Set within a majestic mansion block in the upmarket central London suburb of Little Venice, Europa House offers a selection of spacious apartments with all the services you’d expect of a luxury hotel.
The best bit about Europa House is its access to one of those truly secret parts of the Capital, a private communal garden. I say garden, but it’s more of a park, which you would never know was there from the road. It even has a very well-equipped children’s playground. And, as most of the other residents with access work full time, you will often have the whole place to yourselves. I could only dream of owning a home on this block, but even to stay temporarily is a real clap-your-hands-with-joy treat!
There is a carpark too, which sounds dreadfully boring in comparison, but anyone who has spent hours crawling around the London streets looking for a parking space will realise how welcome this is. There is a tube station just up the road, which is handy for most of the sites of central London. Little Venice is also close enough to the edge of the city that you should get good use from a rental car, which can take you to the Cotswolds, the South Coast and the New Forest in less than two hours.
Guests can choose from one- and two-bedroom apartments and a wonderful three-bedroom penthouse with direct elevator access to a private roof terrace. All have hotel-style maid service. ‘You couldn’t swing a cat in there’ is a popular expression in Britain used to describe small rooms. Not that I wanted to, but I reckon you could swing a giraffe in the main rooms of these properties without touching a wall — they’re big.
They are also beautifully appointed. You will find yourself wanting to replicate the stylish but welcoming interior in your own home, and the apartments are very well equipped. There are washer/dryers and dishwashers, yoga mats, a DVD and CD library, cots and high chairs, and various other baby equipment available on request. There’s even a children’s book and toy library by reception and a children’s concierge with tips about family events going on in London.
There is no onsite restaurant, but with some of London’s best local restaurants on your doorstep, you don’t need one. The hotel will also stock the fridge, freezer and larder for you on arrival with produce from high-end supermarket Ocado. Plus, they offer a restaurant delivery service.
If you’ve a large family and are looking for a spacious London holiday residence with a live-like-a-local feel, a little away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s core, then this is the place for you.
We can help! Our full review of Europa House has more information about why this property works so well for families. If you need further guidance, our Family Vacation Consultants can reach out directly to the hotel for availability and pricing, or work with you to plan a family trip to London from start to finish. Request assistance on our Connect with a Travel Advisor page.
Editor’s Note: Anna received a media package to review the hotel. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Anna Tobin.
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