School holidays have arrived, the sun is high in the sky and the office air conditioning doesn’t quite cut it. So, we’ve rounded up the top places for a family holiday be it an urban escape, cosy countryside retreat or a hop across the Channel.
We’ve got family holidays sorted at The Lucky Onion. So, whisk your little ones away to the Cotswolds and enjoy our ‘family getaway package’ at either one of our Cheltenham townhouses No.131 or No.38 The Park or our honey-coloured 17th-century British coaching inn The Wheatsheaf in the market town of Northleach. A super comfortable bedroom for two adults and two children awaits with all things needed for a good night’s sleep (including beautiful cotton linen). Children can tuck into a complimentary supper beforehand from our organic Little Bites menu with delights such as Chicken Milanese, Green Beans and Parmesan. After breakfast the next day, to save you the whirlwind of getting the family up, dressed and out the door, there’s a late check out until 1pm which means you can properly savour our Best of British breakfast. Of course, it wouldn’t be the same without your four-legged friend – at No.38 and The Wheatsheaf, dogs are welcomed with a complimentary dog bed and some delicious doggy biscuits.
With an address that is hard to beat, this Mayfair grande dame on Albemarle Street is one of legend. Consisting of 11 townhouses just off Piccadilly, the hotel was founded 175 years ago by the former valet to Lord Byron. It was the place where Agatha Christie stayed, Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever telephone call and Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book. The property is now in the hands of Rocco Forte. Stylish and sophisticated, Brown’s is a picture of old and new: cream carpets, cosy sleigh beds, antique dressers, high windows and modern lighting alongside lovely old oak panelling, wrought-iron and stained-glass. The grand interconnecting suites are ideal for families. Expect sheets embroidered with princesses or pirates, a play tent, toys, picture books and personalised gingerbread biscuits. Sharky & George, London’s favourite family party organisers, are on hand with a solid dose of fun: little guests are invited to transform into detectives, explorers and undercover agents before solving a choice of five mysteries.
More an institution than a hotel, this art deco triumph on the Champs-Elysées sings of palatial comfort, opulence and exquisite old-world refinement. Spectacular art works and 17th-century Flanders tapestries hang from the walls, crystal chandeliers drip from the ceilings and wildly extravagant flower displays line the gilded halls. There are a dazzling three Michelin restaurants plus a new spa opened in June 2018. Alongside the glitz and glamour, the hotel is brilliant for children with a decent-sized indoor pool, child-sized bathrobes and children’s menus in the restaurants (we recommend the Croque-monsieur). A Recreation Manager can suggest and organise family friendly activities or provide DVDs, colouring books and more. Little ones can also tour the kitchens, visit the chocolate rooms and master the art of madeleine making. Family-friendly suites abound with kiddy Bvlgari toiletries. Cots are available on request and babysitting can be arranged – best of all, there’s no extra charge for children under 18 staying in the same room as their parents.