IIn a city known for its pomp and ceremony as much as its street cred it is surprising that so many top hotels welcome families with open arms. It is even more surprising when you realise that the hotels that do this best are among the most famous and formal in the world. Nowhere gives a child a more magical Christmas experience that The Ritz for example, The Savoy cakes are a real children's treat and The Goring's cuddly toy sheep are a big hit.
There are many reasons families would want to stay at this famous hotel on The Strand but one of the best is that unlike so many city hotels The Savoy actually has its own 10m swimming pool situated in the atrium and filled with natural light ( children under 16 must be supervised). The kids welcome pack has colouring books, lollies and a lucky black cat to cuddle. For the littlest members of the family highchairs, cribs, pushchairs and bottle warmers can be ordered. And if parents want a night off The Savoy uses the services of Rockabye Babysitters, a renowned London babysitting company. The Cherish a Family Moment package provides a second room for children at 50% off and includes breakfast.
The doorman at Brown's Hotel tips his top hat and welcomes our family with a cheeky grin and a cockney accent. Kids of all ages will love a stay at London's oldest hotel with the Teddy Turndown service for little ones and a children's library for bedtime stories. The Five Star Kids' Programme will make every child a VIP with a gift, personalised cookie and cosy bathrobes, toys and even tiny toothbrushes available.
The Ritz London
It is like a princess' palace" says my goddaughter as she walks into this legendary hotel on Piccadilly. With its glittering gold leaf and mirrors the hotel does feel as if you just stepped into a fairy tale. And all children are treated like royalty with welcome gifts, in-room game consoles, books and movies, mini amenities and children's menus, The Ritz provides all the ingredients for a special family stay. If you ask the kids, though, they'll say it's the ice-cream sundaes that makes The Ritz a winner.