London has endless kids and family activities with museums, parks, street performers and tours designed to keep the little ones entertained.
The Hilton Paddington offers excellent sized rooms, and the staff are trained to provide help with those unescapable awkward needs. On top of Paddington Station, the Heathrow Express connects to the airport in just 15 minutes.
Start off at Hamley's on Regent Street, the iconic toy store. Life sized giraffes and elephants might prove slightly difficult to carry around, but the ground floor is also filled with thousands of more manageable stuffed animals, from teddy bears to turtles to dolphins. With seven floors in total, make sure you set aside enough time to explore this toy heaven.
Stroll down Regent Street towards Piccadilly. At M&M's World on Leicester Square, the largest candy store in the world, you'll find shop assistants dancing away and huge glass cylinders filled with millions of M&M's.
Covent Garden is just a few blocks down, and street artists around the piazza will present unmissable photo opportunities as well as hours of laughter. There is no fixed price for the performances but tipping is expected. Clowns, comedians and live statues are just a few or the actors in this open air circus.
Rumbling tummies? Nando's, the chicken-only restaurant chain, has a conveniently located branch in Chandos Place. The Nandinos kid's menu and American-style soft drink fountain is a winner with families. Organic Milk is also available for one pound. If chicken is not really up your alley, Prezzo's on St Martin's lane has freshly baked pizzas, burgers and a wide pasta selection. It offers a children's menu full of salads and fresh fruit as well as nappy changing facilities. Reasonably priced, stylish and very child friendly.
The commemorative Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, was designed for kids up to 12 and includes giant swings, a sea monster sculpture and a turtle drum. The wooden pirate ship is another popular attraction. Tree houses, walkways, ladders, slides, sculptures and sand banks will keep children busy for hours. It was inspired by Peter Pan and is in sight of Kensington Palace, the royal residence where the late princess lived, now home to William Kate, George and Charlotte. With loads of seating areas for the adults, there is also café and toilets with baby changing facilities. During busy, warm days, there is a queue management but no charge to access the playground.
We all know Harry Potter is English, right? Families can visit the Warner Bros. studios just outside London and see The Great Hall, The Wand Room, Hogwarts Express, Dumbledore's office, The Chamber of Secrets for themselves. Even if you are not a fan, the authenticity of the sets and props is bound to impress.
A direct, 20-minute journey from Euston station will drop you at Watford Junction, where you can take the shuttle bus for another 15 minutes. Allow extra time for train delays and changes, traffic and queues.