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15 Wonderful Family-Friendly Hotels in London

15 Wonderful Family-Friendly Hotels in London

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Looking for the best family-friendly hotels in London? Here’s our guide to all the best family-friendly stays in the capital. 

Whether you’re looking for hotels with pools, activities, or just somewhere to rest for the night, finding a hotel that caters for all the family can be tricky. 

That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you.

Read on to discover the best family-friendly hotels in London that the whole family will love. 

Best Family-Friendly Hotels in London: At a Glance 

Best Family-Friendly Hotels in London   – Top Picks Hotel 
Best Overall Family-Friendly HotelThe Shangri-La at The Shard 
Best Hotel for Location Taj 51 Buckingham Gate
Best Hotel for Budget The Macdonald Hotel
Best Hotel for Treating The KidsLeonardo Royal London City

Best Family-Friendly Hotels in London 

Z Hotel

££

Shoreditch

Z Hotel Shoreditch

Fancy staying in London’s most creative district? Z Hotel in Shoreditch is perfect for families of all ages. 

If you’re looking for London hotels with family rooms, look no further – Z Hotel has family rooms that sleep up to four guests, and they even have bunk beds available for the kids.

Closeby to surrounding galleries, markets and street art, this old converted office building is a trendy place to stay in East London. You (or any little ones) will never be bored with all the movies channels at your fingertips and free WiFi available in your room. 

Although breakfast is not included at the hotel, you can purchase a continental breakfast at the Z Cafe onsite so there’s no need to worry about the kids going hungry in the morning.  

The Gresham Hotel

££

Paddington

The Gresham Hotel

Looking for the best cheap family friendly hotels in London? The Gresham Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Paddington Station (check out the statue of the loveable bear inside, if you’re travelling with little ones) and you can even walk to Hyde Park and Oxford street from the hotel too.

Rooms at The Gresham Hotel can fit up to four guests so this is ideal for small families – the hotel is a no-frills option but it’s perfectly clean and well-furnished throughout. Some of those rooms have a mini-fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

The rooms here don’t have WiFi but you can access that in the communal areas, this means less screen time for the kids which is definitely a positive. There are TV’s in the rooms so it’s not all lost on the entertainment side and you should have no trouble finding a family friendly to watch before lights out.   

The California

£££

Camden

The California Hotel

Located in the vibrant Camden and just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, The California is an affordable family friendly hotel in London.

The hotel has 60 stylish rooms spread over four floors in beautiful Georgian townhouses, some of which include large family rooms with one double bed and two sofa beds.

The California has kept many of its original Georgian features like the staircases, corridors and windows. 

Guests can enjoy drinks in the hotel bar, lounge or the private terraces before heading out to Camden Market or the British Museum, both of which are within walking distance of The California. 

Leonardo Royal London City

£££

London City

Leonardo Royal London City

Fancy treating the kids to a hotel overlooking the Tower of London? Leonardo Royal London City boasts unbeatable views of the Tower of London and the best family hotel rooms in London.

It’s just a few minutes walk from Tower Hill Tube Station, so it’s a great base to explore the sights. 

As well as its family friendly rooms that sleep up to four guests with two double beds, there’s also an indoor swimming pool to splash about it in– fun for all the family. 

Parents will be pleased to know the in-house spa has lots of luxurious treatments available and the best part is some rooms offer a discount on treatments. 

Leonardo Royal London City also has bars and restaurants on-site, saving you the trouble of pounding the streets in search of the kids’ dinner. 

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

£££

Westminster

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

The family suites at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate make it one of the best family hotels in London. The suites sleep up to six guests, with king size or twin beds and three stylish bathrooms so you’ve no need to worry about that battle in the morning.

The separate spacious living area is very family-friendly and there’s lots of space for kids to play if you have little ones.

The kids’ selection in the min-bar and in-room dining menus is sure to keep little ones happy. Parents can take advantage of the professional childminding service whilst they indulge in spa treatments or an award winning afternoon tea and a wander through the Victorian Courtyard. 

Claridge’s

£££

Mayfair

Claridges
(c) Claridge’s

Close to Hyde Park, Claridge’s is closeby to lots of London’s famous attractions that you and your family will want to visit. This family friendly hotel in London has luxurious rooms with some suites sleeping up to four guests, so perfect for small families. 

Parents can also opt for separate rooms as the hotel offers a discount on second bedrooms for those under 16– we know you’re already planning a kid-free night.

The hotel has a fitness centre and various treatment rooms for parents to treat themselves. The best place to hangout at Claridge’s is The Reading Room serving 30’s inspired cocktails and Claridge’s famous afternoon tea which has lots of the sweet stuff for all the family to enjoy.   

The Bailey’s Hotel 

£££

Kensington

The Bailey's Hotel London Kensington

The Bailey’s Hotel in Kensington is a great area for families to stay housed in a glamorous 19th Century Victorian townhouse, it’s got all of the London charm without the busy crowds. 

It’s one of the best family friendly hotels in London, with lots of family rooms available, choose from two double beds or one double bed and two single beds to suit your families needs. 

Rooms at The Bailey’s Hotel come with stunning city views and complimentary bottled water, teas and biscuits.  

The hotel has plenty of food options on-site too, with the Bugis Street Brasserie serving pan-Asian fare, Bombay Brasserie has delicious Indian cuisine and there’s an Afternoon Tea restaurant for all the family to indulge in. For mum and dad, the Bailey’s Bar mixes up some tasty cocktails. 

Athenaeum Hotel  

£££

Mayfair

Athenaeum Hotel  

Athenaeum Hotel is an award winning luxury hotel in Mayfair overlooking Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The location is perfect for families to explore nearby attractions including West End shows and Buckingham Palace. 

Apartments at Athenaeum Hotel can sleep five guests or more, and some apartments can sleep as many as ten guests. It’s one of the best London hotels for families, and there’s a variety of beds available from cots to bunk beds– whatever you and your family need. 

That’s not all that’s on offer for families – bikes, kites, colouring books and games are available upon request. Don’t miss feeding the ducks in Hyde Park too, the hotel has supplies for your little ones to feed them. 

Enjoy a special kids menu at The British Restaurant and breakfast is complimentary for kids as well as milk and cookies at bedtime– kids are spoiled here.

Rubens at The Palace

£££

Westminster

Rubens at The Palace

As far as 5-star family friendly hotels in London go, Rubens at The Palace certainly fits the bill. 

Located opposite Buckingham Palace, the hotel pulls out all the stops for kids, with a director of fun who organises activities for all the little ones staying at Rubens at The Palace.

The hotel’s family suites are luxurious and can sleep up to four with one double bed and an extra large bed. 

For something extra special, there’s a turn down service available upon request which includes a gift for the kids. Fancy staying in? Dine at Rubens at the Palace’s restaurant and kids can eat free from the children’s menu.  

The Shangri-La at The Shard

£££

Southwark

Shangri-La The Shard, London

The Shangri-La at The Shard takes luxury to new heights on levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey skyscraper.

It’s one of the best family friendly luxury hotels in London, offering family rooms that sleep up to four. All rooms have floor-to ceiling windows so that you can soak in those breathtaking city views. 

The hotel goes above and beyond for little ones with special treats and activities for them to enjoy. Parents are also well looked after, enjoy some child-free time at the highest bar in London and leave the kids in the capable hands of The Shangri-La’s baby sitting service. 

Park Plaza London Riverbank

£££

Lambeth

Park Plaza London Riverbank

Park Plaza London Riverbank is a family-friendly hotel that’s worth mentioning for both its location and its amazing perks for families. The spacious family rooms come with a double bed and sofa bed as well as a kitchenette, dining area with a view of the River Thames.

At check-in kids are greeted with a goody bag including activity and vouchers. There’s also an indoor pool for all the family to enjoy during their stay. 

Park Plaza knows how important feeding all the family is, that’s why the specially designed kids menu at Chino Latino is designed with nutrition in mind– and kids eat free when dining with adults. 

The Zetter Hotel

£££

Islington

The Zetter Hotel

The Zetter Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel in the fashionable Clerkenwell. Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse, and The Zetter Hotel prides itself on being environmentally friendly. This hotel also won’t break the bank for a deluxe family room.  

Water is drawn from the hotel’s borehole and decanted into glass bottles for guests, there’s also no throw away activity packs. Instead kids can enjoy a basket full of age-appropriate toys. 

Family friendly rooms allow for a cot and extra beds added to deluxe rooms at no extra cost. The Zetter Hotel’s restaurant has a great kids menu featuring fuss-free meals and there’s pancakes on the menu for breakfast. 

The Macdonald Hotel

££

Camden

The Macdonald Hotel

If you’re looking to stay in Central London on a budget then The Macdonald Hotel is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s one of the best Central London family hotels that’s kind to the wallet, but caters for families. 

The family rooms here can sleep up to four with a double bed and bunk beds. In your family-friendly room there’s tea and coffee making facilities and TV and daily room service.  

It’s not far from Oxford Circus and Oxford Street, so it’s the perfect base for exploring the sites with all the family. 

NOX Hyde Park

££

Paddington

NOX Hyde Park

NOX Hyde Park offers a convenient and comfortable stay for all the family in Central London, at an affordable price too.

Rooms are quite basic but still have everything you need like bottled water, tea and coffee making facilities and a TV for nighttime entertainment. 

Family rooms can sleep up to four guests with single beds for the little ones and there’s modern electric showers in all rooms. 

Novotel

£££

Paddington

Novotel 

Located just five minutes walk from Paddington station, the Novotel suits every family’s needs.

There’s a choice of rooms for families including suites, family rooms and interconnecting rooms if you want to be close to the little ones– but not too close. 

The hotel has free WiFi so you can stay well connected, as well as a swimming pool for all the family to enjoy and a sauna for the parents. 

The best part– up to two children can stay free with breakfast when sharing a room with adults. Families also have access to video games, a healthy children’s menu and a late check out on Sundays. 

Where to Stay in London With a Family: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Area to Stay with a Family in London?

The best area to stay in London with a family has to be Kensington. It’s closeby to Hyde Park, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum as well as Kensington High Street adorned with boutique shops and cafes. 

But it’s slightly less busy than Westminster giving you and the family more space to roam. 

Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Family-Friendly London Hotel Accommodation

  • Make sure the hotel room has enough beds for all the family before you book, and if you need a cot or bunk beds etc check this at the booking stage.
  • Some hotels provide breakfast, but in cases where the hotel does not check to see if there’s nearby amenities to eat at in the AM. Nobody wants hungry toddlers causing havoc at 7am.

Family-Friendly London  Accommodation Guide: Map

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