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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!

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The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is £92 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,685 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with great staff. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

The Tower Hotel
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
The price is £119 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye are ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel! Great job with the refurbishment what a great transformation, loving it! Very friendly and helpful stuff."

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
4 out of 5
60 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, England
The price is £75 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
This family-friendly London hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Sadler's Wells Theatre and Business Design Centre. Barbican Arts Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,258 reviews)
Great Deal
"Location was great. Staff was friendly and awesome. Breakfast was great."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
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Chatham Cozy Home
Chatham Cozy Home
62 hartington street, Chatham, ENG
The price is £70 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in Chatham, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort Amherst are also ...
Chatham Cozy Home
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Engineers Museum and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Brook Theatre are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

The Wharf Medway
Quantock Lodge 1
Quantock Lodge 1
finsbury Road, 24, Rochester, ENG
The price is £109 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in the heart of Rochester, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guildhall Museum and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Rochester ...
Quantock Lodge 1
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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