The Best Places To Go For A Babymoon In London
Babymoons are officially ‘A Thing’ so if you’re looking for some babymoon ideas or destinations, London would be a great place to start.
Like lots of new celebrations (gender reveal party anyone?) the trend started in America.
Babymoons have been given the Royal seal of approval; Prince William took Kate to Balmoral for her babymoon and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went on a relaxing mini break before baby Archie was born.
So what exactly is a babymoon?
Although the name suggests you’re travelling with a new baby, a babymoon is usually taken before the baby is born; a relaxing, final trip solo, with your partner or with friends pre giving birth.
Exactly when you go on a babymoon is up to you. The general consensus is the second trimester when morning sickness has (hopefully) subsided and before the heaviness and exhaustion of the third trimester sets in.
10 reasons why London is a great destination for a babymoon:
The Best Babymoon Hotels In London
With strong royal connections since the Victorian era, the Royal Suite at Claridge’s has a bed fit for a Queen.
Known for being one of the grandest and most spacious rooms in London, mums-to-be will get a full night of precious sleep, feeling like royalty.
Home to one of the most famous beds in London, the luxurious and richly decorated Portobello Hotel’s Room 16 has an 8-foot circular bed and roll-top bath, ideal for relaxing and stretching out achy legs.
For a silent night of guaranteed uninterrupted slumber and a sleep-inducing aromatherapy kit, Crowne Plaza offer a ‘Sleep Advantage’ programme where between 9pm and 10am any disturbance is out of the question.
Rooms are available from £150 a night, with 30 hotels within 5 miles of London’s centre.
For a luxury babymoon in London, try the Corinthia Hotel. Their Afternoon Tea is one of the best in London they offer a Blissful Maternity spa treatment personalised to your needs and stage of pregnancy.
Babymoon Spa Breaks
The Connaught Hotel offers two ‘body nurturing’ treatments designed for pregnant clients, the nurture which last 90 minutes and uplift that lasts 45 minutes.
Tailored to help with pregnancy-specific issues such as foot, back and leg pain, these treatments offer a relaxing boost.
The Connaught also offers facials, manicures, pedicures and hair removal for when DIY becomes impossible. The Uplift treatment costs £120 and the longer Nurture treatment costs £190.
For a treatment that focuses on a full body exfoliation, using polish and a clay mask to benefit stretch marks, the Refine and Comfort Wrap from the Mandarin Oriental in London is the height of prenatal luxury. It also includes a facial and scalp massage and costs £195.
The Berkeley Mother-to-be-Treat package is a full day of ultimate spa bliss. Performed by a specially trained pregnancy masseur, the 55-minute massage is followed by a facial, manicure, pedicure and finished with a 2-course lunch and healthy fruit smoothie.
It’s available to all expectant mothers in their second and third trimester and costs £335.
Pregnancy Yoga in London
Offering pregnant yoga for all levels, Triyoga helps ease pain, boost circulation and prepare the mind and body of the mother-to-be.
Available in 5 studios across London, classes encourage a nurturing environment; a 1-class drop-in costs £17 but 5, 10 and 20 class passes are also available.
With a focus on mindfulness, gentle flexibility and strengthening the bond between mother and baby, Frame’s ‘Mumhood Pre-Natal Yoga’ offers low-impact pregnancy yoga classes in 6 locations across London. They are available as pay-as-you-go for £15 a class.
The Best non-alcoholic bars in London
After all that relaxing, why not pop out for a (non-alcoholic) drink?
Dealing exclusively in ultra-healthy food and alcohol-free drinks, Redemption Bar offers an alternative to London’s predominantly boozy social scene.
Found in Shoreditch, Covent Garden and Notting Hill, highlights from the cocktail menu include the wonderfully tropical pious pina colada and the moreish Seedlip apple mojito.
Designed with eccentric British flare, Mark’s Bar lies hidden under HIX Soho, offering a selection of luxury alcohol-free cocktails, including a Shirley temple, Espresso Martino and their fresh Lime Rickey.
London’s original speakeasy, Nightjar offer three amazing ‘mocktails’, including a fantastic Seedgroni Sbagliato.
Based in Shoreditch, this romantically lit bar promises ‘a slice of old school glamour’, with live jazz and an elegant menu of sharing plates and tapas.
Everyman cinemas offer a luxury experience, with large, inviting sofas and table service for drinks. There are various sites across London but the Kings Cross and Canary Wharf cinemas boast the highest comfort levels.
Ticket prices vary depending on the location, with a premier adult ticket for Kings Cross priced at £17.80 and £18.25 at Canary Wharf.
The View from the Shard at London Bridge offers a viewing deck with some of the best views in London, available with minimal stair climbing. Home to London’s highest bar, it serves a range of alcohol-free cocktails, as well as ice cream and pastries. A standard ticket on the day is £32.
London Thames River Lunch Cruise offers a pregnancy-friendly way to explore London, see the sights of the capital and enjoy a 3-course lunch, from £39 pp.
This leisurely 90-minute Thames cruise serve a 3-course meal whilst passing landmarks such as, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern.
If you’re looking for a Babymoon destination outside of London, we recommend:
Their Babymoon package combines the romance of Scotland’s historic capital with tailored touches developed for expectant parents.
It includes a two-night stay in the Balmoral Suite and features and array of relaxing activities for parents-to-be, ranging from a bespoke city walk to an opportunity to trace your family tree.
Thanks to The Balmoral’s partnership with Hunter Boots, babymooners can now traverse the ancient cobbled closes in comfort with a complimentary pair of Hunter’s Balmoral boots.
On arrival to the hotel, guests will find their boots and a bespoke walking map of the city waiting for them. In addition, couples will receive a pair of Hunter Original Kids First Classic Gloss Wellington Boots in pink, blue or yellow and a personalised Johnstons of Elgin Fair Isle Cashmere Baby Blanket as treasured keepsakes from the trip.
The Runnymede on Thames Hotel and Spa Babymoon package includes:
- a late checkout of 1pm (normally 11am)
- three-course dinner with an elderflower and mint mocktail
- buffet-style breakfast
- a spa treatment each in the luxury spa – Mum-to-be can have a 70 minute pre or post-natal pampering treatment which aids relaxation and tonicity of skin; partner gets a 45 minute ESPA aromatic back, neck and shoulder massage.
What would your dream babymoon in London look like?