London is one of the world's great cities and arguably the best way to explore its historic streets, packed with endless things to see and do, is by foot. Sometimes though, it's nice to be close to places or interest. Well, you're in luck. These five hotels all offer the chance to be just a short stroll from some of the capital's most famous landmarks.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London

Located in the City, close to the Thames, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London is not only a short walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower itself, but also the HMS Belfast and Leadenhall Market. This four-star hotel features a 24-hour fitness centre, restaurant and one of Europe's biggest green living walls in the lobby. For great views across the city, don't miss the Savage Garden rooftop bar and terrace on the top floor.

St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

In the heart of Bloomsbury you'll find the St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel, close to Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the theatres and nightlife of the West End. With three different restaurants in the hotel you'll have a choice of fine dining options, including the 24-hour VQ Café and Diner on the ground floor, perfect for returning night owls or those who have been enjoying the games at the Grosvenor St Giles Casino. Guests can also make use of the attached fitness studio and pool.

Crowne Plaza London - Kings Cross

The area around Kings Cross is packed full of things to see and do, including the British Library, the Charles Dickens Museum and the British Museum, all of which are a short stroll from the Crowne Plaza London - Kings Cross. This modern, four-star hotel is the perfect base for exploring London and offers a restaurant and bar, as well as a luxury spa with a range of treatments - perfect if you fancy a spot of pampering after a long day in the city.

Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London

Step out from the Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London and you'll be just a few steps from iconic London attractions such as Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Occupying 15 levels of the landmark building, the five-star hotel in The Shard includes luxury rooms and suites, four restaurants and bars, the highest infinity pool in the city, as well as spectacular views across the skyline throughout. A breathtaking choice for your trip to the capital.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

If your checklist of 'must see' destinations during your trip to London includes the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, then the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is the perfect choice - it's just a short walk from all these attractions and many more. This four-star hotel, in sight of Big Ben, has more going for it than just a great location - it also features two restaurants, an indoor pool and sauna, and a range of stylish rooms and suites.

Have a look at our hotels in London page for more options.