London is a very attractive option for family vacations with welcoming locals, Royal history, and endless options for fun. There are the Harry Potter attractions, the landmarks and museums, stunning parks, and many easy to reach day trips. The biggest question for most families is: where to stay in London? It’s a common question, but not one that’s easy to answer. We asked some of our favorite travel writers for the best places to stay in London with kids and here is what they had to say.
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If you’re going to share your favorite family hotels in London, why not start with a local’s favorite spot? Katja from Globetotting has this to say: London does family-friendly hotels well (interconnecting rooms, kids’ menus and even free ice cream) but the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington takes it to another level. This hotel offers free Micro Scooters for kids and their parents to zip around Hyde Park, an afternoon tea with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a ‘flicks and food’ day where you can watch unlimited movies for 24 hours while munching on pizza and popcorn – perfect for those rainy London days! Katja also has tips for free things to do in London with kids, check it out!
On a recent trip to London we decided to stay at the Marriott Grosvenor Square. The rooms are stylish, breakfast buffet well done but best of all the location is fabulous. Located on a quiet side street off Oxford Street you aren’t far Bond Street tube station. Families with kids that need to run off some steam will be happy to find a small park (Grosvenor Square) across from the hotel. – Kristin of Simple Family Travel
There are so many luxury hotels in London for families, but few have the ideal location of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Behind the hotel is the city’s largest green space with gardens, playground, and cultural events, even horseback riding arranged by the hotel. Across the street is Harvey Nichols, and Harrods is only a few blocks away. The tube station is outside the hotel’s front door. The basement level spa has a wonderful indoor pool with no restrictions on when families can swim, and the suites are incredibly spacious for rollaway beds. A children’s afternoon tea and a great kids’ menu at the hotel bistro made eating well super easy. We had a flawless stay. – Robin of Luxe Recess
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences in London strives to be your home away from home. The friendly doorman welcomes you into the stylish lobby by name and with a smile. The location on Piccadilly makes this Mayfair hotel in London one that really can’t be beat. Families looking for more room can spread out in the elegant Residences. This is a wonderful option that is luxurious but not stuffy. – Tamara of We3Travel
The COMO Metropolitan Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of London’s Mayfair District. The hotel offers spacious rooms, an excellent a la carte breakfast, a world-class spa (because we definitely want mama to be happy), and a Michelin-starred restaurant. With Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and Bond Street all within walking distance, as are the Hyde Park Corner and Green Park tube stations, most of the city’s major attractions are easily accessible. – Monique of An Unstoppable Journey
Park Plaza Hotels, several London locations
Our family has been to London twice now, and both times we have booked rooms at one of several Park Plaza hotels. Their family rooms help us avoid extra room costs, and they are located in great locations around the city. Consider the Plaza on the River for condo-style rooms with in-room laundry, the Park Plaza Westminster with perfect views of Big Ben, or the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes with a cozy boutique feel just steps from the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Their rewards program Club Carlson can really help offset pricey hotel nights as well. – Carrick of Along for the Trip
Side note: We’ve stayed at Park Plaza County Hall and enjoyed the spacious rooms and central location. It’s close to the London Eye, the city center, and Waterloo station which will take you anywhere you want to go in London! (Kirsten)
We have stayed at the Citadines Trafalgar Square on our two most recent family trips to London and loved the convenient location on Northumberland Avenue within five minutes walking distance to Trafalgar Square and to the Charing Cross underground tube station. Citadines is an apart’hotel chain which offers serviced accommodations that were ideal for us – an apartment with a kitchen in the heart of London, hotel amenities and free WIFI. – Lisa of Gone with the Family
As someone who travels a lot with my family, there are certain things that I look for in a hotel before making my choice to stay there. The location needs to be convenient to activities and landmarks in the City that I’m visiting, and the rooms need to be spacious since we usually travel as a group of five (sometimes six). The Trafalgar Hotel St. James in London met my requirements and even more! Located steps away from Trafalgar Square and within a short walking distance of many of London’s iconic attractions; Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Chinatown this hotel ticks all the boxes.
The hotel is chic and cozy and the room (Nelson Double Queen Room) far exceeded expectations with its size and fabulous view of Trafalgar Square. The friendly staff also made the visit wonderful and stress-free. They were helpful with dining recommendations and tips for the best days and times to visit the often overcrowded attractions. With its ideal location, The Trafalgar Hotel is the perfect place for families to stay, especially when your vacation time is limited. – Susan of She’s on the Go
The Rubens at the Palace is the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace (it overlooks its gardens) and is incredibly family friendly. With a special check-in just for kids, milk and cookies at bed times and a fun trail to do around the hotel, children will love their stay here. This is a hotel that combines luxury with a genuine welcome and we love our stays here. – Nichola of GlobalMouse Travels
VRBO Apartment, Westminster
Given it’s close proximity to Victoria Station, where we’d take a train in from the Gatwick airport, we chose the Pimlico neighborhood as our home base for our week long stay in London. The flat we rented through VRBO provided enough room for our family of 4 to spread out, sleep comfortably, and wind down from our busy travel days. Little things like a stocked refrigerator, bath tub, washer/dryer, no stairs to climb, cleanliness, and a quiet street made it ideal for our visit with young kids! – Kate at Wild Tales Of…