On more than one occasion, that one cocktail turned into five or seven!? Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book while staying there my daughter was particularly taken by that fact while Winston Churchlll, so legend goes, once said: Lola, particularly, was made to feel very welcome as were we thanks to our spoiling confines and the lovely bottle of white waiting on ice, which was particularly appreciated after the traffic jam we endured en route through Knightsbridge.
Lola received her own check-in card and comments card so felt very much a part of things. The Dover suite which we stayed in is just one such room that offers huge space for the entire family but also has the option of interconnecting with a neighbouring room if you want even more.
Though we were sitting in the midst of Mayfair I was particularly taken by the immense sense of calm and quiet that resulted, I assume, thanks to some seriously good double glazing. Despite being a few floors above Dover Street we could have been in the middle of nowhere. It was that quiet and, given that we had a four month old with us, it was one of the first things I noticed.
The suite itself was divine. The attention to detail given to families was unrivalled. Lola had a fabulous bed of her own made up in our ridiculously large and very luxurious living room complete with personalised television, sweeping writing desk and sofas more comfortable than those I enjoy in my own home.
She had her own robe and slippers; Maya had her own hooded towelling poncho. Hix Restaurant downstairs was our dining spot for the night and, as a big fan of Mark Hix, I was particularly excited about our reservation. Being a Saturday night I was well aware, even though we ate early, that we were surrounded by couples on dates.
The female being confined to her bed from the ill-treatment she received. I missed this fact in the endless reams of baby literature I read beforehand. I know four recent babies who had this condition, and their mothers had to fight hard to find out if their children needed help.
Maya slept the entire way through dinner and Lola was immaculately behaved but I could sense the presence of a buggy raised eyebrows as we walked in. The staff, however, were so welcoming.
But, while you may be neither willing or able to hop flights quite as often as she has done in her decades on her throne, the new Pink Princess Tea at the Lanesborough Hotel will delight princesses and queens of any age. Buy a load of high-waisted, non-sexy granny knickers thank you, John Lewis.
She dined on mini Mark Hix steak burgers, while we shared a Porterhouse steak and a beautiful bottle of Chablis. In the basement of the building, it is an inner sanctum of calm and tranquility.
The concierge will also design itineraries across the city should you need them.
Lola floated back up to our suite, her sparkling purple toe nails out for all to see, and we had a fabulous breakfast in our room before very reluctantly checking out. Lola was considered every single step of the way, as was her baby sister. Warm milk was brought to our room before she went to sleep and our car was taken by the valet on arrival so all we had to do was grab our bags and head inside. With Families R Forte, children are divided into age groups.
For more information click here. But, while you may be neither willing or able to hop flights quite as often as she has done in her decades on her throne, the new Pink Princess Tea at the Lanesborough Hotel will delight princesses and queens of any age.
And aside from the pink aesthetic, there is plenty to please adults, too. We could finish up with puns about this being fit for a Queen, but would rather not. We just recommend you get booked and check it out for yourselves. I always giggle to myself at how understanding kids are when parents try and explain all the weird and wonderful things they come across in everyday life. And this Christmas season, we should all let it go and find something a little bit different to do to amuse ourselves.
It opens on Friday 20 November until Sunday 17 January Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, although if they can skate well on their own you can sit back and enjoy watching them. Please note, the rollerdisco closes at 6pm on Thursday 24 December and all day on Friday 25 December and Thursday 31 December.
A festive night of song, swing, brass and dance. Tickets online via the link above. Dates Sunday 20 December , 2. Book online on the link above. There are plenty of opportunities to join in, and a jolly goody bag to take away to share with friends. It is the perfect way for children to get in the mood for Christmas.
There are sessions at Places are limited, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Please click here to reserve your place.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times; there is a limit of 2 per booking. These Royal Academy workshops are in my Top 5 shushhhh… as they are some of the best in town. They have the widest range of materials, knowledgable and sweet staff and the RA choose to work with a variety of different artists from all disciplines, which brings something exciting to each session.
At their last family session of , everyone will be able to create their own textile designs, and experiment with beautiful and exotic fabrics. Kids are encouraged to create festive fancy dress and parade their latest designs throughout the RA. These drop-in workshops are suitable for all ages. And, honestly, you must check it out with your children if they are aged 7 or over. The West London shopping Mecca that is Westfield will be home to this highly-anticipated, educational entertainment experience, which has already proven to be a hugh hit in Dubai, amongst others this is the 19th international opening of its kind.
Set within a 75, square foot, child-sized city, KidZania London aims to be a real-life introduction to the world of work, representing experiential learning at its very best.
It may sound terribly grown up, but the idea behind all this is that children can begin to understand and learn all about the nature of work for themselves, the diversity and function of businesses, and its overall contribution to our world today. Remember, there is champagne: Kidzania all about learning while playing, and it promises to be a huge hit. You can bring a friend with you if you choose to and, once the consultation is over, you can shop the day away, safe in the knowledge that your child is fully-supervised and also learning something, too.
A show chock full of demonstrations and a plucked chicken.
Expect an electrifying performance in this family-friendly show. Thursday 18 June, If you love hands-on activities, come and design your own weather mobile to take home or create a colourful fish on a dish. Under-5s go free to Cutty Sark and parts of the Royal Observatory. Shag Pile Lessons from Sat 23rd If you want an extra helping of mushrooms, just mention the Creative Bus Stop, and ask for Jonny the boss and you will get treated like pizza royalty.
Remember the first rule of Street Art: The Southbank Loves You!
I recommend you arrive by foot and scooter for the tiny tired legs and either plant yourself near the Southbank Centre which is full of free tap water at the bar, and clean loos for the kids. It is the most adventurous way to eat.
Shows As it would be shy of me not to tell, here is the round up of Summer events you will find at your finger tips around the Bank of the South. Well these days they not only look after the odd Bishop passing through West London, they also host lots of family events.
Get your hands dirty and join the enthusiastic archaeologist volunteers on the Main Lawn for a hands-on session, introducing you to the world beneath your feet. The Bishops of London were well known for holding garden parties at Fulham Palace. Help them celebrate this tradition and come along for a day of family fun around the gardens.
Take a turn on the swing boats, have your face painted, dance along to ragtime music and take part in some garden games and craft activities. Like any self-respecting salesman, he enlisted the help of a number of bemused professionals, and began selling Nature to British families. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits — but is Nature past its sell-by date?
This Theatre is an institution in every way. It opened on Saturday 24th November Today it hosts the most charming and well performed productions, as well as puppetry courses for kids and adults, and the cutest local summer parties right outside the theatre. The magical tale is brought to life through puppetry and music in this new co-production between Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre.
Suitable for age 3 to 7. Though worth noting is that they hold baby friendly shows, for babes under 3 mostly Thursday Call box office for more info.
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