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London is without question one of the most family-friendly cities in the world, with a dizzying array of free museums and galleries to explore – not to mention the lure of Hamleys toy shop and the new Disney café at Harrods, where they even serve Mickey-shaped toasties.
One of London’s swankiest boutique hotels, Haymarket, part of the illustrious Firmdale group, is a glamorous bolthole in the heart of the West End. You’re incredibly close to theatres, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The staff go out of their way to make sure everyone feels right at home, with amenities including kids’ bathrobes, milk and cookies at bedtime, and a children’s menu that’s definitely a cut above the rest (you may not be able to resist the banana split with chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce). There’s also a rather lovely swimming pool.
The low-down: Return flights on British Airways from Dubai to London Heathrow from about Dh2,700. A stay in the twobedroom Suffolk Suite at the Haymarket is from about Dh13,250, with a separate drawing room, kitchen, two king-sized bedrooms and free internet (firmdalehotels.com).
With a lovely swimming pool, milk and cookies at bedtime and a great kids’ menu, the children will be kept entertained throughout their stay at Haymarket