Kids in Kensington with Honest Mum
Kensington is the most wonderful area to visit with kids and it’s a firm favourite of ours, with The Royal Garden Hotel being in the ideal location for all things fun and adventurous in the city.
Here are my top 5 things to do as a family:
With Kensington Palace being literally a stone’s throw away from the hotel, head to the enchanting gardens on complimentary scooters the hotel supplies, and venture within the Palace for family-friendly activities and the chance to experience a piece of history for yourself.
My favourite spot is an achingly beautiful oasis featuring a tranquil Sunken Garden filled with ornamental flower beds that allows me you to rest in the heavenly surrounding before touring the palace. You can also attend regular workshops the last Saturday of each month (and lots of activities during the school holidays) that educate and entertain children of all ages.
You can keep up to date with the family activities page. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. The exhibition Diana her Fashion Story, featuring dresses she wore in her lifetime is currently on having opened on Feb 27th 2017. Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Garden is also short walk away and well worth a visit. Boats to climb and play in, and cafes for ice cream top-ups and refreshments makes for happy kids all year.
The Science Museum is a spectacle for both little and big kids alike. Housing blockbuster exhibitions, simulators, interactive galleries and an IMAX 3D cinema that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you could spend days in there and never feel bored. Learning has never been so fun! With delicious food on site and water-based activities in the basement for younger children, the Science Museum is a must-visit destination for families everywhere. Admission is free and as with all attractions arrive early to avoid the queues.
Natural History Museum
With ever-changing exhibitions and a chance to see the famous dinosaurs of course, the Natural History Museum is another unmissable attraction for the family, in Kensington. The magical exhibition ‘Sensational Butterflies’ is on until Sept 17 2017 which offers you the chance to see hundreds of live butterflies and moths in the tropical butterfly house (for a fee) and you can even become a scientist for the day in the museum’s free drop in workshop too. Other stunning exhibitions include Wildlife Photographer of the Year and The Art of British Natural History. Again arrive early to avoid the queues.
Boating in Hyde Park
Stunning Hyde Park has an array of rowing and pedal boats you can enjoy as a family, on the Serpentine. It is also home to the UK's first Solarshuttle, a stunning vessel which can hold up to 40 passenger that is powered by the sun. Boating is open from April until October 31. Times are from 10:00 am until sundown which is around 4:00 pm in the winter and 8:00 pm in the summer.
With creative events for kids encouraging them to design for themselves, and feel more confident, this quirky, visually engaging museum will get your children thinking and crafting in no time. Their family focused programme of regular activities, events and ticketed workshops and galleries is aimed at kids aged 5-11 and promises creative fun for kids.
With Kensington Gardens and three world-class museums in walking distance, our hotel's location makes it the perfect base for a family break.
Our welcoming environment means children feel right at home from the moment they arrive, while ensuring parents get the 5-star luxury they deserve.