Finding hotels in London with family rooms can be a challenge. Last time we were in town we were there long enough we decided to check out luxury vacation rentals in London, but on a recent stop in town for a few days, we decided to just find a hotel for the four of us. It was by accident that I stumbled on the Kensington Hotel London, and what a happy accident it was! Affiliate links are included in this post.
After another hotel we had booked had a major problem, such a disgusting problem that I won’t go in to details here, but in any event we found ourselves looking for a new place to stay at 11pm one night. Now, finding hotels in London for a family of four is hard enough, but when you throw in the complication of needing one on the spot in the middle of the night, I thought for sure we were going to be sleeping on the tube. 😉
I sat in the lobby of the first hotel with tired kiddos, looking up the best neighborhood to stay in London with family. I was familiar with Marylebone, which is a neighborhood we love, but we could not find any hotels on such short notice, so after a quick search I settled on hotels in Kensington London.
I was ecstatic when after only a short search for hotels in London with family rooms, I found the Kensington Hotel London and by no small miracle they had a family room available for the duration of our stay!
A rough start at our previous hotel, made our arrival at this beautiful hotel, in a gorgeous neighborhood even sweeter. The Kensington Hotel London is made up of a collection of four stunning 19th century town houses. It is located in South Kensington, one of London’s most beautiful and chic neighborhoods.
The front desk staff knew we were arriving since I had just spoken with them on the phone moments before to book the family hotel room, so we were quickly escorted into the beautifully designed lobby and greeted by friendly staff who got us checked in and showed us to our room promptly so we could get our tired kids in bed.
Our family hotel room at the Kensington Hotel London was one of the most comfortable family rooms we have stayed in throughout Europe. It consisted of a spacious entry way with large closets, a big bathroom, and a bedroom with two KING sized beds with plenty of room to spread out. There wasn’t a view, but considering the circumstances of our booking and arrival, that was not a concern. Especially since I knew we would be out exploring the beautiful neighborhood most of the time anyway!
KENSINGTON HIGH STREET
The morning after our arrival we set out to explore our new neighborhood. The neighborhood of Kensington borders Hyde Park, and is home to three of London’s world-class museums: the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum.
Kensington High Street is a quick half mile walk down the street from the Kensington Hotel where you’ll find all the fun luxury boutiques and high-street stores. The streets of Kensington are full of artisanal cheese shops, pastry bakeries, and multi million pound homes and international consulates. We found great bookshops, restaurants and lots of yummy pastries!
It is way too much fun to wander around and look at the gorgeous town homes. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful homes.
I stumbled on a private park that had it’s gate open, so I went in to take a peek. Andy, who is always such a helper, followed me in and closed the gate behind him…locking us both IN! I am a TOTAL rule follower…so needless to say I had a mild panic attack thinking of how we were going to have to call the police to let me out and then how I would get scolded (or worse!) for trespassing…but fortunately we ran around to every gate and found another one that looked closed, but fortunately the lock must have been broken because we made it out! Moral of the story, if you are trying to live out your Notting Hill dreams and explore a private park in London, maybe think twice…or don’t let your kid lock you in! 😉 At least I got a few pretty pictures. That was my Notting Hill bench right there…
Tube stations are conveniently located and it is a quick ride to famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Gardens and for Chelsea fans, a super quick trip to Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Megastore.
THE KENSINGTON HOTEL AFTERNOON TEA
If you are going to stay at the Kensington Hotel London I highly recommend you enjoy an afternoon tea while you are there. On our last visit Ashley and I had the pleasure of booking the famed ‘Tale as Old as Time” Beauty and the Beast themed afternoon tea at the charming Townhouse restaurant at the hotel.
It was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. How cute are these desserts? Everything was done to perfection!
This year we are looking forward to the new London Landmarks tea. The attention to detail is amazing in the creation of the afternoon tea experience here! Look at these intricate little desserts representing the famous London landmarks! Amazing!
Make sure to book the Kensington Hotel Afternoon Tea well in advance as it is very popular and sells out quickly! We were very fortunate as guest of the hotel to have them accommodate a last minute request to have tea last time. I had no idea how popular that Beauty and the Beast tea was…apparently there was up to a 6 month wait for reservations!
If you are looking for hotels in London with family rooms and where to stay in London with kids, I hope this will be as perfect of a fit for your family as it was for ours. We are excited to be returning for another stay next month!
Here are a few other hotels in London that are great for families too…many with family rooms or apartments, and they do a great job catering to the kiddos:
St. James not only has connecting rooms available for family stays, but a kid’s concierge that will help you plan the perfect family outing. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac off St James’s Street to make sure even the tiniest guests get a good night’s rest.
If 24-hour babysitting services don’t get you excited, then maybe the teddy bears, baby bath products and special spa treatments for older kids will.
Feel like Posh Spice at the Ritz where the kids get their own bathrobes and slippers just their size, as well as in room entertainment like books, computer games and DVD’s.
The family apartments here are a big draw, especially since you can have them stocked by the kid’s concierge before your arrival with all of your kids favorite snacks and movies.
Cookies and hot chocolate at bedtime? Sign me up! The Taj is an all suite hotel with large rooms featuring kitchens and separate living rooms which makes them perfect for families.
Some of the biggest rooms you’ll find and amenities like bottle warmers and bathtubs and highchairs. Rooms sleep 2 adults and 2 kids and additional beds can be added for an extra cost.
Large rooms, treasure hunts and Mary Poppins tours are just some of the things you’ll find here. If you need connecting rooms you can find them here too.
If you will be in London for a week or more, you might want to consider renting a flat. Check out our experience renting a luxury flat in the delightful neighborhood of Marylebone here…another wonderful place to stay in London with kids.
Be sure to check out these other posts of fun things to do and see while you’re in town!
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