The Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in London

Updated: April, 2015

London with Kids on the tube

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The 12 Best Family Hotels in London

Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf – luxury

Four Seasons London with Kids
Beautiful pool and usual Four Seasons’ kid-friendly service. Removed from the city’s bustle but an easy tube ride into the city. River ferry from jetty in front of hotel goes to West End offering great tour of River Thames’ attractions. A good choice if you want to leave the city behind for a slower pace at night. (Only downer: the pool is open to kids only from 9am to 11am.) Phone: +44 20 7510 1999

Cheval Gloucester Park at Kensington – luxury

Cheval Gloucester with Kids
Wonderful 2 and 3 bedroom apartments comfortably sleep families of 4 and 6. Kitchens have dishwasher, oven, and fridge. Rooms are cleaned daily. Great location near Gloucester Road tube station and 2 grocery stores and a 5 minute walk to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Phone: +44 20 7373 1444

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites And Residences – luxury

Taj Suites with Kids
Luxurious 2 and 3 bedroom suites (with turn-down service) have full kitchens, satellite TV, and DVD players. The Michelin-starred Indian restaurant attached to the hotel serves amazing vegetarian food. Close to Buckingham Palace and several tube stations. Phone: +44 20 7769 7766

The Darlington Hyde Park – moderate

Darlington Hyde Park with Kids
Family, triple, and quadruple rooms available (get a quadruple if you don’t want to be on the basement floor). Close to Paddington Station and Hyde Park. Full English breakfast included. Phone: +44 20 7460 8800

Premier Inn London County Hall – moderate

Premier Inn with Kids
Large family rooms and good value breakfast. Also close to several restaurants and cafes. 1 minute walk to London Eye, 2 minutes to London Aquarium, 5 minutes to Waterloo station, 7 minutes to Big Ben and Parliament. Phone: +44 15 8256 7890

Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park – moderate

Quality Crown Hotel with Kids
Quadruples have 4 twin beds (in one room), suites have 2 twin beds in the living rooms and a full in a separate bedroom. Good free breakfast. Phone: +44 20 7262 6699

City Marque Waterloo Serviced Apartments – moderate

City Marque Waterloo with Kids
The 12 suites here are all 2-bedroom apartments and have 2 queen beds. Luxury at mid-range prices. Walking distance to Waterloo station. Phone: +44 845 680 0679

Comfort Inn Victoria – budget

Comfort Inn Victoria with Kids
Inexpensive hotel with triples and quadruples. Great location close to Victoria Station and many tourist attractions. Phone: +44 20 7233 6636

Luna & Simone Hotel – budget

Luna Simone with Kids
Comfortable homey rooms. Very helpful and friendly staff. A great warm breakfast is included with the room. Phone: +44 20 7834 5897

Best Western Chiswick Palace & Suites – budget

Best Western Chiswick with Kids
Family rooms have 1 full and 2 twin beds. This is an inexpensive hotel I might choose in a pinch – cheap, free parking, close to Heathrow and 20 minutes to central London by tube – but it wouldn’t be my first choice for an extended stay. Phone: +44 845 373 1023

Park Grand London Hyde Park – budget

Park Grand London with Kids
Handy for catching the express train to Heathrow. Prices are hit and miss. Sometimes very cheap, other times overpriced. Quadruple rooms have 2 queen beds. Phone: +44 20 7262 4521

More Hotels for Families

All of these hotels have triple, quad, or family rooms. There aren’t many large rooms in London so they get reserved far in advance. Book early.

London Houses & Apartments

Recommended rentals for families. Most units have kitchens, washer/dryer, and internet.

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11 questions and comments

  1. Whitechapel Hotel in London for Family

    We plan to travel with the children (under 5) to London in August. We’ve already booked for our accommodation in The Whitechapel. It isn’t one of recommended ones. Do you think we made the right choice?
    Chinenye

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    1. David Post author

      The one and two bedroom apartments at Whitechapel are great value (the other rooms are rather small). The location is ok – easy access to the tube to get around London but not a lot immediately around the hotel.

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  2. 2 Weeks in the UK

    We will be in England and Scotland in early July. We fly to Paris (the flights were cheaper) and then need to get over to London. Family will drive us from there to Edinburgh. We’ll have 2 days in Paris at beginning and end, and 3 days total in London. Questions:
    1) For a family of 4 would bus or train be better to get from Paris to London?
    2) What would be the top 3 things to do with kids in London (ages 8 and 9)?
    3) When should we book our hotel for July in London?

    Don

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    1. David Post author

      1) From Paris to London train is much better and faster than bus. You’ll take the Eurostar. It’s a quick and enjoyable trip.
      2) Top 3: British Museum, London Transport Musuem, London Imperial War Museum.
      3) Book hotels as soon as possible. London doesn’t have a lot of family-friendly rooms – the sooner you get them booked the better.

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  3. Bus or Tube in London with Kids

    We’re from New York and will have 1 week in London in early August with out 2 kids ages 8 and 9 before taking the train to Paris for an additional week there. Would you recommend the tube or the bus for getting around London?

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    1. David Post author

      You will have to use the tube to get to some more distant places in London – or from one corner of the city to another – as it’s the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city. But for shorter trips within central London the bus is awesome. The buses run often (we rarely waited for more than a few minutes for any bus) and provide a great view of the city if you go up top (most buses are the double decker kind). But regardless of which one you take be sure you get an Oyster card or a Travelcard as soon as you arrive in London – very handy and make traveling around London easy. Buses don’t accept cash so it’s either a card or individual tickets.

      Here’s a map of bus routes in London:
      map of central London bus routes

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  4. Paula

    The highlight of our trip was the British Museum. My 2 children whom are 8 and 12 positively loved it. We had one full day in London and were torn between visiting the British Museum and the Natural History Museum. Though I can’t speak to the Natural History Museum as we never got there I think we made a great choice. We were staying nearby which helped tip the scales for the BM. It was great that it was free as we came in the morning, left for lunch, and returned in the afternoon. Our flight was delayed by 5 hours the following day so we also got to pop in the following morning for 2 more hours. (Yes, I realize we should have tried to get somewhere else but the kids were so keen I wanted to follow their passions.)

    There were audio guides for kids but not sure I’d recommend them for kids older than 10 as they’re really for young ones. Good but not teen-friendly–opt for the adult version for anyone older than 9 or 10. There were also treasure hunt maps that, once again, were fine for my youngest but not so much for my oldest. What was really spellbinding for both were the many volunteers that populated little exhibits around the museum. They would call the kids over and talk in-depth about certain stones, a knife, an axe, a pot, that they had out. They’d compare different ages of different tools and how you determined one was from the bronze age and one was from the iron age. It was fascinating (even for me) and I was so proud of kids for asking such thoughtful questions. You could really tell they were “getting it”. Ahhh, to live in London and be able to experience these institutions every day.

    Only other word of advice is to leave early for the airport. We hit construction-related traffic and even though we planned to have several hours at the airport, essentially just made it in time to get ticketed and through security. Leave lots of time!

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  5. Joyce

    We are regular visitors to London with our kids ages 10 and 12. London is our favorite city for the girls to have both educational and family fun.

    The Girls and my top attractions are the following.

    The British Museum. This was great when the girls were a little younger and keeps getting better with each visit and the girls appreciate the exhibits on a different level. Check in with the information desk to see what they have available. The audio guides are very kid-friendly.

    The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are both very kid friendly and some of the best museums for an introduction to art and painting. The how’s, why’s, and historical significance.

    The Victoria & Albert Museum is also very good. It’s near the Science and Natural History museums which had initially brought us to the neighborhood, but the girls and I both liked the exhibits at the V&A and would end up staying the whole afternoon after intending only an hour to take a look.

    The markets that you’ll find around London are simply excellent. Many are outdoor which is a refreshing change as London will have you indoors for most of the time. The Camden, Greenwich, Portobello, and Borough markets are all good, though I’m by no-means an expert as we hear of a new one on each visit that is supposedly better than all the rest.

    I also recommend using the double decker buses to get around town as opposed to the tube. Less busy, lots to see, and less stressful. The public buses (which I recommend) are different from the tourist buses that have a narrator and are a little tiresome. Use the public buses to get around town and get a free sightseeing tour at the same time.

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  6. Marc

    You must get out of London and visit the Royal Air Force Museum. It’s fantastic for all ages. There’s so much to see, so many planes (British, German, American), helicopters, displays, and so much to read, that it requires a full day. The kids got an excellent and detailed explanation of what makes flight possible. Worth the trip up in itself as it’s really stuck with them. The museum is free which makes it good value. It is a ways out of London but worth it. The distance also serves to keep the crowds away and there appeared to be more workers/volunteers than visitors. It’s about a half-hour by tube from King’s Cross so not too far. There are 2 things to note about getting there. One: You’ll get on the Northern Line, but you need to be on a train heading to Edgware (and not High Barnet or Mill Hill East). The route splits at Camden so if you’re on the wrong line you’ll obviously go to the wrong place. This is easier than it sounds, just be sure the trains destination is Edgware. Two: You’ll get off the tube at Colindale (not Edgware as might be implied by above), from there you can walk to the museum (about 10 or 15 minutes) or get on the 303 bus which will drop you right at the museum’s door. There are places to eat at the museum and the food is good, kid-friendly, and not expensive by any means. The gift shop has some wonderful things to buy (models, photos, toys). We were ready to leave and then spent 45 minutes just perusing the gift shop. My only complaint was that some of the interactive exhibits for kids were out of order.

    Within London the London Transport Museum, The Natural History Museum, and the London Eye were our kids favorite attractions. The Eye, in particular, surprise me as I thought this was one for the parents but the kiddos were really into it. I recommend going near the end of your visit so the children have some context for what they’re seeing and you can point out places you’ve visited. Our one regret was leaving the British Museum to our final day, a Sunday, when it was too busy to enjoy properly.

    We were in London with our 2 kids ages 6.5 and 10.

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  7. Where To Stay with Kids in London

    Trying to decide between a hotel in Paddington or a hotel in Kensington. Which is better for a family? (We fly from New York to Gatwick in late June and then from Gatwick to Rome 5 days later.)

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    1. David Post author

      I prefer Kensington for its shops, green areas, and number of museums. Hyde Park is an easy walk from both neighborhoods. It’s easy and convenient to get from Heathrow to Paddington but since you’re flying out of Gatwick that’s not relevant. Both are fine neighborhoods but in your case I’d go with Kensington.

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