If you’re looking to bring the family on an unforgettable trip to London but you’re a little stressed about finding the perfect family-friendly places to stay, then this guide to London hotels for families will help you pick. From hotels with children-centred concierges to places where kids don’t even have to pay a penny to stay, these are our top picks for family-friendly places to stay right in the beating heart of the city.
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The family-owned Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair has private residences that are literally made for family getaways. Rooms come complete with fully-equipped kitchens and ample amounts of space with separate living rooms. You can ask for a children’s bed or a cot upon request, as well as interconnecting bedrooms if that’s your preference. There’s a children’s concierge at this hotel too, that focuses on keeping your little ones busy so that you can relax knowing that they’re in good hands. Whether you want to borrow a bike or a kite from reception to ride or fly in Green Park opposite, or if you’re planning on staying indoors, then they have plenty of curated activities to keep the little ones busy.
If you’ve got a busy day and would rather not take the kids, there’s also an on-site nanny or babysitting service so that you can enjoy your day without worrying about your little ones being in tow.
Where to go: Athenaeum Hotel is located within walking distance from the West End theatres so that you can take your children along to a show without worrying about having to travel back far after.
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Brown’s Hotel is located right in the heart of Mayfair and has earned itself a reputation for being one of the best London hotels for families. Upon arrival, children are given a little wooden monkey called Alby to enjoy throughout their stay, with the option to purchase their own at the end. If it’s baby meals you need, then these are available on request, along with high chairs, crockery and other necessities you might need during your stay. Rooms are kitted out to be child-friendly; you can ask for cots, baby bed linen, night lights or teddies, as well as bathroom amenities like changing mats, nappies and baby bathtubs.
Where to go: Brown’s Hotel is located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace so that your little ones can see this royal residence up close.
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The Cheval Collection of hotels are dotted all over London and are ideal for a family escape. Choose to stay in the hotel overlooking Hyde Park, or Cheval Three Quays on the banks of the River Thames, which is located conveniently next to The Tower of London and Tower Bridge – views that the kids will love. It’s not only kitted out for kids with the family concierge service providing cots, highchairs, baby baths and other bits on request, but they also welcome pets to stay, too. To top it all off, you’ll be welcomed with a breakfast hamper upon arrival, as well as luxury Hermes toiletries in your bathroom.
Where to go: Cheval Three Quays is located only steps from the historic Tower of London landmark. Pair this with a stroll over Tower Bridge for a day the kids will never forget.
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Melia White House
Melia White House in the iconic Regents Park is a great London hotel for families who want that little extra space. The Level Family Room is ideal for two adults travelling with children, with ample space including a king-size bed, a sofa-bed as well as an en-suite bathroom complete with a luxurious rain shower. The hotel restaurant has a children’s menu and a baby menu available upon request, and a stay in this room gives you complimentary access to The Level Lounge, where all-day refreshments are available to grab on the go. Need a baby bottle warmer or a cot in your room? Just ask at reception.
Where to go: Take the little ones to ride on a GoBoat, the self-driving boating activity where you get to be the captain. It’s only 15-minutes away from Melia White House if you take public transport, or you can stroll straight through for 30-minutes, either is easy.
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Park Plaza London Riverbank
If you’re looking to stay in the hustle and bustle of Southbank, then Park Plaza London Riverbank is an excellent choice for families. Not only do kids get to stay and eat there for free, but they also receive a welcome goody bag at check-in which is filled with all kinds of treats, from activity books to vouchers. The hotel features a 12-metre heated indoor swimming pool and the hotel restaurant has a specially designed children’s menu, even catering for the more fussy diners. Rooms here are thoughtfully designed for all sizes of family, with Studio Rooms offering a pull-out sofa bed or Lounge Rooms with a separate lounge and kitchenette to lounge about in. Not to mention the fantastic views of the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament.
Where to go: Park Plaza Riverbank is right on the banks of the River Thames, and we cover this area and what to do and see there in Day 1 of the 3-Day London Itinerary
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For families staying in South Kensington (or South Ken as locals often like to call it), The Harrington Residences are the best in the business when it comes to comfort and location. There’s a selection of spacious rooms, from premium penthouses and apartments with two bathrooms that sleep four people, to two-bedroom apartments with a separate lounge and dining area. Looking for an activity to enjoy with the family but not sure where to look? Just give the concierge a shout, they’ll help you plan everything.
Where to go: The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in South Kensington are both an absolute must for any kids visiting the city. They’re both free but make sure you check whether you need to reserve a timed slot ahead of your trip, as some museums were still doing this post-Covid at the time of publishing
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Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity London
Choose from a selection of rooms and apartments that can sleep up to four people at this stylish hotel inspired by Oscar Wilde in the heart of Aldgate. The hotel is Irish-owned and so each room features items and artworks from some of Ireland’s most talented independent businesses. This home away from home is right in the beating heart of East London and is within easy access to the iconic Spitalfields Market. If you prefer to eat something at the hotel, there’s a snack bar as well as a restaurant that has children’s meals available on request.
Where to go: Walk down to Brick Lane to see some of the best graffiti in the city. Make sure you grab a famous salt beef bagel from the iconic Beigel Bake.
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Treehouse London Hotel
Treehouse London hotel in Marylebone is undoubtedly one of the most stylish London hotels for families. It has a range of different rooms to choose from, from connecting rooms that sleep four and feature sweeping views of the city skyline, to spacious connecting suites with city views, a king bed and twin beds. Dine on Mexican fare at Madera restaurant, Mediterranean dishes at Pizzeria Mozza or head to the rooftop bar The Nest for a menu of delicious plates made using local ingredients. The best part of the rooftop bar? The unparalleled 360-views of the city.
We have a video review of Treehouse London, watch it below to see what the hotel is like.
Where to go: Where to go: Walk 12 minutes from the hotel straight to the independent bookshop, Daunt Books. It’s ideal for those who love to get stuck into a book and the interior is sure to impress not only the little ones but you too.
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