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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Michelin-starred dining

    West End location

    Aman Spa

  • Kids will love

    Swimming pool

    Their arrival gift

    DVDs and games

  • Don’t expect

    Kids’ clubs

    24/7 family spa time

    Family-centric set-up


The Connaught hotel, set in London’s Mayfair, is more than 100 years old and has the royal stamp of approval. Despite its English grandeur, it’s surprisingly family-friendly, with touches such as kids’ bathrobes, a children’s menu and junior check-in. Modern frills include the UK’s only Aman Spa.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Connaught with us:

A bottle of champagne in your room on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Connaught

'Timeless weekend' offer


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


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Need To Know


121, including 34 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. There is a dedicated children’s check-in: little Smiths are greeted by name as they arrive, and given a personalised gift.


Double rooms from £570.00, 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

Breakfast, from £28 a person (organic, vegetarian and Japanese options). Children can be accommodated in cots (free) or extra beds (£75) in parents' rooms.


In addition to sessions at the Aman Spa, in-room beauty treatments can be arranged.

At the hotel

Spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bars, gym, DVD/CD library, ballroom, concierge and free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, CD player, minibar and free bottled water. Bathrooms are stocked with Bamford bath products, including their baby range. A children’s welcome pack of colouring pencils and book and a pint-sized umbrella, as well as child-sized slippers and robes supplied with each child’s name embroidered will help little ones feel at home. Wii, Xbox or PlayStation consoles are all available by request.

Our favourite rooms

Suites are the best option if you’re adding cots or beds. For interconnecting rooms, there’s a broad spectrum of adjoining room categories. Avoid the split-level Library Suite and two of the Grosvenor Suites (out of 10) if you have step-challenged toddlers. Guy Oliver’s revamp retains the best of this historic hotel’s period features, with gilt detailing on the ceilings, grand bay windows and plush, polished furniture. In the contemporary wing, furnishings are a touch sleeker; in traditional rooms, expect more taupe and bronze touches, and furniture with carved flourishes. 


The elegant indoor pool is adorned with an impressive water feature and there’s a steam room close by. Accompanied children are welcome in the pool, 9–11am and 3–5pm daily.


The Connaught boasts Europe’s first Aman Spa, in collaboration with Aman Resorts. Treatments are inspired by China, Thailand, India and the Americas: try a green-tea foot bath, Oriental oil massage or red clay body wrap with Navajo herbs.


Cut back on the to-do list that travelling with children entails and secure the services of a Connaught Butler. They can help you get organised, should you wish to use the unpacking service; the Connaught’s concierges are mines of information for family-friendly days out and restaurants.

Book ahead

You'll need to give a week’s notice to book a babysitter and all spa treatments – including beauty and holistic body treatments, plus complementary therapies – are also best arranged pre-arrival.


The hotel’s environmental committee introduces new initiatives each month; staff are encouraged to cycle to work; rooms are lit with low-emission bulbs; anything that can be recycled will be.

Food and drink

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Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at the Connaught serves sophisticated cuisine – expect a menu scattered with expensive-sounding components (duck foie gras and black Perigord truffle or creamy carnalori acquerello rice are typical examples), served in an expensive-looking setting (lashings of mahogany and cream, gold and lilac hues). Darroze’s second restaurant, the family-friendly Espelette, is a more casual affair, offering brasserie-style meals and an offbeat afternoon tea.

Family fare

Espelette offers a sophisticated children’s menu with dishes such as clear chicken soup with vegetables and macaroni, and sole goujons and French fries; at the more grown-up Hélène Darroze, staff prefer to cater to children’s individual wishes rather than force a menu upon them. In the evening, families are encouraged to dine at Espelette. Saturday Brunch at Hélène Darroze (11am–2.30pm) is justly popular with families.

Hotel Bar

The glitzy Connaught Bar, designed by David Collins, has smoky mirrors, Cubist-patterned walls, intimate tables and a secret passageway entrance from Mount Street. Alternatively, sip at the Coburg Bar, styled by Parisian architect and designer India Mahdavi. This modern drinking den has art deco chandeliers, black- and purple-velvet wrapped armchairs, panelled walls and bold black and white cameos. Children are welcome at the Coburg until 5pm; you’ll need to be 21 or over to drink at the Connaught Bar.

Last orders

The Connaught Bar shuts up shop at 1am (closed Sundays); last orders at the Coburg are 11pm on Sundays and Mondays, otherwise 1am. Hélène Darroze at the Connaught is closed Sundays and Mondays. Breakfast is served in Espelette from 7am–10.45am. Lunch runs from 12pm–2.30pm; take afternoon tea from 3pm–5.30pm (there are scheduled seatings on Saturdays); dine between 6.30pm–10.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Hélène Darroze for a lazy Saturday family brunch; stake out a window seat for magnificent Mayfair views. Espelette for easy-going lunch and child-friendly suppers.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour room service menu includes snacks, salads, soups, pasta and sandwiches, and tasty child-friendly dishes from Espelette’s menu, such as pork sausage with mash and gravy, and tomato soup with grissini. Warm milk and special requests always possible. 


    On arrival, fruit skewers, smoothies, marshmallows and dipping chocolate, are provided for mini Smiths.


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Parent approved

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


Babysitters are available for £8 an hour (minimum four hours, plus agency fee of £14 and taxi fare home); book one week in advance.


There are no permanent intercoms, but you can borrow Avent audio monitors – perfect for interconnecting rooms, plus, depending on your room, their range usually extends to the Coburg Bar.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bibs • Cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Baby Bamford toiletries • Baby towel • Soft toys

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Bibs • Cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Baby Bamford toiletries • Stair gates • Socket covers • Crayons/pens • Puzzles • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Personalised bathrobes • Slippers • DVD library • Puzzles • Board games • Wii consoles


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Things to do

In a central spot for many of the capital’s museums and family attractions, the Connaught brings family entertainment on tap by virtue of its Mayfair location rather than endless facilities at the hotel itself. That’s not to detract from the Aman Spa and swimming pool, nor the choice of games consoles, puzzles and DVDs on hand for your little ones to borrow.

Hotel activities

With so much to see on the Connaught’s doorstep, London’s attractions can be as exhausting as they are exciting. When some downtime in your room is called for, borrow puzzles, pens and paper, U-rated and PG-rated DVDs. Parents can book a facial, massage or manicure at the spa, expend some calories in the hotel’s fitness suite, or unwind with a few laps of the 60 metre-square pool.

Local Guide

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Michelin-starred restaurants, top-carat jewellers and designer stores are well represented in gentrified Mayfair, tucked between Oxford Street and Piccadilly in central London. There is, however, a surprising number of child-friendly attractions within toddling distance of the Connaught, including the Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace and Kensington’s museums.

More grown up hotspots include Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs, the hotel’s Mount Street neighbours. Bond Street is a 10-minute walk away and Saville Row is just around the corner. Hyde Park is also close by – go horse-riding on Rotton Row (+44 (0)20 7723 2813; The Royal Academy of Art at Burlington Place (+44 (0)20 7300 8000; holds temporary shows throughout the year. Its famous Summer Exhibition showcases around 1,200 works by established and unknown artists, sculptors and architects. There are free lunchtime tours of the Fine Rooms. Sample some of the city’s most seductive seafood at Scott’s on Mount Street (+44 (0)207 495 7309; The Square, at 6–10 Bruton Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7100; is Philip Howard’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect modern French cuisine, a sleek contemporary setting and sophisticated service. Nearby Umu, at 14–16 Bruton Place (+44 (0)20 7499 8881; sources the ingredients for its Kyoto cuisine from Japan, and has a tasting menu and a selection of sushi and sashimi. Equally accomplished food is served at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, at Wilton Place, Knightsbridge (+44 (0)20 7235 6000; Stake out one of the lipstick-red seats at Claridge’s Bar on Brook Street (+44 (0)20 7629 8860; This glamorous spot is pure luxury from top-to-toe, with cocktails served in crystal glasses and a dinner-defying array of late-night nibbles, including sushi, sashimi, truffle risotto and even fish and chips.

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The Connaught
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Mayfair’s Mount Street


London City and London Heathrow are the nearest airports – respectively 40 minutes and an hour away from the Connaught.


On the Underground, Green Park (on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines) is roughly a five-minute walk from the hotel. Bond Street (on the Jubilee and Central) and Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo) are also fairly close. National rail hubs such as King’s Cross, Victoria and Paddington are a short cab ride away; for continental arrivals, it’s 20 minutes by car to St Pancras International.


A car might prove to be more of a bother than a benefit, but if your wheels are your pride and joy, the hotel will take good care of them. Valet parking can be arranged at a nearby car park from £50 for 24 hours.

Parent travel tip

Green Park tube station has step-free access, ideal for getting prams or buggies from platform to pavement.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

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

There are plenty of parent-pleasing touches at the Connaught: staff greet your kids by name, and that there’s a dedicated children’s check-in. In your room, you’ll find personalized, child-sized bathrobes and slippers, a child-sized umbrella, fruit smoothies and kid-friendly fare, plus a tailored children’s pack of age-relevant toys, games and art materials.

Little Smiths are made to feel like pampered grown-ups, so it’s a good thing there’s plenty of indulgence on offer for parents, too. This elegant, history-steeped hotel in gentrified Mayfair oozes English grandeur from its chandeliers, gilt ceilings and polished wood furnishings. Thankfully, a major overhaul of the interiors by designer Guy Oliver means your boudoir is more likely to be a haven of high-tech gadgetry and muted modern shades than a museum piece – as are the facilities downstairs.

The Connaught boasts not one but two sophisticated crowd-drawing drinking dens, a superb Aman spa, and Michelin-starred French fare at Hélène Darroze – ensuring the whole family’s wishes are well and truly met.

Smith & Family

‘I want to live at the Connaught Hotel’ our four-year-old announced within an hour of us arriving. It could have been the revolving entrance doors (round and round and round…), the mini hot chocolate at check-in, the cone on his bed of surprises tied with a white ribbon, or the charming immaculate housekeeping lady that helped him unpack his favourite alien suitcase. Little Lord Fauntleroy! On being upgraded to a Grosvenor Suite, Mummy didn’t want to leave either. Perfect for a family, there was a spacious bedroom, large separate sitting room and big bay windows looking onto Mount Street.

Mini slippers at the side of the bed, mini robe, a bath with a TV to watch, ‘How to Train a Dragon’ movie and popcorn within reach… How will we ever keep standards up in the future? Add to this a kids’ menu created by Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze – as Nate sat at his perfectly set table, wheeled in by our butler it was hard not to steal another home-made fish goujon.

The Connaught is the quintessential grown-up destination for a romantic weekend away – yet they have treats for kids hidden around every corner. The Aman spa is relaxation to the extreme, and at certain hours children can swim in the pool. Nate (decked in his dressing gown and slippers) was also over the moon to find toys and floats beautifully hidden in a discreet corner. An adult’s silent sanctuary most of the time, it also proved a kid-friendly paradise.

Anonymously reviewed by Katy McCann, hotel consultant

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about The Connaught in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Spa and concierge.

Don’t expect

A quiet bar, as there is always a busy scene.

Rating: 10/10 stars