London

Travel Guide
London showing a high-rise building, night scenes and a city

Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

London is home to more than 8 million people, including the world's most famous royal family. It’s a city constantly on the move, in part due to the exceptional London Underground, red double-decker buses and famous black cabs.

Lining the banks of the River Thames, London’s skyline is a hybrid of historical and contemporary architectural treasures. Some of the old-world gems include Westminster Abbey, the iconic Big Ben clock, and Tower Bridge. Visit the London Eye observation wheel for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the city. You won't miss the skyscraper nicknamed “The Gherkin” for its distinctive shape or the most recent addition to the skyline, the futuristic-looking Shard.

For art and science institutions, the city is a goldmine. Put aside at least a few hours for the British Museum, where treasures from around the world are on display. Join more than 4 million other art lovers that visit Tate Modern every year. Dramatically set in the old Bankside Power Station, it displays modern artworks from paintings and installations to performance, light art and music. In addition, Harry Potter fans can go behind the scenes of the movies at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Divided into a wide variety of culturally diverse districts, London is a favourite for foodies. Choose from Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. In Notting Hill and Soho you’ll find innovative bistros and gastropubs. Feast on dim sum in Chinatown, sit down to a spicy Indian curry along Brick Lane or grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden.

Those in need of retail therapy won’t be disappointed either. London is home to some of the world’s most celebrated department stores. These range from luxury specialists such as Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges, the largest department store on Oxford Street.

When the sun breaks through the clouds, head to Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, where people-watching is at its best. Soak up the sun on the lawn at one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park.

And of course, a visit to London would be incomplete without a trip to Buckingham Palace. Head here at 11:15 a.m. to see the age-old tradition of the changing of the guard, which happens every day except during the winter months.

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Where to stay in London

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is €120 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5Excellent! (872 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, friendly and welcoming staff. Will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is €208 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,232 reviews)
"Excellent for the value, central, modern, clean with all the amenities. Enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is €154 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Excellent! (844 reviews)
"Hoping to have a drink in the bar at 10.00pm but bars appeared to be closed."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
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Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is €136 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Brides' Church, Royal Exchange and Leadenhall Market. Russell Square ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,281 reviews)
"The check in was swift & efficient. The room was spacious with everything we needed, everything worked was presented well (even the iron & hairdryer cord was neat) We asked for recommendations to eat & they were given good choices & we had an excellent evening meal. The hotel is ideally situated ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Citadines Barbican London
The Lincoln Suites
The Lincoln Suites
4 out of 5
37-39 Kingsway, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Oxford Street. Russell Square and National Gallery ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Floor
"I found the room comfortable and quiet. My only slight concern was the floor wasn’t clean. But other than that the cleanliness was excellent"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

The Lincoln Suites
Chigwell Poolhouse
Chigwell Poolhouse
Situated in Chigwell, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of King George Hospital, Goodmayes Hospital and Ilford Golf Club. London Stadium and Eastbury ...
Chigwell Poolhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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