When you are out and about in London with children — whether it’s with babies or teenagers, whether you live in the city itself or come from across the country or across the world — you have to plan. There is so much to see and do and so many parts of the city, you don’t want to miss out.
The London Covered interactive online map http://londoncovered.glhhotels.com/ — created by glh Hotels — is a tool where you can plot out great stops and discover the best the city has to offer. Food. Thrills. Fun. Culture. The folks at GLH hotels have created the London Covered map to help visitors discover hand-picked trips, from shopping to riverside attractions to foodie temptations.
We followed the London’s Festive Heritage route for families in December, which takes you around an exciting but manageable list of fun stops, and stayed at the fantastic Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley. Read about what we did and ate here. (The project was sponsored by glh.)
While our outing with our 13-year-old was particularly festive during the Christmas season, these routes are great all year round and suit all kinds of families. I can’t wait to try out the Southbank Riverside Walk, with stops that include Tate Britain and Borough Market, and 5 things any urban explorer should do in London. Browse the library of trips here.
Finding a good place to stay
I love that the tool also lists convenient hotels to the itineraries — how many times have you booked a hotel and discovered it’s a been further away and less convenient to everything you want to do than you expected. That can be a big deal when you have cranky kids (or adults even!) in need or a snack, a rest or just a break from the Big Smoke.
Where we stayed: Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
I’d never known about The Kingsley on Bloomsbury Way before — what a delightful surprise it was. It’s just off Tottenham Court Road station, beside the gorgeous St George’s parish church – there was a view of it just out our room’s window! – and its 129 suite rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable while still set in a gorgeous historic building.
The breakfast buffet was varied and tasty, from the array of teas and coffee to the eggs and vegetarian sausages to the fruit and cold cereals.
We stayed in an Executive King Room, which had a king bed, desk, foldout soft bed and light-filled bathroom. I loved that in our corner room, the sofa was set within an alcove – this gave the arrangement a roomier feel and also provided a place to comfortably sit during the day. We had fab views onto as well as up and down the street from the curved bay windows. The highly effective double-glazing and blackout curtains meant it was so dark and quiet at night, we forgot we were smack in the middle of town.
Find your next trip now
Visit GLH’s London Covered map to explore this and other great trips around London!
BritMums’ hotel stay and activities were covered by GLH Hotels, as part of a paid project.