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London is an incredibly exciting destination for families, whether you visit often or a trip here is a rare treat. While wonderful attractions are liberally sprinkled around the city, we think Kensington offers more for families than any other area.
 
Our quick guide will introduce you to the joys of staying in Kensington, as well as provide you with plenty of practical information so you can arrive armed with knowledge of places to visit and how to reach them. 
 
About Kensington
 
Let's begin by taking a broad look at the Kensington area. Famous for being one of the wealthiest parts of London and, indeed, the UK as a whole, Kensington may at first strike you as more of an adults-only destination - somewhere that you and your partner or friends might visit for a sophisticated short break. While few could argue it isn't perfect for that, Kensington is also one of the most family-friendly destinations in London.
 
Its prestigious museums, such as the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, make for fabulously fun and educational days out, while the abundance of parkland offers endless opportunities for family picnics, games and walks.
 
That said, part of the beauty of Kensington is that many of its most famous attractions, which at first glance might not seem family-oriented, can provide fantastic opportunities for parents and children. The Royal Albert Hall, for example, occasionally hosts family days, allowing both adults and youngsters to soak up more than a little culture.
 
Top family-friendly attractions in Kensington
 
Kensington boasts some of the finest family attractions to be found anywhere in London. 
 
Kensington Gardens 
Next to the Royal Garden Hotel
Time to reach: One minute
Sometimes the simplest attractions can provide the best basis for a family day out, don't you think? Situated right next to the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington Gardens is a beautiful location for picnics, walks, games or simply letting the children burn off a little energy. Kensington Gardens is one of the capital's eight Royal Parks, and is situated directly next to another - the spectacular Hyde Park.
 
Next to the Royal Garden Hotel
Time to reach: One minute
Kensington Palace is one of London's top attractions, having once been home to Princess Diana and now playing host to royals such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Sunken Garden, King's Apartments and Queen's Apartments are highlights of any visit here, but if you are travelling with your children, particularly look out for the family trail - which makes exploring the palace ultra-fun for younger visitors - and the early years workshop for kids aged three and under. 
 
South Kensington
Time to reach: Three minutes by tube, 20 minutes on foot, five minutes by number 70 bus
At the fabulous Science Museum, everyone feels young. This bustling hive of discovery houses endlessly fascinating exhibits on everything from the laws of motion to deep space, and in the face of so much human ingenuity it's hard not to feel like anything is possible. Launchpad, the museum's hands-on area for children, is the most exciting spot for families, allowing you to get stuck into real-life experiments and see science in action.
 
South Kensington
Time to reach: Three minutes by tube, 20 minutes on foot, five minutes by number 70 bus
Housed in an incredibly beautiful building, the Natural History Museum is impressive before you even step inside. But when you do, you and your children will be whisked away to a world of dinosaurs, creepy crawlies and volcanic eruptions. Prepare to gape in wonder at everything from animatronic dinosaurs to fascinating fossils.
 
Transport connections
 
Kensington really is exceptionally well-placed for exploring London's array of family-friendly attractions, many of which you could happily walk to if you so wish. However, we all know that little feet often tire quickly, so usually it is best to take advantage of the area's excellent transport connections.
 
Just a few minutes' walk from the Royal Garden Hotel is High Street Kensington tube station, which can take you all over the city. In terms of tube lines, the station is served by the District and Circle lines, while just outside you will be able to catch buses to Notting Hill and South Kensington (numbers 27, 28, 49 and 328), as well as Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Hammersmith.
 
How to reach other family-friendly attractions in London
 
While you could easily spend your entire getaway exploring Kensington alone, there is of course an incredibly array of attractions in wider London, which you will be well-placed to explore from the Royal Garden Hotel. To help you get your bearings and offer you a quick point of reference, below is a short list of the city's major family-friendly attractions, how to reach them from the Royal Garden Hotel, and how long this should take.
 
  • The West End (15 minutes): Take the Circle Line to South Kensington, then change on to the Piccadilly Line and disembark at Piccadilly Circus to complete your journey.
  • The London Dungeon (17 minutes): Take the Circle Line to Westminster, then board the Jubilee Line to Waterloo.
  • The London Eye and SEA LIFE London Aquarium (17 minutes): Take the Circle Line to Westminster, where you can change for the Jubilee Line to Waterloo.
  •  The Tower of London (25 minutes): Ride the Circle Line directly to Tower Hill.

Family Friendly Promise

  • Micro Scooters and toys to enjoy in the park or room
  • Cribs and cots for babies
  • Guaranteed connecting rooms
  • Children’s Room Service menu
  • Room package price including breakfast
  • Flexibility to have two adults and two children in room*
  • Early dining for families in Park Terrace restaurant from 5.30pm
  • Availability of babysitters via registered company
  • Non smoking rooms
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