Last weekend we took our first family trip to London. I’ve taken Alice to London a few times, but Holly has never been and we hadn’t been all together. We were invited to stay at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and this was the perfect chance for us all to spend the weekend in London.
We’re Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors this year and the hotel was perfectly placed for us to make full use of our passes and have a fun weekend.
Of course with young children the fun begins on the train and the girls were already having the best time when we arrived at the Royal Garden Hotel. It is perfectly situated within a 5 minute walk from High Street Kensington station.
When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm welcome and the staff were very attentive to the girls. The hotel lobby is very grand, but it was not intimidating and we felt very welcome as a family.
Our room was on the 8th floor and it was really spacious and there was plenty of room for us all, with a lounge area too. Our bed was so big, all 4 of us could’ve slept in it.
The girls were jumping up and down with excitement when they saw a teepee in the room, just for them. This was a welcome surprise, as the girls loved sitting in there and playing.
We had a wonderful view out our window of Kensington Palace Gardens which is situated next to the hotel.
The bathroom was a great size, with a bath and a large separate shower cubicle. Andy and I even had our own bath robes, which always makes me happy.
One thing that I normally find frustrating with hotel rooms is getting the temperature right, but they had controls that were easy to follow and we were able to make the room the right temperature.
The girls had kindly been given a backpack each, full of lots of activities for them and the most exciting thing ever, a torch! It was a lovely gesture and one that means a lot to children. The girls were so happy and since we’ve been home, they’ve been using them.
After our day in London, we came back to the hotel and we knew that they had Microscooters that we were able to borrow. With Kensington Palace Gardens next to the hotel, this is a great idea for the hotel to offer them to residents to use. The girls were so excited, I thought they were going to burst!
It was lovely to see Kensington Palace and explain to Alice that Princess Diana lived there. It’s beautiful.
It was a lovely way to spend the late afternoon and let the girls burn off the last of their energy before we went to our hotel room for something to eat and bed.
I managed to get a family selfie with the gorgeous golden light, my favourite kind of photos.
We had the Food and Flicks Package added to our room, which is a great option for families. You get unlimited movies for 24 hours and a platter of food. After a long day walking around London with young children, you don’t always want to have to go to the hotel restaurant for food. This is the perfect alternative.
You have to give an hours notice for delivery of the food and we ordered ours before we went out on the scooters. If you are out and about, you can phone through to the hotel with what time you would like it delivered to your room.
The food platter includes, chips, dough balls, barbecue chicken wings, chunky breaded fish fingers and pizza wheels.
There were fruit skewers with a toblarone chocolate dip, which was delicious.
It also came with 4 coca cola bottles and my only criticism is that with 2 young children, we wouldn’t ever give them coca cola and it would’ve been good to have a children’s option. And in fact to have a choice of drinks for us too, as I don’t drink full fat coca cola either.
It was a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day and we all enjoyed watching Sherlock Gnomes, whilst eating.
Once we finished eating, we phoned room services and they arranged for the trolley to be taken away. It wasn’t long before room service came and turned the sofa into a bed for the girls. It was good that they didn’t do this until later and we could make full use of the sofa for dinner and the additional space.
The girls were given the cutest teddies, wearing dressing gowns, which was a lovely touch and they were very happy to take them to bed.
It was then time for the girls to go to sleep and they couldn’t wait to snuggle in their bed together. They were the cutest together.
We all had a really good nights sleep and while we were all getting ready in the morning, it was good to have the unlimited movies for the girls to put on a movie to watch.
When we were all ready we headed down to breakfast, the girls favourite part of staying in a hotel is the breakfast. Holly always has toast and jam, but she loves how the toast comes out on a rack for her and she eats it all.
Alice loves a mixture of breakfasts and started with a english breakfast, along with Andy who loves a cooked breakfast.
There was a chef at the buffet table, making fresh eggs however you wanted them, omelettes and fresh waffles. Alice second choice was a waffle with chocolate sauce and when you’re 6 years old, this is the best day ever.
It was a lovely breakfast and set us all up ready for our second day going around London.
We didn’t have to check out until 12pm, but we checked out about 9.30am, as we had a booked time slot at Madame Tussards. The concierge let us leave our suitcase with them for the day, which was brilliant, as we didn’t really want to have to carry it around London all day.
We had a brilliant stay at Royal Garden Hotel, the staff were all really friendly and helpful. The location of the hotel was great for getting around London and we all had an enjoyable sleep. Which is what all parents want when staying away with their children.
Disclosure: We were kindly invited to stay at the hotel, in return for an honest review. All views opinions and photos are my own.