Reception at the Royal Garden Hotel

Luxury and family can mix folks. Take it from me, I’m just back from a dreamboat of a holiday in the South of France where the little ones had the BEST time and so did we!

You don’t need to compromise on quality just because you’ve procreated, people. And yes whilst quality can often mean a bigger expense, booking in advance and planning can mean seeing the world- and staying at world-class hotels in exquisite areas a possibility with kids in tow.

The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is a testament to that.

The Royal Garden Hotel

Welcoming to all and geared to kids in every way (huge rooms, breakfasts fit for little princes and princesses, super rucksacks filled with activities for kids, free scooters for all the family and a ‘Food and Flicks’ night rolling out soon that we sampled) meant our stay at this 5-star hotel in London was fun but importantly stress-free too.

scooter fun in Kensington Gardens

What a cutie!

kid playing on a scooter given to him to use by the Royal Garden Hotel

Our second stay as a family, my fourth, personally, The Royal Garden Hotel holds a special place in our hearts as we brought along my parents with us last year for a long weekend there and I was recently a guest with my friend Maria when we attended the premiere of ITV’s ‘Victoria’ at Kensington Palace too.

The Royal Garden is a place we’ve made many wonderful memories- and experienced quality time with family and friends too.

child on a scooter with his helmet on

The Royal Garden Hotel Rucksacks playing on scooters in Kensington Gardens
Little child wearing a helmet and smilingchild on a scooter

little boy wearing me&i clothes, runningbrotherly love in London as two boys play togethertwo kids running in Kensington Gardens

Stunning clothes c/o Me& I

An ideal location in Kensington overlooking a view I’ll never tire of (Kensington Gardens) and a stone’s throw away from all our favourite shops: Harrods, Zara, Urban Outfitters, H&M and more, along with our beloved Whole Foods across the road (with sushi on the top floor to die for)- and not forgetting a suite we never wanted to leave- RGH is everything you could wish for and more.

Kensington Gardens view from the Royal Garden Hotel

Mama in her new dress from Zara!

Honest Mum blogger posing in front of a red door with her son

Our dreamy suite-

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Suite at the Royal Garden Hotel

a place to relax in the suite at the royal garden hotel in London Dining area in a suite at the Royal Garden Hotel
5 star hotel bathroom at the Royal Garden Hotel

Bathroom Facilities at the Royal Garden Hotel

relaxing on a trip to London at the Royal Garden Hotel kid friendly break at the Royal Garden Hotel watching an iPad on holiday at the Royal Garden Hotel

This time, we had a connecting room in the suite along with a dining area, two lounges and 3 bathrooms, the former in particular proved ideal for the boys and gave the husband and I some space (mostly for all my clothes-I really need to learn to pack light).

Whilst the kids did find their way into our bed in the night, it was thankfully HUGE, they did love using their room to watch films in and play computer games together- and it would be perfect for those with tweens and teens.

Double beds for kids in the suite at the Royal Garden Hotel

…A real foodie I must now direct my attention to the food at the Royal Garden which is utterly exquisite.

With delicious and reasonably priced room service we plumped for twice (hello tuna sandwiches, cheese platters, tabbouleh salad and oven roasted salmon)-and the most all-encompassing and delightful of breakfasts I’ve ever seen (waffles, omelettes, cakes, croissants and more), the hotel is open to non-residents as well as guests and is a must-visit when you’re in the city.

roasted salmon and new potatoes-room service at the Royal Garden Hotel

cheese platter room service at the Royal Garden Hotel

Pancakes and berry coulis served at the Royal Garden Hotel in London

Coffee art latte at The Royal Garden Hotel

Breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at the Royal Garden Hotelwaffles at The Royal Garden Hotel plain waffle for breakfast

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Little boy wears Ralph Lauren Kids polo eating breakfast at the Royal Garden Hotel

What I love about RGH is nothing is too much trouble, you fancy avo on sourdough toast and lashings of butter or eggs cooked exactly to your taste, not a problem- and reassuringly that meant the boys could enjoy their whacky egg white only fried eggs without a tantrum. Got a fussy eater, RGH will be there for you folks!

brothers eating breakfast at The Royal Garden Hotel

flowers on the breakfast table at the Royal Garden Hotel

The Food and Flicks night was super too making for the most magical of movie nights with fun party food for all the family and films on demand we watched on the big screen in our room and the boys even hooked up the iPad and played there fave games after too!

Playing at the computer in the suite at the Royal Garden Hotel

Food and Flicks at The Royal Garden Hotel entertainment for kids in the Royal Garden Hotel

Platters of sharing food for Food and Flicks at the Royal Garden Hotel in West London

Food and Flicks platter at The Royal Garden Hotel in London Kids platters at the Royal Garden Hotel Bread served at the Royal Garden Hotel in London

Food and Flicks will be rolling out in the October half term and promises to offer your little ones a cosy night in meaning you can all just sit back and relax with your most favourite films whilst spending quality time together. Yay…playing the computer at the royal garden hotel

family playing in Kensington Gardens

We loved hanging out in the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, one of our fave spots and my most favourite picture ever I think was taken by Peter unbeknown to us in Kensington Gardens, just two amazing sons playing with their mama!
Princess Diana Memorial Playground

playing in the park in West London

I really believe the hotel ‘makes’ the holiday, it’s your base, your home from home and having this luxurious but welcoming hotel to hang out, eat delicious food in and wind down for the best night’s sleep ever, made our time in London truly special.

child putting his thumbs up

Thank you to the Royal Garden Hotel and see you again soon!

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39 Responses

  1. Lizzie

    This is perfect Vicki, me and Jon are looking for somewhere to stay when we’re up in the big smoke in November. Thanks for the review we will add this hotel to our list xo

  2. Cherry at The Newby Tribe

    This sounds incredible! We are always struggling to find places to go and stay that would suit both us and the kidlets – and we love London so this looks like a perfect place to stay! The food looks so good as well, and I love the fact they have backpacks for the kids and scooters for everyone! What a lovely break it sounds! #brillblogposts

  3. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, they do say that pictures speak louder than words and in this case the certainly do! The photos are stunning and the hotel sounds the business. I particularly love that first photo. Very striking and as for the food? I wouldn’t know what to choose.


  4. Rebecca

    Im not going to lie I was never aware of this hotel but it definitely looks like a great place to stay! That dress… and those waffle pancakes though. Love it <3 #brilliantblogposts

  5. Eb Gargano

    Wow sounds like an amazing hotel!! I LOVE that suite – especially like the idea of the kids having their own separate room but in a safe way. And what fab food – so hungry right now!! 🙂 Eb x

    P.S. Loving the new look and feel of your site – it feels like every time I pop over here you’ve upgraded something!! Xx

  6. teacuptoria

    Eeek this place looks amazing. It’s such a beautiful suite and with 3 bathrooms?! I love the modern interior and decor. The food looks beautiful, I would have thoroughly enjoyed myself with that lot 😉 And the back packs for the kids is such a nice touch. Glad you guys had a fab time. Tor xx #brillblogposts

  7. Ursula (Mumbelievable)

    “You don’t need to compromise on quality just because you’ve procreated, people.” YES, YES, YES!!!!! Love this. Amazing photography too – the food looks incredible and as always, your beautiful boys are so photogenic!!! Thx for hosting #brilliantblogposts lovely Xxx


    I’m sold on the food alone! Looks great. I havent been to London in ages, have to admit I would hesitate with the kids but it really looks tempting. Love the action shot of you all too. #brillblogposts

  9. Lucy At Home

    This looks fab! What a lovely idea to have free scooters and backpacks for the kids. The food looked amazing too. It looks like you’ve all had a great time! #BrillBlogPosts

  10. Mel

    I’ve just spent a couple of days at the Royal Garden Hotel and I have to say breakfast was to die for! The hotel’s location is also ideal, isn’t it? I had a great view over the park and whenever I looked at the window, I could see greenery and a few people walking in the park. Perfect place to relax!

  11. My Petit Canard

    What a lovely hotel! I dont think I’ve actually come across it before so as a fan of luxury hotels this is a great discovery. I completely agree, your hotel does to some extent make or break your holiday, especially when you have little ones. I love how geared up they are for children, so many thoughtful touches and experiences. If we ever need to stay somewhere in central London we’ll definitely look at the Royal Garden Hotel 🙂 Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts

  12. Kate Orson

    this looks gorgeous! My husband is such a fan of hotels, but I imagine this one must be pricey. Since living abroad I really love returning to London, it’s become such a novelty now. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Honest Mum

      An absolutely wonderful hotel, we love returning to London after living here for so long. I’m back weekly for work but feel like a tourist when I bring the family for breaks x

  13. Lizzy

    This looks absolutely heavenly. It’d be perfect for me a d my two teens with the room being so spacious. Gorgeous photos as always Vicki xxxx


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