If any city knows how to entertain families, it’s London. The city always greets us with the warmest of welcomes, and certain hotels even roll out the red carpet for little tourists and their parents. The art of British living never neglects the importance of family, which is one of the many reasons why we love spending our weekends here.
The Coziest: The Grazing Goat
With its family inn decor, The Grazing Goat will almost make you forget that you’re mere steps from the bustling shops of Oxford Street. And with Hyde Park just five minutes away, this location perfectly balances the craziness and calm of London. Between these walks, be sure to stop by the ground floor pub or first floor restaurant, both of which welcome parents (for a nightcap) and their hungry kids.
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The Trendiest: Ace Hotel
Drop your bags off at this contemporary, urban spot. The hotel’s 258 guest rooms, restaurant covered in Nordic decor, florist and bar (that transforms into an open work space during the day) all make it a trendy spot for tourists and Londoners alike. To accommodate families, it also offers incredibly spacious rooms and terrace suites. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in this dynamic and convenient location, where you and your family can get nearly everywhere by foot. For a little photo souvenir of your stay, pop into the photo booth in the lobby.
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The Fanciest: Ham Yard Hotel
With its rooftop garden, bowling alley and quintessentially British childcare, the Ham Yard Hotel is sure to bring some magic to your weekend in London. One enters through a quiet, garden square in the heart of SoHo, with a small heated terrace and jardin d’hiver under a glass roof. The hotel offers four-star service that even the littlest guests will appreciate, including a children’s menu, welcome gifts and even a glass of milk with cookies at bedtime…
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Advice for your London adventures
To save time, buy your OysterCard (the rechargeable card you’ll need to ride the Tube and buses) in advance at visitbritainshop.com or at the bar on the Eurostar. Also note that children under 11 travel free on London’s public transport.