London

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One of the elite few that can legitimately call itself a global city, London is rich in history, packed with places of interest and truly somewhere where there is a story to discover around almost every corner.

Home to more than 8m people, including the most well-known Royal Family in the world, London is a fascinating city where wonderful history and the cutting edge collide. Indeed, it is a city where you can quite literally be looking at the world famous Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, only to turn around to see the enormous and futuristic Shard skyscraper looming over the city with viewing platforms situated on the 68-72nd floors make this a must see.

Of course, history is a big draw for almost anyone visiting London so be sure to collect a local guide book to help you find the best sights dotted around the city – although thankfully many of the main examples can be found either lining the River Thames or just beyond it. Indeed, a trip on the London Eye observation wheel is an excellent way to get a feel for the London skyline.

For lovers of fine architecture, Westminster Abbey – famously the centre of attention during the Royal Wedding – is well worth a visit, as is St. Paul’s Cathedral. Those interested in royalty would also do well to make time to visit the Tower of London to inspect the Crown Jewels – and of course no trip to London is complete without visiting Buckingham Palace.

Science and culture is also extremely well provided for in London, with many museums and galleries playing host to collections of global importance. The British Museum with its world collection is an obvious starting point, but the Victoria & Albert Museum is also an excellent choice – although setting a few hours aside for both is a must. Lovers of contemporary art will certainly enjoy the Tate Modern, an exceptional modern collection situated on the South Bank.

London is also a major shopping capital, home to celebrated department stores such as Harrods as well as a wealth of local, independent boutiques and even major outdoor markets such as the one in Camden. Foodies would do well to seek out Borough Market for its mix of street food and fresh produce.

Speaking of food, London is also renowned for the quality and diversity of its restaurants. From fine dining in exclusive areas such as Knightsbridge to finding a casual bite to eat, London is a gourmand’s dream come true. Why not try the city’s famous local delicacy – pie, mash and parsley sauce? A side of jellied eels is optional!

Where to stay in London

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
The price is £127 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,740 reviews)
"Friendly staff and speedy service. Overall great experience."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

The Tower Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is £140 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (567 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly at this hotel and breakfast was really good."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

The Royal National Hotel
The President Hotel
The President Hotel
3.5 out of 5
56-60 Guildford Street, London, England, WC1N 1DB
The price is £159 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (328 reviews)
"We shall stay in this hotel in future also. The cost is quite reasonable. Recommend: The washing basin needs to be more cleaner in Room 531. The rust has to go away from the strainer in the basin. Very kind you respecting us, The Military families. Appreciate it."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

The President Hotel
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.
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
4 out of 5
High Point Village, Station Approach, Hayes, England, UB3 4FL
The price is £77 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hayes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,210 reviews)
"The place was very clean. The front desk was very welcoming. Right next to train station. A Tesco express is right next door."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
4 out of 5
18/21 Northumberland Avenue, London, England, WC2N 5EA
The price is £188 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,968 reviews)
"Great location, no instructions for using Tv remote."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England, E1 8EN
The price is £174 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (947 reviews)
"The Leman Locke was awesome. You realize quickly you don't need all the hotel hoopla, and having your own room with a kitchen and washer/ dryer was excellent. I have one kid, so maybe with one kid it's easier. If it was just me and my hubby, I would have equally happy. The only thing I would say ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Leman Locke
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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