Visiting London with a toddler? Editor Rebecca Moore finds the winning combination with the Cheval Collection
Is the thought of visiting London with a toddler filling you with dread? This is the question I asked my sister before she came to visit with my niece, Ruby.
Having lived in London for half a decade, I’ve learned – sometimes the hard way – that the trick to visiting any bustling city with kids in tow is getting the accommodation and location right. And boy did we do that.
Coined as ‘the smart way to stay in the city’, the award-winning Cheval Collection has eight luxury residences in the finest pockets of the capital which – I can say with confidence – make the perfect homes away from home.
I thought I’d seen all of London’s impressive views until I stepped into our three-bedroom apartment at Cheval Three Quays. To my left, an uplit Tower Bridge; to my right, the iconic Shard rose from the lineup of skyscrapers. Ruby stared out at all of the lights in wonder. That is, until she spotted our complimentary hamper, filled with delectables and breakfast treats.
Can a self-catering apartment match hotel luxury? The answer is, quite simply, yes. While you have to pour your own drinks and put your plates in the dishwasher, you’ll also have space aplenty, plush homely furnishings, and high-spec tech at every turn.
You also won’t be required to make your own bed, or anyone else’s – there’s a daily maid service for that. Little ones need space to roam, and our airy apartment had that in abundance (be warned, this may inspire a lengthy game of hide and seek). Cots with bedding and high chairs are provided on request, plus mini robes, a toy and colouring book await small visitors, much to Ruby’s delight.
And the location is second to none: a mere five-minute walk from Tower Hill station, and surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic sights. Moreover, whether it’s an unscheduled nap or washing a chocolate-smeared dress, parents of unpredictable tots will appreciate the flexibility of this London home.
Cheval Three Quays was the finest way for us to see the city, and with the Gloucester Park flagship residence opening soon next month, our next getaway’s sorted.
Apartments from £307 per night. Book your stay at Cheval Three Quays at chevalcollection.com
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