When looking for that perfect family home to stay in London, the Plum Guide is very much aware it has to tick multiple boxes. For example, plenty of space to escape the kids, some sort of media entertainment for the grumpy teen, perhaps a food hamper for dad and a bath for mum. So we’ve chosen some top picks for you and the gang, both big and small, to make sure you have a great trip when visiting the big city.
Sleeping up to 5 guests, you’ll be greeted with a welcome hamper that’ll be sure to kick off your stay with a nice little pick me up whilst the kids play in the upstairs mezzanine. To top it off, the bright and airy apartment has large outdoor space for the younger ones to roam around in, whilst you peruse through the available library of books.
If Cheaper By The Dozen sounds familiar when you think of your family, then try staying at the Family Festival in Brixton. It’s a vibrant space for a lively gang of up to 8. Let the kids roam around in the spacious garden whilst you take an afternoon nap in the secluded master bedroom.
Then see if grandma can watch the kids whilst you pop into Brixton Village for some high end market street food on Coldharbour Lane. We knew bringing grandma along on the trip would come in handy – don’t push your luck though and put her in a bunk bed, there’s a nice spare room for her to have.
Head over to Hillgate Place if you’re in need of a great family orientated play to stay for up to 6 guests. Nestled in what some call ‘yummy-mummy-ville’ Notting Hill is a hub of family entertainment. About 10 minutes in one direction you’ve got Hyde Park and in the other direction you’ve got the biggest shopping centre in Europe, Westfield. It’s here that you can enjoy getting lost amongst the many shops and restaurants, but even better, leave the kids at Funzone where they can tire themselves out in a play area under supervision! If you’d prefer to stay in though, this vast home has a kitchen even Gordon Ramsay would be jealous of, so why not cook up a storm with some freshly bought ingredients from Portobello Market?
This is an ideal location for the young families out there. Clapham is home to so many great amenities like Tooting Bec Lido (outdoor pool), Battersea Park Zoo and Clapham Common – time the last one right and you might be able to visit their yearly summer funfair.
Our Madison Garden property boasts a generously sized kitchen and living area that opens out onto a terraced outdoor space in case you want to dine al fresco. To top it off, it offers many luxury features like blackout blinds for a well needed lie in, and underfloor heating (because you left your slippers behind).
If you and the family are outdoorsy types, we suggest you opt for a place in Greater London to escape the city, Richmond to be precise. Being so close to the famous Richmond Park where deer roam freely, you’ll be able to immerse yourself and up to 7 others in nature, country walks and plenty of afternoon tea spots. Alternatively, you could cook a BBQ in the garden or head to Kew Gardens - a botanical jungle where they host concerts in the summer and ice skating in winter. If the weather isn’t up to scratch, don't worry. There’s an Xbox and Netflix to keep the kids quiet for a few hours whilst you relax and admire the quintessentially British décor and artwork.
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