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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Top-rated restaurants

    Award-winning service

    Laid-back ambience

  • Kids will love

    The rooftop pool

    Their welcome gifts

    Fun Prêt-a-Portea

  • Don’t expect

    Crèche/kids club

    Inexpensive dining

    Bowing and scraping


High-calibre but laid-back, with an A-list guest list to match, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is one of London's most child-friendly luxury hotels. A triumvirate of top chefs, one-of-a-kind rooftop pool and mini-me amenities from bottle-warmers to bathrobes provides parents with the perfect mission base for a relaxing family city break.

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‘The only thing more impressive than the large, warm, light pool were the panoramic views from the windows surrounding it: from the golden dome of Harrods to the expanse of Hyde Park and the London Eye and the Shard.’

Liz Harper


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Need To Know


214, including 61 suites and interconnecting options.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, although rooms are sometimes ready before this (subject to availability).


Double rooms from £540.00, including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates are room only; à la carte breakfast, from £5 for fruit yoghurt to £32 for the full English plus buffet selection. Children Cots for under-3s (free) and extra beds (£75) for children up to age 16 can be added to parents’ rooms; interconnecting rooms can be set up with twin beds on request.


All public areas are on the ground floor or reached via the lift, and easily accessible with a buggy/wheelchair. Some rooms are adapted for less able guests, for example with wider doorframes and grab rails.

At the hotel

Restaurants; cocktail bar; spa with sauna, swimming pool and gym; personal training; in-room beauty treatments; CD/film library; concierge; free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, Bamford Organic toiletries, slippers, bathrobes. Children get their own little robes and slippers, fun soaps and organic baby toiletries, as well as kids’ magazines delivered with your morning papers. The very top suites have iPod docks and iPads on request, plus a host of extras from champagne to fresh flowers.

Our favourite rooms

Every room at the Berkeley is individual; all are stylishly decorated and well-appointed. If you only need one extra bed or cot, we'd plump for a chic Robert Angell-designed Balcony King room; otherwise interconnecting rooms and suites are the best choice for families. Superior or Deluxe King rooms can be interconnected – with the option of twin beds – to most room categories. Deluxe Junior Suites and Superior Junior Suites are open-plan rooms with distinct sitting and sleeping areas, which can easily take an extra bed or cot; Corner Suites and Knightsbridge Suites have separate bedrooms and living rooms and can be linked with other rooms to form two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites. At the top end, the one-bedroom Conservatory Suites have vast city-view terraces, living rooms and acres of space.


Sitting in a colonnaded space with a retractable roof that’s opened up in fair weather, the Berkeley Health Club & Spa’s heated indoor pool may be small, but it’s perfectly formed; there’s not another hotel in London that can boast skyline views like this. With Roman steps, floats to borrow and diminutive proportions, it’s perfect for a family swimming lesson: accompanied children are welcome in the pool 12pm–2pm and 4pm–7pm Monday to Friday; 11am–2pm and 4pm–7pm Saturdays; and Sundays 10am–12pm. The 1.2m-deep pool is alarmed, too. Occasionally there are fun extra activities (last summer's were synchronised swimming lessons).


As well as a fully kitted-out gym with inspiring views of Hyde Park, the Berkeley Health Club & Spa also has five treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, and offers a traditional but luxurious menu of pampering, including Comfort Zone facials, massages and mud wraps, plus beauty and pregnancy treatments. It’s open weekdays 8am–9pm, and weekends 9am–7pm; personal training, yoga sessions, boxing and swimming lessons can be arranged from £80 an hour.


There are children’s films to borrow free, and on-demand TV movies for £12 for 24 hours. Don’t forget your swimming gear for the hotel’s unique-in-London rooftop pool.

Book ahead

Guests need to book at least three weeks ahead for dinner at Marcus Wareing. It's wise also to schedule spa treatments and tables at Koffmann's in advance. Book 48 hours ahead to guarantee a babysitter.


No (although guide dogs can be accommodated on request).

Food and drink

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Newly refurbished Marcus is the Berkeley’s ‘don’t miss’ dining destination, with inspired, ingredients-focused wizardry from the eponymous double Michelin-star chef Marcus Wareing. Two-course dinners starts at £60 a head; tasting plates and lunches are excellent value, from £12 a course. Informal French bistro Koffmann’s turns out impeccable food from its busy display kitchen, with red-apron-clad staff gliding between tables in a soothingly decorated but buzzy room. The Collins Room is the venue for the Berkeley’s famous fashion-themed Prêt-a-Portea, with cute couture-inspired cakes and dainty in-season finger sandwiches; it’s also the breakfast room and casual dining option.

Family fare

The Collins Room is the best choice for children, with its all-day menu of comfort-food classics, salads and mezze – if they’re bored of shepherd’s pie and paninis, tempt your kids with Middle Eastern family favourites such as pitta-wrapped chicken shawarma, grilled haloumi and fatoush salads. Kids’ menus and dining paraphernalia are provided, and there are no overly fancy furnishings to fret about. Koffmann’s is surprisingly family-friendly for such a class act, with highchairs and booster seats available. Super-nice staff are more than happy to tailor challenging dishes, serve smaller portions, and heat milk or baby food for you – book the private dining room for extended family get-togethers. Older children may dine at Marcus Wareing, but its adult ambiance and artful menus (not to mention cost) are best left to grown-up gourmets.

Hotel Bar

David Collins’ iconic Blue Bar is often name-checked as a favourite of Madonna’s. It’s certainly stylish, thanks to its Wedgwood-blue colour scheme and original Lutyens pieces; even one drink from the crazy-good cocktail and whisky menu feels like a treat. There’s also a wonderful list of virgin cocktails and smoothies – children are welcome until 5pm, after which it’s adults-only until closing. A tapas-style bar menu of grazing nibbles is available, too.

Last orders

The Blue Bar dazzles with drinks until 1am (11pm on Sundays). Koffmann’s is open from 12 noon til 3pm and again from 6pm to 10.30pm. Marcus Wareing serves sittings at lunch (12 noon–2.30pm) and dinner (6pm–10pm); it’s closed on Sundays. The Collins Room is open for breakfast (7am–11am), all-day dining (11am–11pm) and afternoon tea (1pm–6pm).

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  • Top table

    The Collins Room for a celebratory tea or relaxed family supper; your room for in-pyjamas breakfasts; a corner table with sofa seats at Koffmann’s for lunch or dinner with the kids. Dress up for for special-occasion romance at Marcus Wareing.

  • Room service

    A selection of all-day dishes (largely from the Collins Room menu) can be brought to your quarters 24 hours a day.


    Your room’s minibar is stocked with kids’ favourites such as KitKats, jelly beans and macadamia nuts, and is a handy place to store milk and small jars of baby food; tea and coffee-making facilities can be provided on request, as well as bottle warmers.


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Parent approved

‘The only thing more impressive than the large, warm, light pool were the panoramic views from the windows surrounding it: from the golden dome of Harrods to the expanse of Hyde Park and the London Eye and the Shard.’

Liz Harper


There’s no crèche or kids’ club here, but you can book a babysitter through reception if you need a childminder during the day (this can sometimes be arranged with as little as two hours’ notice, but 48 hours is ideal).


Fully qualified childminders are available to babysit for £15 an hour, for a minimum of four hours; this can sometimes be arranged with as little as two hours’ notice, but to guarantee yourself a night off, you need to book 48 hours in advance.


Audio monitors are available to borrow for guests’ use, but their range doesn’t extend to the spa or the restaurants downstairs; you’ll need a babysitter if you want to leave the little ones in your room.

Other Services

Just ask – staff are adept at handling requests, from warm milk and cookies to birthday balloons and cakes.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Bottle sterilising facilities • Bottle warmers • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cots • Wooden cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath toiletries • Take-home teddy bear • Family Sky • CBeebies

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seats • Children’s cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Audio monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath toiletries • Socket covers • Age-appropriate welcome pack • Activity book with colouring pencils • Take-home teddy bear • Swimming aids • U-rated DVDs • Family Sky • CBeebies/CBBC

For older children

• Mini robes and slippers • Novelty soap • Age-appropriate welcome pack • Activity book with colouring pencils • Take-home teddy bear • Swimming aids • Board games • Wii consoles to borrow (on request) • Film/music library • Family Sky • CBBC


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Things to do

With a gym and pool overlooking Hyde Park, at the Berkeley you can enjoy the capital’s green spaces whatever the weather. Whether you’ve planned to spa and shop with your tweenage girls, catch up on some culture with baby in tow or climb the pirate ship in Kensington Palace Gardens with your tearaway tykes, this is a great London location. Afterwards, head back to base for afternoon tea or a special night in with a flick from the film library and some of the capital’s best food.

Hotel activities

The Berkeley’s thoughtful welcome pack for children includes a selection of age-appropriate toys and treats, plus a plush Berkeley Bear for the littlest guests; a bespoke activity book features hotel-themed puzzles, word searches and colouring-in pages (pencils are also provided). You might want to ‘hide’ any chocolate you find before handing it over, though. (Suggested hiding place: your tummy.) Wii consoles and board games are available to borrow; suites also come with iPod docks. Choose from a selection of free children’s films and music, or pay a supplement of £12 a day for on-demand movies in your room. Take petrol-head boys big and small to the Berkeley’s Ferrari Atelier – the only standalone custom-Ferrari studio outside Italy; by appointment only – to gawp at the magnificent motoring machines and their infinite variety of interior finishes.

And there's more…

The little al fresco sun terrace next to the pool is source of seasonal surprises; clear Christmas nights sometimes see it transformed into an open-air cinema where you can chill out under blankets with hot cocoa and cookies.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

It's not just for boffins: the Science Museum's imaginative galleries cover a wealth of engaging kid-friendly topics, including space, transport, energy, domestic appliances, medicine and more. Entry is free; there are cafés and baby-changing facilities.

Don't miss…

The Changing the Guard ceremony at nearby Buckingham Palace is always a hit with sightseeing families. This 45-minute spectacle occurs daily at 11.30am May–July, and on alternate days year-round (check before you go). Download the special app for details.

Knightsbridge is a fantastic base for exploring some of London's most family-friendly attractions. Almost right outside the Berkeley, the huge natural play spaces of Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park beckon, with their boating lakes, bridle paths and waterfowl-watching opportunities. If your family’s legs are up to it, you could feasibly walk to some of the capital’s most absorbing museums and galleries from here, including the V&A and the Natural History Museum. And for those in need of some retail therapy, demands are more than met: this is serious shopping territory, with Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, Harrods and Brompton Road on your doorstep. To your east, beyond Soho, there are the street performers, toy shops and child-friendly cafés in Covent Garden and its covered market.

If the weather's nice, the Diana Memorial Playground in the northwest corner of Kensington Gardens is a brilliant, free adventure play area for under-12s with a wooden pirate ship, tepees and more. Young 'uns could easily kill a couple of hours here burning off steam; it's probably best suited to pre-schoolers and young schoolchildren, who'll love the fantasy-feel sandy and splashy play areas. There's also a café at the playground with children's menus and baby-changing facilities (+44 (0)20 7298 2141).

On Lower Regent Street, Inamo St James (+44 (0)20 7484 0500) has an Asian-fusion menu spanning Thai, Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. This onyx and bamboo den is a noon-till-late Oriental dining affair that's perfect for pre- and post-theatre meals, family lunches and romantic nights. The E-Table food-ordering system means plenty of interactive dining fun: images are projected directly onto your table, so you can order everything from food to taxis, select virtual tablecloths or watch the kitchen action via the 'chef cam'.


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The Berkeley
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Knightsbridge thoroughfare

Getting There

Conveniently located near Hyde Park Corner in the heart of London’s shopping and museum district Knightsbridge, the Berkeley hotel makes a stylish base for exploring the capital’s attractions.


Just over 15 miles away – about a 45-minute drive – London Heathrow is the most convenient international airport. A black cab will ferry you to the hotel from about £55 door to door. Alternatively, jump on the Heathrow Express to Paddington station – about 10–15 minutes from the hotel by cab. London Gatwick airport is also a good option if you’re happy to take the train into town.


Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner Tube stations, both on the Piccadilly line, are equally close. Victoria station is 15 minutes’ drive away. From here, the Gatwick Express ( can whisk you to Gatwick Airport in 30 minutes; overground rail networks provide links with the south and south-east (ring 0845 748 4950 for National Rail Enquiries); and there's a Tube station hosting the Victoria (light blue), District (green) and Circle (yellow) lines. The Eurostar International terminal at King's Cross St Pancras is also within easy reach (


There’s no need for a car if you’re staying in central London, but if you've driven to get here, there’s valet parking in an underground NCP car park (additional hourly/daily charges apply) with direct access to the hotel – ideal for undercover A-listers.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including the Berkeley – has been selected and approved by parents.

Jaunty bowler-hatted doormen, plates of cookies and personalised goodie bags: this warm welcome exemplifies what this Knightsbridge hotel does best – putting families at ease in luxurious surroundings. The Berkeley may be renowned by parents for its starry clientele, fashionable tea-takers, Blue Bar cocktail list and triple whammy of top-notch chefs, but it's loved by children for its unusual rooftop pool, take-me-home teddy bears and small-scale attention to detail. Practical interconnecting rooms, children's menus and kid-friendly kit mean you can pack lighter and sleep easier; and if you need time out, babysitters can give you an indulgent hour or two steaming in the spa or sampling what's on offer from kitchen wizards Marcus Wareing and Pierre Koffmann.

From mini robes in bathrooms to KitKats in minibars, young guests are given the same spot-on service and A-list amenities as their grown-up cohorts. Once they've exhausted the contents of their fun-stuffed gift pack, take them swimming with a view of Hyde Park, try couture confectionary courtesy of pastry genius Mourad Khiat, venture out to explore museums or hit the shops in Knightsbridge – London's calling, and it's the perfect family playground.

Smith & Family

We’d planned to start our stay with one of the hotel’s fabulous Prêt-à-Portea afternoon teas (catwalk-inspired cakes and pastries) – but my daughter had other ideas. Having heard rumours of a rooftop swimming pool – open-air in summer, warmed-up and covered in winter – there was only one place we were heading: the seventh floor. Within 10 minutes of arriving, kitted out in mini robe and slippers, she led the way to the health club. The only thing more impressive than the large, warm, light pool were the panoramic views from the windows surrounding it: from the golden dome of Harrods to the expanse of Hyde Park and the London Eye and the Shard. It was pure seven-year-old heaven (and no doubt a delight to 70-year-olds too, should you have a granny in tow) – and so the top floor lured us a lot during our stay, for the designated child-friendly slots. The lift is worthy of mention in its own right: like a railway carriage of yesteryear with old-fashioned lighting either side of a padded bench seat (very low – perfect for junior guests).

Dinner in the Caramel room was another highlight of our Knightsbridge sojourn – friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and superb food – just want you expect from a five-star stay. Miss Molly opted for beef fillet with crushed potatoes and lemon broccoli; she polished off the lot and claimed she’d never eat again. By breakfast the next morning she was ready to polish off some fresh blueberries and raspberries, try out their homemade banana muffins (they’re great) and down a glass of freshly squeezed orange.

As with all city sophisticates, the Berkeley doesn't go overboard with the focus on families, this Knightsbridge hotel just wins their heart thanks to a great city location, interesting guests, award-winning food, beautiful individually decorated bedrooms and – oh – did I mention the rooftop pool?”

Anonymously reviewed by Liz Harper, Footprint Books

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