We have just had the most lovely weekend away in London staying at The Cavendish Hotel in Mayfair. A treat for us as this was a luxury 4 star hotel and we were asked to review it. We were delighted
Accommodation and Kids
For me, having young children, good accommodation whilst away on holiday is really important. I have just been miserable when the places we have stayed in have not been up to the job and it just has to be right with little kids. They need good sleep, a place to rest and recharge, it needs to be clean, friendly, comfortable and well appointed.
It s fine to rough it if you are camping but if you are expecting your kids to trek round a city and take in lots of sights and information they need great downtime or you will have very cranky kids.
Long established and with a rich history the Cavendish hotel is in a wonderful area. A 5-10 min walk form Piccadilly Circus in Mayfair you leave the hustle and bustle behind and are in a quieter more reserved area. The surrounding streets are full of art shops and the hotel absolutely next door to Fortnum and Masons the ‘food palace’ as my son called it and possibly my most favourite shop in the world.
It’s lovely it is a quiet area; it felt very safe and calm. Within easy walking distance we had Buckingham palace, Piccadilly and Trafalgar and we were just a short tube or taxi ride form all the main attractions.
The Cavendish Hotel is a luxury hotel full of beautiful and interesting art and the most gorgeous fresh flowers. It has wonderful f green credentials and warm and friendly staff, which is of course so important to anyone enjoying their stay but PARTICULARLY when you have kids.
I loved we could drop our bags early and after checking out leave them for a few hours with the concierge before actually going home. So useful when your train home isn’t for several hours after check out.
The concierge was brilliant actually I was able and encouraged to contact him prior to the visit by email with various questions. He had some great tips that were really useful e.g. before noon is best to visit the natural history museum and what time the trooping of the colour was. It lovely to have someone on hand with local family friendly knowledge.
You could always find staff when you needed them and they were unfailingly friendly to the kids.
There were towelling robes for the kids, computers available to use and free wifi, food available at all hours, glossy magazines and free newspapers, activity packs for the kids in the room and sweet little duck shaped bubble baths. There were great TVs in both sleeping areas, a nespresso machine and quality toiletries, the opportunity to eat breakfast in your room and even an umbrella was provided. Little things do make a difference.
Our room was a king sized executive and had the most enormous bed I have ever slept in in my life.
The children had a double sofa bed which was plenty big enough though somehow I ended up sleeping in it with one of them and it was not half as roomy as the bed I should have been sleeping in!
Once the kid’s bed was up access to the coffee machine and desk was for the very slim only. But I do think retrospectively if we had asked maybe it could have just been made up at night rather then during the day so access would have been possible. There was lots of cupboard space and the bathroom was a nice size with both a separate bath and shower.
It was a hot and cold buffet breakfast and it was lovely. Lots of choices too and the food was available till 12 on the weekend and started at 7. Now that is a good idea!
Special requests such as veggies sausages and hash browns will be cooked to order and I like this idea it minimises waste.
The men in my family chose to watch football(?!) rather than come for afternoon tea but myself and Lisi donned out best frocks and were delighted to be each other s tea-date.
The lounge area for tea is lovely with gorgeous art work, a glossy piano and stunning chandelier. Our host was the most charming man who was wonderful to 5 year old Lisi and treated her like the little lady she is.
She was bought a little colouring and puzzle pack whilst we waited for out tea and they made a lovely effort accommodating our vegetarianism with a real good variety of sandwiches. The warm scones and chocolate cakes were delicious and we had a lovely time. I read the Wishing Chair to Lisi as she merrily munched away. ‘Let’s do this again mummy’ she said at the end. Ooh yes I replied. Excellent. I could afternoon tea every day!
It wasn’t at all busy an in our tea room were a large group dressed as twenties ladies, a few older ladies and their girl friends and a famous sports commentator and his partner. Very interesting!
My husband was most pleased by the individual Sky TV screens above each urinal in the hotel loos! He insisted I included this photo. (Have to say have never had a men’s loo photo on my blog before)
I was slightly anxious about taking my loud and lively kids to this well established luxury hotel but actually it was fine. The Cavendish has a lovely quiet buzz to it… sort of a friendly hum. It is large open space and not at all stuffy or uptight. I would highly recommend the hotel, it isn’t a budget hotel but it is extremely lovely and does family friendly very well.
If I was to spend money on any aspect of a holiday it would probably be on making sure the accommodation was entirely suitable.
I would rather save money in other areas. It is entirely possible to visit London on a low budget.
London is an exciting place for children to go, by the very nature of being London our capital city.
Just the cosmopolitan vibrant nature of it lends an air of excitement. The awesome buildings, the nearness of royalty and an immense history make it a rich vastly different place to the suburb in which we live. Both my children have been studying London at school and they were so keen to see Nelsons column , Trafalgar square, the guards changing at Buckingham Palace and of course the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and the awesome Science Museum.
They wanted to see Covent Garden and the amazing street entertainment and they wanted to see Chinatown and feel like they’d been to the Far East just by turning a corner. We managed to fit in ALL of this over our weekend away and all of this is free!
Isn’t that just brilliant!
We also went on a duck tour and the terrifying to me, marvellous to the kids London Eye. Neither of these were free but I am in love with he duck tour. So exciting when it goes from land to sea and the tales we were told as we toured were exciting interesting and truly bought London to life. A must do!
Anyway ….to sum up
We fell In love with London
As an art student some 20 + years ago I first fell in love with London. Now as a family we all fell in love with London Town.
Thanks to the Cavendish hotel for a lovely weekend.