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

London City Centre
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London City Centre

Theatres, Museums, Urban

London City Centre is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its architecture. You can experience the local theatre scene and museums, or enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront.

Kensington
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Kensington

Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

An historic neighbourhood, Kensington offers a variety of options for cafes. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture. You can experience the local museums and art scene, or enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Covent Garden
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Covent Garden

Gardens, Theatres, Urban

Covent Garden is a welcoming neighbourhood that’s popular for its bars. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its architecture. You can experience the local theatre scene and shopping, or enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Central London
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Central London

Urban, Architecture, Theatres

Central London is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and rich culture. Other highlights include the local theatre scene and monuments, as well as the natural splendour of the riverfront.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
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Kings Cross St. Pancras

Architecture, Urban, Museums

Kings Cross St. Pancras is a metropolitan, walkable neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants and cafes. The neighbourhood’s architecture and friendly people are just a couple of its charming qualities. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the museums and art scene.

Paddington
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Paddington

Architecture, Urban, Shopping

Paddington is a metropolitan neighbourhood that’s popular for its restaurants. The neighbourhood’s architecture and friendly people are just a couple of its charming qualities. You can satisfy your cultural palate with shopping and museums.

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London
RM438/night
11 Aug-12 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (3,667 reviews)

"Beautiful view of Tower Bridge....................."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2019

The Tower Hotel
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The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London
RM644/night
11 Aug-12 Aug
4/5Very Good! (10,987 reviews)

"My main consideration when selecting accomodation is always location. The other filters are free wifi and non-smoking rooms. The Strand stands out in all these areas, and offers so much more besides. Stop looking, this is the place for you!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2019

The Strand Palace Hotel
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
RM718/night
21 Jul-22 Jul
4.4/5Wonderful! (11,886 reviews)

"The accommodations were fantastic, the staff including the valet parking personnel went out of their way to see that were taken care of in first class fashion"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul,2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

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

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

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

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

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

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. 

Top activities in London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Roman Baths with Tickets & Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Roman Baths with Tickets & Lunch

RM535

Visit the royal city of Windsor to explore the world's largest occupied castle before venturing to the mysterious site of Stonehenge. Finally, discover the beautiful city of Bath and its famous Roman Baths complex on this full-day tour rich in intrigue, history, and culture.

England in 1 Day: Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds
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England in 1 Day: Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds

RM558

Discover England’s rich heritage, charming cities, mysterious rock formations, and literary heroes. Your packed tour explores the eclectic streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cryptic rocks of Stonehenge, and the hometown of William Shakespeare.

Madame Tussauds London Tickets with Star WarsTM Experience
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Madame Tussauds London Tickets with Star WarsTM Experience

RM150

Rub shoulders with Her Majesty the Queen and the British Royal Family on the NEW Royal Balcony Experience and select backdrops and props to capture a moment with the young Royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Line up for a star-studded day at Madame Tussauds London.

Private Tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds & Warwick Castle
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Private Tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

RM564

Venture outside of London to explore several of the area's famous attractions on this private tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, this full-day excursion shows you the city of Oxford, the medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the countryside region of the Cotswolds, and the imposing Warwick Castle.

Heathrow Express - Airport to Paddington Train Station
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Heathrow Express - Airport to Paddington Train Station

RM114

The Heathrow Express is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Heathrow Airport, connecting to Central London in just 15 minutes.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich Full-Day Tour with River Cruise
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Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich Full-Day Tour with River Cruise

RM527

Take a culture-packed journey to famous sites outside the city limits with convenient transportation and an expert guide leading the way. Visit the picturesque Leeds Castle, marvel at the white cliffs of Dover, take a pilgrimage to Canterbury, and cruise down the River Thames to conclude your day.

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The ultimate traditional English food guide

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An American’s take on London street style

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5 extraordinary parks in London
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5 extraordinary parks in London

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