Young Londonist’s picks of top family friendly hotels in London

London is a bustling and vibrant place to visit with the kids but sometimes you just don’t know where to start when choosing a suitable child friendly hotel.

So to help you plan your stress-free break we have compiled a concise list of top London hotels where families are guaranteed a warm welcome. Many of these family friendly hotels offer large rooms with ample space and services include: babysitting, cots and bottle warming facilities.

So if you fancy visiting the iconic lions at Trafalgar Square, a day exploring the dinosaurs at the Science Museum or visiting royalty at Buckingham Palace we are sure we have the perfect hotel for you and your brood to stay, sleep or play.

Royal Garden Hotel

When it comes to families, the hotel has thought of pretty much everything including guaranteed connecting rooms, a cot if you need it, micro-scooters to borrow and explore the park (yes please!), the option to have an earlier dinner (from 17:30 – all hotels should do this) in their Park Terrace restaurant and a special children’s room service menu for little ones to relax and enjoy.  Located in Zone 1, this hotel is close to the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life and the Tower of London.

With wigwam tents in the rooms for younger guests to enjoy and a London Explorer backpack (containing a water bottle, drawing kit, mini torch and map highlighting Kensington’s family – friendly attractions) we like that two adults and two children can stay in the same room.  Further information can be found via this link.

Their family escape package includes a “Food and Flicks” add on which consists of 24h unlimited movies along with a food platter and refreshments that are delivered to your room which we are sure will keep little ones entertained after a fun day of exploring all London has to offer. 

The Chesterfield, Mayfair

Despite being in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, The Chesterfield is very family friendly and has its own hotel nanny for when you want to leave the kids with a child care professional and enjoy London as an unaccompanied adult. We particularly like their ‘Hardy’s Original Sweetshop’ afternoon tea, which celebrates the joy of rediscovering old favourites with plenty of sweet treats as a fun twist on a more traditional afternoon tea. Located in zone 1, this hotel is close to Hamley’s toy shop, London’s museums, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and West End theatres.

As a nice touch, children under 12 receive a child size bathrobe and slippers, a printed menu with child’s name and activity colouring books and pencils when dining in the restaurant.  Further details can be found here.

Experience Amazing London Locations with Guoman Hotels

Guoman Hotels is an exclusive collection of deluxe hotels situated near some of the most iconic London landmarks. The service is impeccable and the attention to the smallest details ensures guests have a memorable time during their London stay. The Grosvenor, The Cumberland, The Royal Horseguards and The Tower impress with their own identity and style whilst keeping the highest level of comfort and service to their guests, with a lot of exclusive benefits to their loyal members.

We love their experience vouchers which include children afternoon tea for two. For full details and to book your London stay, please visit their website: www.guoman.com

The Milestone Hotel and Residences

A luxury boutique hotel in Kensington offers nice touches for families including special beds and bedding, cots, mini bathrobes and slippers. Younger guests can have a teddy bear book and chocolate mouse on turndown.

They also have a ‘Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea’ where children can decorate their own cupcakes, sip on delicious milkshakes and enjoy all the trimmings.

Family size wise, they can accommodate up to six guests by combining two rooms or suites. The Milestone also has family apartments with their own kitchen and dining area. Some apartments also have access to their own private deck area or terrace.  Also located in Zone 1, this hotel is close to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, The Serpentine boating lake and the Diana Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground (perfect for letting little ones run around whilst you relax with a picnic, which the hotel can also provide!).  Further information can be found via their website.

Europa House

For those looking for more of a home from home experience, try Europa House in Little Venice. Choose one of 14 spacious apartments in an elegant Regency townhouse with three acres of award-winning private gardens and plenty of home comforts. You can stay for one night, one week, one month or one year.  This hotel is close to London Zoo, National History Museum, Diana Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground and Hyde and Regent’s Park.

The dedicated Kids Concierge offers a directory of local recommendations that cater for younger guests, starting with the kids’ playground in the private gardens. They also offer cots, high chairs, toys, sports equipment and a vast supply of books and DVDs stashed away in the ‘Kids Only’ cupboard.  You can book via this link.

Park Plaza County Hall

Park Plaza County Hall is close to key London sight-seeing attractions such as the London Eye, London Aquarium, Westminster and Big Ben. It offers a kid’s menu, rooms with kitchenettes, and a private family area for breakfast. Top of the agenda is the free pizza-making classes, the movie nights, and the new fairytale mocktails.  Their “Kid’s Check In” is bound to be a hit with the little ones, which also includes their own goody bag with an activity book and crayons!

For an extra special stay, book the penthouse suite on the 14th floor where you can wow the kids with views over the city.  Further information and how to book can be found here.

Brown’s Hotel Mayfair

Offering age-specific amenities, Brown’s Hotel really does have something for everyone.  Located in London’s upmarket Mayfair, you can enjoy top-end shopping, the open spaces of Green Park and Hyde Park and in the opposite direction, Chinatown.

For 0-3 year olds, services include bath-time toys, monkey teddy turn-down service, baby meals (on request), cots and bed linen, night lamps and motion mobiles to name a few.  

For the older children (4-12yrs)  services include welcome amenities, such as personalised ginger bread men milk & cookies at turndown, books, magazines, games consoles or DVD players plus 50% off all kid’s meals. Whilst teenagers (13-16yrs), can get involved with the in-house activities on offer, such as the teen spa treatments, city activities fact sheet, and of course – content protected wifi! 

Meanwhile, parents can sit back and enjoy  a glass champagne (yes please!). You can book your stay via this link.

The Halkin by COMO

The Halkin is located right next to Buckingham Palace Gardens and a few minutes walk from the museums of South Kensington. With the interconnecting rooms, older children check out their Nintendo Wii, Box of Delights and welcome milkshakes and cookies, whilst for the younger children, practical details also include cots & highchairs.  The Halkin also host a range of family activities, including chocolate painting or floristry lessons. The added bonus? You can take the bathrobes home!  Also Guests of COMO can book a tour of Hamley’s seven-floor flagship store at a special price of £130, based on a family of four.  Further information can be found via their website

Flemings Mayfair

Little ones will receive Fleming Frog goodies, bathrobes and treats at bedtime. A children’s menu is also available. The concierge service will help you plan trips including picnics and bike rides in Green Park, tickets to football matches and trips to museums, London Zoo or West End shows. You can also use the babysitting service if you want a night out.  For an extra special treat, why not rent a fully serviced apartment, complete with your own hotel service?

No 5 Maddox Street by Living Rooms

Close to Soho nightlife, West End theatres and Hamleys toy shop. No 5 Maddox Street has no lift and no restaurant, but the family suites are stocked with lots of goodies, from pizza and ice cream to popcorn and cornflakes. The 24-hour concierge will arrange tours of Harry Potter and LEGOLAND and there’s also a babysitting service (winning!).

The large tropical fish tank in reception area will leave the kids in awe. So if you fancy staying in toy heaven – you can book your stay via this link.