In search of fam­ily-friendly re­sorts? Here are our top 10 places to go.

With the chil­dren back at school, now is the time to start plan­ning your next hol­i­day to­gether. Fam­ily travel ex­pert Liz Jarvis has some ideas to in­spire you

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FOR CUL­TURE-LOVERS

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

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