London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
The Historic Royal Palaces enchant us regularly with festivities and kids dedicated events. Part of Xmas celebrations, we spent few hours at Kensington Palace with kids – an old time favourite spot of ours: parents usually for glamorous social events and children for running around the gorgeous gardens. The nearest tube to Kensington Palace is High Street Kensington. There’s also the Orangery Kensington Palace for teas and sweet treats plus a cute coffee shop and outside terrace.
December 2016 was the first time we took the monkeys inside for visiting – the eldest has been insisting many times and adamant he’ll put up with me contemplating beautiful dresses and reading about Victorian habits Christmas time.
The baby has been the most curious and patient, the royal surroundings, the lights, golden chandeliers and rich textures kept him amused for over an hour. The 3 years old loved the Christmas decorations: the little houses, cool illuminated posters, the smells of oranges, cinnamon and Xmas trees, the royal pillows. I loved Diana’s dress collection though as I anticipated, I had to drag my 3 years old around with bribery and threats.
We all also loved listening to Victorian carols sitting in the Queens State glamorous ballroom by the fireplace. The Prince Regent’s Band brings the Palace a different dimension and facilitates our imagination travelling back in time – it’s all very festive and authentic.
We all also loved the Family room and spent over 30 minutes in here: the boys playing with lovely restored Victorian toys: trains, cars, dolls, bunnies and little horses to be pulled. Me, delighting myself with staring at little outfits from 200 years ago and smiling at the good old habits.
Few paintings of gorgeous Royal children, mostly boys dressed in exquisite little dresses. So if you ever catch me dressing my boys up in anything like that, blame it on royal vicinity and time travelling !
We returned since few times including friends as Kensington Palace with kids is always a delight. For Easter 2019 we met and shared Queen Mary’s love of gardens, created your own palace garden, adventuredf on a time explorer station, egg hunts and so on. For a central and royal dayout, hesitate no further, logistics are simple with the nearest tube to Kensington Palace is High Street Kensington (Circle & District lines, 6-7 minutes walk) or Notting Hill Gate (Central line, 10-12 minutes very pleasant walk through embassies on the Broad Walk).
Kensington Palace tea options are plentiful: Orangery Kensington Palace, the coffee shop or Kensington High street diverse options including the Ivy, Royal Garden hotel, Dishoom or Zuaya.
For a dedicated article on Chelsea and Kensingon with kids, head here, no less than 15 Must Dos and Sees in our Royal Hood – we are so spoilt and lucky!
PS: Admission tickets courtesy of Cass Alumni Office.