The best themed nursery in a luxury London hotel I have ever found

I always have my doubts about taking children to hotels in London, especially very luxurious ones. A hotel stay is such a decadent treat, why would anyone want to have young children there anyway? After all, they make noise, mess and don’t appreciate the special treat of staying in a nice place for one night. And that’s okay! They are children and the beauty of childhood is that luxury doesn’t matter, nor should it.

But sometimes you might discover that a chic hotel is actually suitable for children, and even the youngest ones. Conrad London St. James is a beautiful hotel in Westminster, and I was so surprised and impressed by how child-friendly it was.

Arrive in style

The beautiful hotel is located virtually next to St James Park tube station, so it’s super easy to get to and so accessible. Being in central London is great if you want to be able to reach all the sights easily, especially with children.

Stuffed dogs make the cutest arrival gift

When my husband and I arrived at the hotel, we had our two children in tow: my four-year-old son and my one-year-old daughter. We had a lot of luggage, which was taken away quickly and helpfully by the concierge, and the lovely receptionist gave my children each a stuffed dog on arrival, which, as you can imagine, delighted them to no end.

We went to our family room, which was large, spacious and interconnecting. I was a little worried about this; What if my son became afraid of being separated from us? I didn’t have to worry. The door to his room could easily be left open and it was so close to our room.

The nursery of dreams

In fact, when we went to the nursery, my son gasped (and so did we.) The decor was nothing short of exquisite – decked out in a fairytale forest theme, there were fairy lights, enchanted trees and a tent that even included a little paper fireplace. There were moon and star shaped cushions and some beautiful pictures adorning the walls. I wanted to trade!

The tent was a huge clue – check out the so-called fire!

Prior to our stay, the hotel asked us which books my son and daughter were interested in, which I thought was a nice gesture. And sure enough, under the window was a treasure trove of classic children’s storybooks that my kids love – including The Tiger That Came To Tea and Paddington Bear. Curated by Waterstones, you can even buy the books afterwards.

The arrangement of the room made the entire family gasp in delight

What impressed me most, however, was the attention to detail. On the bed was a personalized book with their names on it. It was so special to receive a souvenir booklet and my son in particular was very happy with it.

No detail was left unattended

Bernadette Gilligan, General Manager of Conrad London St. James, says this new immersive family experience highlights the importance of celebrating the joy of reading and storytelling: “While families can choose our hotel for its prime location near iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Westminster, the addition of the dedicated family room and children’s library offers families a unique opportunity to relax and connect during their visit to London.”


It took a while for the kids to want to leave the room because it was so good, but when we finally did and returned later that evening, there had been a special turndown service.

A selection of beautiful books were waiting to be read in our room

Even though we arrived in time for bedtime (7pm of course) and it was bright sunshine outside, you couldn’t tell as the room was completely dark, meaning they went to bed without an argument.

The personalized books were a really nice touch

There were chocolates on the pillow, a plush toy each and even a hot chocolate station set up. My husband and I slept very well on the 600 count sheets. Everyone was happy.

Family dining

We had dinner at the Blue Boar Pub, which is part of the hotel’s trio of restaurants. It had such a relaxed atmosphere with a great menu for myself and my husband, and decent meal choices for kids – not just the standard chicken nuggets and chips. My daughter devoured a delicious Cottage Pie that I was actually very jealous of.

We dined at the Blue Boar Pub

The next day we had breakfast and the staff was so friendly. My son can be very fussy about his food, but they encouraged him to eat and were so chatty and warm-hearted that he pretty much chewed up everything we gave him (parents under the age of five will know how difficult this can be).

Checkout was at noon, which meant we had plenty of time to pack and didn’t have to rush. My son announced, “Can we please live here?”, which I think says it all.

Narrative adventure Includes a family room with bed and breakfast, a personalized storybook, a themed turndown treat and unlimited access to the children’s library from £450 per night for two adults and two children.

Once upon a time there was a stay gives you access to the fairytale-themed bedroom, plus bed and breakfast, a personalized storybook; a minibar with themed treats and snacks; a thematic surprise at turndown and a carefully curated personal in-room mini-library, from £625 per night for two adults and two children.

Please contact the hotel team directly to arrange your stay by email: [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)20 3301 8080