Best kids’ staycations in London for summer 2022

Hotspots in the capital that are the perfect staycation (Picture: Getty)

When it’s the long summer holidays, it’s a given that kids will need to be thoroughly entertained.

While you may feel the need for a getaway, finding a little relaxation may be closer to home than you think.

London is packed with plenty of kid-friendly options for the perfect staycation, with many hosting extra special amenities and catering for kids of all ages.

There are plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s a themed afternoon tea or a huge swimming pool, there is something for all the family to enjoy.

We’ve rounded up the best to visit this summer…

A train-themed treat for little ones (Picture: Renaissance Hotel)

Best themed: St Pancras Renaissaince

You may have heard the news that The Railway Children Return film, the long-awaited sequel to the 1970’s film will be out very soon. Well, now you can experience your very own train-themed experience at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Just a stone’s throw from St Pancras station and central London, children can enjoy a Railway Children train-themed afternoon tea and stay at the luxury 5-star hotel.

Included in the delightful package is an activity set with pencils, a train-themed sweet treat and a new Harper Collins Children’s book, ‘The Railway Children Return: The Story of the Movie’ ensuring there is plenty to read come bedtime.

The hotel itself has enough amenities for you to immerse yourself in many fun options.

You can splash around in the hotel pool, enjoy delicious dining in the Booking Office 1869 restaurant, and relax in the Chambers suite.

The Railway Children Afternoon tea includes Train Track Delight, a chocolate biscuit inspired by traditional train tracks that are still used today, Station Clock pastry created as an orange cream-filled macaroon, and Green Apple mousse, inspired by the apple green steam locomotive featured in the original film.

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Sleep among the dinosaur exhibits in a fun dino-themed adventure (Picture: NHM)

Best Adventure Sleepover: Natural History Museum

Love camping? Dinosaur fanatic? Well then, let us introduce you to a rare nighttime adventure that combines the two.

Dino Snores for Kids is the perfect sleepover for mini palaeontologists held at the iconic Natural History Museum. Aimed at children aged 7-11, they can set off exploring around the museum in the dark and will be treated to an evening of fun dino-themed activities.

Then at midnight, they will be settling down in their sleeping bags on different bases around the museum.

In the morning little guests will be woken and treated to breakfast, but they don’t just turf you out. There will be one last tour to discover incredible facts about the natural world around their iconic galleries. A stay for your little ones to remember.

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The Landmark hotel is a great spot for sightseeing (Picture: The Landmark London)

Best for sightseeing: The Landmark London

While The Landmark London is known to be an oasis of luxury they also offer a family escape break, perfectly designed for small visiting families. The family rooms offer two double beds for two adults and two children up to age 12.

Children are extra special at The Landmark and are treated to freshly-baked cookies on arrival, a Landmark heritage teddy bear, children’s bathrobes, cots and highchairs, bottle warmers, baby bathtubs, potties, and they even have an indoor tent for with headlamps so your little one can play in with all their favourite toys.

The hotel is adequately positioned to the north of Regent Street and is close to Theatreland, London Zoo, Hamleys toy store and Regents Park.

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The Holiday Inn in Kensington is a budget-friendly option (Picture: Holiday Inn)

Best for doing London on a budget: Holiday Inn Kensington

Did you know nearly all of the London museums offer free entry? You just have to book complimentary tickets online and many are based around the South Kensington area.

For a hotel that’s close and an absolute bargain too, then the Holiday Inn Kensington is a smart choice.

Kids under 17 stay for free with their parents and also eat free in the onsite Holiday Inn Restaurant when adults order.

The rooms offer wifi, and there is an indoor pool, gym and morning buffet breakfast included.

With prices starting at £141 a night, it’s a getaway snip that won’t break the bank.

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The Dilly is the only 5 Star hotel in London with its own dedicated dance studio. (Picture: John Alex Maguire/REX/Shutterstock)

Best for swimming pool: The Dilly at Piccadilly

If you have an active cargo then chances are you’ll want to tire them out before bedtime so you can get some extra shuteye.

The Dilly at Piccadilly has one of the largest swimming pools in central London and is open from 7 am to 9.30 pm daily.

They offer a wide range of amenities including gym facilities, squash courts, and kids eat free at the hotel’s restaurant, The Terrace when eating with an adult.

Plus we love that they have a Peter Rabbit afternoon tea for kids, and adults, which includes a whole host of goodies including sprinkles, cake, chocolate balloons and party hats to celebrate his 120th anniversary in style.

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For great views of Hyde Park, then the Mandarin Oriental hits the spot (Picture: by Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

Best for views: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

For lovely views across Hyde Park and a relaxing atmosphere, then the Mandarin Oriental fits the bill nicely.

They cater for all children, from babies to older kids, and amenities include cots, fold-out beds, mini bathrobes, a child’s umbrella, a storybook and crayons- and don’t forget the all-essential duck in the bath.

The hotel is located in the shopping area of Knightsbridge and they even offer babysitting services if you want a parents-only night out.

And of course, you are perfectly placed to play in London’s biggest garden as the hotel is just across the road from Hyde Park.

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The Mayfair townhouse is a cosy hotspot (Picture: TripAdvisor)

Best boutique hotel: Mayfair Townhouse

If you are looking for a home from home, then Mayfair Townhouse will keep you and your little ones thoroughly cosy.

They offer 50% off booking a second room for children, a daily complimentary breakfast, and children up to 12 years dine free in the evenings with parents.

The hotel is aptly located in Mayfair, and is walkable from Green Park or Hyde Park Corner station, so that you can easily travel around central London, enjoying the sights, eating out or going to watch a show.

The rooms vary in size and style, but all have a warm inviting indulgent style, whether you want cosy, classic or even a deluxe garden room, there’s something for all the family.

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The Ritz is one of the greatest hotels in the world (picture: The Ritz)

Best for complete luxury: The Ritz

If you’re feeling like an extra special treat for you and the family and you want to splash out, then look no further than The Ritz.

Not only do they offer a family package as kids can stay for free but little V.I.P’s are treated very well at this hotel. Their stay comes complete with kids’ Ritz dressing gown, slippers and complimentary ice cream when dining in The Ritz Restaurant. There is also the iconic Ritz teddy bear which frequents little one’s rooms at night.

The luxury hotel is steeped in history and makes you feel like you are living in a slice of a vintage time capsule as soon as you step through its rather grand doors.

The suites are big and roomy with ample space and lovely views over Green Park and central London.

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Best for visiting Legoland: Fairmont Windsor Park

The Fairmont Windsor Park offers comfort and luxury. (Picture: Viktor Kery Photos)

OK, so not strictly London but very near to, and what kid doesn’t want to let off a little steam at the legendary Legoland?

The Fairmont Windsor Park is a short drive from LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and offers a 4 pm late check-out time, Breakfast in MOREISH, and tickets to Legoland Windsor Resort.

While it’s a full on day, Legoland is such a treat for kids particularly between the ages of 3-12. It’s a great place for your little one to cut their teeth on their first rides. But they also have the incredible Splash Safari for kids and parents to get soaked and cool down.

As the Fairmont Windsor Park is so close, it’s easy to get back to enjoy the luxurious comforts on offer.


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