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London
Travel Guide

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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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is £129 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,400 reviews)

"Great place! The room service could be better but overall an awesome experience!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Jurys Inn London Croydon
Jurys Inn London Croydon
3.5 out of 5
Wellesley Road, Croydon, England
The price is £37 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Fairfield, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. The Oval and St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Comfortable and secured, cleaned well and peaceful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2021

Jurys Inn London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
4 out of 5
101 Waddon Way, Croydon, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Waddon, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. St. Thomas' Hospital and London Dungeon are also ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Room service food took over an hour and was cold Staff not helpful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Hilton London Croydon
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Top Holiday Rentals in London

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is £66 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (856 reviews)
Best value for money you can get in London

"It was the most comfortable, convenient and luxurious stay. One of the best places I have stayed across the world! Well designed. Everything you need is there. Appliances are amicable. Love the locations. Felt like home! Will definitely recommend and go back again"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Leman Locke
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Dolphin Square, Chichester St, London, England
The price is £79 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Hyde Park. London Eye and Piccadilly Circus are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,161 reviews)

"Spacious, central and clean. Safe and quiet. Helpful reception (Sam is the best!)"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is £40 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensway and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also ...

3.5/5Good! (438 reviews)
Good

"Overall It was good Indian guy at reception was very friendly and helpful I stayed in basement studio very clean only negative was no access to balcony"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2020

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

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I’m a Londoner and love London.

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