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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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Where to stay in London

Regent Street featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

London City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in London City Centre. Top attractions like Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are major draws. Catch the metro at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station or Green Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

London City Centre
Paddington showing a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are top sights in Paddington, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more sights in the area.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens featuring a park

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,515 area reviews)

Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are a few top attractions in Kensington. Hop around the city on the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and charming cafes.

Kensington
Admiralty Arch showing heritage architecture

City of Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,563 area reviews)

Marble Arch and Park Lane are a few top attractions in City of Westminster. Hop around the city on the metro at Marble Arch Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries.

City of Westminster
Kings Cross St. Pancras showing interior views and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross St. Pancras is highly notable for its fascinating museums, and you might want to visit top sights like Russell Square and British Library. See more of London by jumping on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Victoria which includes a city, a park and heritage architecture

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Victoria. You can visit top attractions like Apollo Victoria Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre, and jump on the metro at Victoria Underground Station or St. James's Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

Victoria

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
4 out of 5
234 Bath Road, Heathrow Point West, Hayes, England
The price is £55 per night

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Richmond Park and Thorpe Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,626 reviews)

"Extremely fast check-in and check-out. Clean property. Everything about the room was perfect. The only bad thing is the food in the restaurant downstairs."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
SACO Fitzrovia
SACO Fitzrovia
4 out of 5
21 Tottenham Street, London, England
The price is £92 per night

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (105 reviews)

"Comfortable property in a convenient location, with easy access to restaurants, shopping, museums and galleries."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

SACO Fitzrovia
Merit Kensington Hotel
Merit Kensington Hotel
4 out of 5
12 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
The price is £72 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Stamford Bridge Stadium and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hyde Park. Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly ...

4.2/5Very Good! (59 reviews)

"The property was in excellent condition - very clean, modern and everything in excellent working order. The only downside for us was it was not in the centre of town. In retrospect we could have done with being more in the centre. Also there was no bar or breakfast facility. Not a big problem though. ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Merit Kensington Hotel

Popular places to visit in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,861 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(419 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(1,002 reviews)

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

4/5(1,061 reviews)

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(910 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(625 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

Top things to do in London

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

76% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
£39
Per adult
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
£28
Per adult
St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets
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St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
£7
Per adult
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience with 3-Course Meal
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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience with 3-Course Meal

94% of travellers recommend
£70
Per adult
See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
£24
Per adult

Reviews of London

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Top Destination

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4 - Good 41.94969169032005%
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1 - Terrible 0.6264069687775277%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2020

BEST SAFEST CITY IN THE WORLD U ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE SHOT BY A COLT 45!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 May 2020

I’m a Londoner and love London.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Apr 2020

The apartment ruined my holiday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Apr 2020

But this hotel ruined my stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Had a wonderful time in London! Checked out lots of art, artist run centres and youth centres. So much going on at one time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

London is a great cosmopolitan city.

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