Arriving at The Rubens with the prospect of residing so close to the Queen sent the kids into an excitable over-drive. With friendly welcomes all round from the dedicated staff we were greeted by the Director of Fun who was at our services to help suggest, plan and book any activity if we were stuck for ideas whilst visiting London with children. The Rubens at the Palace is ideally placed with just a brief five minute stroll will take you to the regal Buckingham Palace and The Mall.
A visit to the Palace around the state rooms was a unique insight and an experience not to be missed (please check on opening times before planning a visit).
For young and old theatre lovers alike, the musical Wicked is performing at The Apollo Victoria Theatre just around the corner for which tickets can be arranged for. One of our favourite trips was hopping on the number 52 bus for 5 minutes and going to Hyde Park after dinner. We went to the Princess Diana Memorial water feature where the kids paddled and splashed to their hearts content until we were thrown out at closing time (8 p.m.). The park took on a magically aura at dusk and we also discovered it has a Lido, boating lake and children's play area.
The Rubens at the Palace is a fantastic child friendly hotel which offers a wonderful experience for kids and parents alike. With an abundance of family friendly places to see in London our next visit cannot come soon enough!