I recently visited the Georgian House Hotel for a one night family stay in London with my two young children (aged 2 & 5), and to sample their children’s 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 kids’ afternoon tea – I knew my girls would be excited to visit. Plus, I wanted to see if this was the best family hotel in London and see if I could have a peek at the wizarding rooms, Harry Potter style!
Where to Stay in London With Kids
Georgian House Hotel Review
Family Accommodation in London
It is always useful to know of central London hotels with family rooms – a question that I often get asked about. 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 the local area, and one of the best areas to stay in London with family.
Buckingham Palace is about a 20 minute walk away too. This family friendly London hotel 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. Perfect if you are looking for family hotels in London which sleep 5 or more.
Perhaps most exciting of all: Harry Potter or wizard fans will love the concealed ‘Wizard Chamber’ room and the ‘Enchanted Chambers’
I unfortunately didn’t get to see these rooms, but here are more details and pictures. The secret bookcase door looks fantastic – making it one of the best hotels in London for kids and adult fans of Harry Potter alike!
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.
Breakfast at the Georgian Hotel
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 – all helpful attributes to make it one o the best family hotels in London.
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
What Attractions Are Nearby?
- Big Ben -25 min walk
- London Eye – 30 min or 19 minutes by tube
- Buckingham Palace – a 20 minute walk away
- The Royal Mews – 15-20 minute walk away
- Natural History Museum – 35 minute walk away (about 1.6 miles away.)
- Victoria And Albert Museum -1.5 miles away
For some more unusual non touristy things to do in London with kids, this may be of interest too.
Verdict – Is it the best family hotel in London?
If you are looking somewhere to stay in London with kids, then the Georgian Hotel has my vote for one of best places to stay in London for families. (I need to compare a few more still!) 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. We definitely agree it is one of the best London hotels for families.
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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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