With the rare ability to make all ages feel welcome, Park Plaza County Hall is a special find.
A sophisticated, modern take on child-friendly, this is the quintessential London city pad. You'll love the warm family atmosphere and have hours of fun playing I-spy with the panoramic view of the Thames; remember to look out for Big Ben and the London Eye.
Enchanted by the glittering water-side view of London, and in the mood for a treat, we booked into one of Park Plaza County Hall's seven individually-styled penthouses.
Life is rather beautiful from this fourteenth floor suite: the fully-equipped kitchen area has a dining table that's handy for eating a quick snack together, the TV comes with hours of children's entertainment (Wreck it Ralph being a particular favourite), and the magificent Thames-facing balcony is entirely child-safe with a sturdy barrier that even the most nimble little one couldn't ascend.
If, however, you don't feel like splurging on a penthouse, Park Plaza County Hall has a selection of spacious, reasonably priced rooms that will provide a stylish base for families on a city break.
Food: Meal times are a family affair, with all ages encouraged to partake in a little colouring-in.
A morning feast is essential for a successful day in the city and, at Park Plaza County Hall, breakfast is a joy. Families are treated to a continental spread in a designated space, complete with film projector and soft-play area, and there's no pressure for kids to be quiet.
Keeping with the family vibe, the hotel's Italian restaurant, L'Italiano, encourages you to eat the Mediterranean way, around the table together.
This eatery is extremely spacious, with glassy walls and an amazing ceiling that stretches up fourteen floors high.
Child-friendly sophistication is personified in the hotel menu, which offers everything from scallops and quails eggs, to seasoned favourites like pizza and pasta.
Throw some dough at the Park Plaza County Hall pizza-making class. A lovely alternative to London's weekend crowds, the class is held on Saturday afternoons and is free for guests. And, when the stone-baking's done, you're encouraged to try your tasty creations.
Family movie nights with popcorn and fizzy pop also offer hours fun, while you indulge at the spa.
In addition to the hotels' entertainment, there's the city of London where children will delight in historic sites and fun entertaihment including the theatre, shopping disctrict and boat and bus tours around the city.
Price: From £159 per night and there are lots of room combination options. Also, check out the year-round Family Fun in the City package.
How to get there: Adjacent to Waterloo station, Park Plaza County Hall is easy to get to by train from all major cities in the UK. If you want to drive, it's advisable to book a car park in advance as the hotel does not it's own. We suggest Upark as it's next door.