During the 15 years I spent living in the capital city, some of that time was spent working in a Book Shop in Covent Garden, we had an excellent London section, full of guidebooks and hotel guides. I remember one lunchtime laughing away with my colleague as we looked at some of the hotels recommended as being ‘close to the centre’, ‘a 20 min train ride away’, ‘close to Maritime Greenwich’: honestly some of these hotels were in the worst areas, and some were in the grottiest parts of London but sold as being just outside the centre.
If you are coming for a visit to London with a little one, the last thing you want is to be staying in a horrible neighbourhood and be trapped in your hotel from early evening, so I hope these couple of recommendations will give you an idea of some of the better hotels around to suit a budget, in nice locations, with great facilities for families with babies.
The German’s know how to do Urban Travelling in a very very chic way
The Meininger is a real gem, I often have to visit Germany for work and the Meininger in Berlin is one of my favourite cheap and cheerful hostels over there. Before you recoil in fear at the word Hostel … stay with me a while, because believe me the German’s know how to do Urban Travelling in a very very chic way. The rooms have gorgeous wooden floors and have a TV, telephone, tea and coffee facilites and an en-suite shower room.
Booking a private family room is the best option for a family, and you can have up to 12 beds, a combination of bunk beds, doubles and singles, in a family room, so its great if you are travelling with other families or grandparents or friends. Also available upon request is a baby cot. Unlike a typical hostel at the Meininger towels and linen are included (pick up your towel from reception), as well as air-conditioning. Also worth noting is that the Meininger has a washing machine for public use which can be really useful when travelling with Little Ones.
Locationwise the Meininger is in a great neighbourhood, perfectly safe for strolling around in the early evening and with plenty of restaurants in the vicinity to suit any budget. Pretty much across the street is the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum, only a short walk away you will find Harrods and Knightsbridge, and just as close in the other direction is the Princess Diana Memorial Playground with its stunning Pirate Galleon for hours of playtime.
The staff at the Meininger are wonderful, polite, kind and truly helpful in everyway. They bend over backwards to make your visit to London a great one, they will book restuarants, theatre tickets, guided tours for you, and always have some recommendations of their own. A really reasonably priced, clean, comfortable and safe hotel with everything you would want for a family visit to the capital.
What really makes Base2Stay amazing for traveling with your baby and family is that every room and suite is equipped with a mini-kitchen with a microwave, sink, kettle and fridge
Base2Stay is an award winning hotel in Kensington which opened in 2006 and is affordable luxury, perfect for traveling with a family. Base2Stay offers 4* service and luxury at reasonable prices. Their ethos and concept is simple but wonderful, what you pay when you check-out is what you thought you’d pay when you checked in, no nasty extras added. It is a hotel which is ideal if you are looking for somewhere stylish, design conscious, independent, and within budget. What really makes Base2Stay amazing for traveling with your baby and family is that every room and suite is equipped with a mini-kitchen with a microwave, sink, kettle and fridge, and you are encouraged to bring in food and drink from local grocery stores or delivery restaurants (no more trying to sneak in your shopping in your backpacks!).
Base2Stay believe that hotels are really all about the rooms, and every effort is made to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible: the rooms have air-con, HDTVs, free internet access, great roomy bathrooms with terrific and fluffy towels, daily maid service, and a 24hr concierge and reception, the films at Base2Stay won’t break the bank either, in room films can be watched for less than the price of a trip to Blockbuster. In room brochures and guides will direct you to the nearest Waitrose or Tesco or even recommend some great cafes and restaurants nearby where you can get meals (sometimes at a special Base2Stay discount). Cots are available at no extra cost so your baby can sleep soundly in your room, families with toddlers can stay in a lovely 4 bed room, or if you are ttravelling with a larger family or with older children, ask about the suites, you will have your own little front door so you can have the key and don’t need to worry about the kids having a door onto the corridor as the kids have their own room with bunk beds in your little corner of the hotel.
Locationwise they are in the lovely, safe, residential and classy area of Kensington, really close to the museums, and nearby to South Kensington, Gloucester Road, and Earls Court Tube Stops, so all of London really is on your doorstep.
Finding a Boutique Hotel like this which is SO perfect for travelling with your family and little ones is a tough order, so when you find and experience Base2Stay I honestly think you won’t want to stay anywhere else. Base2stay ticks all the boxes and is the ideal place to stay when visiting London with a baby.
Babywearing In London
Check out more in our London Guide for Parents with young children and babies
An insider’s guide on how to get around England’s capital city with a baby in tow! Babywearing is the best way to navigate the city but I also offer tips on getting around with a buggy or stroller. With links to London tube maps and walking maps.
A day out in London with a baby can be full of all kinds of wonderful activities. I lived in London for 15 years and share with you some of my must do’s if you are spending some time in England’s capital city with a little one, and also why babywearing is the best way to explore London and all it has to offer.