Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in London

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The capital of England, London is packed with family-friendly activities; kids will love riding the London Eye, walking through the Tower of London, and seeing a play at Shakespeare's Globe. Since London sees a variety of travelers, there are some hotels specifically geared toward vacationers with little ones or teenagers in tow. After visiting over 300 properties across London, we picked out the best of the best for traveling families, taking into consideration the guest rooms, on-site restaurants, and ambiance. So if you're planning a family trip and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in London and start planning your family getaway!

  1. This boutique hotel offers an excellent location on the southwest tip of Hyde Park overlooking Kensington Gardens. The individually decorated, luxe 67 rooms all showcase classic Italian touches as well as dramatic contemporary design, and many are spacious enough for families. Kid-friendly perks include babysitting services and an indoor pool. Plus, families can be driven around by the free chauffeur service in a Jaguar within a 1.5-mile radius. While only the two-bedroom apartments have two beds, rollaway beds and cribs are available in all room types.

  2. A 41-room boutique hotel with generous amounts of space, the Halkin exudes luxury -- from its distinctive Italian-cum-Asian interior design to its marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Sumptuous and spacious guest rooms literally offer convenience at the touch of a button, as all have wall consoles for calling the butler and other services. Cribs are available in all rooms and suites, and deluxe rooms have space for rollaway beds. Kid-friendly amenities include babysitting services and a family package which offers parents champagne and children age-appropriate gifts and goodies, as well as child-sized robes for tots to take home.

  3. Before St. James's was a luxurious boutique hotel, it had a distinguished past as an exclusive Gentlemen's Club. Previously owned by Sirs Michael Caine and Sean Connery -- and frequented by Winston Churchill and Gregory Peck -- this striking building on a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Mayfair now houses romantic, lavish accommodations. A multi-million renovation brought in bespoke furnishings, and rooms offer high-tech perks such as free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Cribs and rollaway beds are available for all rooms types, and families will likely love the special kids' concierge services and the available babysitting services.

  4. Brown's Hotel, located in prestigious Mayfair, is part of the luxurious Rocco Forte Collection. The hotel is made up of 11 historic Georgian townhouses and no two of the 117 rooms are the same. Spacious, elegant rooms have a soft, soothing color scheme along with stocked minibars, big flat-screen TVs, and upscale bathrooms (some have a separate soaking tub and walk-in glass shower). Some rooms have family configurations that are ideal for guests traveling with kids: While Classic Rooms, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Junior Suites all have the option of either one king bed or two twins, Classic Suites, and Deluxe rooms and suites also have the option of adjoining rooms. All rooms offer cribs and rollaway beds, and include kid-friendly bedding, toys, and toiletries.

  5. The upscale Beaufort House's, located one block from Harrods department store in the heart of posh Knightsbridge, has 21 spacious and bright apartments. Plenty of upmarket restaurants and bars are nearby, plus the South Kensington and Knightsbridge tube stations are within a five- to 10-minute walk. There’s no restaurant or bar on site, but all apartments have dining areas and a full kitchen that's stocked with basic groceries free of charge. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property and guests can access a nearby Aquilla Healthclub for free.

  6. There's very little to criticize at this upscale hotel, which is located within walking distance of popular museums and Hyde Park. It offers a generous free breakfast, a somewhat uncommon perk in London. Rooms are airy and elegant; some incorporate lovely Laura Ashley design and have pleasant views of the Victorian-style street below. Expect to see families gathering over a lively breakfast in the hotel's Orchid Room, and more mature travelers enjoying happy hour at the hotel's Checkmate Bar. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby.

  7. A five-minute walk from the London Eye with views across the River Thames to Big Ben, the Premier Inn London Waterloo is a mid-range chain hotel that brushes shoulders with some of London's most iconic scenery. The 234 purpose-built guest rooms typify Premier Inn decor with bland purple, white, and wooden furnishings throughout. Amenities are limited to an on-site bar and restaurant that serves pub classics, and though breakfast incurs and added charge, it is free for kids under 16.

  8. The 13-room Castletown House is a mid-range collection of serviced apartments -- ranging from Studios to three-bedroom units -- in a historic Victorian building that’s within a two-minute walk of the West Kensington tube station, and close to supermarkets, restaurants, and shops. Traditional yet up-to-date rooms come with small, equipped kitchens, washer/dryers and iPod docks in some units, and lovely tan tile bathrooms, although not all have bathtubs. Some units have dishwashers, contemporary fireplaces, desktop computers, and outdoor balconies or patios with gardens. Be aware that the units are not air-conditioned, and guests have complained about dust. And there is no elevator. A business center with a computer is available, plus free coffee, tea, and Wi-Fi. Some rooms have minimum-stay requirements, and the front-desk hours are limited.

  9. Originally built as a private residence in 1851, the Georgian House was converted to a luxury boutique bed and breakfast in 1950, and remains in operation today. The hotel offers 62 rooms with a mix of classic and modern styles, and is made of two adjoining houses: the Georgian House, where guests check in, and the Bower House, where guests enjoy fully furnished flats. While located on a quiet street in Victoria, the Georgian House is conveniently close to both underground stations and popular tourist spots. There is no shortage of hotel alternative in the area. 

  10. The 58-room Presidential Apartments are premium, self-contained, serviced apartments located between Kensington and Earl's Court in west-central London. Apartments are modern with fully-equipped kitchens, and many open to balconies or small courtyards (though some units are in the basement). There isn't much in the way of public areas or any restaurant or bar options on-site. "Presidential" might be a bit misleading, but overall they're a good value, and offer an upscale option central enough for most travelers -- especially those staying longer than a few days.

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