London close to amazing attractions like the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum that children can visit and have a great time. The rooms feature a TV with satellite channels to keep your kids busy watching cartoons or movies during your stay, ideal for a rainy day activity! The Games room is filled with books and board games as well as a ping pong table, perfect for family fun!
The Science Museum inspired Afternoon Tea is the best treat too, from dinosaur biscuits to edible fossils and delicious chocolate astronauts! All the treats are served on an awesome rocket-shaped stand with dry ice shooting out the bottom!
5. Park Plaza County Hall (Waterloo)
Have a wonderful stay at this lovely family-friendly hotel located on London’s South Bank. Take a stroll to Shrek’s Adventure which is fun for babies and young children to see their favourite movie character or visit the London Aquarium to see fascinating creatures! When you arrive at the hotel, your kids will receive a goodie bag which has a Park Plaza passport, quizzes, toys and more! Dine at the Atrio Resaurant & Bar that serves delicious foods and has a children’s menu that has activities on it like a maze and word-search to keep them occupied. The hotel also occasionally holds special events for kids such as a pumpkin carving event for Halloween or Easter egg decorating.
6. Chessington Safari Hotel
Stay overnight at the Chessington Safari Hotel visit the Chessington World of Adventures theme park where your children can enjoy going on the rides and brave older kids can go on the high, scary rides! The hotel has a variety of unusual, themed family rooms such as the Gruffalo Room where kids receive a hidden Gruffalo present or the awesome Tiger Room where the toilet flush roars at you! In the morning, you can have delicious breakfast overlooking the Wanyama Reserve and watch the fascinating animals. The perfect activity for children is to go to the Zoo where they can witness lots of amazing wild animals like giraffes and tigers! The swimming pool at the hotel is also great for the whole family to splash around together!
7. Haymarket Hotel
Haymarket Hotel is a 4-minute walk to Trafalgar Square so the whole family can go exploring this busy and very popular part of Central London. On arrival to the hotel, kids will receive welcome gifts like a cool London-themed activity book and some board games! The rooms are comfortable and children get their own mini bathrobes as well as their own special toiletries and milk and cookies before bed! The Brummus Bar & Restaurant offers delicious foods and Afternoon Tea and has a separate kid’s menu with yummy treats like a banana split! The beautiful magenta-lit swimming pool is great to relax in while the kids splash around and have lots of fun with the free inflatable toys!
8. The Zetter Hotel
This colourful hotel offers 59 stylish rooms with a cot or extra bed that can be added for free for your little ones. It’s located in central London, 5 minutes away from the Museum of London and only a mile away from Tate Modern and the British Museum. Your kids can have play dates with each other with the colouring books and crayons as well as plenty of books to read. Children receive an adorable cuddly teddy gift and their own mini robes! Dine at the hotel restaurant that has a kid’s menu for under 12’s with tasty dishes like fish & chips and ice-cream or sorbet for dessert!
We hope that you have an unbelievably unforgettable experience in London and you and your children can make wonderful memories together during your stay at one of these amazing hotels. Please let us know in the comments below about your personal experience and about all the fun your children had!