If you’re looking for a family break, Mayfair may not be the first destination that springs to mind.
The exclusive area of central London is not the most lucrative stop on the Monopoly board for nothing – luxury hotels, the finest restaurants and property in a price bracket for only the very rich or famous.
But you don’t have to look too far to mix it with the high society of the Big Smoke – for a few days, at least.
Flemings Mayfair isn’t quite a hidden gem. After all, it’s a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace and was first built in 1851.
But billed as ‘one of London’s best-kept secrets’ this boutique hotel offers something very few rivals can boast – luxurious stay in a quiet location and, most importantly for me, a family-friendly atmosphere.
With 129 individually-designed rooms and apartments, as well as a unique seven-bedroom private residence in the heart of Mayfair, this hotel may not be cheap.
But if you’re looking to treat yourself for a welcome break in the capital, you’ll do well to beat the services on offer.
I was fortunate enough to stay in one of the hotel’s two-bedroom apartments, which oozed class and sophistication throughout, from the grand decor in the sitting room, to the more modern design in the kitchen.
There’s no need to feel out of place with children, either. The hotel places importance on keeping the kids happy, from providing robes and slippers to offering a specially-tailored menu for youngsters in its restaurant, The Grill.
Like the accommodation, the service is first class and the hotel’s location could not be better placed for those wanting to explore London, either.
A short walk to Green Park tube station, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Trafalgar Square are within walking distance. And you can actually see part of Buckingham Palace once you walk out of the hotel’s front lobby.
Then there’s the seemingly never-ending choice of museums on offer with a short ride on the Tube – all free, as is the transport for youngsters.
With trips to London being commonplace for some, you can be forgiven for getting a bit blasé about what’s on offer. But a memorable journey to the capital is an hour away – and for those willing to pay extra to enjoy grand – yet relaxing – surroundings, Flemings Mayfair is the perfect base.
Rooms at Flemings Mayfair start from £215 per night.
The hotel’s family rooms are suitable for families of up to three and its one, two and three- bedroom apartments are great for families looking for extra space and privacy in central London. Cots and babysitting services are available on request.
For more information, call the hotel on (020) 7499 0000 or log on to flemings-mayfair.co.uk