THE PERFECT LONDON ITINERARY
My kids are utterly obsessed with big breakfasts, so if you’re staying at the Royal Garden Hotel, start there. Enjoy the buffet breakfast offering every fruit, cereal and bread selection imaginable, as well as a cooked breakfast with vegan, veggie and meat options. Not to mention you can ask for anything bespoke that you fancy.
However, if you want to grab breakfast on the go, there are lots of bakeries and cafes nearby too. We often grab the papers, hand the kids their story books, and sip coffee while watching the world go by Parisienne-style before starting our day.
Looking to burn off energy from breakfast and get some fresh air, means racing to the park next door (Kensington Gardens can literally be seen from the Royal Garden Hotel). You can visit Kensington Palace, the lake, a children’s playground like no other, and even a small fairground area with rides; depending on what time of the year you visit of course. You’re also super close to Kensington High Street and Queensway on the opposite side, making for the perfect shopping trip once the kids have had a walk and play.
Whether it’s high street shops you’re after such as Zara, H&M and Kurt Geiger, or a trip to an independent boutique, Kensington has you covered. Whole Foods is a favourite with the family and my husband will often treat the kids to a smoothie or healthy snack, while I feed my own addiction: shoe shopping!
Nearby, are two branches of the renowned French brasserie Aubaine (which would be our first choice for lunch) whether it’s a quick seasonal salad or a leisurely three course meal. Aubaine offers rustic, French food in an Instagram worthy yet totally relaxed setting (so, perfect for the kids).
To expand the little ones’ minds with interactive fun, jump on a bus or a take a stroll to either (or both) the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum. They tend to be less busy after lunch, and first thing in the morning. Head straight to the basement at the Science Museum for fun and games with water (just don’t forget to dress your kids in the waterproofs they offer there), and do take your time perusing each floor at the NHM, taking snaps with the dinosaurs as you go.
Ice Cream Stop
Head to the multi award winning Oddono’s for ice cream/ gelato galore on Bute Street to enjoy every flavour imaginable. The ice cream is produced in their Artisan Laboratory and you won’t find better in the area!
After a walk back to your hotel, get into PJs and order room service and a movie at the Royal Garden Hotel (my kids love their vegetarian pasta dishes or grilled chicken, chips and crudités) or enjoy the Restaurant Terrace downstairs for a delicious dinner with seasonal specials.