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Best London Hotels for Families

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 is: where to stay in London with kids? It’s a common question, but not one that’s easy to answer. We asked some of our favorite travel writers for the most family friendly London hotels and here is what they had to say.

If you're heading to London, one of the hardest parts of trip planning will probably be where to stay. We've asked some of our favorite travel writers to share their best London family hotels to help make your journey easier. - Kids Are A Trip

Where to Stay in London with Kids

1. Royal Garden Hotel Kensington

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!

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2. Marriott Grosvenor Square

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.

Kensington Residence Inn Two Bedroom Suite
Photo credit: Marriott

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.

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3. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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.

Best London Family Hotels Mandarin Oriental Hyde park-Kids Are A Trip

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

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4. The Athenaeum Mayfair

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

If you're looking for a luxury London hotel for kids, The Athenaeum doesn't disappoint. With a central Mayfair location and kids amenities too, everyone will love this family friendly London property. - Kids Are A Trip
Lovely colors and rooms with a view!

We also had a chance to stay at the Athenaeum and you can read our review HERE.

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5. COMO Metropolitan Hotel Mayfair

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

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6. 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)

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7. Citadines Trafalgar Square

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

Best London Family Hotels Citadines Trafalgar Square London-Kids Are A Trip
Photo: Lisa Goodmurphy

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8. The Trafalgar Hotel St. James Trafalgar Square

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.

Best London Family Hotels Trafalgar St. James-Kids Are A Trip
Photo: Susan Pazera

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

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9. The Rubens at the Palace – Victoria

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

The Rubens at The Palace exterior-2
Photo credit: Victoria Gibbs

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10. 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. 

Best London Family Hotels City View-Kids Are A Trip
A central location is helpful when traveling with kids. Photo: Kate Spiller

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…

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11. Georgian House Hotel

Have a Harry Potter fan in your group? Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in the Wizard Chambers at Georgian House Hotel. Rooms feature faux castle elements such as stained glass windows, archways, cauldrons, and trunks. Their Family Wizard Chamber sleeps up to 5. Your kids will be blown away by the magical touches! (Located near Victoria Station)

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12. St. Ermin’s Hotel

St. Ermin’s is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and families will love the boutique feel of this property (and the ability to use those Marriott points)! Located near Buckingham Palace and offering family rooms with two queens and a trundle bed. This is one of our favorite places to stay in London with kids!

St Ermins Lobby London
Photo credit: Marriott

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Don’t miss these posts: Things to Do in London with Kids and Things Not to Miss in London with Teens.

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