When I think of entertaining children in London, I immediately think of Mary Poppins dancing across London rooftops with chimney sweeps and with the iconic urban skyline behind. Although you cannot offer your children dances among chimney pots and climbing cloud staircases on their next trip to London, there are so many wonderful historic landmarks to see, that they are bound to be enthralled.
Favourites trips for my family include a walk up to Buckingham Palace followed by feeding the ducks in St. James Park or Regents Park. The Tower of London is an absolute must, to marvel at the crown jewels and don’t forget to stop off at Big Ben on the way, to hear those iconic bongs. A shopping trip to Harrods toy department remains my son’s favourite haunt in London, and judging by the screams as parents try to drag their children away from this magical room in Harrods, he is not alone!
In this article, I outline the 3 best hotels in London for families. They all have unusual quirks and make a real effort to cater for children. They will all help to make your next trip to London extra special and a holiday that will never be forgotten.
This gem of a hotel is over the other side of St. Johns and Green Park from the Conrad St. James. In fact, book a Club Lounge room and you can virtually see the Conrad from the expansive windows which stretch across the top of this building. The Club lounge is the reason to book this hotel for kids. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming to smaller guests and there is a computer area to one end of the lounge, where children tend to congregate (without bothering other guests) to play games on the computers, while their parents enjoy a complimentary beverage watching the view over Hyde Park corner.
Kids amenities at the Intercontinental include kids bathrobes and a cute teddy bear, and if you want to really make their day, take the short walk through Regents Park to Harrods for their famous toy department.
Unlike the hotels above, this one doesn’t make a big fuss of kids, in fact they don’t even let kids in the main bar. If you do want to enjoy a drink with your children (be it a cup of tea or a well deserved alcoholic drink), you must take it in the main lounge area. However, The Langham does offer a fantastic pool located in what used to be a bank vault, in the depths of the building. It has been designed beautifully with high ceilings and lots of glass work and offers a really enjoyable swim for the whole family.
Location wise, you are further from Harrods but closer to Hamleys toy store, so retail therapy is available just a short walk away. The friendly staff and club lounge (if you book a club room) with free food and drink throughout the day, make this hotel a good choice for families.
Opposite the Intercontinental (in position 1) you will find the Four Seasons London, perfectly positioned for the toy shops at Harrods and Hamleys and like all Four Seasons hotels, they will love your kids. On our last trip there, they gave our boy a massive Lego set and couldn’t do enough for him, from giving him little sweet treats to making a fuss of him wherever we took him.
The hotel doesn’t have a pool but in every other way, the care and interest taken in the kids of hotel guests will make them feel like rock stars. If you want more rural activities for your children, we recommend popping out-of-town and over to the Four Seasons Hampshire. With acres of grounds, superb play parks, a huge pool (with no time restrictions for access for kids), a kids club, riding, cycling, and activities on rotation such as an animal petting zoo, this Four Seasons is heaven on earth for children.
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