Reputable and responsible are the things we look for in a babysitter and that's exactly what we found with Hopes and Dreams Nanny and Babysitting Services in London.
As many of you know by now, we never travel without our little one, Axel. Not only do we get to explore amazing cities and meet interesting people from all corners of the world, but we like to think we’re giving him an early start to experiencing different cultures, learning languages, life lessons, and a love for travel. Seeing the great big world through his excited little eyes is something we would never want to miss out on. But...
As much as we love having him along for our many adventures, sometimes we need some alone time. So on our most recent trip to London, we were left with the question of “where do we find a babysitter in London.” Hopes and Dreams Agency came highly recommended to us by the concierge team at our hotel, so after some further investigation we were sold! In a nutshell, the team at Hopes and Dreams went above and beyond our expectations, and we had the good fortune of being assigned the same nanny for the entirety of our trip. She was a gem, but we’ll get to that…
About Hopes and Dreams
Many of the best hotels throughout London recommend Hopes and Dreams to their guests traveling with children... hotels like the Shangri-La at the Shard, the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity, and The May Fair Hotel. If the hotel is sure they are top-notch, then it’s a pretty good sign the agency is on the up and up. Having been in business for 20+ years, this London-based agency is one of the best in the region, with a rigorous screening process all their caregivers must go through and pass. For all they offer, their rates are quite reasonable and they answer all questions and concerns with patience and professionalism. Even before we met the nanny assigned to us, we felt safe and secure with our decision to go with Hopes and Dreams.
About Our Experience
While we were in London, we stayed at a few different hotels during our stay. Each one was spectacular in its own right, and the variety made the trip even better. What we did not know was that we would be able to have the same nanny from Hopes and Dreams throughout our stay, even as we moved from hotel to hotel. While not guaranteed from the get-go, Hopes and Dreams did all they could to made it happen, and we were so appreciative. This way, once Axel bonded with her, he would feel comfortable throughout the trip. And bond they did…
As soon as we met our assigned nanny at our first hotel, The Four Seasons Trinity Square, Axel was smitten. They had a cute chemistry and we could tell right off the bat that Axel would be in good hands. She came with a big bag of assorted toys and books, so there would be plenty to do to keep Axel entertained in our absence. He was laughing and loving every moment, crawling around on the floor with her and having tons of fun. Whew! Now we knew we could have our “adult time” exploring the city without worrying Axel would be upset.
While we were out and about, the nanny kept us in the loop as to how things were going back at the hotel. She sent us texts and photos regularly to update us. She bathed him, fed him, and made sure bedtime was kept to his usual schedule. To our amazement, whenever the nanny put him to bed, he’d sleep soundly through the night...something we were struggling ourselves. Why we don’t seem to have such luck, we can’t be sure, but as long as our little one had sweet dreams while in London, we were happy.
As for our recommendation to other parents seeking a sitter or nanny while abroad? If you are planning a trip to London and need someone to care for your cutie, give Hopes and Dreams a call. They were wonderful to work with and our nanny was wonderful! Now, if only we could convince her to come live in Amsterdam, we would all be ecstatic!
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