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London’s most legendary hotels are opulent, elegant… and child-friendly

In 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 than The Ritz for example, The Savoy cakes are a real children’s treat and The Goring’s cuddly toy sheep are a big hit.

The Savoy

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 10-metre 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. Fairmont’s Family Moments package provides a second room for children at 50% off and includes breakfast.

Brown’s Hotel

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’ Program will make every child a VIP with a gift, personalised cookie and cosy bathrobes, toys and even tiny toothbrushes available.

Image: The Goring Family

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 fairytale. 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.

Image: Ice-cream st The Ritz London

The Dorchester

Children arriving The Dorchester on Park Lane will be greeted by the smell of freshly baked cookies and a colourful gift pack. From adventures in nearby Hyde Park to an in-room glamping extravaganza and back-of-house hotel kitchen tour, The Dorchester keeps young guests endlessly amused, leaving you more time to enjoy all that London has to offer.

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The spacious family apartments around the corner from the main hotel score highly with parents, and this boutique hotel in Mayfair prides itself on knowing what a family wants. A children’s menu is full of homestyle favourites, while the dedicated Kids’ Concierge can make young wishes come true, from tickets to the latest show to an afternoon’s bike ride in the park.


This heritage hotel is anything but stuffy, welcoming little guests with goodie bags and personalised pint-sized bathrobes. Whether your little ones are into computer games or art, the Claridge’s concierge team can keep them entertained, all topped with a scrumptious Petit afternoon tea.

The Goring

It is hard to go past the fluffy sheep given to all children checking into The Goring – so much easier to count when trying to sleep! Teddy bears are clearly out-cuted here.

This article appeared in volume 8 of Five Star Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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