London

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From Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, to the Tower of London and Abbey Road, London has a story to tell behind every corner of this sprawling metropolis.

Home to more than 8 million people, the city of London is one of the world’s most iconic metropolises. Boasting the oldest Underground service in the world, London’s vast subterranean networks are the arteries of this extraordinary city, constantly on the move.

An eclectic mix of old and new, the London city skyline carries an incomparable outline. Whilst the city’s old treasures; Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge still sit majestically along the banks of the River Thames, London has a variety of slim and chic new structures that inject a sense of immortality into this stunning skyline. Truly the pinnacle of innovative architectural engineering, the recently developed Shard building and the affectionately named “Gherkin” skyscraper are not to be missed. View all of this from the comfort of the city’s largest observation wheel, the London Eye.

Art and history buffs will not be disappointed with what London has on offer. Visitors are treated to the world famous British Museum displaying hundreds of artefacts from around the world. The Tate Modern is an absolute must-see for art lovers.

With over 270 different nationalities living in the city, this multi-cultural hub is a paradise for food lovers. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in London, from the Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge to the lively bistros in Notting Hill and Soho, there is a taste to satisfy every palate. Grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden or tuck into an authentic Indian curry on Brick Lane.

With thousands of shops and outlets, from Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges on Oxford Street, shopping enthusiasts will be in their element in this cosmopolitan retail paradise.

Watch the world roll by at Trafalgar Square or witness the chaos at Piccadilly Circus from the comfort of a nearby café. As one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park is the perfect place to relax, take a picnic or to rest weary feet after a hard day’s sightseeing.

Finally, for a true taste of tradition, take a trip down to Buckingham Palace at 11:15 a.m. sharp, and witness the changing of the guard.

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Where to stay in London

Paddington showing a square or plaza and a city

Paddington

Paddington
Kensington

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,448 area reviews)

Kensington
Victoria featuring a park, a city and heritage architecture

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Victoria
Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross St. Pancras
The City of London featuring heritage architecture, a high rise building and a sunset

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(639 area reviews)

The City of London
Canary Wharf showing central business district, a bridge and a city

Canary Wharf

4/5Very Good!(495 area reviews)

Canary Wharf

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
RM636
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,852 reviews)

"Clean. Bar is overpriced. Location was good, concierge was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Thistle Kensington Gardens
Thistle Kensington Gardens
4 out of 5
104 Bayswater Road, London, England
RM431
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College ...

4/5Very Good! (2,358 reviews)

"Good central position and close to Hyde park. Excellent hotel for a short break"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb,2020

Thistle Kensington Gardens
Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4
Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellation
RM275
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of London Motor Museum, Kempton Racecourse and Stockley Park. Twickenham Stadium and Thorpe Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,188 reviews)

"Just the perfect place to stay. So near the terminal and accessed via the elevated tunnel walkway."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,823 reviews)

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

The Shard
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The Shard

4.5/5(391 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(968 reviews)

This luxury residence of the oldest royal family in the world is still a national icon, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

4/5(1,025 reviews)

Arguably one of London’s most famous monuments, this prominent landmark is a national icon, adored by generations of Britons.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(883 reviews)

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4.5/5(602 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Top activities in London

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

88% of travellers recommend
RM59
Per adult
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
RM154
Per adult
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

94% of travellers recommend
RM446
Per adult
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

94% of travellers recommend
RM473
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

78% of travellers recommend
RM153
Per adult
Freddie Mercury and Queen. The London tour
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Freddie Mercury and Queen. The London tour

RM109
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4709
5 - Excellent 48.11484622458363%
4 - Good
4103
4 - Good 41.92295902728109%
3 - Okay
816
3 - Okay 8.337590681516296%
2 - Disappointing
99
2 - Disappointing 1.011545928272198%
1 - Terrible
60
1 - Terrible 0.6130581383467866%

4/5 - Good

EKF

Feb 19, 2020

London is busy but an exciting place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Loved it and would definitely go back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

London is great, the hotel was average and considering it was a special occasion for my wife and I, I was disappointed with the service and quality of the hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Really enjoyed our stay - lovely place - have been many times to stay in London and will keep on going back

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Busy , very busy but defo will be back to see more of these fantastic city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Apart from usual London stuff, was a good two days away

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