Georgian House Hotel (London) Review + Children’s Afternoon Tea
I recently visited the Georgian House Hotel for a one night stay with my two young children ( aged 2 & 5), and to sample their afternoon tea. Previously, I wouldn’t have thought that the tradition of afternoon tea would be of much interest to young children, but when I heard about the Georgian House’s dedicated children’s afternoon tea – I knew my girls would be excited to visit.
Overview of hotel
The Georgian House is situated in the Pimlico area of London. It’s central location and proximity to Victoria Station means that it is a good base for families to explore London. Buckingham Palace is about a 20 minute walk away too. The hotel itself has been awarded 5 * status and encompasses 63 bedrooms and apartments. The rooms are modern and light yet are full of character, charm and original fixtures. Guests have the option of singles, twins, and doubles to apartments and suites for up to six guests. Harry Potter or wizard fans will love the concealed ‘Wizard Chamber’ room and the ‘Enchanted Chambers’
Family Friendly Amenities
We stayed on the top floor in a room with two doubles. With the building being traditional 19th century architecture, this did mean a steep climb to our floor. (No lifts are allowed due to building regulations). My two-year-old was absolutely fine with this – whereas I think I need to go to the gym more often!
My two got straight down to business and tried out the beds, which they affirmed were lovely and “soft”. They soon leaped out of bed once they noticed the kids’ activity packs left for them. With a sea theme, the pack included puzzles, colouring in, stickers etc. They immediately settled down at the lime coloured bench to finish their “work!’ – whereas my Mum and I enjoyed a relatively peaceful cup of tea.
If you are like me, and occasionally forget the odd thing, fret not! The bathroom comes well equipped with The White Company toiletries ( full-size ones) plus Child’s farm sensitive shampoo and body wash for kids. The girls loved bath time and pretended to be jumping green frogs with their complementary frog bath caps and sponge ducks.
Due to the room being at the very top, and being summer, the staff had already anticipated a possible need by supplying 2 rotating fans in the rooms, which also helped soothe the kids to sleep. my only slight quibble would be the shower pressure on the top floor, but as a previous house owner with a loft en-suite, this can be tricky to achieve, especially 4 floors up like the Georgian House.
Oh. My. Word. Now I have stayed in many hotels, but this hotels breakfast is definitely up there as one of the best I have sampled. Unlike many hotels, where only continental is complimentary, this hotel provides a completely full breakfast with the most fabulous array of choice. The kids also enjoy a separate kids menu. My eldest enjoyed the pancakes with fresh fruit and the dippy egg with toast soldiers. Whereas my youngest went for porridge. The kids’ menu also includes a mini full English breakfast with chipolata sausages and fried quail’s eggs. Guests can also enjoy home made baked beans. A great touch was the provision of plastic cutlery and crockery for the kids.
Children’s Afternoon Tea
The Mini Georgian Afternoon Tea for kids is incredibly well thought out at the Georgian House. The staff recognise that it’s easier if children are served first, which meant we could enjoy our ‘grown-ups’ tea. Just like the adults, the children share a range of mini home made delights presented on a tiered cake stand. The grls were delighted to see their names written in chocolate too! However, instead of sandwiches children can indulge in a selection of pizza. The top tier delights included strawberry trifle, rocky road pieces, and fruit and cream ‘ice-cream’ cones. The highlight for them was the home made gingerbread men, which they could decorate with sugar stars, icing, mini smarties etc. Lots of “mmmm mmmm’s” and not a lot of talking ( for once) from the two small ones, which speaks volumes! Even, the table of adults next to us, looked at theirs quite enviously! Best of all, children were made to feel welcome, so we could really relax.
The adults afternoon tea was equally appealing with traditonal sandwiches, ploughmans cheese scone and chutney, fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, ‘Marvellous Mallows’ and many other delicious sweet treats.
Good to know
Must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The Mini Georgian afternoon tea (available throughout August)
Available between 2-5pm
£ for the Mini Georgian afternoon tea
£20 per person for the grown-ups afternoon tea
The Georgian House Hotel, oozes family friendly vibes, from filling up my daughter’s bed time milk beaker, to providing kid toiletries. Duplo Lego can even be brought up to your room on request. Couples and singles would equally feel relaxed and comfortable in this beautiful ‘home away from home’ boutique hotel. But with its kid friendly facilities, genuine warmth and wonderful Mini Georgian afternoon tea, it’s a big thumbs up from me and the girls. For more ideas on where to go in London with kids, why not have a look at Pigeon Pair and Me family travel blog
Disclosure: We were guests of the Georgian House Hotel for the purposes of this review. As always my words and opinions are my own.
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